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June 11, 2012

Voluntary 403(b) Plans: A Cautionary Note

The DOL has issued an Opinion Letter (DOL Advisory Opinion Letter 2012-02A) relating to 403(b) plans, and when they are deemed to be voluntary and excepted from ERISA. 

May 27, 2012

The Vodafone Case and Its Effects on Indian Taxation (article)

The Vodafone case, involving the indirect sale of shares of an Indian company by upper tier non-Indian corporations, focused attention on the extraterritorial reach of India's taxing power.

May 27, 2012

Do Not Fall into S Corporation Tax Traps (article)

The combination of a single layer of taxation, no self-employment tax on earnings and a familiar corporate structure continue to make S corporations a popular entity choice for closely-held businesses. 

May 24, 2012

An Early Look at COSO’s Updated Internal Control-Integrated Framework to be Released in Early 2013 (article)

The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) — which provides guidance on internal control, enterprise risk management and fraud deterrence — recently issued a whitepaper entitled "Enhancing Board Oversight: Avoiding Judgment Traps and Biases." 

May 24, 2012

States Nationwide Seek to Limit Nonprofit CEO Pay (article)

From Florida to Massachusetts to New York, state legislatures are turning up the heat on compensation for executives who lead non-profits, including social service agencies, museums and universities. 

May 17, 2012

HRB 50 - ACA Updates 5-17-12

May 17, 2012 -- The health care reform law continues to generate regulations and clarifications. 

May 14, 2012

Updated Medicaid/CHIP Premium Assistance Notice Issued

Individuals who are eligible for employer-sponsored group health coverage, but are unable to afford the premium, may be eligible to receive premium assistance from a state’s Medicaid agency or CHIP program.  Employers are required to provide premium assistance information to their employees.  This can be accomplished by using a model notice provided by the Department of Labor.  

May 14, 2012

Health Savings Accounts: 2013 Cost of Living Adjustments

In Rev Proc 2012-26, the IRS released the 2013 cost of living adjustments (COLA) for health savings accounts.  The HDHP minimum deductibles, out-of pocket limits, and the statutory HSA contribution amounts, have increased slightly.  The $1,000 catch up contribution available to accountholders aged 55 and over is not subject to a cost of living adjustment and thus, remains at $1,000.

May 14, 2012

Medicare Part D: 2013 Benefit Limits

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have released the 2013 cost of living adjustments for Medicare Part D prescription drug benefits.  The following are selected modified limits relating to the standard drug benefit and the retiree drug subsidy.

May 14, 2012

Mental Health Parity: A Compliance Reminder

Perhaps in honor of May being officially recognized as “Mental Health Month”, the DOL’s Employee Security Benefit Administration (EBSA) has issued several pieces of guidance relating to the mental health parity laws, specifically, the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA).  EBSA has posted relevant MHPAEA regulations, Fact Sheets, FAQs, interactive compliance tools, and other pertinent information on its dedicated Mental Health Parity website.   Of particular note are two sets of implementation FAQs.  One set of FAQs addresses non-quantitative treatment limitations, such as medical management standards and other questions relating to plan design issues, such as prior authorization requirements.  The other set of implementation FAQs discuss the law’s oversight, carve-out arrangements, interaction with state-mandated mental health benefits, plans exempt from the law, and consumer hot-line information for reporting suspected violations.  

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