FICA Taxes Unemployment Benefits

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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Religious Institutions Update - Lex Est Sanctio Sancta

"Church plans" are pension plans (including defined benefit or defined contribution plans) exempt (without an irrevocable election) from many of the legal requirements of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)...more

U.S. Supreme Court’s Severance Ruling Impacts Future Unemployment Benefits

The decision in Quality Stores not only kills FICA tax refunds for millions of unemployed workers, but it also requires proactive employer actions to maximize future employer and state unemployment benefit payments to...more

IRS Wins One At Supreme Court: Severance Pay Is Subject To FICA Tax

I blogged about the Quality Stores decision which at the district court and court of appeals levels held that certain severance payments were not subject to FICA (Social Security) taxes. The IRS had challenged the employer in...more

Employers Who Paid FICA Taxes on Severance Pay in 2010 Should Consider Filing Protective Refund Claims by April 15, 2014

The Supreme Court has yet to issue a ruling in the Quality Stores case to decide whether supplemental unemployment compensation benefit payments—a term which includes severance pay—should be subject to FICA taxes. We have...more

The Advantages of Offering Supplemental Unemployment Benefits Instead of Severance, Part II: FICA Taxes and More

In part one of this two-part series, “The Advantages of Offering Supplemental Unemployment Benefits Instead of Severance, Part I: FICA Taxes and More,” I reviewed the advantages of offering supplemental unemployment benefits...more

The Advantages of Offering Supplemental Unemployment Benefits Instead of Severance, Part I: FICA Taxes and More

According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), severance is subject to Federal Insurance Contribution Act (FICA) tax and certain supplemental unemployment benefits are not....more

Federal Appeals Court Holds That Supplemental Unemployment Compensation Benefits Are Not ‘Wages’ Subject To FICA Taxation,...

In an important recent decision, United States v. Quality Stores, Inc., et al., Case No. 01-1563, 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 18820 (6th Cir. Sept. 7, 2012), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held that supplemental...more

Court Holds Severance Payments Not Subject To FICA Taxes; Refund Claims Should Be Filed Soon

In its recent decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in U.S. v. Quality Stores, Inc., No. 10-1563 (6th Cir., 9/7/2012) held that certain severance payments made to former employees were not subject...more

Employers May Be Entitled to FICA Tax Refund On Severance Payments

If the recent decision of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in United States v. Quality Stores survives appeal by the IRS, employers could be entitled to a refund of FICA taxes paid by them after 2008 on severance payments...more

Sixth Circuit Nixes FICA Tax on Severance Pay

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has affirmed a Michigan Bankruptcy Court and approved a taxpayer’s request for a refund of FICA taxes paid on behalf of former employees. Quality Stores et al....more

FICA Taxes on Certain Severance Pay May Be Refundable

The IRS may owe FICA tax refunds on severance payments made by employers to laid-off or terminated employees as part of reductions in workforce. Every employer that paid severance to laid-off employees as part of a reduction...more

Employers Should Evaluate Refund Opportunities Following Sixth Circuit Ruling on FICA Taxes and Severance Payments

In United States v. Quality Stores, Inc., the Sixth Circuit held that payments of supplemental unemployment benefits (SUB payments) are not taxable wages subject to FICA tax withholding. Although the issue is not finally...more

Quality Stores Decision Could Lead to Significant Refunds of FICA Tax

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently held that certain dismissal payments were Supplemental Unemployment Compensation Benefits (SUB) exempt from FICA taxes—a clear split with the U.S. Court of Appeals for...more

Possible FICA Tax Savings on Severance Pay

A recent Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decision concluded that severance pay provided to employees as a result of layoff or discontinuance of a plant, operations or other similar condition is exempt from FICA taxes....more

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