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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 20, 2011

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

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Tropical Storm Lee, Courtesy of NASA/NOAA GOES Project
Tropical Storm Lee, Courtesy of NASA/NOAA GOES Project
Due to the damage caused by Tropical Storm Lee in Pennsylvania beginning on September 3, 2011, President Barack Obama declared the following counties a federal disaster area: Adams, Bradford, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Schuylkill, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Union, Wyoming, and York. 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 September 2, 2011 and before September 20, 2011 as long as the deposits were made by September 19, 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 Tropical Storm Lee and need further information on the relief provided by the IRS.

September 17, 2011

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

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 Pennsylvania beginning on August 26, 2011, President Barack Obama declared the following counties a federal disaster area: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Sullivan, and Wyoming. 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 25, 2011 and before September 13, 2011 as long as the deposits were 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.

August 9, 2011

US Department of Labor Provides Funding to Assist Workers in Somerset, Pennsylvania

US Department of Labor Provides Funding to Assist Workers in Somerset, Pennsylvania
US Department of Labor Provides Funding to Assist Workers in Somerset, Pennsylvania
The US Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced a $670,000 National Emergency Grant to provide re-employment services to approximately 145 former workers of FTCA, Inc. (FTCA) who were affected by layoffs at the company’s plant in Somerset, PA. FTCA closed the travel trailer and recreational camper manufacturing facility in January.

DOL Secretary Solis Comments on Grant

“Today’s grant will help these workers update their skills in order to obtain employment in growing local industries,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “The Labor Department is committed to helping American workers who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own, prepare for the jobs of the future.”

Grant Will Be Operated by Southern Alleghenies Workforce Investment Board

Awarded to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, this grant will be operated by the Southern Alleghenies Workforce Investment Board to provide these dislocated workers, all of whom are certified as eligible for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), with access to “wrap-around” and supportive services not available through the TAA program.

Additional Funding May be Available at a Later Date

Of the total award, $334,864 will be released initially. Additional funding up to the amount approved will be made available as the state demonstrates a continued need for assistance.

National Emergency Grants Are Part of Discretionary Fund

National Emergency Grants are part of the secretary of labor’s discretionary fund and are awarded based on a state’s ability to meet specific guidelines.

November 23, 2010

Pennsylvania Unemployment Wage Base to Remain at $8,000 for 2011

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Sandy Vito, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry
Sandy Vito, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry
The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry has announced the taxable wage base for 2011. The wage base will remain at $8,000 for 2011.

Wage Base Does Not Apply To Employee Withholding

Pennsylvania employees are subject to withholding for unemployment tax. The withholding rate of 0.08% of taxable wages will not change from 2010. There is no wage base for withholding, however; all taxable wages are subject to withholding at this rate.

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

July 22, 2009

Tip of the Week: Minimum Wage Hikes Take Effect this Week

The federal minimum wage will increase to $7.25 on Friday, July 24, 2009. Therefore, all work performed after July 23, 2009 should be compensated at the higher rate. In addition, the minimum wage will also increase to $7.25 in the following areas: Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Also, the minimum wage in the District of Columbia will increase to $8.25. Contact Vision Payroll if you have any questions on the minimum wage increases.

August 9, 2008

Law Firm Ruled Liable for Predecessor’s Unpaid Payroll Taxes

A successor law firm is liable for unpaid payroll taxes of its predecessor and could not prevent the IRS from levying and placing liens on its accounts. In Hwang Law Firm, LLC v. United States, DC PA, C 07-2973 LFS, July 9, 2008, the court looked at continuity of ownership, continuation of enterprise, cessation of business, and assumption of obligations. In the predecessor, Hwang and Associates (H&A), and the successor, Hwang Law Firm, LLC, (HLF) Samuel Y. Hwang, a Pennsylvania attorney, was the “sole owner, officer, director, and stockholder.” The firms used some of the same office space and office equipment, had the same telephone and fax numbers, and passed client contracts and files from H&A to HLF. “Considered cumulatively, the balance of evidence on each factor” persuaded the court to grant summary judgment to the US on its claim that HLF was a successor to H&A under Pennsylvania law and therefore liable for payment of the unpaid employment taxes.

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