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An all-states chart on child support for payroll pros

States’ electronic mandates for child support are all over the map. Some states, for example, mandate that withheld child support be remitted electronically; others don’t. This chart helps you get a handle on the electronic child support landscape.

Payroll odds and ends from the IRS

The IRS is a prodigious publisher. Here are digests of two recently released Information Letters.

Swapping benefits for pay: Is it legal?

Q. Is it acceptable for a company to negotiate with employees (on a case-by-case basis) to provide higher salary in exchange for the employee not taking certain benefits that the company pays 100% for (such as life insurance, AD&D, STD and LTD)? — Ed, Virginia

The things we do for love: Help newlyweds keep pay in order

June brides who take their husbands’ names and newly married couples who hyphenate their names must get new Social Security cards reflecting their new names. Reminder: Don’t change your payroll records until newlyweds show you their new Social Security cards.

Special analysis: Take steps against identity theft

What do banks, health insurers, major retail chains and movie studios have in common? Massive cyberattacks that have led to stolen identifying information, including employees’ sensitive personal data. You can thwart any identity thief by taking some simple steps and modifying some ­procedures.

You’re in the Army now! How to pay military employees

Employees who are in the National Guard and Reserves usually serve their two weeks during the summer. Here’s what you need to know.

Watch the clock when hiring teens this summer

If you’re planning on hiring teenagers this summer, remember that the Fair Labor Standards Act has strict rules regarding the jobs and hours teens may work.

June 2015: Employer’s business tax calendar

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

IRS firms up consent rules for FICA refunds

The IRS has issued a final revenue procedure that covers how to obtain employees’ consent before you refund overwithheld FICA taxes to them.

Court: Employee’s beef is with the IRS, not her employer

A federal trial court has ruled that an employee who sued her employer, alleging that the employer’s share of FICA and FUTA were wrongfully withheld from her pay, had to instead file a refund claim with the IRS for those amounts. If the refund claim is denied, she can sue the IRS for her money, the court concluded.