Tax-Exempt Organizations Face New Tax Penalty on Excess Compensation — Due Diligence and Minimization

J. MARC FOSSE and SERENA AISENMAN, February, 2018   The “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” added a new 21% tax penalty on “excess compensation” paid by most tax-exempt organizations to their top-five highest compensated employees. The penalty is found under section 4960 of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) and it ties the amount of the […]

DOL Announces April 1, 2018 Applicability Date for Final Rule Amending Claims Procedure for Disability Benefits

YATINDRA PANDYA, February, 2018   On January 5, 2018, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced April 1, 2018, as the applicability date for the final rule which revises regulations governing disability benefit claims (the “Final Rule”). Published in the Federal Register on December 19, 2016, the Final Rule revised the claims regulations governing disability benefits […]

Providing Certain Fringe Benefits Now Results in UBIT for Tax-Exempt Organizations

FREEMAN L. LEVINRAD, February, 2018   The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”) contains a provision that requires tax-exempt organizations to recognize unrelated business income tax (UBIT) on certain fringe benefits offered to their employees. This change became effective January 1, 2018. It is important for tax-exempt organizations to understand how and why these fringe […]

New Section 83(i) of the Internal Revenue Code — Qualified Equity Grant Programs Permit Employees to Elect to Defer Income Taxes on Stock Options or RSUs

J. MARC FOSSE and ANGEL L. GARRETT, January 11, 2018   New section 83(i) of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) permits eligible private corporations1 to adopt qualified equity grant plans for issuing stock options or restricted stock units (RSUs) to eligible employees to obtain “qualified stock” (as defined below) in exchange for the performance […]

Be Prepared to Respond to IRS Employer Shared Responsibility Payment Assessments

ELIZABETH LOH, December 27, 2017   Although it is the holiday season and people’s thoughts have turned to vacation with family, eggnog, and gift giving — employers have something slightly less festive to contemplate. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has started to send out letters to employers regarding potential Employer Shared Responsibility Payments (ESRP) (one of […]

Disability Claims Regulations Delayed to April 1, 2018

YATINDRA PANDYA and JAHIZ NOEL AGARD, December, 2017   On November 24, 2017, the Department of Labor (DOL) delayed the applicability of the final rule which revises the regulations governing disability benefit claims (the “Final Rule”) to April 1, 2018, from the original January 1, 2018, effective date. Published in the Federal Register on December 19, […]