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January 22, 2011

2010 Form W-2 Tips, Part 13, Box 12 Codes

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This is one in a continuing series on the 2010 Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, which employers must generally furnish to employees no later than January 31, 2011. Forms mailed on the due date are considered furnished if properly addressed. Employers unable to meet that deadline may file a request for extension of time to furnish the forms. Today we review Box 12, codes.

Box Identifiers a, b, c, and d Are not Codes

Enter codes and amounts in boxes 12a, 12b, 12c, and 12d. The letters a, b, c, and d do not relate to the codes, but are strictly for identification purposes. If an employee has code C for $100 and that is the only code for that employee, the employer may enter code C in box 12a; it does not need to be entered in box 12c. If filing copy A on paper, enter only four codes on one Form W-2. Employers should use multiple forms for employees with more than four codes. There is no limit on the number of codes on any other copy of Form W-2. Enter the code and amount without dollar signs or commas.

The codes and their descriptions are as follows:

Code AUncollected social security or RRTA tax on tips
Code BUncollected Medicare tax on tips
Code CTaxable cost of group-term life insurance over $50,000
Code DElective deferrals under §401(k) cash or deferred arrangement (plan)
Code EElective deferrals under §403(b) salary reduction agreement
Code FElective deferrals under §408(k)(6) salary reduction SEP
Code GElective deferrals and employer contributions (including nonelective deferrals) to any governmental or nongovernmental §457(b) deferred compensation plan
Code HElective deferrals under §501(c)(18)(D) tax-exempt organization plan
Code JNontaxable sick pay
Code K20% excise tax on excess golden parachute payments
Code LSubstantiated employee business expense reimbursements
Code MUncollected social security or RRTA tax on taxable cost of group-term life insurance over $50,000 (for former employees)
Code NUncollected Medicare tax on taxable cost of group-term life insurance over $50,000 (for former employees)
Code PExcludable moving expense reimbursements paid directly to employee
Code QNontaxable combat pay
Code REmployer contributions to an Archer MSA
Code SEmployee salary reduction contributions under a §408(p) SIMPLE
Code TAdoption benefits
Code VIncome from the exercise of nonstatutory stock option(s)
Code WEmployer contributions to a Health Savings Account (HSA)
Code YDeferrals under a §409A nonqualified deferred compensation plan
Code ZIncome under §409A on a nonqualified deferred compensation plan
Code AADesignated Roth contributions under a §401(k) plan
Code BBDesignated Roth contributions under a §403(b) plan
Code CCHIRE exempt wages and tips

Employers should combine elective deferrals and elective catch-up contributions into one sum and report under the appropriate elective deferral plan code.

Box 13, Checkboxes Is the Next Topic

The next topic in this continuing series will be Box 13, checkboxes. Contact Vision Payroll with any questions on the 2010 Form W-2.

January 18, 2011

2010 Form W-2 Tips, Part 12, Box 11 Nonqualified Plans

This is one in a continuing series on the 2010 Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, which employers must generally furnish to employees no later than January 31, 2011. Forms mailed on the due date are considered furnished if properly addressed. Employers unable to meet that deadline may file a request for extension of time to furnish the forms. Today we review Box 11, nonqualified plans.

Box 11 Shows Distributions from Nonqualified Plans

Box 11 shows the amount of distributions from a nonqualified plan or a nongovernmental §457(b) plan. These distributions should also be reported in box 1. Distributions from governmental §457(b) plans are not reported in this box.

Box 11 May Show Earnings and Deferrals That Became Taxable

Box 11 should show deferrals and earnings that became taxable for social security and Medicare purposes in 2010 because the deferrals and earnings were no longer subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture, but only if the amounts were for services before 2010 and no distributions were made in 2010. These amounts must also be reported in box 3, up to the $106,800 wage limit, and box 5.

Box 11 Not to Be Used for Deferrals Included in Box 3 and/or Box 5

Box 11 should not be used for deferrals that are included in box 3, up to the wage limit, and box 5 and that are for services performed in 2010.

Use Form SSA-131 to Report When Payments and Deferrals Are Made in the Same Year

Box 11 should also not be used when payments are made from a nonqualified plan and deferrals are included in box 3, up to the wage limit, and box 5. Employers should use Form SSA-131, Employer Report of Special Wage Payments, but only if the employee was age 62 or older by the end of 2010. Generally the employer should report the amount from box 1 of Form W-2, plus any amounts deferred during 2010, less any payments from the nonqualified plan.

