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The 2017 W-2 filing season was the first time you had to file paper and electronic forms under the new, accelerated Jan. 31 deadline. Here’s a chart summarizing each state’s filing dates and e-filing requirements.

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Once the IRS sinks its teeth into you, it rarely lets go. One taxpayer found this out the hard way, when the IRS came after him at least three times for payroll taxes he had already paid.

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Congress is wrestling with changes to the tax rates and brackets for 2018 as part of its tax reform effort, which may force the IRS to delay issuing the 2018 withholding tables. Ho, ho, ho, indeed.

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W-2s for employees who claim exempt on their W-4s … Who pays tax on raffled gifts?

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

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If employees are nonexempt, their work-related emailing, texting or other use of electronic devices can leave you liable for a surprise overtime bill. A recent court decision points out that this isn’t always the case.

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Employees often have one question for you upon being told that they’ll receive bonuses: Can I avoid income tax withholding? Opinions vary about whether you should answer at all, since it’s received wisdom that you shouldn’t give tax advice. But is that all there is to it? Maybe not.

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Use this chart to determine whether you must report health benefits on employees’ W-2s.

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Yes, it is possible to beat the IRS in court—and make it pay your attorneys’ fees, as well. The Tax Court ruled that an employee who proved in court that she wasn’t responsible for 100% of her company’s unpaid payroll taxes was able to collect attorneys’ fees from the IRS.

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The W-2 year-end process is burdensome enough. The last thing you need to worry about is filing Forms 1099-MISC for your independent contractors. Good news: The IRS has yet to issue final regulations restricting the circumstances under which you may apply for an extension of time to file.

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We’ve published all the crucial 2018 inflation-adjusted figures you need, including the FICA wage base and the pretax 401(k) deferral amount, as well as other 401(k)-related figures.

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

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Who needs Halloween when year-end seems to arrive like a witch riding on a broomstick—all at once. Take a few minutes now and you won’t stir up a cauldron of trouble later.

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

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The IRS generally frowns on 401(k) plans that allow employees to take out loans. And it has come down like a hammer when employees whose accounts hold more than $100,000 in vested benefits take out multiple loans during the same year.

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Employee name/SSN mismatch problems … Can a bonus be withheld for child support? … I-9s for temps and distance workers

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California is the last state standing from the 2008 economic downturn to be liable for a FUTA reduction, since it has yet to repay loans it took out to shore up its unemployment trust fund.

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The IRS does not have to return to a bankruptcy estate a bankrupt payroll service bureau’s tax deposits that were collected from clients, but that were embezzled, a federal appeals court has ruled.

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There’s one overriding concern you need to worry about as year-end approaches—stopping scammers from getting into your payroll records. And scammers have become increasingly sophisticated, as last summer’s ransomware attacks have shown.

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The hot, sticky air of August is clearing out, so it’s the perfect time for you to do some clearing out of your own. The payoff: a smoother year-end process.

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