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IRS Confirms California “Waiting Time Penalties” Are Not Wages For Federal Income Tax Purposes

A recent IRS information letter confirms that “waiting time penalties” paid under California law are not wages for federal income tax withholding purposes. Section 203 of the California State Labor Code imposes penalties on...more

Experian handling 70 breaches a week resulting from IRS phishing scam

On March 1, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service alerted the business community of an e-mail phishing scheme designed to convince employees to provide company-wide W-2 tax forms containing social security numbers and other...more

Phishing Season Opens for 2016 Tax Filings – Beware of “W-2 Phishing Scams”

Tax season brings many headaches, but none as miserable as sophisticated scammer efforts to steal employee W-2 information. Using social engineering and modest technological tools, a “spear phishing” attack seeks to trick...more

Privacy Tip #28 – What do you do if you are a victim of IRS tax fraud?

It’s tax season. The dreaded April 15 federal tax filing deadline is looming. You try to be diligent, and you file your tax return early, hoping to get an early refund. But when you try to e-file your return, it gets rejected...more

How Employers Can Help Prevent W-2's From Being Breached and Their Employees From Becoming Victims of ID Theft

The Internal Revenue Service issued an alert about an emerging phishing email scheme that purports to be from company executives and requests personal information on employees. The IRS has learned this scheme – part of...more

Spear Phishing E-mail Scheme Surges For W-2 Forms

In the midst of this tax season, a number of companies have fallen victim to the latest spear phishing e-mail scheme, resulting in the unauthorized disclosure of their employees’ W-2 information and learning the hard lesson...more

"IRS Issues Alert on Phishing Scheme to Obtain Payroll Data"

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued an alert regarding a phishing email scheme in which cybercriminals pose as governmental officials or company executives and request employee payroll and tax data, including...more

Fraud Alert: Computer Hackers Target HR and Payroll Departments – Guard Your W-2s!

Have you by chance recently received an email from your company’s CEO requesting copies of employee W-2 forms? If so, don’t respond without first verbally confirming that the request is legitimate. Several of our clients in...more

IRS Warns of “Surge” in Tax Season Phishing Scams

Tax season ‘tis the season to be phishing, according to the IRS. The IRS has issued a warning to payroll and human resources professionals about a “surge” in phishing emails seen this year. One of the preferred tactics of...more

Privacy Tip #24 – IRS issues Alert to Payroll and HR Professionals about phishing scheme for W-2s

This week’s tip is for businesses, and in particular, the human resources, benefits and finance departments of all businesses. It doesn’t matter what industry you are in or where you or located. It doesn’t matter if you have...more

Tax Relief for Identity Protection Services

In 2015, following numerous customer data security breaches at major U.S. companies, the IRS announced special tax relief to breach victims who were provided identity protection services as a result of the breach. In January...more

Form W-2 and 941 Actions May Be Required Immediately for Retroactive Increase in Section 132 Transit Benefits

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 (the Act) retroactively increased the 2015 employer and employee Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) and Federal Income Tax exclusion limit for transit benefits, from $130...more

IRS Update Resolving Issue with Retroactive Monthly Transit Amount

Once again, at the end of 2015, the monthly transit benefit amount not subject to tax was retroactively increased from $130 per month to $250 month (it has been increased to $255 for 2016, so employers will not have this same...more

IRS Provides Some Relief after Data Hacks

Citing scary facts like the 16.6 million victims of identity theft in 2012 and the recent customer data security breaches at major U.S. companies, the IRS recently announced special tax relief for identity protection services...more

Upping the Ante: Fines Increase for Failure to Comply with Affordable Care Act Reporting Requirements

The deadline for employers to comply with the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) reporting requirements is finally here, with reporting first due in 2016. In keeping with the ACA’s historical pattern of ever-changing regulations and...more

Domestic Partnership Agreements: Financial Disclosures and Privacy

To reduce risk of later attack on the domestic partnership agreement, domestic partners should make fair and reasonable financial disclosures to each other prior to signing the agreement. Each partner should disclose to the...more

Draft 2015 Forms and Instructions for ACA Coverage Offer Information Reporting: Forms 1094-B, 1095-B, 1094-C, 1095-C and 8809

At about the same time as last year, the IRS has released draft ACA coverage information reporting Forms and Instructions to be used early next year. There are many small differences and one HUGE difference. The IRS decided...more

More Cadillac Plan Tax Guidance from IRS

Code § 4980I (a/k/a/ the “Cadillac Plan tax”) was added by the ACA so that taxpayers with average group health plans would not subsidize, by tax preference, rich plans benefitting chiefly the rich. Section 4980I imposes a...more

Employee Health Care Plans: Tips for Navigating the Affordable Care Act Requirements

The United States Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act (the "Act") in a recent decision involving the use of the insurance exchanges. Employers are now certain that they must deal with the requirements of the Act...more

ACA Information Reporting Penalties Have Been Increased

Code Sections 6055 and 6056 require large employers and all employers (even small employers) sponsoring self-funded health plans to file information returns with the IRS and furnish statements to applicable employees...more

Affordable Care Act Reporting Penalties Significantly Increased

On June 29, 2015, President Barack Obama signed the Trade Preferences Extension Act (the Act) into law. In addition to containing several revenue offsets, the Act significantly increased penalties for incorrect information...more

Employment Law - July 2015 #2

DOL Proposes Major Overhaul of Overtime Rules: Why it matters - Expanding the scope of employees eligible for overtime, the Department of Labor (DOL) released its long-awaited new rules revising the white collar...more

Homejoy’s Shutdown, Due to Misclassification Lawsuits, Likely to Propel Tech Start-Ups to Enhance Their Independent Contractor...

Earlier Friday, it was reported by Carmel DeAmicis of re/code that Homejoy, the home cleaning start-up that uses independent contractors as their home cleaners, was closing down its operations due to four misclassification...more

New Trade Act Hikes Penalties for Information Return Failures

The newly-enacted Trade Preference Extension Act boosts the penalties for failing to provide accurate information returns to the IRS and payees – such as Forms W-2, 1098, and 1099, as well as Forms 1095-B and 1094-B. The...more

BEST IN LAW: Employers need to heed Obamacare Reporting Rules

Compliance with reporting obligations is always important for any employer, but the employer reporting requirements under the Affordable Care Act pack a significant penalty that makes compliance particularly...more

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