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Anita Bartels, senior program analyst for employment tax policy at the IRS, spoke about the IRS’ latest initiatives to attendees at the American Payroll Association’s 31st Annual Congress, held this year in Grapevine, Texas.
Q: We purchased some technology from another company and the deal included the transfer of some employees. Since we didn’t buy the entire company, can Payroll carry over their FICA and FUTA wages?
Question: What are the tax guidelines for executive bonuses payments? I need to calculate the withholding on them manually.
Q. Is there any reason to keep old medical files on past employees? Usually the info in the medical files is whether they’ve had a TB test, typical paperwork on physicals, or return-to-work information after pregnancies or injuries.
Under the IRS’ Voluntary Classification Settlement Program, you can voluntarily reclassify independent contractors as employees for future tax periods on favorable tax terms: you’ll be liable for just over 10% of the wages paid to those reclassified workers for the past year and no penalties or interest will be due. Recently updated FAQs shed more light on this program.
Employees who are exempt from the FLSA need only be paid a proportionate amount of their full, weekly salary for their first and last weeks of work if they begin or terminate employment work midweek. A federal trial court has ruled that employers have a great deal of discretion when figuring this proportionate amount.
All administrative professionals I work with have more on their plate than ever before. If you’re going to grow the number of executives you serve, yet the number of people supporting that growth remains the same, you may reconsider and start empowering your executive.
Here's a real-life list of actual assignments that bosses have dumped on their workers, according to employees surveyed by CareerBuilder.com.

You can’t hire a third party, like a payroll service bureau, to handle your payroll unless you sign Form 8655, Reporting Agent Authorization. Along with that form, the reporting agent may also ask you to sign Form 8821, Tax Information Authorization. Caution: Don’t sign forms blindly.

Q: Does the authorization that appears in Part 4 of Form 941 apply only to the specific form being filed, or to all returns filed during the tax year? We want to determine if this section must be completed on each return, even if none of the information changes.
Q: When does the employer/employee relationship begin? My boss believes that relocation expenses don’t need to be reported on a W-2 form because they’re paid before an employee begins working.
In late 2012, the NLRB ruled in an unfair labor practice case that when lump-sum back pay awards span more than one year, the employer must report the awards to the Social Security Administration and reimburse employees for the excess federal and state income taxes that are attributable to those awards.
According to research by the Electronic Payments Association and the American Payroll Association, an employer currently printing 500 weekly paychecks can save $82,000 each year by switching to direct deposit.
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.
The IRS has confirmed that how you withhold income taxes from supplemental pay, such as bonuses—by using a flat withholding method or aggregating the supplemental pay with other wages—is entirely up to you; employees can’t specify a withholding method.
Business travel can be tough, but it’s a lot easier when you pack the right accessories for the journey. Here's a list of must-pack items from seasoned travelers.
Employees in the National Guard and Reserve usually serve their two weeks during the summer, but others may be away longer. Here’s what Payroll needs to know to properly handle summer military duty.
When summer rolls around, Payroll often takes on a parental role, initiating summer hires into adulthood as they pay taxes for the first time. Make sure your processes are in order so that the summer hiring process runs smoothly.
State law controls the age at which teens must obtain age certificates, working papers or parental consent letters and how long you must retain those documents. To help you get a handle on this crucial paperwork requirement, here's a chart summarizing the state laws.
How many times has your company or department held brainstorming sessions to generate fresh ideas? Guess what? That method is a creativity killer.
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