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Paley Rothman shares this library of resources with clients and friends of the firm to help them stay ahead of legal and business developments and trends. Here, you will find helpful tips and tools written by our attorneys.

Employee Benefits, Tax

Health Flexible Spending “Use or Lose” Rule Amended

On October 31, 2013 in Notice 2013-71 the IRS announced a modification to the “use or lose” rule for Health Flexible Spending Arrangements (Health FSAs). Health FSAs permit employers to reimburse employees for health care expenses, such as deductibles and co-pays. In general, these plans are funded by employees through salary reduction agreements.

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Estate & Trust Administration, Estate Planning

Some Negative Impacts of DOMA on Same-Sex Spouses

By now you have almost certainly heard that the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal definition of marriage as “marriage only between a man and a woman” in United States v. Windsor, 570 U.S. ___ (2013). As a result, same-sex spouses can now enjoy many federal benefits that were previously unavailable to them.

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Tax

Tax changes for same-sex couples after DOMA decision

Supreme Court decision lets same-sex couples benefit from tax & federal benefits. In a highly-anticipated decision, the Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in a case titled United States v. Windsor. That decision opens the door for same-sex couples to benefit from tax and other federal benefits previously reserved for heterosexual couples.

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