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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.

September 30, 2011

Question of the Week: What Are the IRS and DOL Doing About Workers Who Receive 1099s?

IRS Commissioner Douglas H. Shulman
IRS Commissioner Douglas H. Shulman
This week’s question comes from Steve, a small business owner.

Steve asks:

I’ve read about the Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP) and its application process with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). What are the IRS and Department of Labor (DOL) doing about workers who receive 1099s?

Answer: The IRS and DOL are entering into agreements that include the IRS and DOL as well as several states to share information and coordinate enforcement of current laws and regulations.

Memoranda Signed at Washington Ceremony

Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis recently hosted a ceremony at DOL headquarters in Washington to sign a memorandum of understanding with the IRS that will improve departmental efforts to end the business practice of misclassifying employees in order to avoid providing employment protections. In addition, labor commissioners and other agency leaders representing seven states signed memoranda of understanding with the department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) and, in some cases, its Employee Benefits Security Administration, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and Office of the Solicitor. The signatory states are Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Utah and Washington. Secretary Solis also announced agreements for the WHD to enter into memoranda of understanding with the state labor agencies of Hawaii, Illinois and Montana, as well as with New York’s attorney general.

DOL and IRS Will Share Information with Participating States

The memoranda of understanding will enable the DOL to share information and coordinate law enforcement with the IRS and participating states in order to level the playing field for law-abiding employers and ensure that employees receive the protections to which they are entitled under federal and state law.

Secretary Solis: We’re Standing United to End the Practice of Misclassifying Employees

“We’re here today to sign a series of agreements that together send a coordinated message: We’re standing united to end the practice of misclassifying employees,” said Secretary Solis. “We are taking important steps toward making sure that the American dream is still available for all employees and responsible employers alike.”

Commissioner Shulman: We Will Work Together More Efficiently to Address Worker Misclassification Issues

“This agreement takes the partnership between the IRS and DOL to a new level,” said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman. “In this new phase of our relationship, we will work together more efficiently to address worker misclassification issues, and better serve the needs of small businesses and employees.”

Misclassification Can Create Economic Pressure for Law-Abiding Business Owners

Business models that attempt to change, obscure or eliminate the employment relationship are not inherently illegal, unless they are used to evade compliance with federal labor laws — for example, if an employee is misclassified as an independent contractor and subsequently denied rights and benefits to which he or she is entitled under the law. In addition, misclassification can create economic pressure for law-abiding business owners.

Memoranda Arose as Part of the Misclassification Initiative

These memoranda of understanding arose as part of the department’s Misclassification Initiative, which was launched under the auspices of Vice President Biden’s Middle Class Task Force with the goal of preventing, detecting and remedying employee misclassification.

Contact Vision Payroll Today

Contact Vision Payroll if you have further questions on the memoranda of understanding.

November 20, 2010

Minnesota Unemployment Wage Base to Remain at $27,000 for 2011

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Commissioner Dan McElroy, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
Commissioner Dan McElroy, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has announced the taxable wage base for 2011. The wage base will remain at $27,000 for 2011.

New Employer Tax Rates to Increase

The tax rates for new employers will increase from 1.91% to 2.41% for new employers in non-high experience rating industries and will increase from 8.00% to 8.90% for new employers in high experience rating industries.

Federal Loan Interest Assessment Set at 2%

A federal loan interest assessment of 2% will take affect for 2011. This is calculated by multiplying the sum of the employer’s tax and “Additional Assessment” of 14% by 2%.

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

February 22, 2010

US Department of Labor Issues and Withdraws Opinion Letter on Minimum Tip Credit

The US Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued Administrator signed Opinion Letter FLSA2009-22. Although Opinion Letters only apply to the exact set of facts and circumstances presented in each case, they are a valuable aid in understanding current interpretations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Because the letter was apparently never mailed after it was signed, the DOL under new Secretary Hilda L. Solis has decided to withdraw the letter for further consideration. Therefore, this letter may not be relied upon as a statement of agency policy. It is possible that a different conclusion may be reached when the Opinion Letter is reissued.

In this Opinion Letter, the DOL confirmed its previously stated position “that where a state law requires a minimum wage less than the federal minimum wage and forbids a tip credit, the employer may nevertheless take a tip credit in the amount of the difference between state and federal law.” The Opinion Letter was specifically concerned with a Minnesota law that “purports to prohibit taking a credit for gratuities ‘towards the payment of the minimum wage set…by federal law.’”

State laws may provide rules that are more beneficial to the employee and must be followed. The DOL may come to a different conclusion when it reissues the Opinion Letter after further consideration. Contact Vision Payroll if you have questions about this Opinion Letter.

February 15, 2010

Wisconsin Announces Special Withholding Arrangement for Wisconsin Residents Working in Minnesota

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Secretary Roger M. Ervin of the Wisconsin Department of Revenue announced a special withholding arrangement for employers of Wisconsin residents working in Minnesota in response to the termination by Minnesota of the Minnesota-Wisconsin reciprocity agreement effective January 1, 2010. Under the arrangement, Wisconsin withholding will not be required in the following situations:

  • The employee is a legal resident of Wisconsin (i.e., domiciled in Wisconsin) when the wages are earned in Minnesota, and
  • The same wages earned by the Wisconsin resident and subject to the withholding of Minnesota income tax would also be subject to the withholding of Wisconsin income tax.

Employees may need to pay Wisconsin estimated tax if the elimination of Wisconsin withholding would cause them to owe $200 or more in Wisconsin income tax.

Contact Vision Payroll if you have further questions on the special withholding arrangement.

November 16, 2009

Minnesota Unemployment Wage Base to Increase to $27,000

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On or before June 30 of each year the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development must calculate an amount equal to sixty percent of Minnesota’s average annual wage, rounded to the nearest $1,000. This amount is the taxable wage base for the next taxable year. For 2010, the taxable wage base will increase from $26,000 to $27,000. Contact Vision Payroll if you have questions on the Minnesota Taxable Wage Base or visit our Unemployment Taxable Wage Base page.

May 5, 2009

Taxpayers Receive Extension of Time to File Returns and Pay Taxes

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Due to severe storms and flooding in Minnesota on March 16, 2009, President Barack Obama declared the following counties a federal disaster area: Clay, Norman, Traverse, Wilkin, Beltrami, Marshall, and Polk. Therefore, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced recently that it will waive failure to deposit penalties for employment and excise taxes due after March 15, 2009 and before March 31, 2009 as long as the deposits were made by March 30, 2009. Also, affected taxpayers will have until May 15, 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.

September 27, 2008

Minnesota Increases Taxable Wage Base for 2009

On or before June 30 of each year the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development must calculate an amount equal to sixty percent of Minnesota’s average annual wage, rounded to the nearest $1,000. This amount is the taxable wage base for the next taxable year. For 2009, the taxable wage base will increase from $25,000 to $26,000. Contact Vision Payroll if you have questions on the Minnesota Taxable Wage Base.

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