Advice

Don’t live it up when you’re out on FMLA leave. A federal trial ruled an employer didn’t retaliate against an employee who was out on FMLA leave and who was observed by colleagues and a private investigator as acting in a manner inconsistent with her injuries.

Standard time begins Nov. 7

September 16, 2021

Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour to standard time at 2:00 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 7.
Here’s how the 60-day postponement period should be calculated when a disaster declaration doesn’t contain an incident date.
Failing to file your information returns next year will cost you more. The IRS has released the inflation-adjusted penalties for 2022.
OSHA’s upcoming vaccine mandate aimed at employers with 100 or more employees has, predictably, sparked an outsized interest in religious exemptions. Some clergy are already offering exemption letters for sale over the internet. What are you supposed to do now?
Now that a particle or two of dust has settled from last Thursday’s announcement that OSHA will write an emergency temporary standard requiring all employers with 100 or more employees to ensure their employees are fully vaccinated against covid-19, employers are left with some basic questions about this mandate. We’ve answered a few to the best of our ability.

2022 inflation adjustments

September 9, 2021

The Social Security Administration will soon release the 2022 Social Security taxable wage base. Except for tax-free fringe benefits, all wages are subject to the Medicare portion of FICA. In addition, the IRS will soon release the 2022 cost of living adjustments for 401(k) and other fringes. Check back regularly to learn the latest inflation adjustment information.

Last year, as employees were piling up accrued time they couldn’t use, the IRS allowed them to cash out their unused time, donate the cash to their employers and their employers would donate the cash to charitable organizations helping people impacted by the pandemic. The IRS has extended this relief through the end of this year.
The IRS still deals with tons of paper tax returns. Even more paper is generated when the IRS sues taxpayers to collect back taxes. And all of this paper is beginning to trip up the IRS in unusual ways. Sometimes it comes out on top; other times it loses. Two cases illustrate.
The first time the Tax Inspector General for Tax Administration looked into the IRS’ backup withholding program in 2016, it found payers didn’t backup withhold nearly $9 billion in income taxes. Despite the IRS’ assurances it would do a better job, payers didn’t backup withhold $13.3 billion in income taxes in 2018.