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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.

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 […]

CA-Payroll Tax: 2012 Rates

2012 California Payroll Tx Rates: http://www.edd.ca.gov/Payroll_Taxes/Rates_and_Withholding.htm#2012UIETTandSDIRates

Employers Required to Include Employee’s Date of Hire on New Hire Reports Starting 01/16/2012

Effective January 16, 2012, employers will be required to include an employee’s date of hire when submitting a new hire report. The date of hire is the date an employee first performed services for pay. This requirement was enacted in Section 802 of the Claims Resolution Act of 2010 (CRA; Pub. L. No. 111-291) signed […]

End of Quarter Payroll Tax Review

Here are some tricky things that we often have to fix for clients at the end of each quarter before the tax returns can be filed:  Tax rates aren’t correct This happens for three reasons: UI Rates typically change at the beginning of the calendar year and must be updated in QuickBooks. Rates sometimes change mid-year. […]

Wage Compensation for S Corporation Officers

FS-2008-25, August 2008 Corporate officers are specifically included within the definition of employee for FICA (Federal Insurance Contributions Act), FUTA (Federal Unemployment Tax Act) and federal income tax withholding under the Internal Revenue Code. When corporate officers perform services for the corporation, and receive or are entitled to receive payments, their compensation is generally considered […]

CA EFT Tax Payment Transmission Deadline

CA EFT Tax Payment Transmission Deadline: 3p PT one day prior to payment date. http://www.edd.ca.gov/payroll_taxes/faq_-_electronic_funds_transfer.htm#HowdoIensureatimelytaxdeposit

e-pay Tax Payment and Direct Deposit Transmission Deadlines in QuickBooks

Direct Deposit Transmission: There is a hard deadline of 5pm PT two business days before pay date. Wed 5pm PT for Fri pay day. e-pay of tax payments: 2 business days prior to payment date. Although IRS EFTPS has a transmission deadline of only 8p ET the day before payment date, QuickBooks requires you to […]

Payroll: 2011 Social Sec/Medicare Rates & Wage Bases

2011 Social Sec/Medicare Rates & Wage Bases Social Security: EmployEE: 4.2% on earnings up to $106,800 EmployER: 6.2% on earnings up to $106,800 Medicare: Employee/employer (each) 1.45% on all earnings From http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/10003.html

CA-Payroll Tax: 2011 Rates

CA-Payroll Tax: 2011 Rates http://www.edd.ca.gov/Payroll_Taxes/Rates_and_Withholding.htm#2011UIETTandSDIRates

CA-Payroll Tax: Debit cards replace UI checks

CA-Payroll Taxes: Debit cards replace CA unemployment benefit payment checks  http://www.edd.ca.gov/About_EDD/pdf/nwsrel11-29.pdf