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A guide to employer tax credits in FFCRA and the CARES Act

You’ve probably weathered many changes to your company and staffing recently. And that includes staying compliant with new legislation that requires expanded paid leave. There’s a lot of detail to keep track of, but the good news is many employers are eligible for some relief in the form of tax credits. Here’s what you need to know.

Understanding I-9 Compliance

Welcoming a new employee comes with the necessary hurdle of onboarding paperwork. The I-9 form is often the launching point for documenting the arrival of your new team member. The form confirms the employee’s identity and eligibility for employment in the US regardless of their citizenship.

New Year, New W-4?: What You Need to Know About the Redesigned 2020 Form W-4

By now, you’ve probably heard the IRS has released a redesigned version of form W-4 for 2020, also known as the Employee’s Withholding Certificate. Most employees will need to fill out a new W-4 now and then, but how does this new form factor into the mix?

Exempt vs Non-exempt: FLSA Final Rule Announced

If you’re like many employers, you’ve been following the developments about the DOL’s long-anticipated final rule regarding overtime eligibility. The law is critical to correctly classifying exempt and non-exempt employees, and many employers have been left in a holding pattern since updates were first suggested in 2016.

Keep Your 2018 Tax Return Handy! Now’s the Best Time to Plan for Next Year.

How did your 2018 taxes turn out? Hopefully you were able to check withholding allowances and make any needed adjustments to avoid a tax liability. If not, you might be wondering how to end up in a better position next year, especially if owing taxes came as a surprise.

Ready or Not, 2019 is Almost Here!

It might be hard to believe, but 2018 is drawing to a close. Right now your company may be preparing for a slow-down during the holiday season, ramping up for your busiest time of year, or rolling along with business as usual. In any case, it’s time to start thinking about 2019. Our revised and updated checklist will keep you on track as you look ahead to the new year.

Tax Time Already? Check Your W-4 Now, Avoid Surprises Later

 

Do you rely on a tax refund to pay for a big, recurring expense like a vacation? Are you counting on a refund for a home improvement project? Do you keep close tabs on your budget and can’t afford to owe on your taxes?

The Ins and Outs of Vacation for Exempt Employees

Summer is here and that means employees are making vacation plans. While your hourly employees,  non-exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), don’t get paid for hours they don’t work, it’s a little more complicated for exempt employees. What happens if they don’t have enough paid time off banked to cover their vacation? What if someone wants to take a half day off the last day before they leave for a trip? Do you have to pay your salaried employees even though your office will be closed on July 4? It’s enough to tempt you to extend your own vacation indefinitely!

 

 

Taxes, Wages and ACA Compliance:  Don’t Drop the Ball in the New Year

 

2018 is coming fast!  Are you paying attention to the changes and deadlines that are right around the corner? Our tips will help you navigate changes to tax and wage rates and stay compliant with the Affordable Care Act. 

Can You Afford to Misclassify Your Workers?

 

It’s Monday morning: Employees make their way to their workstations, the Keurig whirrs in the break room and the office starts to hum along as usual. Then, an employee approaches you and says that he’s done some research and discovered that his exempt job has been misclassified, and he’s actually nonexempt. What? No one has ever questioned their job status before, and your company’s job titles and descriptions are all in order. Is this employee correct? Are there others?  How is a misclassification fixed? Or do you need to do anything about it? If he’s right, does the company owe him money? Are there tax penalties?

It’s going to be a long week.

The New I-9: What You Need to Know

The US Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS), part of the Department of Homeland Security, released a revised I-9 Employee Eligibility Verification form on July 17, 2017. You may be curious as to why the USCIS revised the form only eight months after its last publication. Read on to find out why a new form was created, what has changed about the form and what you need to know as an employer. 

W-2 Phishing Scam Targets Small Businesses, Schools and Others

 

As if you need one more thing to worry about this time of year, the IRS has issued an urgent alert regarding phishing scams. These scams target sensitive employee information which crooks can then use to commit various identity crimes, including filing fraudulent tax returns. These types of scams have previously targeted larger corporations but are now going for other sectors including school districts, tribal organizations, nonprofits and small to medium-sized businesses. What can you do to stay one step ahead?

2017 Standard Mileage Rates Announced

In 2017 the IRS is decreasing the allowable deduction for mileage. The new deduction rates will apply to miles driven for business travel, as well as, travel for medical or charitable purposes. The IRS determines the standard mileage rate deduction based on a study conducted annually. The study considers both fixed and variable costs. Although both fixed and variable costs are used to determine mileage rate deductions for business travel, medical and charitable travel are based solely on variable costs.

Keeping up with Changing Compliance Requirements

There were a few important alerts announced this month that change federal compliance for human resource management that may affect your company. We thought it was worth going through the announcements one more time. 

C Corp, S Corp or LLC? Business Basics

There's so much to think about when running (or considering to run) a business. Location, staffing, regulations, competition...as business owners know, the list goes on and on. But what about your business type, also known more officially as "entity?" It may be something you haven't considered, but it effects your bottom line and much more. Before starting or buying an existing business, you should be familiar with the following terms. It may save you in the long run.

Don't Miss the Work Opportunity Tax Credit

Ever wonder how you can save money for your company? Here's one way, in four words: Work Opportunity Tax Credit. If you aren't getting it, you're losing out.

What is the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, also known as WOTC? According to the US Department of Labor, the WOTC "is a Federal tax credit available to employers for hiring individuals from certain target groups who have consistently faced significant barriers to employment." These target groups include: