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We’ve published all the crucial 2018 inflation-adjusted figures you need, including the FICA wage base and the pretax 401(k) deferral amount, as well as other 401(k)-related figures.

1099 This! This! And this!

October 26, 2017

The W-2 year-end process is burdensome enough. The last thing you need to worry about is filing Forms 1099-MISC for your independent contractors. Good news: The IRS has yet to issue final regulations restricting the circumstances under which you may apply for an extension of time to file.
The Social Security Administration has announced that the taxable wage base for the Social Security portion of FICA will increase to $128,700 in 2018. That’s a 1.179% hike over the 2017 wage base of $127,200. The IRS has announced that the amount employees can contribute to their 401(k) and 403(b) plan accounts will increase by […]
Health plans and health plan options change every plan year. That means employees will have questions every fall when open enrollment for benefits rolls around. A little employee outreach by you during open enrollment can make employees savvier about their health plan purchases, which, in turn, will lead to healthier employees.
First, the good news: The economy finally looks like it is on stable footing, and employers are hiring. Now, the bad news: With the job market heating up, HR is once again getting creative with the company’s benefits offerings.
Who needs Halloween when year-end seems to arrive like a witch riding on a broomstick—all at once. Take a few minutes now and you won’t stir up a cauldron of trouble later.

Payroll news you can use

September 28, 2017

Here are digests of some recently released official announcements from various federal government agencies.
You discovered that, inadvertently, the proper amount of income taxes wasn’t withheld from an employee’s pay last year. You’re inclined to file Form 941-X to fix the error. Not so fast: Whether you can correct this error on a 941-X depends on whether the error is administrative.
Under the timely mailing rule, if an item is postmarked by the Postal Service on the day it is due, the IRS or a court will consider it timely filed, even if they never receive it. The Tax Court, however, didn’t apply the rule to a postmark from a private meter. It ruled that court papers weren’t timely filed, even though the envelope bore a timely postmark from a private meter.
Payroll routinely administers the tax code; that’s what withholding is all about. Now, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case this term that will determine whether, under tax code Section 7212(a), taxpayers need to know that they’re under investigation before they can be accused of corruptly obstructing or impeding the due administration of the tax code.