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Lock-in letters soon to get a new look

Lock-in letters sent earlier this year still referred to the number of withholding allowances employees took on W-4s they refiled in response to lock-in letters. The IRS has now provided definitive instructions on what to do.

E-filing threshold may not drop in 2021

The Taxpayer First Act lowers the mandatory e-filing threshold for information returns to 100 or more returns, from 250 returns, beginning with forms filed next year. The IRS, on the other hand, is much more equivocal.

Disaster planning: Ideas for Payroll & HR

The coronavirus pandemic is just one disaster among many that could interrupt your business. There will be others. HR and Payroll need to work together to ensure the continuity of the business during interruptions. Here’s some help to get you started.

Pay, benefits adapt to coronavirus pressures

Results of the “WorldatWork COVID-19 Employer Response Survey” provide a window into how organizations are addressing compensation and benefits issues.

Here’s how the Internal Revenue Code can help you out of coronavirus-related jams

Don’t be completely afraid of the Internal Revenue Code. There are provisions that can help you and your employees out.

CARES Act offers 2 more employer-relief measures

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, signed March 27, is best known for providing a $2 trillion stimulus jolt to a coronavirus-stunned economy. However, the CARES Act also contains two provisions intended to help employers keep from having to lay off employees.

IRS/DOL FAQs cover COVID-19 documentation

Employees could begin taking paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act on April 1. Which means you could begin filing Form 7200 to get an advance on your paid leave tax credits or you could begin reducing your tax deposits to pay for leave. But all of this needs to be backed up with documentation. And as with all things labor-related, and, especially payroll taxes, your documentation must pass muster.

May 2020: Employer’s business tax calendar

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

ACA poverty line safe harbor set for 2020 plan year

Under the Affordable Care Act’s federal poverty line safe harbor, group health benefits are affordable during the 2020 plan year if employees don’t pay more than $103.99 per month.

Feeling insecure about the SECURE Act?

The ink is barely dry on the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019—the SECURE Act—which was included in a year-end 2019 appropriations bill. Yet it’s evident the IRS will have its hands full clarifying the law.