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Payroll

In the Payroll Mailbag …

07/27/2017
Discipline and pay: Not a good combination … Can we tell employees to hurry up and cash their checks? … Are these bonuses includable in the regular rate? … Classification challenge for returning retirees

Forecast for September: A week to celebrate Payroll!

07/27/2017
September 4–8 is National Payroll Week. That’s the week that everyone, from the lowest-level employee to those in the boardroom, should express their appreciation for the 100% spot-on job Payroll does.

Employees weigh work-life benefits, and you should, too

07/27/2017
The coming of another school year doesn’t just fill kids with anxiety. Parents want to know whether they can take time off to attend a school play, parent-teacher conference or stay home when their kids have the sniffles. Now is the time to assess whether your work-life benefits are up to snuff.

2018 inflation adjustments for HSAs/HDHPs released

07/27/2017
The IRS has announced the 2018 inflation-adjusted figures for health savings accounts and high-deductible health plans.

Program underway to yank tax delinquents’ passports

07/27/2017
Legislation enacted in 2015 requires the U.S. State Department, upon certification from the IRS, to revoke the passports of taxpayers who have seriously delinquent tax debts. That may be a problem for employers. Employees who can’t take overseas business trips are employees who aren’t productive. Such drastic measures may need an equally drastic response from the Payroll department.

Employer not liable for honoring wage levy

07/27/2017
An employer that honored a lock-in letter and a wage levy from the IRS isn’t liable to the employee for doing so, a federal trial court has ruled.

Knock, knock … Who’s there?

07/27/2017
IRS … IRS, who? Phone scams involving the IRS are so common that it has become a reflex to hang up the phone before the robocaller is even finished with the initial spiel. But what if someone knocks on your company’s door, flashes what looks like an official ID and says they’re from the IRS? How do you know for sure?

St. Paul embezzler of $1.2 million heads to prison

07/21/2017
A St. Paul man who once worked as the controller of an insurance company is headed to prison following his conviction for a 20-year scheme to embezzle more than $1.2 million from his former employer.

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.