Payroll Taxes Medicare Taxes

Payroll taxes are taxes that are often calculated and remitted based on a percentage of an employee's wages, but they can also include fixed charges. Payroll taxes consist of two types of taxes: 1) taxes that... more +
Payroll taxes are taxes that are often calculated and remitted based on a percentage of an employee's wages, but they can also include fixed charges. Payroll taxes consist of two types of taxes: 1) taxes that are withheld by an employer from an employee's wages and 2) taxes paid by an employer based on the amount of an employee's wages. These taxes may be advanced income tax payments on behalf of an employee. They are also employer and employee payments to a variety of government programs, such as social security, and unemployment/disability insurance. less -
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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

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 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

Why Your Paycheck Might Be Different in 2013

The first paycheck of 2013 may have more money taken out than the last paycheck of 2012. Here’s why: SOCIAL SECURITY TAX For the past two years, employees received a break on the amount they were paying into Social...more

Washington Insight - Special Edition: Congress Steps Away From Fiscal Cliff

For months in Washington, and beyond, attention has been focused on the "fiscal cliff" -- the combination of the expiration of the Bush tax cuts and the looming budget cuts referred to as "sequestration." Negotiations led by...more

American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 Approved by Congress and Signed by the President

Summary - President Obama on January 2, 2013 signed into law the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “Act”). The Act extends certain tax rates, tax credits, and other provisions previously enacted by other tax...more

Fixing the Debt: Update on U.S. Fiscal Cliff Crisis (9th Edition) - January 1, 2013

THE LEGISLATION - Following a day of tumultuous House Republican caucus deliberations, at 11:00 pm, the House passed The American Tax Relief Act of 2012, a cliffhanger deal negotiated by Vice President Biden and Senate...more

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

Introduction - As you no doubt have heard, the U.S. was set to plunge over the “fiscal cliff” on New Year’s Day if Congress failed to act. In the early morning hours of New Year’s Day, a deal was made that averted the...more

A Soft Landing From The Fiscal Cliff For Employee Benefits

Well, Congress in the season of giving has provided plan sponsors and participants with multiple beneficial opportunities to start 2013. Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (H.R. 8), also known as the...more

Don’t Forget About That Other 0.9%

Much ink has been spilled about how wage earners are getting a 2% haircut in their take-home pay. This arises from the failure of the new tax bill to extend the temporary 2% cut in employees’ share of social security tax....more

Fiscal Cliff Tax Changes

On New Year’s Day 2013, the “American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012” (the Act) was enacted to avoid the impact of automatic “fiscal cliff” tax increases. The Act, effective January 1, 2013, retains and makes permanent the...more

The Permanent (For Now) Fiscal Cliff Compromise of 2012

In dramatic fashion, Congress adopted its New Year’s tax resolutions just in time to save us from falling off the cliff. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) passed the Senate in the wee hours of New Year’s...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

Affordable Care Act Update: Additional Medicare Tax Withholding Required in 2013

The IRS recently issued guidance for employers on withholding the Additional Medicare Tax required under the Affordable Care Act starting in 2013...more

American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 - Full Copy

Full text copy of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, bipartisan legislation enacted at the 11th hour to keep the country from falling off of the "Fiscal Cliff." From the New York Times: "Only the most affluent...more

2013 Brings New Taxes to High Income Taxpayers

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (sometimes called “Obamacare”) comes with two new taxes for higher income taxpayers beginning on January 1, 2013: (i) a 3.8 percent Medicare contribution tax on net investment...more

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