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PAYROLL TAX AND REPORTING REQUIREMENTS FOR 2019

 Federal Income Tax Withholding Changes

Due to the inflation indexing provisions and other changes contained in the Internal Revenue Code, new withholding tables must be used for wages paid after December 31, 2018.

 Social Security (FICA) Tax

For 2019, the employee tax rate for social security will remain unchanged at 6.2%, as well as the Medicare tax rate of 1.45%. The 2019 social security wage base limit increases to $132,900 from the $128,400 in 2018. There is no wage base limitation for Medicare.

 Additional Medicare Tax

For 2019, the additional Medicare Tax will remain in effect. An employer must withhold additional Medicare Tax from wages it pays to an individual in excess of $200,000 in a calendar year, regardless of the individual’s filing status or wages paid by another employer. The additional tax rate is 0.9%. If you have any questions regarding this please contact us.

Federal Unemployment Tax

The federal unemployment tax rate remains at 0.6% for 2019.

 Payroll Tax Deposits

Because of the complexity of the Federal, State and Local Tax Deposit Rules, we suggest using a professional payroll company to prepare your company’s payroll. If you have any questions regarding your specific deposit rules, please contact us.

Forms 1094 and 1095

The Affordable Care Act’s reporting requirements for healthcare plan coverage information apply to all employers with 50 or more full-time or full-time equivalent employees during the previous year. Employers of all sizes that offer employer-sponsored self-insured coverage will also need to report information to the Internal Revenue Service and to individual employees. Form 1095’s must be provided to employees by March 4, 2019 and filed with the Internal Revenue Service by

February 28, 2019. If you have any questions regarding this, please contact us.

S Corporation Shareholders

Health insurance premiums paid by an S Corporation on behalf of 2.0% shareholder employees must be included in income for Federal purposes and reported on form W-2. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this.

 New Hire Reporting

Employers are required to submit to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania a New Hire Report for each new employee within 20 days of the first day that the employee performs services for wages. There are several methods to report this information to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Visit their website at http://www.cwds.pa.gov for more information.

 Verification of Eligibility of Employment

All employers are required to obtain and keep on file a completed Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification for each employee upon hiring.

 Minimum Wage

Federal and Pennsylvania minimum hourly wage rates remain at $7.25. New Jersey minimum hourly rate increases to $8.85 effective January 1, 2019. For minimum wage rates for tipped employees or any other questions, please contact us.

Pension Plan Limitations

Some pension plan limitations have increased for the year 2019. If you have any questions regarding these limitations, please contact us.

 Overtime Rules

The U.S. Department of Labor issues regulations regarding overtime provisions. If you have any questions regarding these provisions, please contact us.

 Employee’s Personal Use of Employer Provided Vehicle

An employer must include annually the value of an employee’s personal use of a business vehicle in an employee’s gross wages. Please contact us if this applies to any of your employees or if you need more information.

Form 1098

Mortgage interest of $600 or more received in the course of a trade or business from an individual must be reported to the payer on a Form 1098 by January 31, 2019. A copy must also be filed with the Internal Revenue Service by January 31, 2019.

 Forms 1099

A Form 1099 MISC must be issued to any person or non-incorporated entity to which you have paid at least $600 in rents, services and certain other income payments. Form 1099 MISC must be filed with the Internal Revenue Service on or before January 31, 2019, when you are reporting nonemployee compensation payments in Box 7. Otherwise, file by February 28, 2019. The due date for furnishing payee statements remains at January 31, 2019.

Beginning January 1, 2018, anyone that makes the following payments is required to withhold from such payments 3.07% Pennsylvania tax:

NOTE: Withholding is optional for payors or lessees paying less than $5,000 annually. However, if you are unsure of the total amount of payments that will be made during the year, the Department encourages you to withhold and remit income tax from all payments made.

Please contact us if this applies to any of your subcontractors or if you need more information.

 Household Employees

If you pay someone to perform household duties you may be subject to payroll reporting requirements. Please contact our office if you are not sure of the applicability of this.

