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Included in the omnibus funding bill passed by Congress last week and signed into law by President Barack Obama was the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015—a bill that makes permanent and extends several tax provisions important to human resources professionals.
Many of the provisions included in the PATH Act have been extended repeatedly over the past two decades. Employers will now gain certainty related to the tax treatment of several employer-sponsored benefits, thanks in large part to the fact that many of these measures are now permanent provisions in the tax code. Key provisions of interest to HR include:
The bill also made changes to filing requirements related to W-2s and W-3s. Specifically, beginning Jan. 31, 2017, employers will be required to file W-2s and W-3s by Jan. 31 of the year following the calendar year to which the returns relate. Currently, employers have until Feb. 29 to file the documents. Lastly, the legislation includes a provision to allow rollovers from 401(k) plans to SIMPLE IRAs in the hopes to incentivize retirement savings. SIMPLE IRAs allow employees and employers both to contribute funds and are ideal for small businesses that do not have a qualified retirement plan.
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