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Live Webinar: Tax Reform and Your Employee Benefit Plans

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 was signed into law last year. From biking benefits to leave tax credits, we’ll discuss the employee benefit provisions and strategies for compliance, as well as opportunities your company won't want to miss! Join the McDermott team on Friday, February 2 for a discussion of how the new law impacts fringe benefit plans, executive compensation and retirement plans. Friday, February 2, 2018 10:00 – 10:45 am PST 11:00 – 11:45 am MST 12:00 – 12:45 pm CST 1:00 – 1:45 pm EST Register Here.

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IRS Guidance Provides Employer-Provided Cell Phones May Generally be Treated as Nontaxable Fringe

by Ralph DeJong, Ira Mirsky and Michael Fine On Wednesday, September 14, 2011, the IRS issued Notice 2011-72, which provides long-awaited relief concerning the tax treatment for the employee use of employer-provided cellular telephones or other similar telecommunications equipment (e.g., PDAs and Blackberries): The IRS will generally treat an employee’s business use of an employer-provided cell phone as a nontaxable working condition fringe benefit, without the need to meet onerous substantiation requirements. The IRS will generally treat the value of any personal use of an employer-provided cell phone as a nontaxable de minimis fringe benefit. The IRS guidance specifies that the business and personal use of an employer-provided cell phone provided by the employer will generally be treated as nontaxable to the employee, if the employer has provided the cell phone primarily for noncompensatory business reasons.  Because it applies for taxable years...

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