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Payroll Legal Alert

Excepted benefits aren’t subject to the Affordable Care Act health care reform law. Proposed regulations would modify limited-scope dental and vision excepted benefits, create new wraparound coverage to group plans that would be considered excepted benefits and clarify Employee Assistance Plans.

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Daylight-saving time begins at 2 a.m., March 9. Graveyard-shift workers, therefore, will actually work only seven hours that day. Here’s how to calculate their pay.

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NOTE: Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays as observed in the District of Columbia are taken into account to determine due dates. Under the federal deposit rules, you’re allowed a deposit shortfall of the greater of $100 or 2% of your tax liability.

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A quarter-billion dollars is a lot of money. Yet that’s the amount the DOL collected in unpaid minimum wages and unpaid or underpaid overtime wages for employees during fiscal year 2013. Learn from others’ mistakes:

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In Watson v. U.S., an appellate court ruled that the IRS can recharacterize FICA-free distributions from S corps to their owners as FICA-taxable compensation, and allowed the IRS to set the parameters for determining that reasonable FICA-taxable salary. And so far it’s nailed S corps and their owners 100% of the time. Two recent cases illustrate.

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Panicky phone calls to the Payroll department from employees who lost their original W-2s are about as predictable as the sun rising in the east. Here are some tips for controlling the re­­issued W-2 process.

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The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration has reported that during the 2011 tax year, 285,670 EINs were stolen or fraudulently used to claim income tax refunds totaling more than $2.25 billion. TIGTA also estimated that the IRS could issue $11.4 billion in tax refunds over the next five years due to EIN fraud.

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The IRS has been busy adding to its regulatory agenda. Here’s the latest news from the regulations front.

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W-2s are filed with the Social Security Administration in winter. Corrections, which are made on Form W-2c, begin immediately thereafter. The earlier you fix errors on your W-2s, the less likely it is you’ll be penalized by the IRS.

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Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, staffing agencies and other third-party employers must pay minimum wages and overtime to home health care workers, including certified nursing assistants, home health aides, personal care aides, caregivers and certain companions.

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