On Oct. 1, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court granted the government’s petition for writ of certiorari in United States v. Quality Stores, Inc., et al., 693 F.3d (6th Cir. 2012), which held that certain severance payments received by employees were not subject to taxation under the Federal Insurance Contribution Act (FICA). The Supreme Court’s decision to grant the government’s petition is not surprising given the split between the Sixth Circuit and the Federal Circuit (CSX Corp. v. United States, 518 F.3d 1328 (Fed. Cir. 2008)), the amount of revenue tied to this issue, and the agreement of the Sixth Circuit and Federal Circuit that “this issue of statutory construction is complex and that the correct resolution of the issue is far from obvious.”