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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.

May 2, 2011

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

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GA Taxpayers Receive Extension of Time to File Returns and Pay Taxes
GA Taxpayers Receive Extension of Time to File Returns and Pay Taxes
Due to the damage caused by the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and associated flooding, in Georgia on April 27, 2011, President Barack Obama declared the following counties a federal disaster area: Bartow, Catoosa, Cherokee, Coweta, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Greene, Harris, Habersham, Heard, Lamar, Lumpkin, Meriwether, Monroe, Morgan, Newton, Pickens, Polk, Rabun, Spalding, Troup, Upson, Walker and White.

Declaration Leads to Extension of Payroll Tax and Other Deadlines

Therefore, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced recently that it will waive failure to deposit penalties for employment and excise taxes due after April 26, 2011 and before May 13, 2011 as long as the deposits were made by May 12, 2011. In addition, affected taxpayers have until June 30, 2011 to file most tax returns.

Vision Payroll is Here to Help Affected Taxpayers with Payroll Tax Issues

Contact Vision Payroll if you were affected by the severe storms, flooding, straight-line winds, and associated flooding and need further information on the relief provided by the IRS.

June 30, 2010

Tip of the Week: Flooding Disables GA Online Tax Systems

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On June 6, 2010, overheated computer equipment activated a sprinkler system that flooded four floors in the Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR) headquarters. As a result, the online system was disabled and ground floor customer service was shut down. According to Commissioner Bart L. Graham:

We’ve started the backup generator that was installed last year in anticipation of an unanticipated event such as this. The reason we started it today was due to the need to remediate water from the building first. We intend to keep the public fully updated as we gradually restore operations. Our expectation is that normal service to our customers will be restored gradually. DOR headquarters staff is available to receive and process applications for liquor licenses, process tax payments from walk-in customers, and expedite all inquiries in a timely manner. We appreciate the public’s patience and understanding as we attempt to restore normal computer functionality over the next few days.

The DOR also stated that, “Tax payments for online e-file/e-pay can be mailed to the [DOR] or delivered to any DOR Regional Office. Taxpayers who make a diligent effort to pay timely will not be assessed a penalty.”

Contact Vision Payroll if you need further information.

October 4, 2009

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

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Due to severe storms and flooding in Georgia on September 18, 2009, President Barack Obama declared the following counties a federal disaster area: Bartow, Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fulton, Gwinnett, Heard, Newton, Paulding, Rockdale, Stephens and Walker. Therefore, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced recently that it will waive failure to deposit penalties for employment and excise taxes due after September 17, 2009 and before October 6, 2009 as long as the deposits were made by October 5, 2009. In addition, affected taxpayers will have until December 17, 2009 to file most tax returns. Contact Vision Payroll if you were affected by the severe storms and flooding and need further information on the relief provided by the IRS.

May 17, 2009

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

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Due to severe storms and flooding in Georgia on March 26, 2009, President Barack Obama declared the following counties a federal disaster area: Ben Hill, Berrien, Brantley, Brooks, Camden, Coffee, Colquitt, Decatur, Dougherty, Echols, Lanier, Lowndes, Miller, Mitchell, Montgomery, Pierce, Tattnall, Tift, Ware, Wheeler and Worth. Therefore, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced recently that it will waive failure to deposit penalties for employment and excise taxes due after March 25, 2009 and before April 11, 2009 as long as the deposits were made by April 10, 2009. Also, affected taxpayers will have until May 25, 2009 to file most tax returns. Contact Vision Payroll if you were affected by the storms and flooding and need further information on the relief provided by the IRS.

October 4, 2008

US Department of Labor Files Suit to Recover Overtime Wages

Following an investigation, the US Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit seeking more than $5 million in underpaid overtime. The suit was filed against CEMEX, Inc., a Houston-based provider of cement and concrete products. Employees in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas were allegedly underpaid overtime hours for piece rate and incentive bonus pay. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires that employees eligible for overtime be paid at one and one-half times their regular rate of pay, which should include most commissions, bonuses, and incentive pay. Vision Payroll provides a continuing series on the FLSA, but you should contact your labor attorney with specific questions on overtime hours and pay rates.

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