Pandemic-Related Payroll Deferrals Become Due This Year
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Pandemic-Related Payroll Deferrals Become Due This Year

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) allowed all employers, regardless of whether they were impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, to defer the deposit of their 6.2 percent share of Social Security taxes thro...

What Year-End 2020 Will Look Like
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What Year-End 2020 Will Look Like

The pandemic laid waste to many tax deadlines this year. But year-end for payroll rolls around like clockwork, regardless of current events, including the pandemic. Thankfully, almost all of the upheaval everyone experienced during 2020 had only a minor impact on employers’ Forms W-2 ... Alice Gilman

Employee Payroll Tax Deferral Guidance Creates Risk
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Employee Payroll Tax Deferral Guidance Creates Risk

The IRS issued guidance on August 28, 2020, (Notice 2020-65) implementing a White House directive to defer certain employee payroll taxes, but the guidance raises more questions than it answers and appears to expose employers to potentially significant repayment obligations and ... Dustin Stamper

Keep an Eye on Special Payroll Tax Credits for the Rest of the Year
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Keep an Eye on Special Payroll Tax Credits for the Rest of the Year

Congress enacted two laws — the Families First Coronavirus Response Acti (FFCRA) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Actii (CARES Act) — in response to the coronavirus pandemic, which devastated the country late last winter. Both law... Alice Gilman, Esq.

The Rules of Withholding, Redefined
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The Rules of Withholding, Redefined

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA)i is a far-reaching law, affecting almost every taxpayer. But, since most taxpayers are employees, one of its most profound impacts can be said to be on payroll administration. Due to structural changes in the Internal Revenue Code m... Alice Gilman

Why 2020 Will Probably Be the Start of a New Era for Payroll
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Why 2020 Will Probably Be the Start of a New Era for Payroll

Your payroll operations have been humming along for quite some time. Forever, maybe. All of that is about to change. The IRS is resolved to shake up all things payroll, beginning next year. The changes are wide-ranging and profound. Here is what we know now, based on draft forms ... Alice Gilman, Esq

The Other Side of Employee Misclassification
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The Other Side of Employee Misclassification

Who wants to be an employee? Typically, employees are misclassified as independent contractors. And we know why — employers can save a bundle in Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) and Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) taxes, as well as costly employee benefits, such as ... Alice Gilman, Esq.

The Problems with Form W-2c
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The Problems with Form W-2c

Employees must receive Forms W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, by January 31. More than likely, they glace at their forms and then drop everything off with their tax professional. It is an annual ritual everyone understands. But that is assuming that all the information reported on t... Alice Gilman, Esq.

Value Versus Cost: A Payroll Primer
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Value Versus Cost: A Payroll Primer

Tax and accounting professionals are certainly familiar with the concepts of value and fair market value. For example, the entire cost of employer-provided health insurance is deductible by the employer and the value is equally excluded from employees’ income. Likewise, ... Alice Gilman, Esq.

Mitigating Penalties for Filing Incorrect Forms W-2
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Mitigating Penalties for Filing Incorrect Forms W-2

Forms W-2 were filed with the Social Security Administration (SSA) by January 31, 2019, but that is the end of the story only if all those Forms W-2 are correct. While 100 percent accuracy is always the goal, it is rarely achieved. So, the second part of the year-end pro... Alice Gilman, Esq

Year-end Responsibilities for Payroll
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Year-end Responsibilities for Payroll

The taxes that have been withheld from employees’ pay during the year, and the employer’s matching Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) contribution, have been reported to the IRS quarterly on Form 941. Everything, except the employer’s matching FICA contribution, mu... Alice Gilman, Esq.

Tax Court

Does a Tax Treaty Govern the Taxability of Unemployment Compensation?

Pei Fang Guo, Petitioner v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, Respondent 149 T.C. No. 14 Filed October 2, 2017 By Steven R. Diamond, CPA The United States has income tax treaties with many foreign countries. These treaties provide that residents of foreign countries may be taxed at a lower rate or may be exe... Steven R. Diamond, CPA