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IRS Releases Cafeteria Plan Relief

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On Tuesday, May 12th, the IRS released a pair of notices that affect cafeteria plans and flexible spending accounts (FSAs). These notices give employers the opportunity to add extended grace periods to FSAs, increase the maximum rollover amount on Health Care FSAs, and/or allow their participants to make mid-year cafeteria plan election changes if their needs change during the pandemic.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: IRS Notice 2020-29 , IRS Notice 2020-33 , Permitted Election Changes , Cafeteria Plans , Health Care FSA , Dependent Care FSA , Grace Period , Rollover , Amendments

IRS and DOL Provide Deadline Relief

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On April 28, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a joint rule titled "Extension of Certain Timeframes for Employee Benefit Plans, Participants, and Beneficiaries Affected by the COVID-19 Outbreak". The rule provides automatic relief from a number of deadlines related to COBRA continuation coverage, HIPAA special enrollment periods, and claims and appeal filing deadlines for group health plans.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: Extension , COBRA , Claims , COVID-19 , IRS , DOL , Outbreak Period , Disaster Relief
In light of COVID-19, many schools and businesses are being forced to make changes including closings, layoffs, and remote workforces. Just last night, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which includes provisions to help employees and their employers, by among other things, providing emergency paid sick leave and expanding the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) temporarily to allow for paid family leave for working families affected by school closures. A...
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: Families First Coronavirus Response Act , FFCRA , Coronovirus , COVID-19 , FMLA , Paid Sick Leave , Family Medical Leave Act
The IRS has published revised versions of various forms and instructions used by taxpayers to assist them in preparing their 2019 income tax returns. For Health Savings Account (HSA) accountholders, in addition to your IRS Form 1040, you must also complete Form 8889. Based on your contributions and distributions during the year, you may need to include Schedule 1 and/or Schedule 2.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HSA , Health Savings Account , Form 8889 , Schedule 1 , Schedule 2 , Form 1040 , IRS , 2019 tax filing , penalty
The IRS has released the latest version of Publication 502 for use in preparing 2019 tax returns. Taxpayers interested in filing itemized deductions for medical expenses will find the IRS Pub. 502 a useful resource when preparing their federal income tax returns.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: IRS Pub 502 , Publication 502 , Medical Expenses , Itemized Medical Expenses , 2019 Tax Filing
IRS Publication 503, used in preparing itemization for child and dependent care expenses for taxes, is now available for use with 2019 tax filings. In addition, Form 2441 and accompanying Instructions (used to report child and dependent care expenses) is available.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: Publication 503 , IRS Pub 503 , 2019 tax filing , Child and Dependent Care , Form 2441 , Form 2441 Instructions
The IRS issued Notice 2020-05, announcing the optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical, or moving purposes.
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Categories: Benefits in General | Tags: IRS , Medical , Mileage , Charitable , Business , 2020 Limits

IRS Announces 2020 Pension Plan Limitations

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Today, the IRS issued Notice 2019-59, announcing the cost of living adjustments for pension plans and other retirement-related items for the tax year 2020. Review our summary for some of the more notable changes.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: IRS , Pension Plans , 2020 Limits , IRS Notice 2019-59 , Highly Compensated Employee , Key Employee , Nondiscrimination Testing , IRA , 401k , 457 , 403(b) , Roth IRA
The nondiscrimination tests are a series of tests that are required by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to determine if plans unjustly favor higher-paid individuals or those who own or are in charge within an organization. Employers are required to perform annual nondiscrimination tests or hire a third party to conduct testing on their cafeteria plan. Employee Benefits Corporation provides nondiscrimination testing for our BESTflex and BESTflex Premium Only Plan clients as part of our standar...
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: Cafeteria Plan , Nondiscrimination Testing , NDT , HCFSA , DCFSA , Flexible Spending Account , FSA , IRS , Annual Compensation , Gross Compensation , W-2
Nondiscrimination tests are a series of tests that are required by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to determine if plans unjustly favor higher-paid individuals or those who own or are in charge within an organization. Employers are required to perform annual nondiscrimination tests or hire a third party to conduct testing on their plan. Employee Benefits Corporation includes nondiscrimination testing for our BESTflex, BESTflex Self-Administration and BESTflex Premium Only Plan cafeteria plan...
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: IRS , Nondiscrimination Testing , NDT , Key Employees , Highly Compensated Employees , Non-Highly Compensated Employees , Flexible Spending Account , FSA , Premium , Cafeteria Plan
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