Question of the Week: Why Did My Paycheck Go Down in 2013?

This week’s question comes from Courteney, an office manager. Courteney asks: I just received my first 2013 paycheck and it is a lot less than my last check from 2012. Why did my paycheck go down in 2013? Answer: The biggest impact most employees will see is the...

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IRS To Honor Medical Resident FICA Refund Claims

In IR-2010-025, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that it “has made an administrative determination to accept the position that medical residents are excepted from FICA taxes based on the student exception for tax periods ending before April 1, 2005, when...

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IRS Rules Distributions from Tip Jars Are Tips, Not Wages

In the recently released Chief Counsel Advice (CCA) 200929004, the Internal Revenue Service ruled that money distributed from a company’s tip jar should be considered tips, not wages. The company requires that all its retail locations maintain a tip jar to collect...

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IRS Rules Discounts Offered to Employees Are Taxable Income

In the recently released Chief Counsel Advice (CCA) 200923029, the Internal Revenue Service ruled that discounts provided to an employer’s employees who purchase or lease property from a company that formerly owned the employer are taxable as fringe benefits based on...

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IRS Issues Fact Sheet on S Corporation Officer Compensation

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued Fact Sheet FS-2008-25, which discusses S corporation officer compensation. Corporate officers, whether in S corporations or C corporations, are generally considered employees of the corporation. Officers who perform...

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Question of the Week: Why Did My FICA Tax Deduction Stop?

This week’s question comes from Matt, a sales rep: Every week there’s a deduction for FICA on my paycheck. Two weeks ago, the deduction was lower than usual and last week there was no deduction at all. Why did my FICA tax deduction stop? Answer: The FICA (Federal...

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Prison Time for Under the Table Wage Payments

A North Dartmouth, Massachusetts woman was sentenced to 6½ years in federal prison for paying her employees under the table, thereby avoiding approximately $10 million in tax payments and $7 million in workers compensation insurance premiums. Aimee J. King McElroy...

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IRS Provides Safe Harbor for Payroll Tax Deduction

In Rev. Proc. 2008-25, the IRS provided a safe harbor method of accounting for accrual-basis taxpayers to use to account for FICA and FUTA taxes. It also established procedures for taxpayers to use to change their method of accounting to this safe harbor method. Under...

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