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Payroll Today

Payroll Today

Alice Gilman, Esq., is an expert in payroll and tax compliance who has covered payroll issues for more than 30 years. She’s written and edited several leading payroll publications, including Business Management Daily’s Payroll Legal Alert, the Research Institute of America’s Payroll Guide, Prentice Hall’s American Payroll Association’s Basic Guide to Payroll and the Payroll Manager’s Letter. She’s also the editor of Business Management Daily’s Payroll Compliance Handbook and The Complete FLSA Compliance Kit.

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The Department of Labor has proposed regulations that would tweak the payments that can and can’t be excluded from employees’ regular rate calculations when you’re figuring their overtime rates.
The 2018 1040 has changed so substantially (not really for the better in our opinion) and figuring your taxes is so different that employees may be feeling more stress than usual.
Although the TCJA has been on the books for more than a year now, knotty issues are still arising. Here’s the latest.
Although the TCJA has been on the books for more than a year now, knotty issues are still arising. Here’s the latest.
The IRS says the first draft of the 2020 W-4 should be ready for prime time by the end of May.
Some steps taken by the Department of Labor and a federal trial court, which rebuked the Office of Management and Budget, may impact on your payroll operations.
It’s pretty apparent now that employees don’t really understand the ingredients that comprise the income tax system, because they never had to think about it before. And that’s where this year’s problems begin.
Phishers have had to become more sophisticated, since the W-2 scam has basically played itself out. So they’re targeting employees directly.
So far, employees are really, really unhappy with their tax refunds, or lack thereof. And almost everyone is pointing their finger at the 2018 withholding tables.
Exactly one week after you filed your W-2s with the Social Security Administration, the IRS clarified that employers’ moving expense reimbursements didn’t need to be reported on employees’ W-2s in Box 12, with Code P.
What does the shutdown mean for all the paperwork that’s piled up and all the audits that were put on hold during the shutdown?
It’s time for our annual humor column. This year, we’ve roamed far and wide.
There are bunches of things the IRS can’t do right now. And if you need these services, you should adjust your expectations accordingly.

Here’s help with your W-2s

by 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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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