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Bad records nix deductions for kids’ wages

Kids are expensive. So wouldn’t it be great if you could pay them to do their chores and deduct those payments as wages? But you can’t.

IRS drops the veil on payroll audits

The IRS has issued interim guidance that clarifies and updates auditors’ responsibilities during payroll audits.

That perfect wedding gift: A new Social Security card


Love is not all that newlyweds need. If employees who tie the knot change or hyphenate their last names, they may also need new Social Security cards that reflect their married names.

When do we need to deliver a final check?

Q. If we decide to terminate an employee for poor performance, can we provide his final paycheck on our next regular payroll date?

HRAs clarified again

Will the IRS ever be finished with clarifying how health reimbursement arrangements fit into the Affordable Care Act? Maybe, but not anytime soon.

Payroll RAQs (rarely asked questions)

Are noncompetes taxable? Can employee choice trigger constructive receipt?

EEOC to collect wage data on the EEO-1

Payroll administrators, get ready to supply wage and hour data and W-2 data to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Form EEO-1.

ACA’s third affordability safe harbor set for 2016


If you use the Affordable Care Act’s third affordability safe harbor, group health benefits are affordable if employees’ monthly premiums for self-only coverage for the lowest cost plan don’t exceed 9.66% of the federal poverty line divided by 12.

Payroll news you can use


Here are digests of some recently released official announcements from the IRS.

April 2016: Employer’s business tax calendar


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