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We often wonder how low ID thieves will go. Apparently, they haven’t hit bottom yet. The acting inspector general of the Social Security Administration recently issued a warning about ongoing Social Security Administration impersonation schemes.
I am not a patient person. I am not good at math. Neither, I suspect, are most employees. No doubt that will disappoint acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter, who commented recently that he’d like it if 200 million employees used the new IRS withholding calculator.

We spend the vast majority of our time unraveling the complexities of payroll law. But sometimes it’s good to step out and stretch our intellectual muscles by delving into other areas of tax law.

Let’s take a break from the never-ending saga of tax reform to consider what the Supreme Court did last week.

The IRS desperately wants to avoid handing taxpayers surprise tax bills next winter. Unfortunately, its withholding calculator is the only tool employees can use to right now to estimate their 2018 status and make changes to their withholding for the rest of the year by refiling their W-4s with you.

Key TCJA changes:

Not very comforting, is it?

Back in the winter, we mentioned that the IRS anticipated that the entire withholding process would change, beginning in 2019, thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Apparently that’s true, if this first draft of the 2019 W-4, which the IRS released last week, makes it into prime time.

I’m a city kid. I live now in the inner suburban ring of my city. It’s quieter, but sometimes the density and the crazy mall drivers get to me.

If you have employees who are more dismayed with their quality of life than I am, Vermont is beckoning. S.B. 94, signed by Gov. Phil Scott on May 30, promotes telecommuting by enacting a new remote worker grant program.

Ah, the beach. Or maybe you’re a lake and mountain person.

Wrinkle: Employees are still going to need to be paid while you’re gone, which means some advance planning is required.

Here’s our list of key tasks.

The American Payroll Association’s 36th Annual Congress, held this year outside Washington, D.C., just concluded. Here are some parting thoughts.

The fact is, you may never know who’s been snooping around your files. It may be a temp who wasn’t properly vetted or a vendor, such as an electronic W-2 vendor, stressed Cindy Cichosz, CPP, Supervisor, Payroll, Shared Services, for Veolia, North America. Cichosz walked APA attendees through the basics of identity theft, how to minimize its occurrence, and how to respond to it.

Those giant thunderstorms, which hit the East Coast Tuesday night, grounded IRS rep Anita Bartels’ flight from Orlando. So Pete Isberg, VP of Government Relations at ADP, provided attendees at the American Payroll Association’s Annual Congress with some insight into such hot-button issues as the ongoing saga of tax reform and the Affordable Care Act.

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