Why trudge down to the post office for stamps, lease a pricey postage machine or use a private delivery service like FedEx, when you can get the same postage by downloading software to your computer? There is a difference, according to the Tax Court, which ruled that a petition mailed with downloaded postage wasn’t timely filed.
The IRS and the Social Security Administration used to have letter forwarding services you could use to find employees who terminated with unclaimed wages or money in their 401(k) or other retirement accounts. Bowing to new technologies, both agencies discontinued their services. The Department of Labor has now specified the reasonable steps you must take to find missing 401(k) plan participants.
Q: Department managers conduct monthly meetings in person and via Skype for employees who are off, so they don’t have to come in and attend the meetings. Must we pay a minimum amount of hours?
Make sure your health care information reporting duties are covered with this handy chart.
Departing employees may take the pretax contributions they made into their 401(k) or 403(b) accounts with them when they leave, but you must first provide them with a notice of their rollover options. The IRS has updated the model safe-harbor notices you can use for this purpose.
The Department of Labor is working diligently to determine whether you properly classify your workers as employees or independent contractors. And that’s not all the DOL is doing.
Congress’ last-minute and retroactive reinstatement of parity between mass transit benefits and employer-provided parking—to $250 a month for both, for 2014 only—is no favor to Payroll. If you allowed employees to defer more than $130 for mass transit benefits last year on an after-tax basis, or paid out of the company’s coffers, they and you are due FICA refunds on the difference—up to $120 a month.
Closely-held corporations and their owners can seem inseparable. But this fluidity stops at Payroll’s door—in other words, when income tax withholding begins. The IRS recently issued a document called an Action on Decision in which it said that it won’t follow a Tax Court decision that required it to honor a company’s designation of its delinquent payroll taxes as payment for a specific employee’s delinquent income taxes.
Here’s your monthly guide to critical payroll due dates.
Outsourcing your payroll operations to a third party doesn’t get you off the hook for your undeposited payroll taxes, if your third party drops the ball.