The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (CAA), signed into law on December 27, 2020, includes a temporary rule providing COVID-related relief from certain partial plan terminations for employee benefit plans. Under this provision, a plan is not treated as having a partial plan termination during any plan year which includes the period beginning on March 13, 2020, and ending on March 31, 2021, if the number of active participants covered by the plan on March 31, 2021, is at least 80 percent of the number of active participants covered by the plan on March 13, 2020.
There is no disputing that the intent of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Securities (CARES) Act of 2020 is to provide immediate and tangible economic relief to American workers, families and small businesses. What has been less clear since its passage in March 2020 is how the acceptance of funds available through various CARES Act programs could impact single audit requirements.
In three recent cases, the U.S. Tax Court found related-party insurance companies (captive insurance companies) didn’t sufficiently distribute risk to allow the insured parties to deduct their premium payments. In an article recently published by Bloomberg Tax, Laurie Bizzell of Bennett Thrasher LLP analyzes the cases, the court’s historical view and the IRS’ position to find there is no conclusive definition of risk distribution.
As was publicized earlier this month, FASB officially approved the deferral of the new lease accounting standard (ASC 842) for private companies for another year. The new effective date is for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2020, or 2021 for calendar year companies.
On Wednesday, FASB made the additional one-year deferral of the new Lease Accounting standard, as well as two others, official. These delays had long been sought by private companies as they attempted to implement the complex revised standards.
When the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) finally revealed its new revenue recognition standard (ASU 2014-09 – Revenue from Contracts with Customers) back in 2014, the standard was beyond complex. As a result, the FASB formed 16 industry task groups (including one for construction) to clarify and explain the standard, and issued five related standards.
In an article published in the June 2019 issue of Captive Review, Laurie Bizzell discusses best practices for captive insurance companies as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) focuses on aggressive examination and focus of captive insurance arrangements.
In an article for Construction Executive published on May 19, 2019, Scott Hazy shared an analysis of the 2019 Georgia Construction Outlook Survey and the business considerations of busy Georgia contractors when facing the top challenge of attracting and retaining talent in the hot market given the number of revenue increases and project backlog in recent years.
Like many businesses, you may have put off implementing the necessary changes required to align your business with the new revenue recognition accounting standards. These standards, set by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), became effective this year for annual reporting periods, and in 2020 for interim periods.
After years of consideration, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) revised lease accounting by issuing Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842). In the eyes of the FASB and users of the financial statements, leases in the financial statements of lessees represented valid assets and obligations as a result of the lessee receiving the right to use certain assets while receiving the economic benefits of using such assets.
It is critical for clients and practitioners to appreciate the Internal Revenue Service’s (“IRS”) historic positions and analysis regarding captive insurance companies, in order to fully understand the current captive insurance tax environment. The following discussion focuses on the relevant authorities contained in the Internal Revenue Code and Regulations, the current views of the IRS as set forth in administrative rulings and pronouncements and decisions dealing with what transactions qualified as insurance, and whether the activities of a related captive insurance company are those of a company primarily and predominately engaged in the insurance business.
ASC 606, the long awaited and much debated new accounting standard for revenue recognition in the United States has now become reality for most public companies. Adoption of this new standard was required for calendar year public companies effective January 1, 2018, and the results of adoption have now become public with the earnings releases and 10-Q filings for the first quarter ending March 31, 2018.