This letter does not cover all issues and changes related to payroll, payroll taxes and other reporting and compliance matters. It is intended only to provide limited information that may be applicable to your business. These rules and regulations are not all encompassing and there may be specific situations that need to be addressed individually. Please contact us if you need more specific information on any of the topics addressed in this letter.

Pursuant to Treasury Regulations, any U.S. federal tax advice contained in this communication, unless otherwise stated, is not intended and cannot be used for the purpose of avoiding tax-related penalties.

If you have any questions regarding the above information, please contact us at (610)366-7300 or through our website at www.lencpas.com.

BEST WISHES FOR A HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS 2019!

 

December, 2018

Tax Alerts
Tax Briefing(s)

On July 4, President Donald Trump signed into law a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) application extension bill that Congress had quickly passed just before the Independence Day holiday. According to several senators, the measure was "surprisingly" introduced and approved by unanimous consent in the Senate late on June 30. It cleared the House the evening of July 1.


"If you can look into the seeds of time, and say which grain will grow and which will not, speak then unto me." — William Shakespeare


The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Trump Administration’s rule under the Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148) that any nongovernment, nonpublicly traded employer can refuse to offer contraceptive coverage for moral or religious reasons, and that publicly traded employers can refuse to do so for religious reasons. Application of this rule had been halted by litigation, but the Administration is now free to apply it.


The IRS has issued guidance to employers on the requirement to report the amount of qualified sick and family leave wages paid to employees under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Families First Act) ( P.L. 116-127). This reporting provides employees who are also self-employed with information necessary for properly claiming qualified sick leave equivalent or qualified family leave equivalent credits under the Families First Act.


The IRS has issued guidance and temporary relief for required minimum distribution (RMD) changes in 2020. Distributions that would have been RMDs under old law are treated as eligible rollover distributions. The 60-day rollover period deadline for any 2020 RMDs already taken has been extended to August 31, 2020. Notice 2007-7, I.R.B. 2007-5, 395 is modified.


The IRS has clarified and provided relief for mid-year amendments reducing safe harbor contributions. An updated safe harbor notice and an election opportunity must be provided even if the change is only for highly compensated employees. Coronavirus (COVID-19) relief applies if a plan amendment is adopted between March 13, 2020, and August 31, 2020. For nonelective contribution plans, the supplemental notice requirement is satisfied if provided no later than August 31, 2020, and the amendment that reduces or suspends contributions is adopted no later than the effective date of the reduction or suspension. Notice 2016-16, I.R.B., 2016-7, 318, is clarified.


The IRS amended final regulations with guidance on the Code Sec. 199A deduction for suspended losses and shareholders of regulated investment companies (RICs). The amendments address the treatment of suspended losses included in qualified business income (QBI), the deduction allowed to a shareholder in a regulated investment company (RIC), and additional rules related to trusts and estates. The IRS had previously issued final and proposed regulations addressing these issues (NPRM REG-134652-18)


The Treasury Department and the IRS have released drafts of proposed partnership forms for tax year 2021 (the 2022 filing season). The proposed forms are intended to provide greater clarity for partners on how to compute their U.S. income tax liability for relevant international tax items, including claiming deductions and credits. The redesigned forms and instructions will also give useful guidance to partnerships on how to provide international tax information to their partners in a standardized format.


The Treasury and IRS have issued final regulations covering the Code Sec. 250 deduction for foreign-derived intangible income (FDII) and global intangible low-taxed income (GILTI). Proposed regulations were issued on March 6, 2019 (NPRM REG-104464-18). The final regulations maintain the basic approach and structure of the proposed regulations and provide guidance on computation of the deduction and the determination of FDII, including in the consolidated return context. Additionally, rules requiring the filing of Form 8993, Section 250 Deduction for Foreign-Derived Intangible Income and Global Intangible Low-Taxed Income, are finalized.


The IRS is calling on any taxpayers involved in syndicated conservation easement transactions who receives a settlement offer from the agency to accept it soon. The Service made this request in the wake of the Tax Court’s recent strike down of four additional abusive syndicated conservation easement transactions.