Ruth Wimer

Ruth Wimer

McDermott Will & Emery

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Supreme Court Decides in Favor of IRS in Quality Stores: FICA Generally Applies to Severance Payments

The Supreme Court of the United States has decided in favor of the Internal Revenue Service in United States v. Quality Stores, Inc., holding that severance payments made pursuant to plans that did not tie payments to the...more

3/27/2014 - FICA Taxes IRS Quality Stores SCOTUS Severance Pay

Focus on Tax Controversy - Spring 2014

Company Jet Audit Issues: A Word to the Wise - Once a business attains a certain level of success, an aircraft often becomes a valued asset. Public and closely held private companies alike find that the use of a...more

3/18/2014 - Aircraft Audits Corporate Taxes IRS

Employer Obligations for Additional Medicare Tax

The Internal Revenue Service recently released final regulations and updated questions and answers to help employers and taxpayers comply with the new 0.9 percent Medicare payroll tax increase on high-income earners that...more

12/10/2013 - Compliance IRS Medicare Payroll Taxes

IRS Guidance on Employment and Income Tax Refunds on Same-Sex Spouse Benefits

Employers extending benefit coverage to employees’ same-sex spouses and partners should review their payroll procedures to ensure that such coverages are properly taxed for federal income and FICA tax purposes. Employers...more

10/17/2013 - DOMA Employee Benefits FICA Taxes Income Taxes IRS Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS Tax Refunds US v Windsor

IRS Provides Additional Favorable Guidance on Recently Modified Voluntary Classification Settlement Program

On February 27, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued News Release IR-2013-23 to provide additional favorable guidance regarding modifications to the Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP) issued in...more

3/20/2013 - Independent Contractors IRS Misclassification Payroll Taxes VCSP

Employers Can Obtain Refund for Excess FICA Tax Paid as Result of Increased Excludable Limit for Transit Benefits

On January 11, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service published Notice 2013-8 providing a special administrative procedure for employers with respect to 2012 transit pass benefits. The American Taxpayer Relief Act retroactively...more

1/23/2013 - American Taxpayer Relief Act FICA Taxes Form 941 IRS Refunds Retroactive Application Transit Benefits W-2

IRS Guidance Favorably Modifies Voluntary Worker Classification Settlement Program

One year ago the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published Announcement 2011-64, which provided a Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP) for employers to treat their workers as common law employees rather than...more

1/5/2013 - Classification Independent Contractors IRS VCSP

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