Payroll Today

The IRS has listened to a chorus of critics and backed down on its incredibly complicated vision of a new W-4.
Hurricane Florence has devastated the Carolinas. Other disasters are lurking out there, too. Here’s what you need to know about Hurricane Florence relief, and about coping with future disasters.
The IRS is the big, bad actor in payroll taxes, because, well, it’s taxes. But other federal agencies hold sway over your payroll operations, too. We don’t want to complicate your day any further, but here are some things that recently hit the web that you should know about.
When the IRS released the first draft of the 2019 W-4 back in June, it gave the public 30 days to comment. That 30-day comment period ended in early July. The IRS then said it would release a second draft of the W-4 sometime in August. Well, here we are at the last week in August and what do we have? Nada.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act added IRC §199A, which allows owners of pass-through entities to deduct 20% of their qualified business income on their 1040s. IRC §199A is a complicated provision, with some definite payroll implications. Here’s our take on the payroll-related provisions, in five not-so-frequently-asked questions.
This week is Paycheck Checkup Week. If that sounds familiar, it may be because the week of March 26 was also Paycheck Checkup Week. Too much of a good thing? Probably not.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is an outstanding example of the law of unintended consequences. Here’s the latest…
Last week we deviated from our strict payroll perspective to bring you a sneak peak of the 2018 Form 1040. And we’re sure that we’ll deviate again. After all, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is just chock full of good stuff that we haven’t highlighted yet and it’s a long summer. But this week we’re back to dissecting the 2019 W-4. Eight steps, lots of heartburn …
One of Congress’ sales pitches for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was that you’d be able to file your income taxes on a postcard. Never mind that filing your taxes on an actual postcard would mean that anyone who handles the mail could see your most intimate financial details. The IRS has now released a draft of the 2018 Form 1040.
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.