Employment Taxes

IRS issues draft of revised Form W-4 for 2020

The new draft form, which has been extensively redesigned, is intended to simplify the calculation of income tax withholding after the changes made by the law known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Social Security wage base set for 2019

The Social Security Administration said that the amount of wages subject to the old age, survivors, and disability insurance (OASDI) tax for 2019 will be $132,900, increased from 2018’s maximum of $128,400.

Check Signer Was Not a Responsible Person

The wife of a partial owner of a corporation that owned a restaurant signed payroll checks yet was determined to be not a responsible person for purposes of the Sec. 6672 trust fund penalty.

Are Severance Payments Subject to FICA?

The definition of wages for purposes of income tax withholding and for the Federal Insurance Contributions Act has often been a point of contention. The Supreme Court recently reversed an appellate decision and held that severance payments to employees who were involuntarily terminated were taxable wages for FICA purposes.

Help for Self-Employed Clients Who Owe Taxes They Cannot Pay

In tax practice, CPAs occasionally encounter self-employed clients who have difficulty keeping up with their quarterly estimated tax payments. The problem of making adequate estimated tax payments is particularly difficult for the self-employed because they generally do not have taxes withheld and remitted to the government, as do most employees with wages reported on Form W-2.

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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.