The United States government narrowly avoided falling over the so-called “fiscal cliff” by enacting the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (“ATRA”).  ATRA’s impact on tax rates has been covered extensively in the national media.  ATRA also included several employee benefit provisions that are of interest to employers and their employees. 
Continue Reading Fiscal Cliff Legislation Extends Tax Advantages for Popular Fringe Benefits, Expands In-Plan Roth 401(k) Conversions

Regardless of how the so-called fiscal cliff is “resolved” – and whether this occurs before the end of 2012 – the expiration of educational assistance and adoption assistance tax provisions at the end of this year is already causing headaches for employers who provide (or hope to provide) their employees with these tax-advantaged benefits.  However, employers can take some steps now to mitigate the uncertainty of whether these tax benefits will be retained or shelved for 2013 and beyond.
Continue Reading Are the Educational and Adoption Assistance Tax Exclusions Going to Expire?