Internal Revenue Service FICA Taxes

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Tax Alert: New Executive Compensation Regulations Clarify Timing of Taxation

The Internal Revenue Service recently published final regulations under Section 83 of the tax code. These regulations deal with the timing for taxation for grants of property (e.g., stock) that are subject to...more

Monthly Benefits Update

As expected, the Department of the Treasury and the IRS (the “Agencies”) finalized the employer information reporting requirements under the Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”) earlier this month. The final rules, which are...more

Severance Payments are Taxable under FICA

On Tuesday, March 25, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Internal Revenue Service in a dispute over the payroll tax treatment of certain types of severance compensation....more

Severance Pay As Wages: Business As Usual

Confirming what most employers have long assumed to be true, this week the U.S. Supreme Court held that severance payments made to terminated employees are “wages” subject to the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) tax...more

Supreme Court Rules That Severance Payments Are Subject to FICA Taxes

The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously held that payments of supplemental unemployment benefits (SUB payments) are taxable wages subject to FICA tax withholding. The Court’s decision in United States v. Quality Stores, Inc.,...more

IRS Issues Final Regulations on Substantial Risks of Forfeiture under Code Section 83

On February 25, 2014, the Treasury Department issued final regulations identifying the circumstances in which a substantial risk of forfeiture would exist under Section 83 of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”)....more

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

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - February 2014

The employee benefits issues to be considered by the U.S. Supreme Court continue to be of great significance to plan sponsors and fiduciaries. This month we review the Court's employee benefit decisions from 2013 and also...more

Restaurant Industry Newsletter - January 2014

Tax Ruling Impacts the Use of Mandatory Service Charges - Executive Summary: Beginning on January 1, 2014, "mandatory gratuities" or service charges are no longer considered "tips" by the Internal Revenue Service, and...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

Year-End Health and Retirement Plan Guidance Grab Bag

Following Hawaii’s enactment of legislation recognizing same-sex marriage as of and after December 2, 2013 a number of additional pieces of guidance were also issued. Internal Revenue Service’s Frequently Asked Questions...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter; November 2013

In This Issue: - Labor and Employment and ERISA Class Actions After Wal-Mart and Comcast — Practice Points for Defendants (Part I – Commonality)* - Agencies Release Guidance on HRAs, FSAs, and Employer Payment...more

Treasury Department/IRS Issue Guidance Instructing Employers on How to Make Claims for FICA Refunds or Credits Post-Windsor

On June 26, 2013, in United States v. Windsor, the Supreme Court held that section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. (For a discussion of the issues and holding in United States v. Windsor, please...more

Monthly Benefits Update - October 2013

Health & Welfare Plans - Health Care Reform: Federal Health Insurance Marketplace Opens With Technical “Glitches” - The federal health insurance marketplace (also known as the federal “exchange”) began accepting...more

Year 2014 IRS Dollar Limits

The IRS announced the Year 2014 cost-of-living adjustments for various provisions affecting employee benefit plans. The following table shows certain Year 2014 limits and those from prior years. ...more

Severance Payments: To Tax or Not to Tax, that is the Question!

On October 1, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the federal government's appeal of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals' decision in United States v. Quality Stores, Inc. (In re Quality Stores, Inc.), 693 F.3d 605...more

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

The Supreme Court Will Decide Whether FICA Taxes Is Owed On Severance Pay

I blogged about Quality Stores, a case in which the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals held that severance pay is not subject to FICA (Social Security) taxes if certain requirements are met: The severance payments must be made...more

Entertainment Industry Payroll Companies Must Pay Up To FICA “Cap” On Behalf Of Each Producer For Whom An Individual Performs...

On September 10, 2013, in Cencast L.P. v. United States, 112 AFTR 2d 2013-xxxx (CA Fed. Cir. 2013), the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that Cencast Services, L.P., and a number of other...more

Additional Post-Windsor Guidance – IRS Releases Optional Streamlined Procedures for Employers to Make Claims for Refunds or...

Continuing its implementation of the United States Supreme Court decision in U.S. v. Windsor, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued Notice 2013-61, which provides guidance for employers to make claims for refunds...more

IRS Provides FICA Reporting, Withholding, and Other Guidance Regarding Married Same-Sex Couples

Until the United States Supreme Court decision in United States v. Windsor, 570 U.S. ___ (2013), the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) required employers providing subsidized benefits to same-sex spouses and domestic...more

IRS Provides Special Rules for Refund of Employer-Paid Taxes Related to Imputed Income for Same-Sex Spouse Benefits

On September 23, the Internal Revenue Service released Notice 2013-61, which provides special rules for those making claims for refunds or adjustments of Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) taxes and federal employment...more

Employment Tax Refunds Now Available to Same-Sex Married Couples and Employers

In a notice issued this week (Notice 2013-61), the IRS established special procedures for employees with same-sex spouses and their employers to correct overpayments of income and FICA taxes attributable to the employees’...more

New IRS Guidance on Tax Treatment of Employer-Provided Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in U.S. v. Windsor changed the tax treatment of benefits provided to legally married same-sex spouses and their dependents. Prior to the Windsor decision, employers were required to treat any...more

IRS Issues Notice on Special Tax Adjustment Procedures for Same-Sex Marriages

Notice 2013-61 provides alternative administrative procedures for reporting income and FICA tax adjustments in response to the Windsor decision and Revenue Ruling 2013-17. On September 24, the U.S. Department of the...more

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