Employment Taxes

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.

0.9% Medicare Surtax Final Regulations Issued

Regulations contain guidance for employers and individuals on the implementation of the tax, including the requirement to file a return reporting the tax, the process for employers to make adjustments of underpayments and overpayments of the tax, and the processes for employers and employees to file claims for refund for an overpayment of the tax.

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.

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With the extended 2017 tax filing season drawing to a close, now is the time to get your practice and your clients ready for the 2018 season.

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2016 Best Article Award

The winners of The Tax Adviser’s 2016 Best Article Award are Edward Schnee, CPA, Ph.D., and W. Eugene Seago, J.D., Ph.D., for their article, “Taxation of Worthless and Abandoned Partnership Interests.”