Employers will pay less tax starting July 1

Congressional action is required to extend a 0.2 percent Federal Unemployment Tax Act surtax past its June 30 expiration date, and there is indication that Congress is not expected to extend the surtax. This would reduce the total FUTA tax rate to 6.0 percent for the period 7/1/2011 through 12/31/2011. Applying the full 5.4 percent credit for state unemployment taxes, except employers in a "credit-reduction state", the net FUTA rate will be .6 percent for the remainder of the year. The FUTA ... Read more

Quarter End Reminder (2nd Quarter 2011)

We are rapidly approaching the end of another quarter. The last day of processing for this quarter will be Thursday, June 30, 2011. If you have any adjustments that need to be included in this quarter, please submit them to your Account Manager no later than 1:00pm on the 30th.  Adjustments may include manual checks written by you, or any checks you may have voided. For our Clients who have “APPLIED FOR” State and Unemployment ID numbers, please send them in as ... Read more

Update-Announced Today: IRS Increases Mileage Rate to 55.5 Cents per Mile

IRS Increases Mileage Rate to 55.5 Cents per Mile WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today announced an increase in the optional standard mileage rates for the final six months of 2011. Taxpayers may use the optional standard rates to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business and other purposes. The rate will increase to 55.5 cents a mile for all business miles driven from July 1, 2011, through Dec. 31, 2011. This is an increase of 4.5 cents ... Read more

Social Security Projects and Increase to Wage Base for 2012

The Social Security Administration’s Office of the Chief Actuary (OCA) is projecting that the Social Security wage base will increase from the current wage base of $106,800 to $110,700 for 2012. This would be the first increase in wage base since 2009. The Social Security administration projects increases through the year 2020. • 2012 — $110,700 • 2013 — $114,900 • 2014 — $120,000 • 2015 — $125,400 • 2016 — $130,800 • 2017 — $135,900 • 2018 — $141,300 • 2019 — $146,700 • 2020 — $153,300 The full report ... Read more

IRS Not Planning to Increase Business Mileage Rate Despite Spike in Gas Prices

During its May 12 conference call with payroll industry stakeholders, the IRS said that it has no current plans to increase the business standard mileage rate of 51 cents, even though gasoline prices have increased to levels not seen since the last time the IRS increased the rate mid-year in 2008. Ligeia Donis, Assistant Branch Chief, IRS Office of Chief Counsel, provided two reasons for IRS’s stance: There is always the possibility that gas prices could decline, and there are some indications ... Read more

Struggling with Paying Your Taxes? Let IRS Help You Get a Fresh Start.

Help from the IRS for individuals and small businesses struggling to meet their tax obligations On February 24, 2011, the Internal Revenue Service Commissioner announced an initiative to help people get a fresh start with their tax liabilities. The initiative centers on changes to IRS collection practices that will lessen the negative impact on taxpayers. The changes include: Adjustments to IRS Lien Policies Significantly increasing the dollar threshold when liens are generally issued, resulting in fewer tax liens Making it easier ... Read more

OSHA’s Heat Campaign: Keeping Cool on the Job

On May 14, 2008, a young worker named Maria Isavel Vasquez Jimenez arrived for her shift at a California vineyard. She was pregnant, and her job required her to spend long hours tying grapevines in the sun. As the day wore on, the temperature soared, eventually reaching triple digits. After nine hours of work, Maria collapsed from heat exhaustion. Two days later, Maria was dead. She was 17 years old. Maria’s death demonstrates – in the saddest ... Read more

Employer’s Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits

The Internal Revenue Code (IRC) stipulates that all compensation received by an employee from an employer, regardless of the form it takes, constitutes wages subject to federal income and employment taxes. Compensation may be excluded from wages and exempt from taxation only where the IRC provides a specific exclusion. Please see the below link to IRS Publication 15-B for clarification of these guidelines. IRS Employer's Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits Read more

Withholding Compliance Questions & Answers

Q1: In the past, as an employer, I was required to submit all Forms W-4 that claimed complete exemption from withholding (when $200 or more in weekly wages were regularly expected) or claimed more than 10 allowances. What Forms W-4 do I now have to submit to the IRS? A1: Employers are no longer required to routinely submit Forms W-4 to the IRS.  However, in certain circumstances, the IRS may direct you to submit copies of Forms ... Read more

Quarter End Letter

We are rapidly approaching the end of another quarter. The last day of processing for this quarter will be Thursday, June 30, 2011. If you have any adjustments that need to be included in this quarter, please submit them to your Account Manager later than 1:00pm on the 30th.  Adjustments may include manual checks written by you, or any checks you may have voided. For our Clients who have “APPLIED FOR” State and Unemployment ID numbers, please send them in as soon ... Read more
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