Payroll Legal Alert

The IRS will allow couples whose same-sex domestic arrangements were retroactively classified as marriages, and their employers, to apply for FICA refunds.

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Your first-quarter 2015 Form 941 is due by the end of this month. If you e-file, the IRS has some important news for you: It is permanently retiring its two current e-filing options—the 94x E-file Program Method or the PIN-based 94x Online E-file Program Method—now called legacy systems, by the end of this year. In their place, the IRS is shifting all payroll returns to its Modernized e-File platform, or MeF.

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The IRS has announced that it is disallowing all protective FICA refund claims related to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2014 decision in U.S. v. Quality Stores.

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Federal agencies have been busy adding to their regulatory agenda. Here’s the latest news from the regulations front.

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All large employers, even those that offer no health insurance and those that are eligible for transition relief this year, can begin to collect the information needed to complete Forms 1095-C/1094-C.

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Payroll managers know this sentiment well, since the first-quarter Form 941 is due at the end of the month. Here are some tips for completing 941 forms.

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Here’s your monthly guide to critical payroll due dates.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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