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November 15, 2011

Vermont Minimum Wage to Increase to $8.46 January 1, 2012

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VT Govenor Peter Shumlin
VT Govenor Peter Shumlin
The Vermont Department of Labor announced recently that pursuant to Title 21 of the Vermont Statutes, Annotated §384, the minimum wage for the state of Vermont will increase from $8.15 to $8.46 per hour effective January 1, 2012. The law requires an adjustment to the minimum wage be calculated each year.

Adjustment Is Tied to Changes in CPI

The adjustment is tied to the change in the federal Consumer Price Index, US city average, not seasonally adjusted (CPI-U) for the 12 months ending in August and cannot increase more than five percent per year. The 3.7% increase in the CPI-U will result in an increase of $0.31 for 2012.

Find Out the Minimum Wage for All States by Visiting the Vision Payroll Minimum Wage Chart Page

Contact Vision Payroll if you have any questions on the Vermont minimum wage increase or visit our Minimum Wage Chart.

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.

September 13, 2011

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

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Due to the damage caused by Hurricane Irene in Vermont beginning on August 29, 2011, President Barack Obama declared the following counties a federal disaster area: Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Chittenden, Orange, Rutland, Washington, Windham and Windsor. Individuals who reside or have a business in these counties may qualify for tax relief.

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

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 28, 2011 and before September 134 2011 as long as the deposits are made by September 13, 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.

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.

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.

August 1, 2011

Vermont Wage Base to Increase for 2012

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VT Govenor Peter Shumlin
VT Govenor Peter Shumlin
Pursuant to legislation passed in 2010, the taxable wage base in Vermont will increase for 2012. The wage base will increase from $13,000 for 2011 to $16,000 for 2012.

Third Consecutive Annual Increase

This is the third consecutive year that the wage base will increase. In 2010, it increased from $8,000 to $10,000 and in 2011 it increased from $10,000 to $13,000.

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

February 8, 2011

Vermont Mandates Electronic Filing of Form W-2, Form 1099, and Form WH-434

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Vermont Mandates Electronic Filing of Form W-2, Form 1099, and Form WH-434
Vermont Mandates Electronic Filing of Form W-2, Form 1099, and Form WH-434
The Vermont Commissioner of Taxes has mandated the electronic filing of Forms W-2 and 1099 and the accompanying Employers Annual Withholding Reconciliation (Form WH 434) beginning with the calendar year 2010 submissions.

This mandate is effective for:

  • Employers who will remit 25 or more W-2 and/or 1099 forms for 2010.
  • Payroll Filing Services and accountants who prepare W-2 forms and annual reconciliations for multiple taxpayers.

The Vermont Department of Taxes’ new online Electronic Filing Service for Form W-2, Form 1099, and Form WH-434 can be accessed here.

Electronic Filing Available Soon

This service will be available for use beginning in February 2011.

Contact Vision Payroll for Assistance

Contact Vision Payroll immediately for assistance in complying with the new Vermont electronic filing mandate.

November 9, 2010

Vermont Minimum Wage to Increase to $8.15 January 1, 2011

Vermont Governor James H. Douglas
Vermont Governor James H. Douglas
The Vermont Department of Labor announced recently that pursuant to Title 21 of the Vermont Statutes, Annotated §384, the minimum wage for the state of Vermont will increase from $8.06 to $8.15 per hour effective January 1, 2011. The law requires an adjustment to the minimum wage be calculated each year.

Adjustment Is Tied to Changes in CPI

The adjustment is tied to the change in the federal Consumer Price Index, US city average, not seasonally adjusted (CPI-U) for the 12 months ending in August and cannot increase more than five percent per year. The 1.1% increase in the CPI-U will result in an increase of $0.09 for 2011.

Find Out the Minimum Wage for All States by Visiting the Vision Payroll Minimum Wage Chart Page

Contact Vision Payroll if you have any questions on the Vermont minimum wage increase or visit our Minimum Wage Chart.

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.

December 15, 2009

Vermont Unemployment Wage Base to Increase to $10,000

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The Vermont Department of Labor has announced an increase in the taxable wage base for 2010. The wage base will increase from $8,000 for 2009 to $10,000 for 2010. Contact Vision Payroll if you have any questions on the Vermont unemployment taxable wage base or visit our Unemployment Taxable Wage Base page.

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