The most common benefits that employers provide to employees are health coverage and retirement savings plans, and although the laws and regulations that apply to them are sometimes voluminous and cumbersome, there are many sources of explanation and clarification. But many employers also offer other types of benefits, known as “fringe benefits,” including cellphones, company cars, transportation and parking subsidies, educational assistance, and adoption assistance. The rules that apply to the various types of fringe benefits are scattered throughout laws, regulations, and informal guidance, and can be difficult to find, confusing, and sometimes surprising. Employers and employees alike may be blindsided and subject to increased taxes or other problems if the applicable fringe benefit rules are not followed. It is important for employers to understand what constitutes a fringe benefit, what rules apply, and where to find resources to assist with compliance.
Join Christine Williams, senior counsel at Perkins Coie, as she explains the rules and how to avoid problems when offering fringe benefits.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
This webinar will cover:
- The tax rules for the various types of fringe benefits
- How employer-provided cell phones are treated
- When employer-provided cars are considered fringe benefits
- Options for qualified adoption assistance programs and qualified educational assistance programs
- How transportation and parking subsidies are treated
- When substantiation of expenses is required
- When a fringe benefit is considered to be de minimis
- What limits and other conditions must be met to exclude employee discounts from income
- AND MUCH MORE!
YOUR CONFERENCE LEADER
Your conference leader for “Fringe Benefits: Taxation, Qualification, and Important Rules for Employers” is Christine Williams. Ms. Williams has been working in the employee benefits area since 1987, both in private practice and as in-house counsel to a Fortune 100 company. She has extensive experience with all types of welfare benefit plans, as well as retirement plans. Christine was the editor and a contributing author of HIPAA Portability, Privacy, & Security, published by the Employee Benefits Institute of America (EBIA), a division of ThomsonReuters, and a contributing author of Health Care Reform for Employers and Advisors, also published by EBIA. She has provided advice on HIPAA (including cloud computing and storage of Protected Health Information), the HITECH Act, and health care reform to health plans, health care providers, academic medical institutions, and business associates. Christine has handled plan drafting, compliance advice, fiduciary counseling, litigation and appellate work, and has taught numerous seminars for employee benefit professionals on health care reform, ERISA, COBRA, HIPAA, cafeteria plans, domestic partner benefits, 401(k) plans, and other benefits topics. Before moving into employee benefits Christine was an assistant professor of law at the University of Maryland School of Law and a visiting associate professor at New England School of Law. Christine earned her J.D. degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law.