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August 2017: Employer's business tax calendar

06/22/2017
Here's your monthly guide to critical payroll due dates.

Substantiation eased for hardship retirement distributions

06/22/2017
One of the first things IRS auditors examine when auditing 401(k) or 403(b) plans is documentation backing up hardship distributions made to employees who need cash. New exception: New instructions to auditors ease this substantiation burden by allowing plans to ditch retaining original documentation in favor of summaries of employees’ financial need.

In the Payroll Mailbag ...

06/22/2017
What do to when health benefit deductions go bad ... No proof of identity from employee ... Are pedometers taxable? ... Rules for providing electronic W-2s ... What company cars and library books have in common

The Mouse is not pleased! What's your policy on uniforms?

06/22/2017

Mickey and Minnie have gotten their due. The Department of Labor has announced that it has reached an agreement with the Walt Disney Co. to pay $3.8 million in back wages to 16,339 “cast members” who had to pay for “costumes” to be worn at the company’s theme parks.

HHS civil rights office warns of HIPAA phishing scam

06/22/2017
If you have a health plan, the odds are you’re covered under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA. The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights—the OCR—has become aware of two phishing schemes related to HIPAA.

Glitch arises with payroll tax credit for research

06/22/2017
The credit is taken on Form 941. For calendar year businesses, the first time the credit can be taken is on the second-quarter form, which is due July 31.

Feds: Payroll news you can use

06/22/2017
Here are digests of some recently released official announcements from around the federal government.

Retirees entitled to prompt payment of final wages

06/22/2017
The California Supreme Court has ruled that penalty wages, in addition to final wages, were due to a retiree whose final pay was late. PLUS: a 2017 all-states chart on penalty wages.

Feds charge Philadelphia priest with embezzlement

06/07/2017
Monsignor William A. Dombrow faces charges he embezzled more than a half million dollars from the Villa St. Joseph nursing home for retired priests in suburban Philadelphia.

9th Circuit: Equal Pay Act allows past pay as excuse for current pay differences

06/06/2017
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has concluded that employers are free to use past pay as the starting point for a compensation offer as long as they can justify the practice as having a legitimate business purpose. That’s true even if using past pay ends up perpetuating past pay discrimination.

Research: Gender wage gap established early in careers

06/02/2017
The wage gap between men and women is established early in workers’ careers and increases “considerably” in the first 20 years of their working lives, according to new research published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

July 2017: Employer's business tax calendar

05/25/2017
Here's your monthly guide to critical payroll due dates.

In the Payroll Mailbag ...

05/25/2017
Gift cards from HR ... Fixing three years' worth of miscalculated benefits

401(k) robo-advisers: Press 1 for investment advice

05/25/2017
It’s becoming increasingly hard to find a human to talk to when you pick up the phone. It was inevitable that automated advisers—called robo-advisers—would seep into the 401(k) arena.

Paying by installments just got more expensive

05/25/2017
If you can’t pay your back payroll taxes all at once, you may enter into an installment agreement with the IRS and pay them off over time. Bad news: The fees for entering into installment agreements have increased precipitously.
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