CERCA Meeting Highlights Potential 2016 Filing Problems by Curtis Tatum, Esq. with the APA

The Council for Electronic Revenue Communication Advancement (CERCA) Spring Meeting participants reviewed the 2015 filing season and looked ahead at efforts to implement the Affordable Care Act and new measures to prevent stolen identity refund fraud (SIRF). CERCA held its Spring Meeting on May 15 in Crystal City, Virginia. 2015 Filing Season a Success During […]

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Capital Summit Sets Stage for Annual Congress by Curtis Tatum, Esq. with the American Payroll Association

During APA’s Capital Summit, which was held on March 2-3 in Washington, D.C., government representatives provided insight into the latest developments affecting the payroll profession. Several speakers raised issues expected to be discussed or promoted at APA’s 33rd Annual Congress, May 5-9 in Las Vegas. DOL Expects ‘White Collar Exemption’ Regs Soon Mark Lara, a […]

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APA Backs Same-Day ACH Settlement Option by Curtis Tatum, Esq.

http://www.americanpayroll.org/paytechonline-wider/government-corner/

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IRS Clarifies and Partially Delays Prohibition on Individual Health Plan Premium Reimbursements

The IRS recently issued a notice that provides transitional relief to small employers who provide reimbursements for their employees to purchase individual health insurance on the marketplace. With that relief, however, the IRS also clarified that the new interpretation disallowing reimbursements is broader than many realized. Background For the last 50 years or so, based […]

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Read about the Impact of IRS Budget Cuts in 2015 by Curtis Tatum, Esq. with the American Payroll Association

http://www.americanpayroll.org/paytechonline-wider/government-corner/

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Employer Mandate Reporting: A Guide

Large employers (those with 50 or more full-time equivalent employees) are required to begin employer mandate reporting for the 2015 tax year. So what information must a large employer begin tracking in 2015? This guide is intended to assist employers to ensure they are tracking the correct information for the required reporting. Employers with 100+ […]

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Vermont Mini-WARN Goes into Effect

Starting January 15, 2015, Vermont employers with 50 or more employees will be required to comply with new notice requirements before conducting a closing or mass layoff. These new regulations are similar, but not identical, to federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) requirements that apply to most employers with 100 or more employees. […]

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Increase in Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors Under New Contracts

While the general federal minimum wage remains unchanged at $7.25 per hour, as announced earlier this year, the minimum wage for federal contractors will increase to $10.10 per hour as of January 1, 2015. This increase is pursuant to an Executive Order signed by President Obama and applies to all employers covered by the Service […]

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New York Minimum Wage Increase

Effective December 31, 2014, New York’s minimum wage will increase from $8.00 to $8.75 per hour. The minimum wage will further increase to $9.00 per hour on December 31, 2015. There is currently no planned increase in the minimum wage for tipped employees. We recommend that employers review the pay rates of their employees to […]

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Coming January 1, 2015: The Employer Mandate and Health Coverage Reporting Requirements

Two requirements of health care reform that affect employers will be going into effect on January 1, 2015. First, after much debate and delay, the first phase of the Employer Mandate (or “Play or Pay” Provision) will begin. Once it is fully implemented, this provision of the Affordable Care Act will require all employers with […]

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