Amounts for Form W-2
Wages$50,000
Distributions from nonqualified plan75,000
Sub-total125,000
Less amount deferred35,000
Form W-2, box 1 amount$90,000
  
Wages$50,000
Form W-2, box 3 amount$50,000
  
Wages$50,000
Form W-2, box 5 amount$50,000

Assume Jessica retired during 2010. She earned $50,000 in wages, but deferred $35,000 of that amount in a nonqualified deferred compensation plan. Since she retired, she also received $75,000 in payments from the plan. Since there are both distributions and deferrals in 2010, no amount is reported in box 11. Box 11 should also not be used to report special wage payments earned in a prior year such as accrued sick pay or vacation pay. These amounts should be reported on Form SSA-131, however, so that the Social Security Administration may accurately calculate the recipient’s social security benefits.

Amounts for Form SSA-131
Form W-2, box 1 amount$  90,000
Plus 2009 deferral    35,000
Sub-total   125,000
Less distributions from nonqualified plan    75,000
Form SSA-131, item 6 amount$  50,000

Box 12, Codes Is the Next Topic

The next topic in this continuing series will be Box 12, codes. Contact Vision Payroll with any questions on the 2010 Form W-2.

May 15, 2010

IRS Releases Revised Form W-2 and Form W-3

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently released revised 2010 Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, and revised 2010 Form W-3, Transmittal of Wage and Tax Statements. The revised 2010 Instructions for Forms W-2 and W-3 indicate that employers should:

Report the amount of wages and tips paid to the qualified employee for which you claimed the payroll tax exemption in Box 12, using code CC. This will include wages and tips paid to the qualified employee from April 1, 2010, through December 31, 2010, for which you claimed the payroll tax exemption, plus wages and tips paid to the qualified employee from March 19, 2010, through March 31, 2010, for which you claimed a credit in the second quarter of 2010. The amount may not exceed $106,800 (2010 maximum social security wage base).

The box on the Form W-3 to report deferred compensation was moved from box 12 to box 12a. In addition, a new box 12b was added to report HIRE exempt wages and tips. Contact Vision Payroll if you have any questions on the 2010 Form W-2 and revised 2010 Form W-3.

January 24, 2010

2009 Form W-2 Tips, Part 13, Box 12 Codes

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This is one in a continuing series on the 2009 Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, which employers must generally furnish to employees no later than February 1, 2010. Forms mailed on the due date are considered furnished if properly addressed. Employers unable to meet that deadline may file a request for extension of time to furnish the forms. Today we review Box 12, codes.

Enter codes and amounts in boxes 12a, 12b, 12c, and 12d. The letters a, b, c, and d do not relate to the codes, but are strictly for identification purposes. If an employee has code C for $100 and that is the only code for that employee, the employer may enter code C in box 12a; it does not need to be entered in box 12c. If filing copy A on paper, enter only four codes on one Form W-2. Employers should use multiple forms for employees with more than four codes. There is no limit on the number of codes on any other copy of Form W-2. Enter the code and amount without dollar signs or commas.

The codes and their descriptions are as follows:

Code AUncollected social security or RRTA tax on tips
Code BUncollected Medicare tax on tips
Code CTaxable cost of group-term life insurance over $50,000
Code DElective deferrals under §401(k) cash or deferred arrangement (plan)
Code EElective deferrals under §403(b) salary reduction agreement
Code FElective deferrals under §408(k)(6) salary reduction SEP
Code GElective deferrals and employer contributions (including nonelective deferrals) to any governmental or nongovernmental §457(b) deferred compensation plan
Code HElective deferrals under §501(c)(18)(D) tax-exempt organization plan
Code JNontaxable sick pay
Code K20% excise tax on excess golden parachute payments
Code LSubstantiated employee business expense reimbursements
Code MUncollected social security or RRTA tax on taxable cost of group-term life insurance over $50,000 (for former employees)
Code NUncollected Medicare tax on taxable cost of group-term life insurance over $50,000 (for former employees)
Code PExcludable moving expense reimbursements paid directly to employee
Code QNontaxable combat pay
Code REmployer contributions to an Archer MSA
Code SEmployee salary reduction contributions under a §408(p) SIMPLE
Code TAdoption benefits
Code VIncome from the exercise of nonstatutory stock option(s)
Code WEmployer contributions to a Health Savings Account (HSA)
Code YDeferrals under a §409A nonqualified deferred compensation plan
Code ZIncome under §409A on a nonqualified deferred compensation plan
Code AADesignated Roth contributions under a §401(k) plan
Code BBDesignated Roth contributions under a §403(b) plan

Employers should combine elective deferrals and elective catch-up contributions into one sum and report under the appropriate elective deferral plan code.

