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US Supreme Court Rules Severance Pay Subject to FICA Taxes

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed that severance pay is subject to FICA tax. There had been uncertainty about whether FICA taxes were due on severance payments following disparate circuit court rulings in...more

SCOTUS: Severance payments are taxable

by McAfee & Taft on

In the words of noted American statesman Benjamin Franklin, “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Given Franklin’s thoughts, yesterday’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of...more

Supreme Court: Severance Payments Are Wages Subject To FICA Taxes

by Fisher Phillips on

On March 25, 2014 the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that a certain type of severance payment known as supplemental unemployment compensation constituted “wages” subject to Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA)...more

High Court Rules Some Severance Payments Are Taxable

Yesterday, the Supreme Court of the United States held that severance payments are taxable under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) when made to employees whose employment is involuntarily terminated. The Court...more

Be Sure to File a Protective Claim for FICA Taxes

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

The Supreme Court has agreed to review the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in United States v. Quality Stores which held that severance payments to involuntarily terminated employees were supplemental unemployment...more

Employee Benefits: FICA Refund on Severance Pay?

Following a major new development on the coverage of severance pay under Federal payroll tax (FICA) rules, affected employers should consider filing protective tax refund claims with the IRS....more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter; November 2013

In This Issue: - Labor and Employment and ERISA Class Actions After Wal-Mart and Comcast — Practice Points for Defendants (Part I – Commonality)* - Agencies Release Guidance on HRAs, FSAs, and Employer Payment...more

Employment Flash - November 2013

In This Issue: - OFCCP Releases VEVRAA and Rehabilitation Act Section 503 Final Rules - US Supreme Court to Decide Whether Severance Payments Are Subject to FICA - SDNY Rules That NYC Human Rights Law Does Not...more

Severance Payments: To Tax or Not to Tax, that is the Question!

by Baker Donelson on

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

The Supreme Court Will Decide Whether FICA Taxes Is Owed On Severance Pay

I blogged about Quality Stores, a case in which the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals held that severance pay is not subject to FICA (Social Security) taxes if certain requirements are met: The severance payments must be made...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

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

Deadline for Filing FICA Tax Refunds is April 15

As previously reported, the payment of certain severance benefits may be exempt from FICA taxes. Under the Sixth Circuit’s decision in Quality Stores, severance pay made in connection with an involuntary separation from...more

April 4th Deadline for FICA Tax Treatment of Severance Pay Under Quality Stores

Two deadlines relating to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in United States v. Quality Stores, Inc., No. 10-1563 (6th Cir. Sept. 7, 2012), are quickly approaching. The deadline for the United States to file a...more

File for FICA Tax Refunds Before April 15

As previously reported, the payment of certain severance benefits may be exempt from FICA taxes. Under the Sixth Circuit’s decision in Quality Stores, severance pay made in connection with an involuntary separation from...more

Sixth Circuit Will Not Rehear Quality Stores Decision that Severance Pay in Connection with a Reduction in Force is not Subject to...

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

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

Legal Alert: The 2012 Tax Litigation Year in Review: Important Events

The year 2012 was quite an interesting one for tax controversy. Whereas 2011 brought a win for the Treasury on deference issues in Mayo Foundation for Medical Ed. v. United States, 131 S. Ct. 704 (2011), 2012 was the year...more

Court Holds Severance Payments Not Subject To FICA Taxes; Refund Claims Should Be Filed Soon

by Polsinelli on

In its recent decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in U.S. v. Quality Stores, Inc., No. 10-1563 (6th Cir., 9/7/2012) held that certain severance payments made to former employees were not subject...more

Severance Payments Held to be Exempt From FICA Taxes; Creates Split in the Circuits

In a recent case, United States v. Quality Stores, the Sixth Circuit ruled that certain severance payments paid to involuntarily terminated employees pursuant to an employer’s reduction in workforce are not “wages” for FICA...more

Quality Stores, Inc. Update

by Morgan Lewis on

Department of Justice files petition for rehearing en banc, challenging the Sixth Circuit's recent decision that severance payments paid pursuant to an involuntary reduction in force are exempt from FICA taxes. On...more

Sixth Circuit Nixes FICA Tax on Severance Pay

by Dickinson Wright on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has affirmed a Michigan Bankruptcy Court and approved a taxpayer’s request for a refund of FICA taxes paid on behalf of former employees. Quality Stores et al....more

FICA Taxes on Certain Severance Pay May Be Refundable

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The IRS may owe FICA tax refunds on severance payments made by employers to laid-off or terminated employees as part of reductions in workforce. Every employer that paid severance to laid-off employees as part of a reduction...more

Employers Should Evaluate Refund Opportunities Following Sixth Circuit Ruling on FICA Taxes and Severance Payments

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

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

Quality Stores Decision Could Lead to Significant Refunds of FICA Tax

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently held that certain dismissal payments were Supplemental Unemployment Compensation Benefits (SUB) exempt from FICA taxes—a clear split with the U.S. Court of Appeals for...more

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