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Your Retirement Plan Must Recognize Same-Sex Spouses – Timeline for Compliance

The IRS has provided much needed guidance on how to apply the requirement to recognize same-sex spouses for qualified retirement plan purposes. This requirement stems from the U.S. Supreme Court’sWindsor ruling which struck down the portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that provided that only opposite sex marriages would be recognized for federal law purposes. Notice 2014-19, along with related (FAQs), now resolve confusion about retroactive application of the requirement and amendment of plans to reflect the new rules. This alert highlights the key points in the new guidance for plan sponsors...Read More


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