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Mickey and Minnie have gotten their due. The Department of Labor has announced that it has reached an agreement with the Walt Disney Co. to pay $3.8 million in back wages to 16,339 “cast members” who had to pay for “costumes” to be worn at the company’s theme parks.

If you have a health plan, the odds are you’re covered under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA. The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights—the OCR—has become aware of two phishing schemes related to HIPAA.
The credit is taken on Form 941. For calendar year businesses, the first time the credit can be taken is on the second-quarter form, which is due July 31.
Here are digests of some recently released official announcements from around the federal government.
If you can’t pay your back payroll taxes all at once, you may enter into an installment agreement with the IRS and pay them off over time. Bad news: The fees for entering into installment agreements have increased precipitously.
The lack of one pesky comma can sure cause a great deal of trouble. A federal appeals court has ruled that Maine’s overtime law, which omits a comma from a list of overtime-exempt activities, meant that employees were entitled to overtime, after all.
You say you’re a small start-up company that’s eligible for the payroll tax research credit? Not so fast: The IRS has provided interim guidance on how to figure gross receipts for purposes of this credit.
The IRS will almost always abate a first-time penalty for failing to deposit payroll taxes, but you must have established a good track record beforehand.
How many ways are there for you to electronically sign payroll returns that will allow your third party to e-file on your behalf? At least two, according to newly revised Forms 8879-EMP and 8453-EMP.
Before you take the leap into PTOs, two private letter rulings from the IRS may temper your enthusiasm for them by dredging up the dreaded concept of constructive receipt.
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