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Supreme Court Says States Must License, Recognize Same-sex Marriages

The U.S. Supreme Court has held that the14th Amendment (the Equal Protection Clause) of the U.S. Constitution requires all states to license same-sex marriages and to recognize same-sex marriages performed out-of-state. This ruling makes same-sex marriage legal nationwide and has state tax implications regarding health insurance benefits. Read Obergefell v. Hodges.


Supreme Court OKs ACA Tax Credit Scheme

By a vote of 6-3, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the tax credit provisions of the Affordable Care Act. The decision means that all compliance requirements related to the ACA's employer shared responsibility and reporting provisions remain in place. Read King v. Burwell.


Tax Year 2015 W-2, W-2c Electronic Filing Specs Released by SSA

The Social Security Administration has released the specifications for filing Forms W-2 and W-2c electronically for tax year 2015. Download the 2015 EFW2 and EFW2C specifications.


States Making Progress on e-IWO Mandate

On June 1, the Office of Child Support Enforcement updated its list of states using the electronic income withholding order. All states are currently using or developing the e-IWO, except South Carolina. Federal law requires all states to use e-IWO by October 1, 2015. Listen to the video report on Pay News Now.


South Carolina Pays Off Federal UI Loans

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley announced that the state paid off its unemployment insurance loans to the federal government. If the state does not take out any additional Federal Unemployment Account loans by the November 10 deadline, it will avoid being a FUTA credit reduction state for 2015.

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It Pays to Know

During the Civil War, U.S. government paymasters were ordered to deduct and withhold three percent from annual salaries exceeding $600. This is said to be the first time that taxes were withheld from earnings upon payment, a practice that was discontinued after the war.
Source: The History of Payroll in the U.S.

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