Payroll Mailbag

How voluntary is a voluntary wage assignment? … O’Dowd, O Dowd or O-Dowd?
Questions for the Social Security Administration, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the Office of Child Support Enforcement.
Breaking down an employee’s travel time … Three questions on figuring the regular rate of pay
Employee vs. the IRS: Who wins? … Are employer-provided computers taxable? … 1099s for LLCs: To provide or not to provide … Health insurance reporting for a married couple
Lunch dates with officemates: Are they taxable or not? … Does the presence of a third party change taxation?
What qualifies as a 401(k) hardship distribution? … What payments are subject to child support withholding?
Too many child support orders for comfort … Parsing the travel rules when employees aren’t away from home
No, this isn’t a valid W-4 … No, that’s not the employee’s official start date
Are expenses paid directly to third parties still taxable? … Are parking stipends excludable as transportation fringes?
Odd apostrophe in first name causes W-2 consternation … Name or gender problem: we can’t decide