The next topic in this continuing series will be Box 13, checkboxes. Contact Vision Payroll with any questions on the 2009 Form W-2.

January 23, 2010

2009 Form W-2 Tips, Part 12, Box 11 Nonqualified Plans

This is one in a continuing series on the 2009 Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, which employers must generally furnish to employees no later than February 1, 2010. Forms mailed on the due date are considered furnished if properly addressed. Employers unable to meet that deadline may file a request for extension of time to furnish the forms. Today we review Box 11, nonqualified plans.

Box 11 shows the amount of distributions from a nonqualified plan or a nongovernmental §457(b) plan. These distributions should also be reported in box 1. Distributions from governmental §457(b) plans are not reported in this box.

Box 11 should show deferrals and earnings that became taxable for social security and Medicare purposes in 2009 because the deferrals and earnings were no longer subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture, but only if the amounts were for services before 2009 and no distributions were made in 2009. These amounts must also be reported in box 3, up to the $106,800 wage limit, and box 5.

Box 11 should not be used for deferrals that are included in box 3, up to the wage limit, and box 5 and that are for services performed in 2009.

Box 11 should also not be used when payments are made from a nonqualified plan and deferrals are included in box 3, up to the wage limit, and box 5. Employers should use Form SSA-131, Employer Report of Special Wage Payments. Generally the employer should report the amount from box 1 of Form W-2, plus any amounts deferred during 2009, less any payments from the nonqualified plan.

Amounts for Form W-2
Wages$50,000
Distributions from nonqualified plan75,000
Sub-total125,000
Less amount deferred35,000
Form W-2, box 1 amount$90,000
  
Wages$50,000
Form W-2, box 3 amount$50,000
  
Wages$50,000
Form W-2, box 5 amount$50,000

Assume Cameron retired during 2009. He earned $50,000 in wages, but deferred $35,000 of that amount in a nonqualified deferred compensation plan. Since he retired, he also received $75,000 in payments from the plan. Since there are both distributions and deferrals in 2009, no amount is reported in box 11. Box 11 should also not be used to report special wage payments earned in a prior year such as accrued sick pay or vacation pay. These amounts should be reported on Form SSA-131, however, so that the Social Security Administration may accurately calculate the recipient’s social security benefits.

Amounts for Form SSA-131
Form W-2, box 1 amount$  90,000
Plus 2009 deferral    35,000
Sub-total   125,000
Less distributions from nonqualified plan    75,000
Form SSA-131, item 6 amount$  50,000

The next topic in this continuing series will be Box 12, codes. Contact Vision Payroll with any questions on the 2009 Form W-2.

January 27, 2009

2008 Form W-2 Tips, Part 13, Box 12 Codes

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This is one in a continuing series on the 2008 Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, which employers must generally furnish to employees no later than February 2, 2009. Forms mailed on the due date are considered furnished if properly addressed. Employers unable to meet that deadline may file a request for extension of time to furnish the forms. Today we review Box 12, codes.

Enter codes and amounts in boxes 12a, 12 b, 12c, and 12d. The letters a, b, c, and d do not relate to the codes, but are strictly for identification purposes. If an employee has code C for $100 and that is the only code for that employee, the employer may enter code C in box 12a; it does not need to be entered in box 12c. If filing copy A on paper, enter only four codes on one Form W-2. Employers should use multiple forms for employees with more than four codes. There is no limit on the number of codes on any other copy of Form W-2. Enter the code and amount without dollar signs or commas.

