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Accountable Plan Expense Reimbursements

From IRS Publication 15 (2014) http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p15.pdf Employee business expense reimbursements. A reimbursement or allowance arrangement is a system by which you pay the advances, reimbursements, and charges for your employees’ business expenses. How you report a reimbursement or allowance amount depends on whether you have an accountable or a nonaccountable plan. If a single payment includes […]

QuickBooks Payroll: FAQs for 2014 FUTA Credit Reduction States

This article explains how the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) credit reduction affects your FUTA taxes, Form 940, and Schedule A for 2014. http://payroll.intuit.com/support/kb/1000921.html

2014 Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) Credit Reductions

FUTA Credit Reduction What is a credit reduction state? A state is a credit reduction state if it has taken loans from the federal government to meet its state unemployment benefits liabilities and has not repaid the loans within the allowable time frame. A reduction in the usual credit against the full FUTA tax rate […]

What employees are exempt from hourly pay provisions of the FLSA?

Many employers want to treat their employees as salary employees instead of hourly employees. There are big potential problems if you do this with an employee that is not exempt from the minimum wage rules of the FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act). Note that certain states have wage and hour rules that are more stringent […]

Obamacare – Extra Time to Small and Large Businesses

Treasury and IRS Issue Final Employer Mandate Rules for Obamacare, Giving Extra Time to Small and Large Businesses: http://www.accountingtoday.com/news/Treasury-IRS-Issue-Final-Employer-Mandate-Rules-Obamacare-69572-1.html?utm_campaign=tax%20pro%20today-feb%2012%202014&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&taxpro=1

IRS Semi-weekly and Next-Day Payroll Tax Deposit Requirements

If you have a tax liability of more than $50,000 in the look back period (2012Q3 + 2012Q4 + 2013Q1 + 2013Q2), the semi-weekly deposit schedule applies to you. As a semi-weekly schedule depositor, your deposit of accumulated taxes for wages paid on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday is due by the following Wednesday. Deposit of […]

IRS Announces 2014 Pension Plan Limitations

IR-2013-86, Oct. 31, 2013 WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today announced cost‑of‑living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2014.  Some pension limitations such as those governing 401(k) plans and IRAs will remain unchanged because the increase in the Consumer Price Index did not meet the statutory […]

Employers may owe additional tax on FUTA wages paid in credit reduction states.

FUTA Credit Reduction What is a credit reduction state? A state is a credit reduction state if it has taken loans from the federal government to meet its state unemployment benefits liabilities and has not repaid the loans within the allowable time frame. A reduction in the usual credit against the full FUTA tax rate […]

For 2014 Social Security Wage Base increases to $117,000

For 2014 Social Security Wage Base increases to $117,000 Source: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/OACT/COLA/cbb.html

What Small Businesses Need to Do for Obamacare Before Oct. 1, 2013

Source: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-09-03/what-small-businesses-need-to-do-for-obamacare-before-oct-dot-1 Karen E. Klein September 03, 2013 The health insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act will open on Oct. 1. Most small employers—those with 50 or fewer full-time employees—are not required to offer health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Even businesses with more than 50 full-time employees have gotten a one-year reprieve from penalties if […]

2013 Social Sec/Medicare Rates & Wage Bases

2013 Social Sec/Medicare Rates & Wage Bases Social Security: EmployEE: 6.2% on earnings up to $113,700 EmployER: 6.2% on earnings up to $113,700 Medicare: Employee/employer (each) 1.45% on all earnings* * Certain high-income taxpayers will be required to pay an additional Medicare tax beginning in 2013. For details, see the IRS information on this topic. Basics: Employer […]

QuickBooks Payroll Fees Changing for New Customers

Upcoming changes to the Intuit Payroll product line will apply to NEW small business payroll customers only, beginning July 22, 2013. Small business customers with existing payroll subscriptions will not be affected. The changes do not affect QuickBooks Enhanced Payroll for Accounting Professionals.  What’s Changing? Simplified product offerings that easily help clients choose the right payroll service […]

Questions and Answers for the Additional Medicare Tax

Questions and Answers for the Additional Medicare Tax: Source: http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Questions-and-Answers-for-the-Additional-Medicare-Tax The following questions and answers provide employers and payroll service providers information that will help them as they prepare to implement the Additional Medicare Tax which goes into effect in 2013. The Additional Medicare Tax applies to individuals’ wages, other compensation, and self-employment income over […]

