Pension & Benefits NetNews – January 22, 2013

 

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Employee Benefits Management News

  • Governor Patrick proposes legislation to align Massachusetts’ health programs with Affordable Care Act
  • Weight loss is employees’ top New Year’s resolution, survey shows
  • IRS issues guidance on application of retroactive increase in excludable transit benefits
  • WHD clarifies definition of “son or daughter” for purposes of FMLA leave

Pension Plan Guide News

  • IRS issues revised procedures for letter rulings, information letters, and determination letters
  • Revised determination letter procedures for 2013 issued by IRS
  • Procedures updated for furnishing of technical advice by Employee Plans or Exempt Organizations Technical Offices

Employee Benefits Management News

Governor Patrick proposes legislation to align Massachusetts’ health programs with Affordable Care Act

Governor Deval Patrick has filed legislation to reduce or eliminate Massachusetts’ employers’ contributions to fund health care programs for low-income residents, according to a press release issued by the governors’ office. For details, see ¶2064A.

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Weight loss is employees’ top New Year’s resolution, survey shows

Thirty-nine percent of employees say losing weight is their top health concern while 26 percent say stress has them most worried, according to a ComPsych Tell It Now poll released January 15. For details, see ¶2064B.

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IRS issues guidance on application of retroactive increase in excludable transit benefits

January 1, 2014 is the date when all Americans need to have health insurance or pay a penalty. As not all Americans have access to employer-sponsored coverage or government programs, a few other provisions take effect and employers are required to help. For more information, see ¶2063X.

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WHD clarifies definition of “son or daughter” for purposes of FMLA leave

The IRS has issued the latest cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for adoption assistance and transportation benefits. For the amounts, see ¶2063Z.

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Pension Plan Guide News

IRS issues revised procedures for letter rulings, information letters, and determination letters

The IRS has issued its annual revenue procedure, containing revised procedures for letter rulings, information letters, and determination letters. For more information, see ¶17299u11.

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Revised determination letter procedures for 2013 issued by IRS

The IRS has issued revised procedures for issuing determination letters on the qualified status of pension, profit-sharing, stock bonus, annuity, and employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), and the status for exemption of any related trusts or custodial accounts. For more information, see ¶17299u16.

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Procedures updated for furnishing of technical advice by Employee Plans or Exempt Organizations Technical Offices

The IRS has issued updated procedures for the furnishing of technical advice memoranda (TAM) by Employee Plans (EP) Technical or Exempt Organizations (EO) Technical offices to EP and EO Examinations Area managers, EP and EO Determinations managers, or an Appeals Area Director in the employee plans (including actuarial matters) and the exempt organizations areas. For more information, see ¶17299u15.

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