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Final 2014 FUTA Credit Reduction States Update from DOL

Posted by Kirsten Meyer on Mon, Nov 17, 2014

Recently, the Department of Labor (DOL) released a list of final FUTA credit reduction states for the 2014 tax year (available here). The number of states subject to FUTA credit reduction continues to decline, with just ten states impacted for 2014. In 2013, thirteen states were ultimately subject to FUTA credit reduction. For the 2012 tax year, it was nineteen states.

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Topics: employment tax, federal, FUTA

Protective Claims Decision for Employers on Quality Stores/ FICA

Posted by Kirsten Meyer on Wed, Mar 26, 2014

The Supreme Court has finally issued a ruling on the Quality Stores / FICA severance pay taxability issue that has been winding its way through the various courts based on circumstances that now reach back over a decade (Quality Stores filed bankruptcy in 2001 and the issue stems from related layoffs of approximately 4,000 employees).

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Topics: protective claims, Quality Stores, Federal Courts

I-9 Noncompliance Horror Story: $6M Risk for Fairfax Co., VA Schools

Posted by Kirsten Meyer on Thu, Feb 20, 2014

Here's another I-9 compliance "horror story" about an employer who actually has been utilizing an electronic I-9 software solution since 2006. (As an aside, I-9 software is a great answer to the I-9 compliance equation.....assuming your provider is legit - something Abercrombie recently found out the hard way, to the tune of $1M). 

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Topics: I-9, Virginia

2014 M&A Deal Outlook & ETS' M&A Employment Tax Resources

Posted by David Grethel on Wed, Jan 29, 2014

At Employment Technology Solutions, we have been very busy at the close of 2013 and into 2014 assisting our clients with Employment Tax Compliance and Tax Optimization issues related to their Mergers & Acquisitions. 

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Topics: M&A

WOTC Hiring Credits Lapse in 2014; What Employers Need to Know

Posted by John Tomasek on Thu, Jan 23, 2014

With the arrival of the New Year, the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) was allowed to lapse. For employers engaged in the WOTC hiring credit program, however, this lapse is no great cause for concern. Congress has historically proven just as capable at permitting WOTC to lapse as it has at reauthorizing the credit and retroactive collection soon thereafter. 

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Topics: hiring credit, WOTC

FICA SUB Pay - Supreme Court Case Underway- Jan 2014 Update

Posted by Ross Henderson on Tue, Jan 14, 2014

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Topics: protective claims, FICA, Quality Stores

UI Integrity: Understanding the Key Definitions

Posted by Ross Henderson on Thu, Dec 19, 2013

As many of you are aware, the deadline for states to enact UI Integrity Legislation passed in late October. From a high level overview, this legislation increases the employer’s responsibility for claims processing and reporting. Likewise, the legislation will help shift the unemployment claims process away from a decision whether or not to protest and/or respond to a unique claim but instead to focus on complete and compliant reporting for ALL claims.

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Topics: unemployment claims management, UI Integrity

Rethinking In-House I-9 Employment Eligibility Programs: 8 Reasons

Posted by Ross Henderson on Thu, Dec 05, 2013

Just the other day, I was discussing Employment Eligibility (I-9) Administration with one of our M&A Tax Services clients (*). In our conversation, the HR Manager told me that their manual, in-house system was working fine, and that they were sure they were not hiring any “ineligible” employees because of their use of E-Verify. 

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Topics: I-9, E-Verify

Latest 2013 FUTA Credit Reduction States Update from DOL

Posted by Kirsten Meyer on Thu, Nov 14, 2013

On Tuesday, November 12th, the Department of Labor (DOL) released a list of FUTA credit reduction states for the 2013 tax year (available here). These states are subject to a FUTA credit reduction because they had Title XII Federal loan balances on January 1, 2013, of at least two consecutive years, and on November 10, 2013, did not qualify for credit reduction avoidance.

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Topics: employment tax, federal, FUTA

WOTC Credits: Hiring for Value Without Fear of Discrimination

Posted by John Tomasek on Wed, Nov 06, 2013

Claiming WOTC Credits: Simple by Design 

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Topics: hiring credit, WOTC, compliance, discrimination

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