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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.

November 22, 2011

California Announces 2012 UI, ETT, and EDI Rates

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Pam Harris, Chief Deputy Director, California EDD
Pam Harris, Chief Deputy Director, California EDD
The California Employment Development Department (EDD) recently released the 2012 UI, ETT, and SDI rates. An historical compilation of prior year rates is available in Form DE 3395.

2012 UI, ETT, and SDI Rates

The UI rate schedule in effect for 2012 is Schedule “F+.” This is Schedule F plus a 15% emergency surcharge, rounded to the nearest tenth. Schedule “F+” provides for UI contribution rates from 1.5% to 6.2%.

Exception for Employers Subject to §977(c)

Exception: Employers subject to §977(c) of the CUIC must pay at the highest rate provided by law plus an additional 2%.

Taxable Wage Limit Remains at $7,000

The taxable wage limit is $7,000 per employee.

The Voluntary UI program Is Not in Effect for 2012

The Employment Training Tax (ETT) rate for 2012 is 0.1%. The UI and ETT taxable wage limit remains at $7,000 per employee per calendar year.

SDI Rate Is Set at 1.0%

The State Disability Insurance (SDI) withholding rate for 2012 is 1.0%. The taxable wage limit is $95,585 for each employee per calendar year. The maximum to withhold for each employee is $955.85.

Notices Will Be Mailed December 30

UI, ETT, and SDI tax rates are combined on a single rate notice, Notice of Contribution Rates and Statement of UI Reserve Account (DE 2088). The DE 2088 will be mailed in December, with a mailing date of December 30. Employers will have 60 days from the December 30 mailing date to protest any item on the DE 2088 except SDI and ETT, which are specifically set by law.

New Employer Rate Set at 3.4%

For new employers, the UI tax rate is 3.4% for up to three years. Owners that purchased an established business have the option of acquiring the previous owner’s UI tax rate.

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 the California unemployment taxable wage base or visit our Unemployment Taxable Wage Base page.

November 21, 2011

California Is a Credit Reduction State for 2011

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Pam Harris, Chief Deputy Director, California EDD
Pam Harris, Chief Deputy Director, California EDD
According to the California Employment Development Department, California will be a FUTA tax credit reduction state in 2011.

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.

FUTA Wage Base Is $7,000 for 2011

The FUTA wage base is $7,000 for 2011.

Employers in Certain States Are Subject To Credit Reduction

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.

California Is Subject To Credit Reduction for First Time

Since California was not a credit reduction state in 2010, the credit reduction rate will be 0.3% for 2011. California employers will receive a reduced credit of 5.1% for 2011. For the first six months of 2011, the FUTA tax rate was 6.2% and for the last six months of 2011, the FUTA tax rate has been 6.0%. Therefore, California employers will pay an effective rate of 1.1% for the first six months of 2011 and 0.9% for the last six months of 2011. The credit reduction will continue to increase by 0.3 percentage points each year until the loan is paid, e.g., 0.6% in 2012, 0.9% in 2013, etc.

Vision Payroll Will Calculate the Credit Reduction for All California Clients

Contact Vision Payroll if you have any further questions on the California credit reduction.

November 20, 2011

California Releases California Employer’s Guide 2012 (DE 44)

Pam Harris, Chief Deputy Director, California EDD
Pam Harris, Chief Deputy Director, California EDD
The California Employment Development Department (EDD) has announced the release of the California Employer’s Guide 2012 DE 44 Rev. 38 (the Guide). The Guide is published to help employers understand their rights and responsibilities.

Information Presented in Chronological Sequence

Information in the Guide is presented in a chronological sequence, beginning with what employers need to know or do first, such as who is an employer, when to register, who is an employee, and what are wages.

California Generally Follows Federal Law

To simplify reporting requirements, the EDD follows federal tax guidelines and due dates whenever possible; however, California laws and rates may differ from federal laws and rates. The EDD administers payroll tax reporting laws according to the California Unemployment Insurance Code (CUIC) and California Code of Regulations (CCR).

The Guide Is an Important Resource

Regardless of the size of the business, the Guide is an important resource on the procedures required for compliance with California payroll tax laws. It clarifies both the provisions of the CUIC and CCR and their application to the business.

The Guide Provides General Information

The Guide provides general information that applies to the majority of employers. The Guide provides references to additional information on specialized topics. Information on detailed or complex issues that only apply to a small number of employers is not included in the Guide.

Contact Vision Payroll Today

Contact Vision Payroll if you have further questions on the Guide.

April 11, 2011

California Now Conforms To Federal Treatment on Income Taxes on Health Insurance for Certain Adult Children

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Governor Jerry Brown
Governor Jerry Brown
California Assembly Bill (AB) 36 was signed by Governor Jerry Brown on April 7, 2011. This bill brings California into conformity with the Federal government regarding the Health Care Acts of 2010 for state income tax purposes.

