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Supreme Court Confirms FICA Taxes Must be Withheld from Severance Payments

Finding severance payments to be a form of “remuneration for employment,” the United States Supreme Court in United States v. Quality Stores, Inc. held that such payments are taxable wages – and thus subject to withholding –...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - April 2014

Supreme Court Confirms FICA Taxes Must be Withheld from Severance Payments - Finding severance payments to be a form of “remuneration for employment,” the United States Supreme Court in United States v. Quality Stores,...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

Is the Severance that Your Company Pays to Fired Workers Taxable? The Supreme Court Will Decide

On October 1, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States agreed to hear a case concerning whether employees’ severance payments are taxable. The case, United States v. Quality Stores, Inc., came out of the Sixth Circuit...more

A FICA Refund for Employers? Supreme Court to Decide Whether FICA Obligations Extend to Severance Pay

As all employers know, wages paid to employees are subject to required withholdings and deductions for income taxes and employee contributions to Social Security and Medicare (which is commonly referred to in shorthand as...more

Quick Tips on Dealing with Employment Termination Issues in China

On June 21, 2013, a United States medical supplies company executive was taken captive by Chinese employees in his Beijing factory. The employees have stated that the owner owes them two months’ back pay and expressed concern...more

Weil, Gotshal & Manges effectively navigates the communications waters

On the front-page of Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal, Weil, Gotshal & Manges announced that it laid off about 170 attorneys and support staff and slashed compensation for about 30 of its 300 partners. The firm ranked 13th in...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

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

Sixth Circuit Decision Offers FICA Tax Refund Opportunities for Severance Pay

Any employer that implemented reductions in force or layoffs after 2008 should consider filing refund claims for the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) taxes paid on severance benefits based on a recent Sixth Circuit...more

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