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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 IRS will soon release the 2018 COLAs for 401(k) and other qualified plans. We will upload this important information as soon as it is available.

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.

401(k) plan loans: Figuring the payback is a @#$%&!

The IRS generally frowns on 401(k) plans that allow employees to take out loans. And it has come down like a hammer when employees whose accounts hold more than $100,000 in vested benefits take out multiple loans during the same year.

In the Payroll Mailbag …

Employee name/SSN mismatch problems … Can a bonus be withheld for child support? … I-9s for temps and distance workers

California on track for FUTA credit reduction

California is the last state standing from the 2008 economic downturn to be liable for a FUTA reduction, since it has yet to repay loans it took out to shore up its unemployment trust fund.

Swindled payroll clients come up short in the end

The IRS does not have to return to a bankruptcy estate a bankrupt payroll service bureau’s tax deposits that were collected from clients, but that were embezzled, a federal appeals court has ruled.

Slam the door on scammers this year-end season

There’s one overriding concern you need to worry about as year-end approaches—stopping scammers from getting into your payroll records. And scammers have become increasingly sophisticated, as last summer’s ransomware attacks have shown.

What happens when payday is on a holiday?

Q. Our wage payment deadline falls on the first Monday of September this year, which is Labor Day. By when must a company make payments to meet its deadline and avoid penalties when its payment date falls on a holiday?
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