The codes and their descriptions are as follows:

Code A

Uncollected social security or RRTA tax on tips

Code B

Uncollected Medicare tax on tips

Code C

Taxable cost of group-term life insurance over $50,000

Code D

Elective deferrals under §401(k) cash or deferred arrangement (plan)

Code E

Elective deferrals under §403(b) salary reduction agreement

Code F

Elective deferrals under §408(k)(6) salary reduction SEP

Code G

Elective deferrals and employer contributions (including nonelective deferrals) to any governmental or nongovernmental §457(b) deferred compensation plan

Code H

Elective deferrals under §501(c)(18)(D) tax-exempt organization plan

Code J

Nontaxable sick pay

Code K

20% excise tax on excess golden parachute payments

Code L

Substantiated employee business expense reimbursements

Code M

Uncollected social security or RRTA tax on taxable cost of group-term life insurance over $50,000 (for former employees)

Code N

Uncollected Medicare tax on taxable cost of group-term life insurance over $50,000 (for former employees)

Code P

Excludable moving expense reimbursements paid directly to employee

Code Q

Nontaxable combat pay

Code R

Employer contributions to an Archer MSA

Code S

Employee salary reduction contributions under a §408(p) SIMPLE

Code T

Adoption benefits

Code V

Income from the exercise of nonstatutory stock option(s)

Code W

Employer contributions to a Health Savings Account (HSA)

Code Y

Deferrals under a §409A nonqualified deferred compensation plan

Code Z

Income under §409A on a nonqualified deferred compensation plan

Code AA

Designated Roth contributions under a §401(k) plan

Code BB

Designated Roth contributions under a §403(b) plan

Employers should combine elective deferrals and elective catch-up contributions into one sum and report under the appropriate elective deferral plan code.

The next topic in this continuing series will be Box 13, checkboxes. Contact Vision Payroll with any questions on the 2008 Form W-2.

January 26, 2009

2008 Form W-2 Tips, Part 12, Box 11 Nonqualified Plans

This is one in a continuing series on the 2008 Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, which employers must generally furnish to employees no later than February 2, 2009. Forms mailed on the due date are considered furnished if properly addressed. Employers unable to meet that deadline may file a request for extension of time to furnish the forms. Today we review Box 11, nonqualified plans.

Box 11 shows the amount of distributions from a nonqualified plan or a nongovernmental §457(b) plan. These distributions should also be reported in box 1. Distributions from governmental §457(b) plans are not reported in this box.

Box 11 should show deferrals and earnings that became taxable for social security and Medicare purposes in 2008 because the deferrals and earnings were no longer subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture, but only if the amounts were for services before 2008 and no distributions were made in 2008. These amounts must also be reported in box 3, up to the $102,000 wage limit, and box 5.

Box 11 should not be used for deferrals that are included in box 3, up to the wage limit, and box 5 and that are for services performed in 2008.

Box 11 should also not be used when payments are made from a nonqualified plan and deferrals are included in box 3, up to the wage limit, and box 5. Employers should use Form SSA-131, Employer Report of Special Wage Payments. Generally the employer should report the amount from box 1 of Form W-2, plus any amounts deferred during 2008, less any payments from the nonqualified plan.

Assume Cameron retired during 2008. He earned $50,000 in wages, but deferred $35,000 of that amount in a nonqualified deferred compensation plan. Since he retired, he also received $75,000 in payments from the plan.

Amounts for Form W-2

 

Wages

$  50,000

Distributions from nonqualified plan

    75,000

Sub-total

125,000

Less amount deferred

    35,000

Form W-2, box 1 amount

$  90,000

 

 

Wages

$  50,000

Form W-2, box 3 amount

$  50,000

 

 

Wages

$  50,000

Form W-2, box 5 amount

$  50,000

Since there are both distributions and deferrals in 2008, no amount is reported in box 11.

Amounts for Form SSA-131

 

Form W-2, box 1 amount

$  90,000

Plus 2008 deferral

    35,000

Sub-total

125,000

Less distributions from nonqualified plan

    75,000

Form SSA-131, item 6 amount

$  50,000

Box 11 should also not be used to report special wage payments earned in a prior year such as accrued sick pay or vacation pay. These amounts should be reported on Form SSA-131, however, so that the Social Security Administration may accurately calculate the recipient’s social security benefits.

The next topic in this continuing series will be Box 12, codes. Contact Vision Payroll with any questions on the 2008 Form W-2.

July 7, 2008

IRS Says Teachers Should Not Be Covered by 409A

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The IRS recently released Notice 2008-62 which states that teachers who receive pay over a 12-month period will generally not be subject to §409A. Technically, teachers who only work for 9 or 10 months but are paid over a 12-month schedule have deferred compensation under §409A since some pay is deferred from one calendar year to the next. Under proposed regulations to be issued under §457(f), teachers paid under such plans will be exempt from the §409A rules.

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