The Internal Revenue Service on November 27, 2023 published proposed regulations that would provide definitions under Section 401(k) regarding the long-term, part-time employee rules, recently enacted under the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 (the “SECURE Act”) and SECURE Act 2.0 of 2022  (“SECURE 2.0”).

Under the Corporate Transparency Act companies are generally required to report detailed information about their beneficial owners, commencing January 1, 2024.  On November 7, 2023, The United States Treasury issued amendments to its regulations with respect to reporting for tiered entities where the lower tier entities have precisely the same owners. 

On Wednesday, November 1, 2023, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced the 2024 annual cost-of-living adjustments to the dollar limits applicable to certain employer-sponsored retirement and welfare plans. In addition, previously, the IRS released certain other health and welfare plan limits applicable for 2024 and the Social Security Administration separately released the taxable wage base amounts for 2024.

On Thursday, the IRS introduced certain criteria that, if satisfied, allow a small business to withdraw a prior claim for the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERC). Certain businesses paying wages to employees during the COVID-19 pandemic and experiencing a “significant decline in gross receipts” were eligible to apply for the ERC.

On Wednesday, September 27, the Treasury Department announced a new proposed rule extending the deadline for companies formed in 2024 to comply with the Corporate Transparency Act’s beneficial ownership and control reporting rules. 

The Corporate Transparency Act requires most existing and most new businesses to file a detailed report with FINCEN (the United States Treasury’s Financial Crimes division) detailing who the major owners and managers are.  Currently, the filing period commences January 1, 2024.