Q: Our company president’s teenage son has been hired to do what the president calls incidental work around our office this summer. He’s signed a “Professional Services Agreement,” which specifies that he will be paid $10 an hour. Payroll has been told not to put him on the payroll because he’s an independent contractor. We think he should be put on the payroll. Who’s correct?
Under tax code Section 83, you don’t tax employees who receive company stock, stock options or other property that is subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture until the risk lapses and the property vests. Final regulations issued in February, which closely follow proposed regs, clarify what counts as a substantial risk of forfeiture.
This is your monthly guide to critical payroll due dates.
Employees who send their kids to day camp can reap a double bonus—their kids will be entertained, and they can defray some or all of those expenses through the company’s dependent care assistance plan, up to the $5,000 annual limit. For kids who aren’t nature lovers, expenses incurred for specialty camps, such as computer camps, count too.
If you focus strictly on the ACA health care reform law’s free-rider penalties for not providing full-time employees with health insurance, or not providing insurance that’s affordable and offers minimum value, you’re missing the bigger picture.
For Payroll, time-off complications make summer about as special as that first sunburn. It doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some no- or low-cost solutions that can take the sting out of summer.
Q: Last March, we hired a staff member’s college freshman daughter for several weeks and we paid her the $4.25 an hour opportunity wage. We’d like to hire her again for the summer. Can we continue to pay her $4.25 an hour?
Q: An employee exhausted all of his vacation and sick days, before he got sick again. He worked for only five days of our 15-day semimonthly pay period. Should he be paid for the entire pay period, or should he be docked for the days he didn’t work during that pay period?
In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court on March 25 reversed the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, ruling that an employer’s severance pay plans were FICA-taxable. As a result, the IRS isn’t on the hook to pay up to $1 billion in FICA refunds to various employers and their employees who were let go over the past several years.
State laws usually require that employees voluntarily participate in direct deposit or paycard programs. This chart summarizes the states’ direct deposit/paycard rules.