Change Is Retroactive To 2010

AB 36 now excludes health insurance premium payments and medical reimbursements for medical care expenses on behalf of adult children, from California Personal Income Tax (PIT) wages/income and PIT withholding, retroactive to the original enact date(s) of the Health Care Acts in 2010.

2010 Amendments May Be Filed on Form DE 678

For 2010, employers who calculated a fair market value benefit amount as imputed income for California Personal Income Tax (PIT) wages for their employees and subsequently withheld PIT on this value should issue Form W-2C to impacted employees that reflect the correct PIT wage amount. Employers can amend their California state payroll tax returns using our Tax and Wage Adjustment Form (DE 678).

2011 Amendments May be Filed on Form DE 9ADJ

For 2011, if employers calculated a fair market value of the health insurance premium and withheld the applicable PIT in the first quarter and have already filed their Quarterly Contribution Return and Report of Wages (DE 9), they can amend the return by using our Quarterly Contribution and Wage Adjustment Form (DE 9ADJ).

Correct 2011 Reports Before Filing, if Possible

For employers who have calculated PIT wages and withheld PIT from their employees for the first quarter but not yet filed the DE 9 and Quarterly Contribution and Wage Adjustment Form (Continuation) (DE 9C), you may choose to file and report the correct wages and withholding amounts while revising your payroll process internally for the over-reporting and withholding.

Contact Vision Payroll for Further Information

Contact Vision Payroll for further information on the changes to California taxation of health benefits.

March 12, 2011

California Clarifies Tax Treatment of Health Care Coverage of Adult Children

California Clarifies Tax Treatment of Health Care Coverage of Adult Children
California Clarifies Tax Treatment of Health Care Coverage of Adult Children
The California Employment Development Department (EDD) has released a clarification to the original guidance provided on the tax treatment of health care coverage extended to adult children.

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Requires Extension up to Age 26

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires plans and issuers that offer dependent coverage to make the coverage available until a child reaches the age of 26. Both married and unmarried children qualify for this coverage.

Employment Taxes not Applicable To the Value of This Coverage

According to the EDD:

The extended coverage to adult children under the federal legislation referenced above is not considered wages that are subject to Unemployment Insurance (UI), Employment Training Tax (ETT), or State Disability Insurance (SDI), taxes. Existing State law, Section 931 of the California Unemployment Insurance Code (CUIC) excludes payments for employer-provided coverage under accident or health plans to a dependent from being considered taxable income for UI, ETT, or SDI purposes.

Section 931 of the CUIC does not apply to California Personal Income Tax (PIT) provisions. The fair market value for health care coverage to an adult child under the new federal provision is considered reportable income for California PIT purposes and subject to California PIT withholding. The fair market value of the health care coverage is set at the discretion of the employer.

Further Changes Are Expected In California and Other States

Check VisionPayroll.com frequently for updates to taxation of this coverage in California and other states.

March 4, 2011

Question of the Week: What Is a Taxable Wage Base?

What Is a Taxable Wage Base?
What Is a Taxable Wage Base?
This week’s question comes from April, an office manager. I’ve read that the taxable wage base has increased in New Hampshire for 2011, but I’m not sure of the impact. What is a taxable wage base? Answer: The taxable wage base is the amount of income that will be taxed in a particular year.

New Hampshire Taxable Wage Base Is $12,000

For 2011, the New Hampshire taxable wage base is $12,000. Therefore, all subject wages earned during 2011 by an employee up to $12,000 will be taxed for New Hampshire unemployment purposes. Once $12,000 of wages have been taxed for New Hampshire unemployment purposes, no additional New Hampshire unemployment tax will be due for that employee for the rest of 2011.

Taxable Wage Bases Range from $7,000 to $37,300

For 2011, the federal taxable wage base is $7,000. Three states, Arizona, California, Florida and Puerto Rico all have the lowest taxable wage base of $7,000. Washington has the highest taxable wage base at $37,300.

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 further questions or visit our Unemployment Taxable Wage Base page.

December 27, 2010

Kings, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Inyo, & San Diego County Employers May Request 60-Day Extension

Kings, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Inyo, & San Diego County Employers May Request 60-Day Extension
Kings, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Inyo, & San Diego County Employers May Request 60-Day Extension
According to the California Employment Development Department (EDD), employers in the counties of Kings, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Inyo, & San Diego directly affected by the winter storms may request up to a 60-day extension of time from EDD to file their State payroll reports and/or deposit State payroll taxes without penalty or interest. This extension may be granted under Section 1111.5 of the California Unemployment Insurance Code (CUIC).

Kings, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Inyo, & San Diego Counties in a Declared State of Emergency Due to Winter Storms

Written request for extension must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return to file/pay.

Vision Payroll Can Assist Kings, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Inyo, & San Diego County Clients with Extension Application

Contact Vision Payroll if you’ve been affected and need to file the extension request.

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