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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.

October 2, 2011

New England Unemployment Rate Drops To 7.8 Percent in August

Keith Hall, Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics
Keith Hall, Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics
The New England unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at 7.8% in August, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported recently. Regional Commissioner Denis M. McSweeney noted that the over-the-year change in New England’s unemployment rate was not statistically significant. The national jobless rate was unchanged at 9.1%, but was 0.5 percentage point lower than a year earlier.

Pacific Division Continues to Report Highest Rate

New England is one of nine geographic divisions nationwide. Among the nine divisions, the Pacific continued to report the highest unemployment rate, 11.2% in August. The West North Central again registered the lowest rate, 6.9%. Over the month, the East North Central was the only division to experience a statistically significant unemployment rate change (+0.2 percentage point). The East North Central also recorded the only significant rate change among divisions over the year (-0.6 percentage point).

Four New England States Have Significantly Lower Rates than Rest of Nation

In August, five of the six New England states posted jobless rates that were significantly different from that of the United States. New Hampshire (5.3%), Vermont (5.9%), Massachusetts (7.4%), and Maine (7.6%) recorded lower-than-average unemployment rates and were among 25 states in the country to do so. In fact, New Hampshire reported the fourth-lowest jobless rate nationwide. In contrast, Rhode Island (10.6%) had the highest jobless rate among the New England states and was among eight states and the District of Columbia with rates significantly higher than the national average. Connecticut was among the 17 remaining states that registered unemployment rates that were not appreciably different from that of the nation.

No New England State Had a Significant Rate Increase in August

In August, seven states and the District of Columbia posted statistically significant rate increases from July. The six New England states were among the 43 remaining states that registered jobless rates that were not measurably different from those of a month earlier, though some had changes that were at least as large numerically as the significant changes.

Most States Had Minimal Change over the Last Year

Over the year, five states recorded statistically significant unemployment decreases. The District of Columbia posted the only significant rate increase from a year earlier (+1.3 percentage points). The six New England states were among the 45 states that registered jobless rates not appreciably different from those of a year earlier.

August 30, 2011

New England Unemployment Rate Jumps To 7.9 Percent in July

Keith Hall, Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics
Keith Hall, Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics
The New England unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at 7.9% in July, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Denis M. McSweeney noted that the over-the-year change in New England’s unemployment rate was not statistically significant. The national jobless rate was little changed at 9.1%, but was 0.4 percentage point lower than a year earlier.

Pacific Division Reported Highest Rate

New England is one of nine geographic divisions nationwide. Among the nine divisions, the Pacific continued to report the highest unemployment rate, 11.2% in July. The West North Central again registered the lowest rate, 6.8%. Over the month, two divisions experienced statistically significant unemployment rate changes: the East North Central (+0.3 percentage point) and Pacific (+0.2 point). Over the year, the East North Central recorded the only significant rate change among divisions (-1.0 percentage point).

Five New England States Have Significantly Lower Rates than Rest of Nation

In July, five of the six New England states posted jobless rates that were significantly different from that of the United States. New Hampshire (5.2%), Vermont (5.7%), Massachusetts (7.6%), and Maine (7.7%) recorded lower-than-average unemployment rates and were among 25 states in the country to do so. In fact, New Hampshire reported the fourth-lowest jobless rate nationwide. In contrast, Rhode Island (10.8%) had the highest jobless rate among the New England states and the fifth-highest jobless rate in the nation. Rhode Island was among eight states and the District of Columbia that had unemployment rates significantly higher than the national average. Connecticut was among the 17 remaining states in recording unemployment rates not appreciably different from that for the nation.

New Hampshire Has Significant Rate Increase in July

In July, New Hampshire was the only New England state and one of 10 states nationwide to report a statistically significant unemployment rate change from June (+0.3 percentage point). The District of Columbia also experienced a significant over-the-month rate increase (+0.4 percentage point). The remaining five New England states were among the 40 states that registered jobless rates that were not measurably different from those of a month earlier, though some had changes that were at least as large numerically as the significant changes.

Most States Have Minimal Change over the Last Year

Over the year, 11 states recorded statistically significant unemployment rate changes, all decreases. The six New England states were among the 39 states and the District of Columbia that registered jobless rates not appreciably different from those of a year earlier.

July 18, 2011

Rhode Island Changes 2012 Unemployment Taxable Wage Base Calculation

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Rhode Island Changes 2012 Unemployment Taxable Wage Base Calculation
Rhode Island Changes 2012 Unemployment Taxable Wage Base Calculation
As part of the recently enacted fiscal-year 2012 state budget (article 4), Rhode Island changed the way in which the unemployment taxable wage base is calculated in §28-43-7 of the General Laws in C. 28-43.

2012 Will Be the First Year the New Formula Is Used

Beginning in 2012, the formula will be to calculate an “average annual wage in covered employment” for the calendar year preceding the “computation date” and multiply that figure by 46.5%. The resulting product, rounded up to the nearest $200, will be the unemployment wage base for the year following the computation date.

Computation Date Will Be September 30

The computation date will be September 30. For example, to calculate the unemployment wage base for 2012, the computation date will be September 30, 2011 and the look-back year will be 2010.

Negative Balances Can Lead To Surcharge

Employers with a reserve account percentage of negative twenty-four or less will have a taxable wage base of the standard taxable wage plus $1,500.

Contact Vision Payroll Today

Contact Vision Payroll if you have any further questions on the Rhode Island unemployment taxable wage base calculation.

July 2, 2010

Question of the Week: Do I Need To Withhold State Tax on Wages Paid to Non-Residents?

This week’s question comes from Aaron, a business owner. We have several employees who work in Massachusetts, but live in neighboring states. Do I need to withhold state tax on wages paid to non-residents? Answer: Massachusetts requires employers to withhold state tax from wages paid to non-residents for services performed in Massachusetts. Most states have similar requirements that employers withhold tax on non-residents, but some states do not require withholding until a certain time or dollar limits are reached. Additionally, some states have setup reciprocal agreements with other states that allow the employees to be taxed in their home states. Massachusetts (and many other states) has special rules for unique occupations such as athletes, entertainers, and flight crewmembers. Contact Vision Payroll for further information on your unique situation.

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.

April 4, 2010

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

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Due to the severe storms and flooding in Rhode Island beginning March 12, 2010, President Barack Obama declared the following counties a federal disaster area: Bristol, Kent, Newport, Providence and Washington. Therefore, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced recently that it will waive failure to deposit penalties for employment and excise taxes due after March 11, 2010 and before March 30, 2010 as long as the deposits were made by March 29, 2010. In addition, affected taxpayers will have until May 11, 2010 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.

December 26, 2009

Rhode Island Unemployment Wage Base to Increase to $19,000

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The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training has announced an increase in the taxable wage base for 2010. The wage base will increase from $18,000 for 2009 to $19,000 for 2010. Contact Vision Payroll if you have any questions on the Rhode Island unemployment taxable wage base or visit our Unemployment Taxable Wage Base page.

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