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Court rules California’s auto-IRA program is legal

A federal trial court has ruled that California’s Secure Choices law—which mandates that small employers that don’t already have retirement plans enroll employees into auto-deduction IRAs and withhold the contributions from their pay—isn’t an ERISA-covered retirement plan.

W-2 Box 9: On again, off again

The 2019 W-2 is largely unchanged. Box 9, however, is again shaded out.

In the Payroll Mailbag: August ‘19

Breaking down an employee’s travel time … Three questions on figuring the regular rate of pay

Payroll FYI: General interest letters from the IRS

The IRS is a prodigious publisher. Here are digests of three general interest letters.

Final regs cover duties of CPEOs and clients

Final regulations firm up the requirements for certified professional employer organization status and also affect clients’ relationships with CPEOs.

Tales from tax protestor land: Revoke your visa right away

You can’t tug on Superman’s cape, you can’t spit into the wind and you can’t mess around with income tax withholding. This message seems to have slipped by one individual taxpayer and one business taxpayer, both of whom ended up in the IRS’ cross hairs.

Taxpayer First Act impacts payroll administration

The bulk of the Taxpayer First Act of 2019 deals with updating and modernizing the IRS. The payroll provisions, however, may not be so easy to swallow.

Sorry, you can’t expense that new Lamborghini

Finance departments know they need to keep a close eye on employees’ expense reports. That hasn’t stemmed the flow of eyebrow-raising reimbursement requests some employees have submitted, according to a new Robert Half Management Resources survey.

August 2019: Employer’s business tax calendar

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

Federal court invalidates association health plan regs

The Department of Labor’s final regulations on association health plans allow small employers to form bona fide groups, or associations, to buy group health insurance. Now a federal trial court has invalidated the bulk of these regs.