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Let’s talk about PTO and payroll taxes

Employees just getting back to the office may be reluctant to schedule time off, either because they have a lot to do or because they don’t want to be seen as dispensable. But you’ll run headlong into a Payroll and HR catastrophe if you have a use-it-or-lose-it PTO policy.

August 2020: Employer’s business tax calendar

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

In the Payroll Mailbag: July ’20

Beware the trap with deferrals … Can a missed deferred deposit be made up?

No day camp…no problem: Paid FMLA leave may still apply

According to the Department of Labor, paid FMLA leave isn’t available after schools close for the summer, because that’s not a coronavirus-related reason. But, up to 12 weeks of paid FMLA leave may be available, if camps or other programs in which employees’ kids were enrolled didn’t open due to the coronavirus.

High Court rules IRCA doesn’t override state W-4 laws

Almost all states now use their own W-4s. And some of those states make it a crime to use a false identity when filling out a state W-4. Those laws don’t interfere with the Immigration Reform and Control Act when employees use the same false information on I-9s and state W-4s, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled.

Biometrics: I spy with my little eye

You should take this opportunity to reexamine your timekeeping system. Their role has evolved way beyond preventing buddy-punching.

July 2020: Employer’s business tax calendar

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

In the Payroll Mailbag: June ’20

Which employer-paid benefits are taxable? … Are covid-19 bonuses included in the regular rate?

Snack attack? Better be prepared to eat half the cost

Proposed regulations consider snacks in break rooms, such as free water and cookies, to be meal expenses, subject to the 50% limit on deductions on your Form 1120.

IRS consolidates two more payment field offices

As of July 1, the IRS is closing two business payment P.O. Boxes (i.e., lockbox addresses) in the Cincinnati and Hartford areas.