Payroll Mailbag

Are hardship grants taxable to recipients? … Are new hires who never show up for work still employees?
Must we tax employees who test products before we sell them? … $2,000 in lifestyle accounts—tax it?
Is this charitable donation taxable to employees? … Spring cleaning turned up a very old paycheck. Is it valid?
re event tickets charged to company cards taxable? … What expenses can we reimburse if employees aren’t in sales?
Must we correct an employee’s middle name on a W-2? … Who polices exempt W-4s?
Reporting dependent care benefits on W-2s … Reporting overpaid wages on W-2s.
What’s the difference between AccuWage and SSNVS? … W-2 employee, 1099 contractor or both?
In which state is severance pay taxable? … Report travel reimbursements on an employee’s W-2?
Is this commuting or compensable travel time? … When is an employee who travels overnight eligible for OT?
This month we wrap up our coverage of the American Payroll Association’s 40th Annual Congress, held this year in Las Vegas, by reporting questions put to reps from various federal agencies.