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January 16, 2011

2010 Form W-2 Tips, Part 10, Box 9 Advance EIC Payment

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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 9, advance EIC payment.

Maximum EIC Advance Payment in 2010 Was $1,830

Box 9 shows the amount of any advance EIC (earned income credit) payment paid to the employee. Employees must meet four criteria and file Form W-5, Earned Income Credit Advance Payment Certificate in order to receive advance EIC payments. For 2010, the maximum advance EIC was $1,830. Employees entitled to additional EIC are eligible to receive it when filing Form 1040, US Individual Income Tax Return.

Box 10, Dependent Care Benefits Is the Next Topic

The next topic in this continuing series will be Box 10, dependent care benefits. Contact Vision Payroll with any questions on the 2010 Form W-2.

January 16, 2010

2009 Form W-2 Tips, Part 10, Box 9 Advance EIC Payment

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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 9, advance EIC payment.

Box 9 shows the amount of any advance EIC (earned income credit) payment paid to the employee. Employees must meet four criteria and file Form W-5, Earned Income Credit Advance Payment Certificate in order to receive advance EIC payments. For 2009, the maximum advance EIC was $1,826. Employees entitled to additional EIC are eligible to receive it when filing Form 1040, US Individual Income Tax Return.

The next topic in this continuing series will be Box 10, dependent care benefits. Contact Vision Payroll with any questions on the 2009 Form W-2.

January 13, 2010

Tip of the Week: 2010 Form W-5 Now Available

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently released 2010 Form W-5, Earned Income Credit Advance Payment Certificate. There are four criteria for claiming advance earned income credit (EIC) payments.

  1. Taxpayer (and spouse if filing jointly) must have a valid social security number.
  2. Taxpayer (or spouse if filing jointly) must have at least one qualifying child and be able to claim the credit using that child.
  3. Taxpayer’s expected earned income and adjusted gross income must be less than $35,535 ($40,545 if filing jointly).
  4. Taxpayer must expect to claim the EIC for 2010.

The maximum credit taxpayers may receive in advance is $1,830. Eligible taxpayers must file a new Form W-5 for 2010. The 2009 Form W-5 expired December 31, 2009. Contact Vision Payroll if you have any question on Form W-5.

January 24, 2009

2008 Form W-2 Tips, Part 10, Box 9 Advance EIC Payment

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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 9, advance EIC payment.

Box 9 shows the amount of any advance EIC (earned income credit) payment paid to the employee. Employees must meet four criteria and file Form W-5, Earned Income Credit Advance Payment Certificate in order to receive advance EIC payments. For 2008, the maximum advance EIC was $1,750. Employees entitled to additional EIC are eligible to receive it when filing Form 1040, US Individual Income Tax Return.

The next topic in this continuing series will be Box 10, dependent care benefits. Contact Vision Payroll with any questions on the 2008 Form W-2.

January 23, 2009

Question of the Week: Why Did My FIT Withheld Go Down?

This week’s question comes from Greg, a part-time accounts payable clerk. I made almost the same amount of money in 2008 as I did in 2007, but the amount of my federal income tax (FIT) withheld is significantly lower. Why did my FIT withheld go down? There are several reasons why your FIT withheld could be significantly lower, even though your income was almost the same.

  1. Inflation creep. Each year, as inflation reduces the value of the dollar, tax tables in Publication 15 (Circular E) are adjusted so that less tax would be withheld on the same amount of income. This is to adjust for the reduced buying power of the same dollar amount of income.
  2. Reduced income. At certain low-income levels, no tax is withheld if the withholding allowances claimed are greater than zero. Even FIT withholding of a few dollars each week can add up to a few hundred-dollar difference at year-end compared to no withholding at certain low-income levels.
  3. Increased withholding allowances. Many employees file a revised Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate or Formulario W-4(SP), Certificado de Exención de la Retención del Empleado. If the number of withholding allowances claimed increases, the amount of FIT withheld will decrease. Instead of receiving a big refund when a Form 1040 is filed, the employee receives a small net pay increase each week. Some employees also file Form W-4 claiming exemption from all FIT withholding.
  4. Claiming Earned Income Credit. Many employees file a new or revised Form W-5, Earned Income Credit Advance Payment Certificate. As in the case of increased withholding allowances, claiming an advance EIC payment will increase net pay received each week, but could reduce the amount of FIT withheld.
  5. Increase in pre-tax deductions. Employees who increase the amount of a §125 election or elect to contribute more money to a pre-tax retirement plan such as a SIMPLE plan or §401(k) plan, could have a significantly reduced amount of FIT withheld on the same amount of gross pay. Since those amounts are deducted before FIT withholding is calculated, the FIT deduction should be reduced.

Employees should work with their CPA to project their FIT liability for the current year then assess their progress toward meeting that liability each quarter. If the projected FIT withholding be less than the annualized projected liability a revised Form W-4 or Form W-5 should be filed or the need to pay quarterly estimated tax payments using Form 1040-ES should be considered. Employers should update the allowances claimed by logging in to their company file or providing Vision Payroll with the updated information.

January 3, 2009

IRS Releases 2009 Form W-5

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently released 2009 Form W-5, Earned Income Credit Advance Payment Certificate. There are four criteria for claiming advance earned income credit (EIC) payments.

  1. Taxpayer (and spouse if filing jointly) must have a valid social security number.
  2. Taxpayer (or spouse if filing jointly) must have at least one qualifying child and be able to claim the credit using that child.
  3. Taxpayer’s expected earned income and adjusted gross income must be less than $35,463 ($38,583 if filing jointly).
  4. Taxpayer must expect to claim the EIC for 2009.

Eligible taxpayers must file a new Form W-5 for 2009. The 2008 Form W-5 expired December 31, 2008. Contact Vision Payroll if you have any question on Form W-5.

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