The Internal Revenue Service recently announced that electronic or digital signatures will be accepted for Code Section 83(b) elections. This relief is part of the IRS’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is temporary.
As discussed in our prior posts here,here and here, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 provides a 100% COBRA premium subsidy for continuation coverage between April 1 and September 30, 2021 for certain assistance eligible individuals (AEIs).
On August 23, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first COVID-19 vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older. The vaccine, which has been referred to as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine and has been available only under an emergency use authorization up to now, will be marketed under the brand name Comirnaty.
The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) recently issued guidance on best practices for maintaining cybersecurity directed to plan sponsors, fiduciaries, record-keepers and participants of employee benefit plans governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (“ERISA”). While some prior cybersecurity guidance has been issued for certain employee benefit plans governed by ERISA , this is the first guidance issued by the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) of the DOL related to cybersecurity.
On July 26, 2021, the IRS issued Notice 2021-46 (the “Notice”), which provides new guidance in the form of 11 questions and answers on the COBRA premium subsidy and the related tax credit under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”). The Notice expands on previous guidance provided under Notice 2021-31.
As the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, administrators of defined benefit pension plans continue to field questions about the notary requirement related to certain participant and spousal elections. For qualified retirement plans subject to the qualified joint and survivor annuity rules (such as defined benefit pension plans), an alternative form of payment may be selected by a participant if the participant’s spouse consents in writing and the spouse’s signature is witnessed in the physical presence of a plan representative or a notary public.
The IRS recently issued Revenue Procedure 2021-30, which updates the correction program under the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS). EPCRS permits plan sponsors to correct failures in the form and operation of retirement plans intended to satisfy the requirements of Sections 401(a), 403(a), 403(b), 408(k) or 408(p) of the Internal Revenue Code.
As discussed in our prior post, under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, certain individuals who are eligible for COBRA coverage as a result of an involuntary termination of employment or reduction in hours may be eligible...
On April 2, 2021, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury (the “Departments”) issued Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”) related to the implementation of the mental health and substance use disorder parity provisions under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (“CAA”) and the Mental Health Parity and Addictions Equity Act (“MHPAEA”).
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