Publications

IRS Issues Interim Guidance under Notice 2019-09 on Section 4960 Excise Tax for Tax-Exempt Organizations and Certain Governmental Entities

J. MARC FOSSE and YATINDRA PANDYA, June, 2019    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued interim guidance in Notice 2019-09 (the “Notice”) regarding the application of section 4960 of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”). Code section 4960 imposes an excise tax on applicable tax-exempt organizations (ATEOs) that pay covered employees either compensation in […]

401(k) Student Loan Matching Programs — Private Letter Ruling 2018-33012

CRAIG P. HOFFMAN, June, 2019    Much has been written about the impact student loan debt is having on the American economy. According to the Wall Street Journal, student loan debt is currently in excess of $1.5 trillion, the average debt is $34,000 per person, two million loans have defaulted over the last six years […]

IRS Makes Significant Improvements to EPCRS in Rev. Proc. 2019-19

CRAIG P. HOFFMAN, April, 2019    Effective April 19, 2019, new rules under the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS) will greatly expand the types of disqualifying defects that may be corrected under the Self-Correction Program (SCP). SCP is a component of EPCRS under which certain types of disqualifying defects may be corrected without the […]

Internal Revenue Service Provides Transition Relief to Code Section 403(b) Plans for Violations of the Once-In-Always-In Rule

T. KATURI KAYE and BRIANA B. DESCH, April, 2019      The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued guidance providing transition relief to employers who have not correctly applied the “once-in-always-in” rule (the “OIAI rule”) and, as a result, have wrongfully excluded part-time employees from participating in their Internal Revenue Code (Code) Section 403(b) plans. […]

U.S. Senate Committee Eyes Lack of Guidance on ERISA Cybersecurity

ROBERT R. GOWER and FREEMAN L. LEVINRAD, April, 2019      It seems that every day, a new high-profile data breach is in the news. With increased reliance on the internet to transmit personal information, the potential for breaches has grown significantly. Defined contribution plans, which now hold over $5 trillion in assets, are by […]

Arbitrability of ERISA Fiduciary Breach Cases

JOSEPH C. FAUCHER and DYLAN D. RUDOLPH, February, 2019  This article was first published by the Journal of Pension Benefits: Issues in Administration, Design, Funding, and Compliance, Autumn 2018, Vol. 26, No. 1. Although the viability of arbitration rather than litigation in ERISA fiduciary breach claims remains to be seen, there are several considerations for employers who […]