Withholding Requirements

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California Appellate Court Holds Employer Must Withhold Taxes on Back Pay

On June 26, 2015, a California appellate court rendered a precedential opinion that should hopefully put to rest the issue of whether an employer must withhold taxes on settlements or judgments made to former employees in...more

Davidson v. Henkel — What’s Going On With Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plans and FICA

In This Presentation: - Davidson v. Henkel Corp. - The Parties - NQ Plan - The Plan’s Tax Clauses - Davidson’s Pre-Retirement Counseling - 2011 Compliance Review and Letter - Henkel’s Tax...more

International tax and withholding considerations for US companies and their directors

To staff their board of directors with the best and most diverse talent, multinational companies commonly elect boards with international representation. It is also common for companies to convene periodic board meetings...more

Welcome Changes to Indiana's Wage Payment and Deduction Laws

On May 5, 2015, Governor Pence signed into law House Bill 1469, amending Indiana’s laws governing wage payments and wage deductions. The amendments, which minimize employer exposure for violations and expand allowable wage...more

IRS Plans to Shift Risk of Withholding Agent Fraud to the Taxpayer for Foreign Withholding

Chapter 3 of the Internal Revenue Code requires payors (and recipients) of certain types of U.S. source income to withhold tax if the beneficial owner or recipient is a non-U.S. person for income tax purposes. Chapter 4 also...more

Not Paying Your Employment Taxes? Prison Time Could Be In Your Future

It is a very common story for small businesses to get behind on paying employment taxes. Federal employment taxes are largely made up of FICA and withholding taxes. The IRS is especially keen on businesses who fail to pay...more

Year-End Employment Tax Update– Complying With the Special Timing Rule for Nonqualified Deferred Compensation

Under a special timing rule contained in the federal tax regulations, benefits earned under many nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements are subject to Social Security and Medicare employment taxes (FICA taxes) as of...more

Tax Talk -- Volume 7, No. 3 -- November 2014

In This Issue: - IRS Clarifies Deadline for Correcting Withholding Documentation - Consent Payment Modifying Contingent Payment Debt Instrument Must be Tested for Significance - IRS Concludes Correction of Error...more

Comment Period Begins for VA Tax Guidelines for Pass-Through Entity Withholding

On October 28, 2014, the Department published draft guidelines for Pass-Through Entity Withholding. These guidelines are now available on the Department’s Guidelines for Pass-Through Entity Withholding website. ...more

FICA Payroll Taxes Must Be Withheld From Employees Switching From F-1 To H-1B Status*

As a reminder, employers need to be mindful when foreign national employees change from a nonimmigrant status exempt from Social Security and Medicare withholding under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) to a...more

IRS Denies Treaty Benefits Despite Lack of Treaty Shopping

In Starr International Company, Inc., v. United States, the taxpayer (“Starr International Company, Inc.” or “SICO”) filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia seeking a tax refund from...more

IRS Notice 2014-33 – IRS Grants Relief for Good-Faith Efforts Under FATCA

On May 2, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued Notice 2014-33 (the “Notice”) providing that calendar years 2014 and 2015 will be regarded as a transition period for purposes of IRS enforcement and administration...more

New Jersey Bill Seeks To Permit Additional Withholdings And Deductions From Employee Wages

On March 24, 2014, a bill (S1846) was introduced that would permit an employer to withhold a portion of an employee’s wages for purchases authorized by the employee made at an event sponsored by an organized and...more

U.K. Law for the U.S. Employer, Part III: Withholding Obligations and Immigration

The final post in this three-part series on U.K. employment laws covers the withholding and immigration obligations facing U.K. employers....more

IRS Issues Final Regulations and New Proposed Regulations Regarding Withholding on Derivatives on U.S. Stocks

On December 5, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") issued final regulations (the "Final Regulations") and proposed regulations (the "2013 Proposed Regulations") under section 871(m), which address withholding on...more

Court Recovery of Unremitted Employee Wage Withholdings

Existing law makes it a crime for an employer to willfully, or with the intent to defraud, fail to remit agreed-upon payments to health and welfare funds, pension funds or vacation plans, or other various benefit plans. The...more

eTrends - Reminder: New Withholding Allowance Certificate is Required for Wage Payments Made On or After January 1, 2014

As a result of changes in North Carolina’s state income tax law, employees must complete a new Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate, Form NC-4 or Form NC-4EZ, so that employers can withhold the correct amount of North...more

New "tipping" rules for 2014: Are you ready?

Employer practices with tips at hotels and restaurants have spawned a lot of employee discontent, class actions and other litigation. Some employers have withheld all or a portion of employee tips to cover administrative...more

Allocation of FATCA Withholding Risk in Financial Transactions Outside the United States

The U.S. Treasury Department has delayed implementation of FATCA once again. However, this delay may be the last, and a phased implementation of FATCA is scheduled to begin on July 1, 2014. FATCA introduces the potential for...more

Recent Case Opens Door to Civil Enforcement Claims for Negligent FICA Tax Withholding

A District Court in Eastern Michigan recently rejected a motion to dismiss a participant’s benefit claim, holding that an employer legally could be liable to a participant in a nonqualified deferred compensation plan when the...more

IRS Provides FICA Reporting, Withholding, and Other Guidance Regarding Married Same-Sex Couples

Until the United States Supreme Court decision in United States v. Windsor, 570 U.S. ___ (2013), the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) required employers providing subsidized benefits to same-sex spouses and domestic...more

Supreme Court to Decide Whether RIF-Related Severance Pay Is Subject to FICA

Although some would argue that the next U.S. Supreme Court term is not shaping up to be as monumental as the last term, employers should have their eye on the recent decision of the Court to hear United States v. Quality...more

Illinois Supreme Court to Debate Strict vs. Substantial Compliance With Withholding Orders

Tomorrow morning, the Illinois Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Schultz v. Performance Lighting, Inc., which poses an important question for domestic relations law: must a Withholding Notice under the Income...more

Tax Law Blog: Is This the End of Automatic Gratuities?

Starting in January, the IRS will begin treating automatic gratuities as wages which are subject to payroll tax withholding. Many restaurants add the automatic gratuity to large groups to ensure the server is tipped...more

If The Tax Withholding Is Wrong, Don’t Rely On The Employer To Fix It – Part 2

Over a year ago I blogged about the situation of former employees of Verizon who had never worked or resided in the United States but who had U.S. income taxes withheld from payments under benefit plans in which they...more

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