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Alice Gilman

Here’s help with your W-2s

by Alice Gilman on January 14, 2019 12:00am

in Payroll Today

The work environment has become much more complicated, which means that W-2s are complicated, too. To help you along with your W-2 travails, we’ve created what we think is a pretty typical scenario and completed a W-2.

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Now that it’s W-2 time, you should anticipate that someone somewhere is trying to get your data. Let’s take a look at how the tax scam landscape is shaping up this W-2 filing season.

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As flu season hits it’s peak, double-check your company sick leave policies: Employees who are out with the flu may be entitled to FMLA leave.

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W-2s must be provided to employees by the end of the month and must be filed with the Social Security Administration by the end of the month, too. In light of this time crunch, we’ve prepared messaging templates for you to use in interacting with employees this month.

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The IRS is turning its attention to 2016 and beginning to crack down on employers that didn’t offer affordable minimum value group health benefits.

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As you fight your way into the mall parking lot, consider that mall stores (and you, too, if employees drive to work and park in a lot at your office building) must now, thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, figure the cost of employer-provided parking so it can be disallowed on their corporate returns. We say humbug!

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The IRS has released the 2019 Notice 1036, which contains the official 2019 withholding allowance amounts, and the 2019 Form W-4, which—as promised—doesn’t vary much from all the W-4s you’ve ever known.

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The IRS has released the 2019 Notice 1036, which contains the official 2019 withholding allowance amounts, and the 2019 Form W-4, which—as promised—doesn’t vary much from all the W-4s you’ve ever known.

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Timing has not been the IRS’ strong suit lately. It’s waited until December to release key 2018 payroll guidance. Not to mention that time is ticking down on the 2019 W-4 and the percentage method withholding tables. The threat of a government shutdown is also looming.

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The IRS has now addressed key issues related to the tax credit for paid leave under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act during 2018 and 2019.

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Nope, this isn’t about inclement weather policies or “Game of Thrones.” It’s about the IRS again signaling its intentions to significantly disrupt the income tax withholding process.

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Who could forget tax day 2018? The IRS’ computers crashed unexpectedly, leaving procrastinating taxpayers up the creek without an e-paddle. The Tax Inspector General for Tax Administration recently released its analysis of exactly what happened.

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The IRS has waited till mid-November to release its inflation adjustments to the tax rates and other fringe benefits. Here’s how things shake out for next year.

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Congress is heading into a lame-duck session with several tax bills on its agenda. Here’s what you can anticipate between now and the end of December.

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Check in here for updates on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. New proposed regs have not gone over well thus far with states.

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Check in here for updates on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. New proposed regs have not gone over well thus far with states.

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The amount employees can contribute into their 401(k) or 403(b) plan accounts increases by $500, to $19,000 for 2019, the IRS announced.

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This is probably your last chance to grab employees’ attention and warn them of impending tax doom if they underwithheld due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

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Once the IRS backed off making changes to the W4, it quickly (as least for the IRS) released a second draft of the 2019 form. It certainly looks familiar, doesn’t it? And that’s a good thing.

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The Social Security Administration has announced that the 2019 taxable wage base for the Social Security portion of FICA increases to $132,900.

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