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Social Security Taxes

Timing is Everything: IRS Raises the Stakes for Employers Who Delay FICA Taxation of Deferred Compensation

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Employers, both for-profit and tax-exempt organizations, often overlook the complex FICA tax rules applicable to deferred compensation. Unfortunately, this oversight now can be a real problem for the employer. When an...more

IRS Announces 2017 Retirement Plan Dollar Limits

by Snell & Wilmer on

The IRS recently announced cost-of-living adjustments for 2017 in Notice 2016-62. The key dollar limits, along with last year’s limits, are noted below....more

Social Security Increases for 2017

by Saul Ewing LLP on

The Social Security Administration has announced changes for 2017. Social Security benefit payments will increase by .3% (3/10s of 1%) next year. The Social Security Wage Base, the amount of income subject to Social Security...more

“Takin’ Care of Business” at Home: Hiring California Household Help

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Have you pondered the implications of hiring help around the house? Here are some legal requirements regarding employment of domestic helpers. Household workers or “domestic helpers” are people who...more

2016 Benefit Limits

The IRS updated very few of the retirement plan limits effective for the plan year that begins on or after January 1, 2016. A comparison of the 2016 and 2015 limits is listed below. Please see full alert below for more...more

IRS Retirement Plan Limitations for 2016

by Miller Canfield on

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued the new 2016 retirement plan limitations. In this announcement, the IRS sets forth the limits of the amounts that can be deferred under 401 (k) plans, 457 (b) plans and the...more

Alert: IRS Announces Adjusted Plan Limits for 2016

by Cooley LLP on

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the 2016 limits that affect the operation of tax-qualified retirement plans, including 401(k) plans, and certain other types of employee benefit plans, including deferred...more

Benefit and Contribution Limits for 2016

by Williams Mullen on

The Commissioner of Internal Revenue announced yesterday that the dollar limitations for benefits and contributions that apply to retirement plans generally will not change for 2016 because the increase in the cost-of-living...more

2016 Benefit Plan Limits and Thresholds: Few Changes from 2015

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced various 2016 benefit plan limits and thresholds. In most cases, there are no changes from 2015. According to the IRS, in general, the retirement plan limitations will not...more

Six Recommendations For Clients With Connections to France

by McDermott Will & Emery on

There have been a number of changes to EU laws recently that have had, or will have, a direct impact on your clients who have connections with France. There are six stand-out issues that are worth careful and immediate...more

The Affordable Care Act’s Reporting Requirements for Carriers and Employers (Part 7 of 24): Mergers and Acquisitions

When it comes to mergers and acquisitions involving at least one applicable large employer (ALE), the substantive rules governing employer shared responsibility (under Internal Revenue Code § 4980H) and the corresponding...more

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and Wage and Hour Law

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Unless you are living under a rock, you are probably aware of the uproar in Indiana about the Religious Freedom Restoration Act that the state passed, triggering an incredible backlash inside and outside the state and a rush...more

How much Social Security tax do you pay?

by Howard Ankin on

Social Security Disability benefits are usually awarded to people cannot perform work with monthly income over $1,070. Many benefit recipients in Chicago do not earn enough income to pay taxes....more

Employee Benefits Developments - March 2015

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Internal Revenue Service recently issued Notice 2015-16, intending to initiate and inform the process of developing regulatory guidance regarding the excise tax on high-cost employer-sponsored health coverage. The...more

French Social Taxes: Taxpayers Subject to Social Security Contributions in Another EU Member State Could Claim a Refund

by McDermott Will & Emery on

EU resident individual taxpayers who have paid French social taxes (contribution sociale généralisée (CSG), contribution au remboursement de la dette sociale (CRDS) and prélèvements sociaux) on France-originating real estate...more

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

by Baker Donelson on

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

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

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

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

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