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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

IRS Postpones Key FATCA Deadlines by Six Months; Updated Ropes & Gray FATCA Timeline Attached

On July 12, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") issued Notice 2013-43 (the "Notice"), postponing a number of deadlines under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act ("FATCA"). In the Notice, the IRS made a number of...more

IRS announces six-month delay in FATCA implementation

On Friday, the US Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service announced a six-month extension to the start of the FATCA withholding and account due diligence requirements. ...more

FATCA Withholding And Reporting Deferred For Six Months

In response to taxpayer concerns about the practicality of meeting certain FATCA compliance timeline dates, the IRS, in Notice 2013-43 issued today, has extended some of those dates and made certain conforming changes. ...more

The New World Wide Web: FATCA Inspires a Global Effort to Fight Tax Evasion

The rapid evolution of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA”) from a U.S. driven effort to crack down on U.S. offshore tax evaders into an information reporting mechanism being considered for adoption throughout the...more

Employees Working Far Away From The Office: A Jurisdictional Nightmare?

Courtesy of technology, employees can work from home or anywhere else. For organizations that have not issued a flat ban on such work, there is a glitch that no one is talking about. What if home (or “summer home”) is in...more

FTB Fights Underground Regulation Determination – Why Won’t It Simply Do What’s Right?

Just last week, the California Taxpayers Association reported: For at least several months, the Franchise Tax Board has been sending filing enforcement notices to nonresidents of California, including many foreign...more

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