For tens of millions of American workers, retirement planning begins with an employer-sponsored 401(k) plan. The Council urges lawmakers to avoid enacting any policies that would undermine or disrupt this system. To provide additional information on 401(k) plans, the Council has prepared a detailed fact sheet on its recent 401(k) plan survey and an update of Fast Facts on 401(k) Plans.
Participate in 2013 International Mobility and Reward Strategy Survey
We are pleased to invite employer benefit plan sponsors to participate in the 2013 Mobility and Reward Strategy Survey, developed by Aon Hewitt in collaboration with the American Benefits Institute (the American Benefits Council's research and education affiliate).
This new study will provide useful insights into how companies make and execute decisions regarding their global mobility programs and rewarding their mobile employees. For information on how to participate before the November 30 deadline, contact Lynn Dudley, senior vice president, international and retirement benefits policy, at email@example.com.
IRS: Legal Same-Sex Marriages Recognized for Federal Tax Purposes
The U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service issued Revenue Ruling 2013-17, along with Frequently Asked Questions documents on same-sex spouses and domestic partnerships/civil unions, on August 29, providing long-awaited guidance on the federal tax treatment of same-sex marriages in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's June 26 decision in United States v. Windsor.
The Council summarized the guidance in the August 29 Benefits Byte and in a Benefits Briefing webinar on September 4. An analysis of the IRS guidance (with a focus on the need for further state guidance), provided courtesy of the Tax Foundation, is also available on the Council website.
Council, International Employee Benefits Association (IEBA) form global partnership
WASHINGTON, DC — As the Council extends its policy expertise across U.S. borders, we are pleased to announce a partnership with the prestigious International Employee Benefits Association that will allow our members to stay informed and connected to the latest global benefits developments.
Under this unique arrangement, through the Council's education and research affiliate, the American Benefits Institute, Council members can avail themselves of membership in IEBA — with access to networking and information-sharing opportunities — at no cost to the individual or their company. The agreement also will facilitate Council members obtaining IEBA's comprehensive global benefits diploma curricula. Click here for more details.
For American Benefits Council members, we offer a regular newsletter with the latest information on legislative, regulatory and judicial developments affecting employee benefits.
- Council, ACLI, ICI Release Research Paper Showing Strength of Defined Contribution Retirement System
- Qualified Retirement Plan Distributions Excluded from NIIT
- Employer Shared Responsibility
- Market Reforms & Adult Child/Age-26 Coverage
- Preventive Care & Value-Based Design
- Quality Improvement & Delivery Reform
- Essential Benefits
- Tax & Revenue Issues
- Grandfathered Plans
- Claims and Appeals
- Summary of Benefits & Coverage
- Information Reporting/W2
- Health Insurance Exchanges
- State Innovation
- Medical Loss Ratio & Mini-Med Plans
- Automatic Enrollment
- Wellness Programs
- Accountable Care Organizations
- 90-Day Waiting Periods
- Automatic Enrollment
- Plan fees
- Taxation of Retirement Plans/Limits
- Funding Reform
- PBGC Deficit & Premiums
- Business Conduct Standards
- FACTA Issues
- FBAR Issues
- Puerto Rico Plans
- Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation
- Code Section 409(A), 457(A), 162(m) issues
Become a Member
The American Benefits Council's mission is to be the most effective advocate of employer-sponsored benefit programs in Washington, D.C. Our members either sponsor directly, administer or service retirement, health and stock compensation plans covering more than 100 million Americans. Click below for more information about membership.