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The omnibus spending bill that President Obama signed Dec. 18 did more than fund the federal government for 2016 and delay implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s “Cadillac tax.” The massive legislation—it’s both a tax bill and an appropriations bill—addresses hundreds of measures affected by the federal budget.
By Feb. 1, employees must receive their W-2s, and the IRS must receive your fourth-quarter Form 941 and Forms 940 and 945 (a Feb. 1 postmark is OK, too). So let’s get cracking.
Use this worksheet to reconcile your four quarterly 941s and W-2s, so the amounts you report to the SSA and the IRS match.
The IRS has released the tax information employees need to more closely match their 2016 withholding to their 2016 income tax liability.
The opening of tax season is a bonanza for identity thieves. The IRS and state tax agencies are determined to cut down on so-called stolen identity refund fraud, or SIRF for short. You can catch this wave, too, and help employees guard their personal identifying information.
The IRS has released the 2016 Notice 1036, which contains the official 2016 withholding allowance amounts, the amount to add to nonresident alien employees’ wages for calculating their income tax withholding and the percentage method withholding tables.
The IRS is a prodigious publisher. Here are digests of two Legal Memoranda.
Odds are your company has a website. If you’re thinking of enhancing that website, say, with employee-written blogs, be careful. A federal trial court provided a stark reminder of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s rule that nonexempts can’t volunteer any time to their employers when it ruled that a nonexempt who volunteered to write a company blog can pursue her claim for unpaid overtime.
Congress has enacted the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015, or PATH Act, which is the tax extenders bill, and an omnibus spending bill. The PATH Act accelerates the filing date for both paper and electronic Forms W-2s and 1099-MISC to Jan. 31, beginning with forms filed in 2017. It also extended several key payroll provisions.
An employer that failed to prove it filed its Forms W-2/W-3 with the Social Security Administration was, nevertheless, not liable for a tax penalty for intentionally disregarding the filing requirement. This may be a comfort if you’re filing paper W-2s/W-3, which are due to the SSA by the end of the month.