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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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I know tons of people take vacation in August, because it becomes so much easier to drive around my neighborhood. Sweet! You should use this quiet time in the office to reach out to employees and suggest that they check their withholding for the remainder of the year …

Both houses of Congress are taking their traditional August break now. They need a vacation. What’s waiting for them when they return after Labor Day? Well, let’s take a look at two big-ticket items …

The Trump administration would like to know what you think is the most important thing the Department of Labor should consider as it goes about rewriting the Obama administration’s 2016 regulations that would have raised the amount employees must earn to be exempt from minimum wage and overtime requirements. It’s not an idle question. The Trump administration has taken the first step to rewrite those regs by issuing a Request for Information, in which it is soliciting comments and ideas from the public.

The IRS has pinpointed some new examples of electronic cons known as spear phishing. Don’t take the bait.

On Monday evening, July 17, the Senate’s second attempt at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act failed when it became apparently to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R–Ky.) that there weren’t enough Republican votes to bring the Better Care Reconciliation Act to the floor for debate. That doesn’t mean the ACA repeal-and-replace effort is completely dead …

The Department of Labor had until June 30 to file an appellate brief defending the Obama administration’s regulations that raised the amount employees must earn to be exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime pay requirements to $913 a week, up from $455.

About six weeks after the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628), the Senate released a “discussion draft” of its take on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act—The Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017. The Senate’s discussion draft doesn’t depart drastically from the House’s bill. Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the payroll provisions and the provisions that apply to group health plans, as they stand now …

Even if the Affordable Care Act is headed to the repeal-and-replace chopping block, you’re still on the hook for penalties for failing to file Forms 1095-C/1094-C for 2015 and 2016. Bad news: The IRS has started the penalty process by mailing letters to employers …

If your electronically filed first-quarter Form 941 was rejected by the IRS, you’re not alone. According to Mike McGuire, from IRS Modernized e-file, the IRS rejected tens of thousands of first-quarter Form 941s because the amount reported on Schedule B didn’t equal the amount on Line 12.

Nope, we’re not talking about cash to pay your income taxes or cash to deposit your payroll taxes. The IRS is still good with that. But, beginning June 15, you’ll have to use pay.gov if you want the IRS to issue a private letter ruling, a closing agreement and certain other rulings.
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