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Legal Insights and Perspectives for the Healthcare Industry
In this LawFlash, our Tax and Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation teams describe proposed regulations recently released by the Internal Revenue Service implementing Internal Revenue Code Section 4960. Section 4960 imposes a 21% excise tax on certain executive compensation paid to employees of tax-exempt organizations, including nonprofit hospital systems.
The 116th Congress convened on January 3 with Democrats controlling the House for the first time since 2011 and Republicans maintaining their majority in the Senate. Divided government typically constrains Congress’s ability to pass broad, new legislative initiatives, while also limiting the scope of the legislation that does pass. Healthcare policy, especially, has been a point of partisan contention in the past.
Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Chuck Grassley, sent a letter on February 19 to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) asking questions regarding IRS efforts to enforce Section 501(r) as it applies to tax-exempt hospitals.
The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Section 4960 imposes a 21% excise tax on certain executive compensation in excess of $1 million as well as certain excess parachute payments paid to a “covered employee” by tax-exempt entities, including tax-exempt hospitals and health systems.