Pension & Benefits NetNews – August 31, 2015

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Employee Benefits Management News

 

  • Employers keep health care cost increases at bay with changes to benefit programs
  • IRS posts draft instructions for filing some ACA information returns
  • SIFL rates issued for the second half of 2015
  • HSAs with investment options draw larger contributions and have higher balances

Pension Plan Guide News

 

  • IRS proposed rules would remove automatic extension of time to file information returns, including Form 1099 series, Form 3921, Form 3922, and Form 5498 series
  • IRS releases 2015-2016 Priority Guidance
  • New member joins PBGC Advisory Committee

 

Employee Benefits Management News

 

Employers keep health care cost increases at bay with changes to benefit programs

Health care benefit cost increases at large employers are expected to hold steady in 2016, due in large part to changes employers are making to their benefit programs. For more information, see ¶2089H.

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IRS posts draft instructions for filing some ACA information returns

The IRS has released draft instructions for filing some information returns required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The draft instructions cover Forms 1094-B, Transmittal of Health Coverage Information Returns; 1094-C, Transmittal of Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage Information Returns; 1095-B, Health Coverage; and 1095-C, Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage. For details, see ¶2089N.

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SIFL rates issued for the second half of 2015

The Department of Transportation has released the applicable terminal charge and standard industry fare level (SIFL) mileage rates for July 1, 2015, through December 31, 2015. For more information, see ¶2089O.

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HSAs with investment options draw larger contributions and have higher balances

Investment options in health savings accounts (HSAs) are fairly new and not widely used, but they tend to draw larger contributions and have higher balances where they do exist, according to recent research from the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI). For more information, see ¶2089P.

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Pension Plan Guide News

 

IRS proposed rules would remove automatic extension of time to file information returns, including Form 1099 series, Form 3921, Form 3922, and Form 5498 series

The IRS has issued temporary regulations that will remove the automatic extension of time to file information returns on forms in the W-2 series (except Form W-2G). The temporary regulations will allow only a single 30-day non-automatic extension of time to file these information returns. In addition, the temporary regulations will update the list of information returns subject to the rules regarding extensions of time to file. These proposed regulations incorporate the temporary regulations with respect to extensions of time to file information returns on forms in the W-2 series (except Form W-2G). In addition, these proposed regulations would remove the automatic 30-day extension of time to file all information returns listed in the temporary regulation. For more information, see ¶20264da.

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IRS releases 2015-2016 Priority Guidance Plan

Numerous employee benefits projects are included in the IRS’s 2015-2016 Priority Guidance Plan. The Plan describes areas in which the IRS intends to issue final regulations, proposed regulations, and other guidance, including regularly scheduled guidance, such as interest rates and COLAs. For more information, see ¶17,203Y-32.

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New member joins PBGC Advisory Committee

– Regina T. Jefferson is the newest member of PBGC’s Advisory Committee; she was nominated by President Obama on July 15. For more information, see ¶137O.

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