Internal Revenue Bulletin:  2011-2 

January 10, 2011 

EMPLOYEE PLANS


Rev. Rul. 2011-1 Rev. Rul. 2011-1

This ruling modifies the rules for group trusts described in Rev. Rul. 81-100, 1981-1 C.B. 326, as clarified and modified by Rev. Rul. 2004-67, 2004-2 C.B. 28. The modifications revise the generally applicable rules for these group trusts and, if certain requirements are met, permit the participation in group trusts of custodial accounts under section 403(b)(7), retirement income accounts under section 403(b)(9), and governmental retiree benefit plans under section 401(a)(24). This ruling also modifies the transition relief provided in Rev. Rul. 2008-40, 2008-2 C.B. 166, relating to plans qualifying under section 1165 of the Puerto Rico Internal Revenue Code (Puerto Rico Code). In addition, this ruling provides related model language that may be used by group trusts to comply with these new provisions. Rev. Ruls. 81-100, 2004-67, and 2008-40 modified.

Notice 2011-1 Notice 2011-1

This notice addresses the timing of the application of the Affordable Care Act provisions prohibiting insured group health plans from discriminating in favor of highly compensated individuals. It states that the Treasury Department and the IRS, as well as the Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services, have determined that compliance with these requirements should not be required (and thus, any sanctions for failure to comply do not apply) until after regulations or other administrative guidance of general applicability has been issued. The notice includes a request for public comments.

Notice 2011-2 Notice 2011-2

This notice provides guidance on the application of section 162(m)(6) of the Code. Section 162(m)(6) limits the allowable deduction for remuneration for services provided by individuals to certain health insurance providers. Section 162(m)(6) was enacted as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010).

Notice 2011-3 Notice 2011-3

Special rules relating to funding relief for single-employer pension plans under PRA 2010. This notice provides guidance on the special rules relating to funding relief for single-employer defined benefit pension plans (including multiple employer defined benefit pension plans) under the Preservation of Access to Care for Medicare Beneficiaries and Pension Relief Act of 2010 (PRA 2010).


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