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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.

Information return penalties rise again for 2020

The IRS has adjusted the information return penalties for 2019 information returns you’re required to file in 2020.

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.

The ghosts of W-2s past need not haunt you any longer

Employees and the Social Security Administration must receive their copies of Form W-2 by Jan. 31, 2020. Added headache: robust computer security to fend off W-2 phishers. Here’s what you need to know to complete this year’s forms.

Do you hear what we hear?

We hear the groans of payroll managers who are trying to stuff 30 hours of work into 10-hour days. You can avoid the stress and still party if you take these key steps now.

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.

Holiday bonuses: Great for everyone’s morale but yours

Employees usually receive their bonuses in December, but Payroll must begin planning for them now. Here’s what you need to know.