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March 1, 2011

IRS Announces Revision To Withholding on Nonresident Alien Employees

IRS Announces Revision To Withholding on Nonresident Alien Employees
IRS Announces Revision To Withholding on Nonresident Alien Employees
In Notice 2011-12, Withholding on Wages of Nonresident Alien Employees Performing Services Within the United States the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that Notice 2009-91 will not apply to wages paid after December 31, 2010.

Notice 2009-91 Modified Withholding Procedures for 2010

In Notice 2009-91, Withholding on Wages of Nonresident Alien Employees Performing Services Within the United States, the IRS modified the procedures for calculating the amount of federal income tax to be withheld from wages paid to nonresident aliens starting on January 1, 2010. Since nonresident aliens were not eligible for the Making Work Pay Tax Credit, the withholding procedures were modified to reflect this difference.

Making Work Pay Credit Unavailable in 2011

Since the “Making Work Pay Credit does not apply to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2010…the withholding tables for wages paid on or after January 1, 2011 will not reflect the Making Work Pay Credit, and Notice 2009-91 will not apply in determining the withholding on nonresident aliens.”

Withholding Rules for Nonresident Aliens for 2011

According to the IRS:

For wages paid on or after January 1, 2011, employers must determine the amount of income tax to withhold from wages paid to nonresident alien employees for services performed within the United States, using the procedure explained in Notice 2005-76, 2005-2 C.B. 947, together with the tables in the revisions of Publication 15 (Circular E), Employer’s Tax Guide, and Notice 1036 that are in effect when the wages are paid. This procedure is explained in Publication 15 and Notice 1036.

Contact Vision Payroll for Further Information

Contact Vision Payroll if you have any questions on Notice 2011-12.

February 25, 2009

Tip of the Week: Most Workers to Receive Making Work Pay Credit

As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released updated withholding tables. Though they won’t be published until new Publication 15-T is made available later this week, the IRS has released Notice 1036, Early Release Copies of New Wage Withholding and Advance Earned Income Credit Payment Tables and encouraged employers to start using them as soon as possible. The deadline for implementation of the new tables is April 1, 2009.

Workers are not required to file a new Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate or its Spanish equivalent, Formulario W-4(SP), Certificado de Exención de la Retención del Empleado to see the impact of the tax law change. The Making Work Pay credit is equal to 6.2% of earned income, up to a maximum of $400 for single taxpayers and $800 for those filing joint returns. Phaseouts of the credit begin at $75,000 of adjusted gross income (AGI) for singles and $150,000 AGI for those filing joint returns and the credit is eliminated for singles with more than $95,000 of AGI and joint returns with more than $190,000 of AGI. Taxpayers in this phaseout range or above due to multiple jobs, a spouse’s income, or unearned income should consider an amended Form W-4 or Formulario W-4(SP).

Vision Payroll has already implemented the revised withholding tables and eligible employees should start seeing an increase in take-home pay as early as today. Contact Vision Payroll if you have any further questions on the impact of the Making Work Pay credit.

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