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Health plans: Regs, regs and more regs

02/21/2017
Three federal agencies—the IRS, the Department of Labor and the Department of Health and Human Services—hold sway over group health plans. Each agency has issued regulations that will affect your group plan.

In the Payroll Mailbag ...

02/21/2017
What counts as a uniform? ... Is bike sharing a legitimate pretax commuter benefit?

The higher salary level test is dead, but not for everyone

02/21/2017
Regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act were to have raised the guaranteed weekly salary for exempt employees, but a federal court has issued an injunction preventing those regs from going into effect.

Employee's calculation error doesn't invalidate OT claim

02/21/2017
A federal appeals court ruled that an employee was entitled to prove at trial that she was owed overtime pay for time that her employer should have known she was working, despite her mistake in calculating her overtime pay rate.

IRS muses on cafeteria plan benefits

02/21/2017
The IRS has released four information letters in which it discusses the requirements for cafeteria plan benefits.

Bracketology, Payroll style

02/21/2017
Brackets for Payroll mean tax brackets, not the betting sheets for March Madness college basketball playoffs. Now that you’ve finished with 2016 year-end, it’s time to turn back to items that fell through the cracks.

Use Forms 6765 & 8974 to figure payroll tax R&D credit

02/21/2017
The picture has now become clearer with the release of revised Form 6765 and new Form 8974 for tax year 2016.

Applicant who used fake SSN owed $1.4 million from employer

02/21/2017
A federal trial court ruled that an employer violated Title VII when it denied a job based solely on a false Social Security number.

W-2/1099 safe harbor begins to take shape

02/21/2017
The new safe harbor for de minimis errors on W-2s and 1099s gets its first test drive with forms filed this year. But, according to the IRS, it’s payees who are in the driver’s seat.

W-2 penalty box

02/10/2017
For 2017, penalties for failing to file correct W-2s, 1095s and 1099s, or to provide recipients with correct statements, increase.

March 2017: Employer's business tax calendar

01/17/2017
Here's your monthly guide to critical payroll due dates.

In the Payroll Mailbag ...

01/17/2017
Are Uber and Lyft tax-free commuting options? ... Is home internet access taxable?

Flu season means wage-and-hour headaches, too

01/17/2017
February is the apex of flu season, which means employees will be calling in sick. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) has a lot to say about your sick time policies.

Special analysis: FOIA request as a post-audit strategy

01/17/2017
Tax auditors generate lots of paper and electronic files during audits. You can use those resources to your advantage during post-audit penalty negotiations with an IRS appeals officer.

Clocks spring forward on March 12

01/17/2017
Daylight-saving time begins at 2:00 a.m., March 12, 2017.
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