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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 7, 2011

Tip of the Week: IRS Provides Tax Relief to Victims of Hurricane Irene

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is providing tax relief to individual and business taxpayers impacted by Hurricane Irene.

The IRS has announced that certain taxpayers in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Puerto Rico and Vermont will receive tax relief, and other locations are expected to be added in coming days following additional damage assessments by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The tax relief postpones certain tax filing and payment deadlines to Oct. 31, 2011. It includes corporations and businesses that previously obtained an extension until Sept. 15, 2011, to file their 2010 returns and individuals and businesses that received a similar extension until Oct. 17. It also includes the estimated tax payment for the third quarter of 2011, which would normally be due Sept. 15.

Hurricane Irene, Courtesy of NASA/NOAA GOES Project
Hurricane Irene, Courtesy of NASA/NOAA GOES Project

The tax relief is part of a coordinated federal response to the damage caused by the hurricane and is based on local damage assessments by FEMA. For information on disaster recovery, individuals should visit disasterassistance.gov.

Tax Relief Available So Far

Filing and payment relief is currently available to taxpayers in federal disaster areas declared in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Puerto Rico and Vermont. The IRS expects to announce tax relief for taxpayers in other areas as damage assessments continue. The IRS encourages taxpayers and tax practitioners to monitor Tax Relief in Disaster Situations for updates.

So far, IRS filing and payment relief applies to the following counties and municipalities:

  • Connecticut: Fairfield, Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London, Tolland and Windham;
  • Massachusetts: Berkshire and Franklin.
  • New Jersey: Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren.
  • New York: Albany, Clinton, Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Greene, Montgomery, Nassau, Orange, Otsego, Rensselaer, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Sullivan, Suffolk, Ulster, Warren and Westchester.
  • North Carolina: Beaufort, Bertie, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Pitt, Tyrrell, Vance, Warren, Washington and Wilson;.
  • Puerto Rico: Arroyo, Aguas Buenas, Caguas, Canovanas, Carolina, Cayey, Cidra, Coamo, Comerio, Humacao, Jayuya, Juncos, Loiza, Luquillo, Orocovis, Patillas, Ponce and San Juan.
  • Vermont: Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Chittenden, Orange, Rutland, Washington and Windsor.

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

Contact Vision Payroll if you were affected by Hurricane Irene and need further information on the relief provided by the IRS.

September 5, 2011

NJ Taxpayers Affected by Hurricane Irene Receive Extension of Time to File Returns and Pay Taxes

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Hurricane Irene, Courtesy of NASA/NOAA GOES Project
Hurricane Irene, Courtesy of NASA/NOAA GOES Project
Due to the damage caused by Hurricane Irene in New Jersey beginning on August 27, 2011, President Barack Obama declared the following counties a federal disaster area: Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic and Somerset. Individuals who reside or have a business in these counties may qualify for tax relief.

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 August 26, 2011 and before September 13, 2011 as long as the deposits are made by September 12, 2011. In addition, affected taxpayers have until October 31, 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 Hurricane Irene and need further information on the relief provided by the IRS.

July 24, 2011

New Jersey Unemployment Wage Base to Increase To $30,300

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New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Harold J. Wirths
New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Harold J. Wirths
The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development has announced the wage base for New Jersey unemployment insurance, temporary disability insurance, and family leave insurance will increase from $29,600 for 2011 to $30,300 for 2012.

2012 Rate Year Rates Increased

As previously reported, the rates for the 2012 rate year are being determined by column D. They had been determined by column C during rate year 2011.

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

July 17, 2011

NJ Lowers Unemployment Tax Rates for 2012 Rate Year

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NJ Governor Chris Christie
NJ Governor Chris Christie
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie recently signed into law A-3819 (S-2730), which reduces the unemployment tax rates that employers would have otherwise had to pay during the 2012 rate year (July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012). The rates will increase, however, from the rate year 2011 rates.

Rates Will Be Determined Using Schedule D for 2012 Rate Year

During the 2011 rate year (July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011), rates for employers in New Jersey were determined based on the rates in column C of the tax table. Without the passage of A-3819, employers would have had their rates for 2012 determined by column E of the tax table. Under A-3819, rates in 2012 will be determined by reference to column D of the tax table.

Minimum and Maximum Rates to Increase for 2012 Rate Year

The minimum rate for employers will increase from 0.5% for the 2011 rate year to 0.6% for the 2012 rate year. Had the rates changed to Schedule E, the minimum rate would have increased to 1.2%. The maximum rate for employers will increase from 5.8% for the 2011 rate year to 6.4% for the 2012 rate year. Had the rates changed to Schedule E, the maximum rate would have increased to 7.0%.

New Employer Rate Also Set to Increase for 2012 Rate Year

The rate for new employers will increase from 2.8% for the 2011 rate year to 3.1% for the 2012 rate year. Had the rates changed to Schedule E, the new employer rate would have increased to 3.4%.

Contact Vision Payroll Today

Contact Vision Payroll if you have any further questions on A-3819 and the impact on New Jersey unemployment tax rates.

September 12, 2010

New Jersey Unemployment Wage Base to Decrease to $29,600

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New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Harold J. Wirths
New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Harold J. Wirths
The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development has announced the wage base for New Jersey unemployment insurance, temporary disability insurance, and family leave insurance will decrease from $29,700 for 2010 to $29,600 for 2011.

2011 Rate Year Rates Increased

As previously reported, the rates for the 2011 rate year are being determined by column C. They had been determined by column B during rate year 2010.

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

July 17, 2010

NJ Governor Signs Law Reducing Employer Rates for 2011

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NJ Governor Chris Christie
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie recently signed into law S-1813, which reduces the unemployment tax rates that employers would have otherwise had to pay during the 2011 rate year (July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011). During the 2010 rate year (July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010), rates for employers in New Jersey were determined based on the rates in column B of the tax table. Without the passage of S-1813, employers would have had their rates for 2011 determined by column E of the tax table. Additionally, a 10% surcharge would have applied to all employers. Under S-1813, rates in 2011 will be determined by reference to column C of the tax table.

Additionally, the new law establishes three levels of misconduct, (misconduct, severe misconduct, and gross misconduct), which either prohibit payment of unemployment benefits or extend the waiting period before benefits can be paid.

Finally, the bill creates an Unemployment Insurance Fund Task Force to study and assess, among other things, the current unemployment crisis and recommend how the state can restore the trust fund to solvency in a way that balances the interests of workers, employers and the overall economy.

Contact Vision Payroll if you have any further questions on S-1813.

June 27, 2010

IRS Provides Relief to Plan Sponsors in States Impacted by Storms

In Notice 2010-48, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) provided administrative “relief to sponsors of defined contribution pre-approved plans (i.e., master and prototype (‘M&P’) and volume submitter (‘VS’) plans).” Notice 2010-48 extended the following from April 30, 2010 to July 30, 2010:

  • Deadline for restating affected pre-approved defined contribution plans,
  • Deadline for submitting determination letters to the Service, and
  • The § 401(b) remedial amendment period with respect to these plans.

The notice lists how a plan is considered in an affected area and lists the eight affected areas, all of which received previous relief from the IRS. The areas are the following:

  1. Connecticut
  2. Tennessee
  3. Alabama
  4. Mississippi
  5. New Jersey
  6. Massachusetts
  7. Rhode Island
  8. West Virginia

Contact Vision Payroll for further information on Notice 2010-48.

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