Archive for the 'Payroll Taxes' Category

Hot Savings – Reduce NJ SUI Rates in August

July 30th, 2015

NJ employers can reduce NJ SUI (unemployment rates) by making a voluntary payment. The deadline in August 25, 2015.

NJ Court Gives Stiffed Workers Six Years to Pursue Unpaid Wages

January 20th, 2015

NJ employees now have the right to file wage claims up to six years instead of two years.

NJ Employers-Reduce Your Unemployment Tax Rates-August Deadline

July 29th, 2014

NJ Employers can Reduce their NJ Unemployment Rates by making a Voluntary Payment- the Deadline is August 19, 2014

Avoid NJ DOL Audits- S-Corp Owners Should Take Reasonable Compensation

January 8th, 2014

In an S-Corporation, a popular choice of tax entity among businesses, an owner who works for the company is required to take wages. How much of the company’s income is classified as wages versus S Corp. income (reported to the owner on Form K-1) is up to the owner. The net income will be taxed regardless of how it’s classified. The big difference lies in federal employment taxes, which are not paid on K-1 income.

Good News for NJ Employers: Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA) Surcharge Avoided

November 1st, 2013

New Jersey employers can breathe a sigh of relief, as Governor Christie has announced that new fiscal management practices have brought New Jersey’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund into solvency for the first time since 2009. This spares businesses from a drastic tax surcharge, as Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA) was set to increase from the base rate of 0.6% ($42 maximum per employee) to 1.5% ($105 maximum per employee). The surcharge is imposed when a state has borrowed from the Federal Unemployment Trust Fund and increases each year. In 2012, NJ employers paid 1.2% due to the surcharge ($84 maximum per employee). By repaying the loan to the Feds, employers will not be subject to this surcharge on their 2013 FUTA wages and will only pay the base rate of 0.6% ($42 maximum per employee).

NJ Employer Contribution Deadline Arriving Soon

July 19th, 2013

Beginning 2012, employers no longer receive an annual paper Notice of Employer Contribution Rates. Instead, the notice is now accessible through the Tax Web Enabled System (TWES). As a result of this change, it’s urgent that you check your TWES account as soon as possible.

Payroll Cards Under Investigation by N.Y. Attorney General

July 12th, 2013

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has launched an investigation into companies that pay hourly employees by depositing payroll onto pre-paid cards. Why the concern? Payroll cards, like debit cards, typically have fees associated with inquiries, card replacement, ATM withdrawals, or inactivity. Schneiderman’s concern is that the fees associated with these cards may be insufficiently disclosed or excessive and that the fees reduce employees’ take home pay. Payroll cards can raise a host of legal issues for the employer as well.

Attention NJ Employers: 2013 FLINT Deadline is June 23rd

May 28th, 2013

What is the Flint assessment? The NJ DOL borrowed money from the federal government to pay Unemployment Insurance Benefits. NJ law requires the government to pass on the interest costs of the loan to NJ employers. Is this something new? It’s... Read More

Should I Pay My Spouse a Salary?

May 27th, 2013

It’s not uncommon for one’s spouse to work in the family business, whether as office manager or in some other capacity. Let’s assume that Dr. Sally Surgeon owns a medical practice. Her husband, Josh, is in charge of all IT operations and billing. Is it worthwhile for both spouses to receive a salary? At first [...]

New I-9 Form Required as of May 7, 2013

April 30th, 2013

Beginning May 7, 2013, employers must use a new and revised version of the Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 for new hires (employees who do not require re-verification do not need a new form). Form I-9 has been expanded from one page into two, and has several revisions including additional data fields and improved instructions.

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