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On April 4, 2017, the DOL officially announced that it would delay the effective date of the new fiduciary rules and related prohibited transaction exemptions until June 9, 2017.
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Categories: | Tags: fiduciary , fiduciary rules , DOL , prohibited transaction exemptions , Department of Labor
Although April 10, 2017 is fast approaching, the DOL has still not finalized its proposed extension to the effective date of the new fiduciary rules. To defray mounting concern, confusion and uncertainty among financial services institutions and investors, the DOL and IRS have issued temporary policies relating to the proposed delay of the new fiduciary rules and related prohibited transaction exemptions.
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Categories: Compliance | Tags: fiduciary rules , IRS , DOL , Field Assistance Bulletin No. 2017-01 , Announcement 2017-4 , fiduciary
As reminder, the new version of the SBC, uniform glossary, and related documents are required for use on or after April 1, 2017.
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Categories: Health Care Reform, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: SBC , HRA , ACA
Late on Friday March 24, 2017, facing certain defeat in the House of Representatives, President Donald Trump asked Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis) to pull the legislation rather than see it defeated in the House.
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Categories: Health Care Reform | Tags: AHCA , GOP , Health Care Reform , Ryan , Trump
The IRS recently released an information letter addressing the treatment of cafeteria plan forfeitures when an employer ceases operations and the plan terminates. Specifically, the letter clarifies that Section 125 of the Internal Revenue Code does not require that unused cafeteria plan funds be paid to the U.S. Treasury in these circumstances. How unused funds are disposed of when a plan terminates depends on what the plan document provides and the facts and circumstances at the time.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: cafeteria plan , forfeitures , irs , information letter , health fsa , flexible spending account , Section 125
March 13, 2017, the Congressional Budget Office ("CBO") released the score of the American Health Care Act (AHCA).
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Categories: Health Care Reform, Health Care in General | Tags: CBO , AHCA , JCT

Kaiser Poll on American Health Care Act

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Kaiser conducted a poll (March 6-12) as Americans were first learning about the American Health Care Act and before the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated its effects,
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Categories: Health Care Reform, Health Care in General | Tags: ACA , Kaiser Study , GOP , AHCA , Repeal , Replace
Employee Benefits Corporation sent three members of our Compliance team to the Employer Council on Flexible Compensation (ECFC) Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. March 8-10, 2017.
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Categories: Health Care Reform, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: AHCA , ACA , House , Senate , FSA , HSA , HRA , Consumer directed accounts , GOP
According to a press release, the “House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) released legislation on March 6, 2017 to repeal and replace Obamacare through a budget process known as reconciliation.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance | Tags: GOP , American , American Health Act , Taxes , Ways and Means , Energy and Commerce , Obamacare , Repeal , Replace
The IRS recently released an information letter providing that a qualified transportation plan can require participants to use a debit card to pay for transit expenses, even if the circumstances might otherwise permit participants to claim cash reimbursement from their employer.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: transit , transportation , qualified transportation plan , readily available
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