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What to tell employees about tax reform and 2018 withholding


The rushed passage of tax reform legislation at the end of 2017 means employees now have little reliable guidance on how to manage income tax withholding on their 2018 pay. Here’s a framework for fielding withholding-related questions. 

2018 standard auto mileage rate increases 1¢ per mile


The IRS’ standard mileage rate, which you can use to reimburse employees who drive their own cars on business, increases to 54.5¢ a mile for 2018, up one penny from the 2017 rate.

REPORT: The 2017 Tax Reform Law: What HR, Payroll & Employers Need to Know

In December 2017, Congress passed the first major overhaul of the U.S. tax code in more than 30 years. The law, colloquially known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, will have a far-reaching impact on both employers and employees. Specifically, employers confront an altered landscape when it comes to certain fringe benefits and pay […]

New tax law includes several key changes to employee benefits


Major tax reform legislation just passed carries important changes for employers, HR and payroll departments.

Beware automatic deductions for meal times


Take note if you automatically deduct meal periods from your hourly employees’ total hours worked: Although those deductions don’t violate the Fair Labor Standards Act, they can be dangerous.

Want fees with that? McDonald’s pays $1 mil


The owners of 16 McDonald’s franchises in Pennsylvania have agreed to pay more than $1 million to settle charges they violated state law when they paid employees with fee-laden debit cards.

Master compliance challenges that follow natural disasters

Unless planned and executed properly, employers’ emergency procedures may run afoul of many federal, state and local employment laws.

2018 FICA wage base, withholding allowances, retirement contributions


The Social Security Administration has announced that the taxable wage base for the Social Security portion of FICA will increase to $128,700 in 2018. The amount employees can contribute to 401(k) and 403(b) retirement accounts will increase to $18,500 for 2018.

All-States Chart on Worker Classification Tests

To ensure that you stay on the right side of worker classificiation, this chart lists the states and the tests they use to determine workers’ status.

October 2017: Employer’s business tax calendar

Here’s your monthly guide to critical payroll due dates.
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