Q: Should employers expect additional guidance to be issued on the topic?
A: Yes. The IRS will be issuing instructions regarding a special administrative procedure that will allow employers to claim a refund of, or make an adjustment for, any excess Social Security taxes and Medicare taxes paid as a result of previously including the value of a same-sex spouse's coverage in an employee's gross income. The IRS also intends to issue further guidance on the retroactive application of the ruling to employee benefit plans, which will likely address the steps employers must take to amend their plans, as well as any necessary corrections that employers might be required to take relating to plan operations before the future guidance is issued.
PAULA BURKES, BUSINESS WRITER
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