Medicare Taxes

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Employer Errors in Dealing with Additional Medicare Tax

The IRS has modified two of its "frequently asked questions" (FAQs) relating to the additional 0.9 percent "high-earner" Medicare tax that is required to be withheld starting this year. The modifications address how to deal...more

FICA Special Timing Rule for Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Applies Even When Employees Never Receive Deferred Amounts

The Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) tax is comprised of a Social Security tax, currently at a 6.2 percent rate for each of the employer and employee on wages up to $117,000 (the Social Security "wage base") and a...more

No Refunds: Supreme Court Settles Circuit Split over Severance Payment Taxation

In its ruling on United States v. Quality Stores, Inc., No. 12-1408 (U.S. Mar. 25, 2014), the United States Supreme Court put to rest a decade-old battle over whether severance payments made to employees are taxable as wages...more

Tax Developments Affecting Health Care Organizations and Investor-Owned Hospital Companies [Video]

Several Treasury regulations, revenue procedures, and other developments have recently been released, which may have important consequences for businesses, including health care organizations. Moreover, changes in regulatory...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

HHS and IRS Release Updates on the SHOP Marketplace, Fees, Taxes, and Payment Parameters

Before departing for the 2013 Thanksgiving holiday, the Obama administration released several new regulatory announcements and guidance relating to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The new guidance delays...more

2013 Year-End Estate Planning Advisory

In this issue - - Federal Estate, GST and Gift Tax Rates - Annual Gift Tax Exclusion - Federal Income Tax Rates - President’s Budget Proposal for Fiscal Year 2014 - Important Planning...more

Timely Year-End Tax Planning Can Reduce Taxes

Year-end tax planning could be especially productive this year because timely action could nail down tax breaks that won’t be around next year unless Congress acts to extend them, which at the present time, looks doubtful....more

Tips for Productive 2013 Year-End Tax Planning

Year-end tax planning could be especially productive this year because timely action could nail down a host of tax breaks that won’t be around next year unless Congress acts to extend them, which, at the present time, looks...more

The Treasury Department and the IRS Implement Windsor and Adopt “State of Celebration” Rule: Compensation and Benefits...

On August 29, 2013, the Treasury Department and the IRS issued Revenue Ruling 2013-17 (“Rev. Rul. 2013-17”) and updated Answers to Frequently Asked Questions for Individuals of the Same Sex Who Are Married Under State Law...more

Tax Law Blog: Medicare Taxes on High Earners

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) which imposes greater Medicare taxes on high earners began in 2013. Originally, Medicare taxes for employees were 1.45% regardless of wages earned. Employers were required...more

Another Bite of the Apple

Do you know what FICA is? Yes, it’s that amount which is deducted from your paycheck for “taxes”. FICA is made up of two taxes, one for Old, Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance (OASDI or the Social Security tax) and the...more

Tax Planning for the “New Normal”

Effective January 1, 2013, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (“ATRA”) was enacted into law, finally settling years of debate over the fate of the Bush era tax cuts. On the same day, the 3.8% Medicare Tax on net...more

Misclassification of Workers: An Attempt to Save Could Cost Your Business A Bundle

In recent months, many business owners have noticed that their classification of workers is being closely scrutinized by a variety of federal and state regulatory agencies. Whether a worker is classified as an “employee” as...more

Reminder: Employers Subject to Additional Medicare Tax Withholding & Reporting Requirements, Effective 1/1/2013

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”) increased the employee portion of the Medicare tax on wages received on or after January 1, 2013 by 0.9% of Federal Insurance Contributions Act (“FICA”) wages which are...more

Health Care Reform Update - What employers should be doing now.

Although many of the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) were already in effect, the pace of change has quickened since the Supreme Court upheld the law in June of 2012. The law is composed of...more

Employer Compliance in 2013 under the Affordable Care Act

Having survived the election and a Supreme Court challenge (for the most part), the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is here to stay. Employers should evaluate the requirements under ACA that apply to their group health plans for...more

Understanding the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 was signed into law on January 2, 2013. The Act permanently extends many of the Bush-era tax cuts, while increasing tax rates for higher income taxpayers. Below is a brief summary of...more

Union Friendly - Using Collectively Bargained Pension Plans to Maximize Employee Benefit Plan Contributions for Closely Held...

Overview - In Part I of this series, I discussed the benefits of collective bargaining agreements for small business owners and professional corporations for qualified retirement planning. The ability to unionize...more

Tax Talk -- Volume 5, No. 4 -- January 2013

In This Issue: Fiscal Cliff Diving a.k.a. American Taxpayer Relief Act; CoCo Developments; Tax Effect of Money Market Fund Proposals; IRS Issues Final Regulations on Publicly Traded Property; Assessment of Income from...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

Estate Planning & Federal Tax Update - Winter 2013

With the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “ATRA ”) passed and the fiscal cliff safely averted, the time has come to turn your attention to your estate plan. What Did the ATRA Accomplish? The fiscal cliff...more

Rates of Change: The Effect of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 on Individual and Fiduciary Income Taxes

For all the public discussion in 2012 of the need for a significant reformation and restructuring of the Internal Revenue Code, the income tax provisions of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the 2012 Act) are at their...more

Take 5: Views You Can Use - January 2013

In this issue: - Assess the Workforce - Choose Whether to "Pay" or to "Play" - Evaluate Existing Wellness Programs and/or Implement New Wellness Programs to Enhance Employees' Health Profiles and to Avoid or Minimize...more

Estate Planning After the Fiscal Cliff Deal

Now that a deal averting the fiscal cliff has finally been reached, many of the tax and planning issues that have been mired in uncertainty for the past two years (and even longer in some cases) may be resolved. Numerous tax...more

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