Excise Tax Update: Recent IRS Changes and Proposed Regulations

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Excise Tax Update: Recent IRS Changes and Proposed Regulations

June 2020

The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act included a new Section 4960 that levied an excise tax on tax-exempt entities like credit unions. The excise tax, paid by the credit union, applies for covered employees on (1) remuneration in excess of $1 million and (2) excess parachute payments for highly-compensated employees. As expected with such wide and sweeping legislation, there were points of Section 4960 that needed further clarification. Until final regulations could be issued, the IRS allowed an organization to use its own reasonable, good faith interpretation of the statutory rules and guidance provided in IRS Notice 2019-09.

Recently, the IRS issued proposed regulations which provide needed clarifications and some new exceptions. While the proposed regulations are consistent with much of the previously-issued guidance, the nuances of the new guidance and general complexity of the rules warrant careful review to ensure a credit union is fully prepared for compliance. Join us as we walk through the proposed regulations to understand the impact on your credit union’s bottom line.

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