Payroll tax break considered as way to boost hiring

Charlotte Observer, June 9, 2011 President Barack Obama's advisers have discussed seeking a temporary cut in the payroll taxes businesses pay on wages amid economic reports suggesting the recovery is slowing, according to people familiar with the matter. The idea, in preliminary stages of discussion, is among several being debated in the administration with the aim of boosting hiring, the sources said. who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. The unemployment rate in ... Read more

IRS Requests Input on Determining Full-Time Employee Status for Future Health Coverage Guidance

The IRS has published a request for comments to assist in development of guidance und IRC §4980H, which was added to the Internal Revenue Code by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Affordable Care Act; Pub. L. No. 111-148). Comments are requested on a number of possible rules, definitions, and approaches for interpreting and applying §4980H – including potential definitions of “employer,” “employee,” and “hours of service”; a possible method for determining wheter an empl;oyer is an applicable large employer; ... Read more

Overtime Pay?

One of the most frequently asked questions we come across is when and how to pay overtime. There are many misconceptions on when overtime is required to be paid to an employee. Please read the following information from the U.S. Department of Labor for a clear understanding of when and how you should pay your employee overtime: Wage and Hour Division (WHD) Overtime Pay Overview The federal overtime provisions are contained in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Unless exempt, employees covered ... Read more

What qualifies as a deductible business expense?

Business Expenses Business expenses are the cost of carrying on a trade or business. These expenses are usually deductible if the business is operated to make a profit. What Can I Deduct? To be deductible, a business expense must be both ordinary and necessary. An ordinary expense is one that is common and accepted in your trade or business. A necessary expense is one that is helpful and appropriate for your trade or business. An expense does not have ... Read more

The IRS Details Reporting Health Insurance Coverage

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