Author: Mea Walker

Instructions for Employers On August 8, 2020, a Presidential Memorandum was issued, directing the Secretary of the Treasury to use his authority pursuant to section 7508A of the Internal Revenue Code to defer the withholding, deposit, and payment of certain payroll tax obligations. In response to...

Question: We’ve heard that some employees aren’t sanitizing their workstations and wearing masks when required. Do we need to investigate safety violations even if no one has made an official complaint? Answer from Angela, SPHR: Yes, I recommend you investigate the matter and take appropriate enforcement or disciplinary...

The housing allowance is the most important tax benefit available to ministers. But many ministers do not take full advantage of it because they (or their tax adviser or church board) are not familiar with the rules. What can church leaders do to help? Consider the...

The pandemic has thrown businesses into a never-before-seen scenario that has upended how they operate. Many businesses that were thriving before the pandemic now find themselves having to make difficult decisions, including whether to furlough or lay off employees. This task is not as simple...

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service announced cost‑of‑living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2021 in Notice 2020-79, posted on IRS.gov. Highlights of changes for 2021   The income ranges for determining eligibility to make deductible contributions to traditional Individual...

Several of our employees have talked about having Thanksgiving with large groups of extended family. What can we do to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading into our workplace?   Assuming you don't want to make everyone quarantine or argue with employees about their Thanksgiving dinner plans,...

An employee put in years of service with your company, or is an exemplary worker, but circumstances now lead to his or her departure. You have agreed to pay the employee severance, but you want him or her to receive the full amount, with no...

The Social Security Administration has begun the initial rollout of its new electronic Consent Based Social Security Number (SSN) Verification (eCBSV) service. The agency is rolling out the service to selected participants through 2020, and plans on expanding the number of users in 2021. “Our new...

If you run a business, you need to know about the following forms. Form W-2 Employers must complete a Form W-2 for each employee. Employee wages, taxes withheld and other payroll related information are reported annually on the W-2. However, W-2s aren't filed directly with the IRS....

WASHINGTON — As more tax professionals consider teleworking during COVID-19, the Internal Revenue Service and the Security Summit partners urged practitioners to secure remote locations by using a virtual private network (VPN) to protect against cyber intruders.  A VPN provides a secure, encrypted tunnel to transmit...