Join the Federal Bar Association on March 7-8, 2019 at the 43rd Annual Tax Law Conference in Washington, D.C. It is an ideal opportunity for employee benefits lawyers, in-house counsel, HR personnel, payroll administrators, compliance officers, management, and other related professionals to explore what the latest tax law developments mean for you and your clients.

This one and a half-day conference includes notable speakers from the IRS, Treasury Department, Department of Justice, and Congress, as well as other industry experts. Panelists will offer in-depth analysis regarding retirement plans, executive compensation, and health and welfare plans. 

The panel on “Retirement and Executive Compensation – Regulatory and Administrative Developments” features moderator Brian A. Benko (Winston & Strawn LLP) and speakers Stephen B. Tackney (IRS Office of Chief Counsel); Yongo Ding (Miller & Chevalier Chartered); and Jeffrey Martin (Grant Thornton LLP). They will evaluate the following areas: 

  • The renewed focus on multiple employer plans, including the Department of Labor’s proposed regulations and the impact of the regulations on employers and participants.
  • Developments in plan corrections, including changes in EPCRS under Rev. Proc. 2018-52.
  • Recent developments in executive compensation, including 162(m) updates and recent IRS guidance on Section 83(i) and Section 4960.

This panel will explore some of the fundamental retirement and executive compensation rules so that practitioners have an understanding of restrictions and requirements. Providing certain compensation as well as retirement plans involve vital procedural and compliance steps which could lead to liability if not carefully followed and administered. 

The rise in healthcare costs has forced employers to consider different ways to cover employees. “Health & Welfare Plans – Update for Employers and Employees” is a panel featuring Kevin Knopf (IRS Office of Chief Counsel); Ali Esfahani (USI Insurance Services); Spencer Walters (Ivins, Phillips & Barker, Chartered); and Jonathan Zimmerman (Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP). These speakers will discuss:

  • The expansion of association health plans and the impact of the new regulations.
  • The scope and impact of the proposed regulations related to health reimbursement arrangements.
  • The recent push to expand HSAs and the potential impact on the healthcare market.

Attendees of the Tax Law Conference will learn about the compliance and administrative challenges in offering and providing health insurance, 401(k) plans, fringe benefits, and the like. They will provide practical guidance on ensuring compliance with ERISA, ACA, HIPAA and other federal regulations; items and terms to consider in negotiating and structuring arrangements with providers for health benefits; health plan design, documentation, and participant communications; and best practices for employers in the administration of health plans as well as tips and strategies in implementing benefits and compensation arrangements.

Join the Federal Bar Association Section on Taxation at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. for the Tax Law Conference on March 7-8, 2019. Register today for this conference at www.fedbar.org/taxlaw19.  


Stacy Slotnick, Esq. holds a J.D., cum laude, from Touro Law Center and a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She performs a broad range of duties as an entertainment lawyer, including drafting and negotiating contracts; addressing and litigating trademark, copyright, patent, and other IP issues; and directing the strategy and implementation of public relations, blogging, and social media campaigns.