Pension & Benefits NetNews – October 1, 2013

 

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Employee Benefits Management News

  • Supreme Court asked to hear Hobby Lobby case, religious exemption to contraceptive coverage requirement at issue
  • CMS issues proposed rule to implement ACA’s basic health plan in 2015
  • IRS provides simplified procedures for overwithheld employment taxes on benefits, wages for same-sex spouses
  • Employers try to boost success of health and productivity programs

Pension Plan Guide News

  • DOL issues technical release providing guidance on same-sex marriages and employee benefit plans
  • IRS will only issue guidance on electronic filing of information returns in pubs on its website going forward
  • IRS provides tax relief to victims of severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides in Colorado

Employee Benefits Management News

Supreme Court asked to hear Hobby Lobby case, religious exemption to contraceptive coverage requirement at issue

The U.S. government has requested that the Supreme Court hear the case of
Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. v. Sebelius, in which the craft store (along with another chain owned by the family) requested an exemption from the Affordable Care Act mandate to provide contraceptive coverage to its employees on the basis of religious objection by the owners. For details, see ¶2070U.

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CMS issues proposed rule to implement ACA’s basic health plan in 2015

— The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a proposed rule that would begin to implement another affordability program under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). For details, see ¶2070V.

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IRS provides simplified procedures for overwithheld employment taxes on benefits, wages for same-sex spouses

The IRS has provided guidance to employers to make claims for refund or adjustments of overpayments of Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) taxes and federal income tax withholding (employment taxes) that arose from the Supreme Court decision in
United States v. Windsor and Rev. Rul. 2013-17. For more information, see ¶2070W.

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Employers try to boost success of health and productivity programs

According respondents to the 2013/2014 global Staying@Work Survey, conducted by Towers Watson, a global professional services company, and the National Business Group on Health (NBGH), employers have to address lifestyle risk issues, improve employee engagement and articulate a strategy in order to establish a workplace health culture, an essential factor for success. For more information, see ¶2070Y.

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Pension Plan Guide News

DOL issues technical release providing guidance on same-sex marriages and employee benefit plans

The Department of Labor has issued a technical release providing guidance on same-sex marriage and employee benefits, reflecting the Supreme Court’s decision in Windsor. For more information, see ¶19,966L.

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IRS will only issue guidance on electronic filing of information returns in pubs on its website going forward

The IRS has announced that, beginning in 2013, it will only make guidance for electronic filing of information returns, including Publication 1220 for Forms 1099, 3921, 3922, and 5498, and Publication 4810 for Form 8955-SSA, available as publications on www.irs.gov. For more information, see ¶123G.

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IRS provides tax relief to victims of severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides in Colorado

The IRS is postponing certain tax deadlines, including the filing of Form 5500s, for taxpayers who reside or have a business in those counties in Colorado that were affected by severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides that began on September 11, 2013. For more information, see ¶123I.

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