Employment Taxes

Recent Legislation Creates Professional Employer Organization Status

Professional employer organizations (PEOs) provide comprehensive payroll, benefits, and human resource outsourcing solutions to unrelated third-party employers. PEOs are often also referred to as employee leasing companies or "co-employers." The model for providing those services, which has been relatively consistent for many decades, may change significantly because of recent legislation that will bifurcate PEOs into two categories.

FICA Taxation of Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Arrangements

With the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which provided for an increase in the Medicare tax rate for certain high earners who are members of the ERISA "top hat" group, and recent discussions about the status of Social Security and Medicare funding, it is appropriate to review the rules in Sec. 3121(v)(2) governing FICA taxation.

Heightened Emphasis on Worker Classification

Worker classification has been a major concern for many years. While it is clear that government agencies recognize that worker misclassification is a significant problem, how to classify workers remains unclear.

Employment Tax Liabilities of Foreign Entities

A number of technical questions are involved in determining status as an employer for federal employment tax purposes when a foreign business sends individuals to work in the United States.

Correcting Employment Tax Errors

Correcting an employment tax error that is discovered in the year in which the error occurs is generally a simple process. However, employers often discover such errors after the close of the calendar year in which they paid the wages to an employee. The adjustment process to correct those errors is confusing and often leads to further mistakes.

IRS Intensifies Focus on Worker Classification

As the IRS intensifies its scrutiny of worker classification, businesses may want to take a fresh look at how their policies, procedures, and documentation around engaging independent contractors might withstand IRS review.

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TECHNOLOGY

2018 tax software survey

Among CPA tax preparers, tax return preparation software generates often extensive and ardent discussion. To get through the rigors of tax season, they depend on their tax preparation software. Here’s how they rate the leading professional products.

DEDUCTIONS

Qualified business income deduction regs. and other guidance issued

The package includes final regulations, guidance on how to calculate W-2 wages, a safe-harbor rule for rental real estate businesses, and new proposed rules on the treatment of previously suspended losses.