COBRA Audit Guide

IRS’ current COBRA Audit techniques and examination guide. Document Excerpt Published Date: March 2012 NOTE: This guide is current through the publication date. Since changes may have occurred after the publication date that would affect the accuracy of this document, no guarantees are made concerning the technical accuracy after the publication date. Link http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/article/0,,id=255893,00.html

April Lump Sum Interest Rates

The PBGC releases the interest rate for lump sums payable in April. Document Excerpt The immediate interest rate for valuing lump sum payments for the month of April 2012 is 1.25%. The deferred interest rate I1 is 4.00%, I2 is 4.00%, and I3 is 4.00%. (The immediate interest rate for March 2012 was 1.25% for […]

Transcript from Supreme Court

Transcript of oral arguments on day three of the Supreme Court’s hearing on the Affordable Care Act. Link http://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/argument_transcripts/11-400.pdf

Audio from Severability Oral Arguments

Audio of oral arguments before the Supreme Court on day three dealing with issues of severability of the individual mandate from the remainder of the Affordable Care Act. Link http://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/argument_audio_detail.aspx?argument=11-400

Oral Arguments on Individual Mandate

Transacripts of the oral arguments before the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the individual mandate enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act. Link http://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/argument_transcripts/11-398-Tuesday.pdf

Audio from Tuesday’s Supreme Court Hearing

The following is an audio of today’s Supreme Court oral arguments on the constitutionality of the individual mandate enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act. Link  http://apne.ws/Hft6z3

Proposed Rule on Funding Contraceptive Coverage

The agencies released proposed guidance on the funding of contraceptive coverage by self-insured religiously affiliated entities. Document Excerpt This advance notice of proposed rulemaking announces the intention of the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury to propose amendments to regulations regarding certain preventive health services under provisions of the Patient Protection […]

Employee Plans News

Most recent IRS Employee Plans News includes a discussion of the guidance encouraging annuities in defined contribution plans as well as a reminder of the need to adopt pre-approved defined benefit plans by April 30. Document Excerpt Link http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-tege/epn_2012_1.pdf

Affordable Care Act Implementation

FAQs about Affordable Care Act Implementation Part VIII. Document Excerpt Set out below are additional Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding implementation of the summary of benefits and coverage (SBC) provisions of the Affordable Care Act. These FAQs have been prepared jointly by the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury (the […]

Disaster Relief for Affected Plans In Kentucky

The PBGC provides extended deadlines and penalty relief for plans affected by storms and flooding in Kentucky. Document Excerpt Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (“PBGC”) is waiving certain penalties and extending certain deadlines in response to the Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-Line Winds and Flooding that began February 29, 2012, in Kentucky. Link http://www.pbgc.gov/res/other-guidance/dr/dr12-02.html

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