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November 27, 2011

IRS Revamps Schedule A for 2011

IRS Revamps Schedule A for 2011
IRS Revamps Schedule A for 2011
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a revamped Schedule A for Form 940 for 2011. The revised Schedule A includes a line for every state as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.

Revamped Form Necessitated by Increase in Number of Credit Reduction States

A revision to Schedule A was required since the number of states and territories subject to a credit reduction increased from three in 2010 to twenty-one in 2011.

Each State Is Listed with the Relevant Rate

The individual lines for each state, DC, PR and VI are listed with the applicable credit reduction rate. Taxpayers should simply enter the wages paid in each state and multiply by that state’s rate. Wages should be entered even for states that have a zero credit reduction rate.

Not All Taxpayers Must File Schedule A

Not every taxpayer that is required to file Form 940 is required to file Schedule A. Taxpayers that pay wages in more than one state or taxpayers that pay wages in a credit reduction state must complete and file Schedule A. Taxpayers that pay wages only in a single state that is not a credit reduction state need not complete or file Schedule A.

Rely on Vision Payroll for Your Schedule A

Vision Payroll will complete and electronically file Schedule A for all tax pay and file clients. Employers will be able to download a copy of Schedule A for their records.

November 26, 2011

IRS Releases 2011 Form 940

US Virgin Islands and Twenty States Have a Credit Reduction in 2011
US Virgin Islands and Twenty States Have a Credit Reduction in 2011
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released the 2011 Form 940, Employer’s Annual Federal Unemployment (FUTA) Tax Return, and accompanying instructions. Employers use Form 940 to report their annual Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) tax.

Twenty Credit Reduction States for 2011

There are twenty credit reduction states for 2011: Michigan, Indiana, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Wisconsin as well as the US Virgin Islands. The credit reduction for most Michigan employers is 0.9% and for most Indiana employers it’s 0.6%. Most employers in the other credit reduction states and the US Virgin Islands have a credit reduction of 0.3%.

2011 FUTA Rate Decreased as of July 1, 2011

The FUTA tax rate decreased to 6.0% (before SUTA credits) on July 1, 2011. The rate for the first six months of 2011 was 6.2%. Under current law, the rate will remain at 6.0% throughout 2012. The 2011 Form 940 contains lines to report wages paid before July 1, 2011 and wages paid after June 30, 2011.

Vision Payroll to File Form 940 Electronically

Vision Payroll will file Form 940 for its clients electronically with the IRS and will not submit the paper version. Employers will be able to download a copy of Form 940 for their records.

November 25, 2011

Question of the Week: What Are the Credit Reduction States for 2011?

What Are the Credit Reduction States for 2011?
What Are the Credit Reduction States for 2011?
This week’s question comes from Victoria, a corporate controller.

Victoria asks:

I read that California is going to be a credit reduction state for 2011, but heard that they be more credit reduction states. What are the credit reduction states for 2011?

Answer: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released a list of credit reduction states for 2011. There are a total of twenty states and one territory.

Standard Credit Rates Is 5.4% for 2011

Generally, employers who pay their state unemployment tax by the due date for filing Form 940, Employer’s Annual Federal Unemployment (FUTA) Tax Return, receive a credit 5.4% against their Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) tax. This credit is claimed on Form 940. Federal law provides for a reduction in the FUTA tax credit when a state has outstanding federal loans for two years. The credit reduction is calculated on Schedule A of Form 940.

Michigan Is a 0.9% Credit Reduction States

Since this is Michigan’s third consecutive year as a credit reduction state, the credit reduction for Michigan is 0.9% for 2011.

Indiana Is a 0.6% Credit Reduction States

Since this is Indiana’s second consecutive year as a credit reduction state, the credit reduction for Indiana is 0.6% for 2011. South Carolina, which was a first-year state for 2010, has paid off its loans and is not a credit reduction state for 2011.

Eighteen New Credit Reduction States for 2011

There are eighteen new credit reduction states for 2011. These states will have a credit reduction of 0.3% for 2011. The states are Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Additionally, the US Virgin Islands also has a credit reduction of 0.3%.

Contact Vision Payroll Today

For more information on the credit reduction states in 2011, be sure to contact Vision Payroll today.

April 10, 2011

Arkansas Advance Interest Tax Took Effect April 1, 2011

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The Arkansas Advance Interest Tax took effect April 1, 2011. The purpose of the tax is to pay interest on Title XII advances received from the federal government to pay regular unemployment insurance benefits. The amount of the tax is 0.2% and the tax will remain on until the quarter after all Title XII advances and interest is paid and the Advance Interest fund reaches a balance of five million dollars.

No Separate Line on Contribution and Wage Report

There is not a separate line for the 0.2% tax; rather it has been added to each employer’s rate starting on the 2011 second quarter Contribution and Wage Report. (The total tax rate, including the Advance Interest Tax is shown in Part A, on line 6 of the Employer’s Quarterly Contribution and Wage Report.)

Advance Interest Tax Applies To All of 2011 and Perhaps Later

The tax will be due on taxable wages reported for the second, third and fourth quarters of 2011 and more than likely the tax will remain on, at least, through 2012 and 2013. The tax is due on taxable wages reported each quarter and as such, for the quarter ending June 30th (second quarter) would not apply to an employee who reached the taxable wage base ($12,000) in the quarter ended March 31st (first quarter). If an employee reaches the taxable wage base total at some date during the second quarter, only those wages paid in the quarter up to the total would be subject to the tax. The same principle holds true for the third and fourth quarters.

Contact Vision Payroll for Further Information

Contact Vision Payroll for further information on the changes to Arkansas unemployment taxes.

October 11, 2010

Arkansas Unemployment Wage Base to Remain at $12,000 for 2011

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The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services has announced the taxable wage base for 2011. The wage base will remain at $12,000 for 2011.

Find Out the Wage Base for All States by Visiting the Vision Payroll Unemployment Taxable Wage Base Page

Contact Vision Payroll if you have any questions on Arkansas unemployment taxable wage base or visit our Unemployment Taxable Wage Base page.

November 14, 2009

Arkansas Unemployment Wage Base to Increase to $12,000

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The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services has announced an increase in the taxable wage base for 2010. The wage base will increase from $10,000 for 2009 to $12,000 for 2010. Contact Vision Payroll if you have any questions on Arkansas unemployment taxable wage base or visit our Unemployment Taxable Wage Base page.

May 16, 2009

AR Taxpayers Receive Extension of Time to File Returns and Pay Taxes

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Due to severe storms and tornadoes in Arkansas on April 9, 2009, President Barack Obama declared the following counties a federal disaster area: Ashley, Miller, Polk and Sevier. Therefore, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced recently that it will waive failure to deposit penalties for employment and excise taxes due after April 8, 2009 and before April 25, 2009 as long as the deposits were made by April 24, 2009. Also, affected taxpayers will have until June 8, 2009 to file most tax returns. Contact Vision Payroll if you were affected by the storms and tornadoes and need further information on the relief provided by the IRS.

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