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New COBRA Subsidies in the American Rescue Plan (ARPA)
President Biden has signed the massive American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), which includes a federally-financed COBRA subsidy that is available for up to six months for eligible individuals. The COBRA subsidy will be available beginning on April 1, 2021 and end on September 30, 2021. Further guidance will be coming from the DOL......
Mandatory Paid COVID leave (FFCRA) Expires 12/31/20, Now Voluntary
On January 1, 2021, employers are no longer mandated to provide expanded paid COVID sick days and emergency family leave benefits that was put into place by the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Covered employers (private employers with under 500 employees and public employers) have the option to voluntarily permit employees to use any...
What is Trump’s Employee Payroll Tax Deferral program?
Is your head spinning yet? There have been a dizzying array of federal, state and local financial programs launched to help employers and give economic stimulus to the struggling American economy.  The latest program is the Employee Payroll Tax Deferral program, and it has generated a good number of questions to our office from companies......
Treasury, IRS and Labor announce plan to implement Coronavirus-related paid leave
On Friday (March 20), the U.S. Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the U.S. Department of Labor (Labor) announced that small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-rel...
How much can Employees’ Contribute to a 401(k) plan in 2020?
More than ever, companies are taking action to improve the financial well-being of employees and providing them with tools and information to better prepare them for retirement and financial literacy. A credit union relationship and information sessions about investing and retirement planning are great solutions. Offering a company-sponsored 401k p...
Ten Step January Checklist for HR Fitness
BRING IT, 2019!   As we resume our normal work schedules, with the holidays behind us and all the local gyms at full capacity, it’s time to apply a little extra New Year’s energy and resolve to our HR practices.  From updating HR forms to adding up injury numbers, here is a ten step HR Fitness......
IRS Delays Deadline to Furnish Form 1095-C and 1095-B forms for 2019
On November 30, the IRS announced that it moved back the deadlines for when employers must furnish Forms 1095-C and 1095-B in early 2019. The new deadlines are: 1. Employers with 50 or more full-time employees (including full-time equivalent employees) shall furnish a Form 1095-C to all full-time employees no later than March 4, 2019.......
Can employers accept an ITIN card?
What is an ITIN Number? An ITIN is a nine-digit number issued by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to individuals who are required for U.S. federal tax purposes to have a U.S. taxpayer identification number but who do not have and are not eligible to get a social security number (SSN).  The ITIN is a tax processing number issued......
2018 Tax Withholding Checkup for Employees
As you may know, major changes to federal tax law took place last year!   Based on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, updates were automatically applied to your payroll system’s wage withholding calculations.   To help taxpayers ensure that their 2018 withholding amounts are accurate, the Department of the Treasury has launched a new tax withholding....
IRS Releases new 2018 W4 form
On the last day of February, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released an updated tax withholding calculator on IRS.gov and issued a new Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate.  Employers should update their hiring packages to include the new 2018 W4 form and can notify employees about the ability to use the IRS online calc...
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