Key deadlines for employers in 2022 Q1

Here are some of the key tax-related deadlines affecting businesses and other employers during the first quarter of 2022. Keep in mind that this list isn’t all-inclusive, so there may be additional deadlines that apply to you. Contact us to ensure you’re meeting all applicable deadlines and to learn more about the filing requirements. January […]

Labor Dept. clarifies employee vs. independent contractor rule

Classifying employees or independent contractors has become more muddled during the Covid-19 crisis that has only increased the reliance on gig economy workers. In an attempt to bring clarity, the Labor Department finalized its rule earlier this month for determining whether a worker is considered an employee or an independent contractor. U.S. Secretary of Labor […]

Year-End Planning: Prepare Forms W-2

As we near the end of 2020, it is time for employers to begin preparing Forms W-2 to send in January. All forms W-2, and W-3 for the 2020 tax year must be filed by January 31, 2021. Consequently, now is the time to begin gathering necessary information for W-2 reporting for various items such […]

Are you withholding enough? Now is a good time to check

Due to the massive changes in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the 2019 filing season resulted in a few surprises. Some filers who have gotten a refund in past years wound up owing money. The IRS reports that the number of refunds paid this year is down from last year — and the average […]

Pay too little in taxes last year? IRS offers relief for underpayment

Many taxpayers saw a bump in their take-home pay last year as a result of the lower tax rates and increased standard deduction thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. That’s the good news. On the other hand, some taxpayers may have had too little tax withheld in 2018, exposing them to potential penalties […]

A closer look at the wage limits for pass-through entities

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act provides a valuable new tax break to noncorporate owners of pass-through entities: a deduction for a portion of qualified business income (QBI). The deduction generally applies to income from sole proprietorships, partnerships, S corporations and, typically, limited liability companies (LLCs). It can equal as much as 20 percent of […]

Don’t be too busy to fall for this tax scam

An employer’s life is almost always busy, but it is even more so at the first part of the year with the added responsibilities of preparing documents for filing taxes for both themselves, their business and so their employees can file their taxes as well. Unfortunately, scam artists are counting on this hectic season to […]

New withholding tables reflecting tax reform now available

Many Americans can look forward to seeing an increase in their paychecks next month due to the new tax law, but first employers must update withholding information for employees. The IRS released recently the 2018 withholding tables – formally the 2018 Percentage Method Tables for Income Tax Withholding – and employers must begin using them […]

There is more than one way to pay your taxes

Just as more and more businesses accept electronic payment for purchases or bills, so too does the IRS.  Of course, you can still pay your taxes each year or quarterly by check or money order, but you can also use other options such as: Direct pay through your checking or savings account. This service is […]

Time to begin year-end payroll planning

Preparations are underway for numerous holiday events and outings, but for small business owners, other year-end activities take center stage. The following are some steps that must be taken by business owners who handle their payroll functions in-house: Have employees confirm their address and Social Security numbers. Use the Social Security Administration’s Social Security Number […]