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Put your deferred-compensation plans in working order

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A major 2004 tax-law change put some real teeth into the “constructive receipt” rules for nonqualified deferred-compensation plans. In short, it set new requirements for employees to be able to postpone federal income tax on future payments earmarked for them under deferred-comp plans.

If your plan fails to meet the new requirements, all of the deferred compensation is currently taxable. For that reason, employers who were hands off on this issue before must become hands on now … or their employees will face the negative tax consequences.

Good news: The IRS is granting you more time to comply with the strict new rules. Originally slated to take effect in 2005, the new proposed regulations push back the effective dates of most provisions to Jan. 1, 2007. (NPRM-REG-158080-04)

While you have until the end of this year to put your house in order, don’t dillydally. You have plenty to do in the meantime. One key step: Put your def...(register to read more)

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