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Tonie L. Bitseff

Tonie L. Bitseff

Special Counsel


  • Corporate Law
  • Tax, Benefits and Estate Planning
  • Labor & Employment

WSG Practice Industries


Washington, U.S.A.


Tonie Bitseff is a member of the Corporate Law and Labor & Employment Practice Groups in the Firm’s Seattle office. Ms. Bitseff provides advice on compensation and benefit matters and serves as ERISA counsel in connection with employee benefit plans and employers. Ms. Bitseff addresses legal issues in design, implementation, administration, corrections, and conflict resolution related to health plans, severance plans, life insurance, disability benefits, wellness plans, 125 plans, individual account plans (HSAs, FSAs, and HRAs), and retirement plans.  She assists clients with design, diligence review, internal audits, benefit outsourcing, vendor management, coverage issues, ERISA fiduciary liability, ERISA claims and appeals processes, and government audits. Ms. Bitseff also serves as ERISA counsel supporting contract negotiations and business transactions such as mergers and acquisitions.

Bar Admissions

  • Washington
  • California


  • University of Washington School of Law
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • University of Washington
Areas of Practice

Corporate Law | Labor & Employment | Tax, Benefits and Estate Planning


EPCRS Provides More Retirement Plan Self-Correction Opportunities  
Buchalter, July 2021

  On July 16, 2021 the IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2021-30, which modifies and supersedes Revenue Procedure 2019-19, expanding the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System ("EPCRS").  EPCRS is a program for correcting documentation and operational failures for retirement plans that are intended to be qualified plans under Sections 401(a) and 403(b) of the Internal Revenue Code...

IRS Expands Self-Correction under EPCRS and Adds New Overpayment Correction Methods
Buchalter, July 2021

By: Jenni Krengel and Tonie Bitseff On Friday, the IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2021-30 expanding the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System ("EPCRS")—a voluntary program for correcting errors in tax-qualified and section 403(b) plans—by adding two new methods for recouping benefit overpayments, among other changes...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: San Francisco Moves to Lowest COVID Tier in California, Begins Process of Reopening Non-Essential Offices; Other Bay Area Counties Slower to Follow
Buchalter, November 2020

On October 20, 2020, San Francisco County was upgraded to the “minimal” tier within the California COVID-19 tracking system, meaning it has the fewest restrictions on reopening all businesses as promulgated by the State of California. In order to qualify for the “minimal” tier, a county must have an infection rate of less than one daily new positive COVID case per 100,000 residents and have a positive test rate of less than 2% for two consecutive weeks...

Additional Articles

  • EPCRS Provides More Retirement Plan Self-Correction Opportunities  
  • IRS Expands Self-Correction under EPCRS and Adds New Overpayment Correction Methods
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  • Buchalter Client Alert COVID-19: Opportunities in an Economy Shattered by Covid-19
  • Employee Benefits Advice Related to COVID-19 Pandemic in the United States
  • Tax Credits to Offset Congress’ Newly-Mandated Paid Leave
  • The Employer’s Role and Responsibility in Health Care Privacy, Chapter Author, Inside the Minds: Complying with Health Care Privacy Laws
  • Nuts, Bolts and Screws-A Guide to Open Enrollment Forms and Materials
  • Looking Beyond the ACA; Focus on Employee Assistance Plans

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