2013 IRS Retirement Contribution Limits

2013 IRS Retirement Contribution Limits http://www.irs.gov/Retirement-Plans/Plan-Participant,-Employee/Retirement-Topics-SIMPLE-IRA-Contribution-Limits

Partners are not employees and should not be issued a W-2

A partnership is the relationship existing between two or more persons who join to carry on a trade or business. Each person contributes money, property, labor or skill, and expects to share in the profits and losses of the business. A partnership must file an annual information return to report the income, deductions, gains, losses, […]

Revised Definition of a New Hire beginning on 04/21/12

The Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act of 2011 (PUblic Law 112-40), which amends Section 453A (a) (2) of the Social Security Act, includes a revised definition of “newly hired employee” to include any worker: 1. not previOusly employed by the employer; or 2. previously employed by the employer but separated from such prior employment for […]

2012 SIMPLE IRA Contribution Limits

SIMPLE IRA contributions include: salary reduction contributions and employer contributions: a. matching contributions or b. nonelective contributions. No other contributions can be made to a SIMPLE IRA plan. Salary reduction contributions. The amount the employee contributes to a SIMPLE IRA cannot exceed $11,500 for 2011 and 2012. If an employee participates in any other employer plan […]

CA Employer New Hire Notice (Wage Theft Protection Act of 2011)

California Governor Brown has signed into law AB 469 (Chapter 655, Statutes of 2011) known as the Wage Theft Protection Act of 2011. Click here for the full text of the Bill. The provisions of the Act become effective January 1, 2012. Labor Code section 2810.5 was added by the bill which requires that all […]

Payroll tax cut extended for remainder of 2012

The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (H.R. 3630) that was signed into law by President Obama on February 22, 2012, extends the 4.2% Social Security tax rate for employees through December 31, 2012. It also extends jobless benefits for between 63 weeks and 73 weeks, and averts a big cut […]

Employer-Provided Health Coverage Reporting Requirements on W-2 (2011 and 2012)

Employer-Provided Health Coverage Reporting Requirements on W-2. Source: http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=237894,00.html QuickBooks “Health Coverage Cost” set-up for reporting code DD in Box 12 Source: http://payroll.intuit.com/support/kb/2001263.html and http://www.payroll.com/healthcoverage

SD-Payroll Tax: 2012 Rates

2012 South Dakota Tax Rates and Wage Bases: Unemployment (UI): Rate: varies by employer UI account. First three year determined by statute: http://dlr.sd.gov/ui/uitaxfaqs.aspx#taxrates A “Contribution and Investment Fee Rate Notice for 2012” is mailed in November for the next year’s rates and wage bases. If you cannot locate, call SD DOL UI Insurance Division 605-626-2312. Wage […]

2012 Form W-4, Employee Withholding Allowance Certificate

Workers should review their withholding every year and if necessary, fill out a new Form W-4 and submit it to their employer. Workers who claimed exempt on their 2011 Form W-4 will need to complete a new Form W-4 for tax year 2012 by February 16, 2012 in order to maintain their exempt status.

Reporting in QuickBooks Employer-Sponsored Health Coverage Cost for Tax Year 2012.

Reporting in QuickBooks Employer-Sponsored Health Coverage Cost for Tax Year 2012. If you are currently using an Intuit QuickBooks Payroll solution – including Basic Payroll, Standard Payroll, Enhanced Payroll, or Assisted Payroll – read on to find out more about reporting employer-sponsored health coverage cost for tax year 2012.  A new tax tracking type, Health […]

Wages paid in excess of $18,350 within the first two months of 2012.

What to do regarding wages paid in excess of $18,350 within the first two months of 2012?  At this time, 4.2% Social Security Tax should be withheld on all wages for that period (01/01/12-02/29/12). Under the terms negotiated by Congress, the law also includes a new “recapture” provision, which applies only to those employees who receive […]

Payroll: 2012 Social Sec/Medicare Rates & Wage Bases

2011 Social Sec/Medicare Rates & Wage Bases Social Security: EmployEE: 4.2% on earnings up to $110,100* (see below) EmployER: 6.2% on earnings up to $110,100 Medicare: Employee/employer (each) 1.45% on all earnings * Section 601 of the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 reduced, for wages and salaries paid in […]