FICA Taxes Payroll Taxes

Federal Insurance Contribution Act (FICA) Taxes are United States federal payroll taxes levied to fund the Social Security and Medicare system. FICA Taxes burdens are divided between employers and employees and... more +
Federal Insurance Contribution Act (FICA) Taxes are United States federal payroll taxes levied to fund the Social Security and Medicare system. FICA Taxes burdens are divided between employers and employees and are currently set at 12.4% for Social Security and 2.9% for Medicare. less -
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Form W-2 and 941 Actions May Be Required Immediately for Retroactive Increase in Section 132 Transit Benefits

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 (the Act) retroactively increased the 2015 employer and employee Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) and Federal Income Tax exclusion limit for transit benefits, from $130...more

New IRS Early Interaction Initiative Will Help Employers Stay Current with Their Payroll Taxes

To help employers stay current with their employment tax responsibilities, the IRS announced on Dec. 8, 2015, a new early initiative to notify employers who may be falling behind on payment of their employment taxes. IRS News...more

Best in Law: Tax Ruling Confirms Protocol on Job-Related Judgments

The California Court of Appeal recently confirmed that employment-related settlements or judgments are wages from which employers must withhold payroll taxes. In Cifuentes v. Costco Wholesale Corp., Cifuentes...more

Employers Must Withhold FICA Taxes for Students who Change Status to H-1B Starting October 1

As students and scholars’ status change from F-1, J-1 or other FICA exempt statuses to H-1B starting October 1, these employees will become subject to FICA taxes upon the effective date of their H-1B status....more

IRS Updates Guide to Auditing Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plans

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently updated its “Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Audit Techniques Guide.” The Guide provides a framework for the IRS to audit nonqualified deferred compensation (NQDC) plans. Since...more

Feb. 2 Deadline Looming to Implement Retroactive Increase in 2014 Mass Transit Benefit Limits

Affected employers must move quickly to take advantage of a special administrative procedure regarding a retroactive increase in excludable transit benefits enacted on December 19, 2014, under the Tax Increase Prevention Act...more

Supreme Court Finds that Severance Pay is Wages for Purposes of Payroll Taxes

On March 25, 2014, the Supreme Court held in United States v. Quality Stores, Inc. that severance payments are taxable wages for FICA purposes. This decision confirms employers’ responsibility to treat severance pay as...more

Employee Benefits: FICA Refund on Severance Pay?

Following a major new development on the coverage of severance pay under Federal payroll tax (FICA) rules, affected employers should consider filing protective tax refund claims with the IRS....more

Court Continues A Fairly Busy Term

Perhaps coincidence, perhaps not, but on "Cyber Monday" the U.S. Supreme Court refused to "click yes" to consider two cases contesting the constitutionality of click-through-nexus when, as discussed further below, it denied...more

Automatic Gratuities Are Now Wages For FICA Tax Purposes

Restaurateurs and wait staff beware: beginning this month, the IRS will classify automatic gratuities not as "tips," but as service charges reportable as regular wages which are subject to payroll tax withholdings. ...more

Avoiding Double Payroll Tax With Your Asset Acquisition

When it comes to taxes, you would probably – and rightfully – guess that the majority the United States government collects are income taxes. ...more

American Taxpayer Relief Act Affects Mass Transit Benefits and Other Employee Benefits

On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 ("ATRA") into law. ATRA, adopted as an alternative to stepping over the "fiscal cliff," preserves most of the Bush-era tax cuts and...more

Sixth Circuit Will Not Rehear Quality Stores Decision that Severance Pay in Connection with a Reduction in Force is not Subject to...

On September 7, 2012, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals held in United States v. Quality Stores, Inc. that severance payments to former employees pursuant to an involuntary reduction in force are not taxable "wages" for...more

Legal Alert: Correcting 2012 Withholding Errors

One of the changes made by the American Taxpayer Relief Act ("ATRA") was to restore the $240 monthly limit on employer-provided transit passes or commuting transportation, which had reverted to $125 as of January 1, 2012. ...more

Recent tax law changes of 2013

On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 into law. Summarized below are highlights of those and other changes to Federal tax laws affecting income, payroll, gift and estate, and...more

How Will the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 Affect You - Details of Legislation passed by Congress to Avoid Fiscal Cliff

On January 2, President Barack Obama signed into law the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, H.R. 8 (ATRA), preserving many of the key tax provisions passed during the George W. Bush presidency, which were scheduled to...more

FICA Tax “Holiday” Ends With 2012, and Social Security and Medicare Contributions Increase For Some Employees

On January 1, 2013, Congress approved the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, the bill designed to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff.” The Act, which President Obama signed into law yesterday, extended certain tax relief...more

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