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Compliance TV - October


Social Security Wage Base Up to $128,700 for 2018

On October 13, the SSA announced that the 2018 social security wage base will be $128,700, an increase of $1,500 from $127,200 in 2017. All covered wages are still subject to the 1.45% Medicare tax. The maximum social security tax employees and employers will each pay in 2018 is $7,979.40, an increase of $93 from $7,886.40 in 2017.


401(k) Contribution Limit Increases to $18,500 for 2018

The IRS has announced the cost-of-living adjustments applicable to dollar limits on the benefits and contributions under qualified retirement plans, as well as other items for tax year 2018. The dollar limit on employee elective deferrals to 401(k), 403(b), and 457(b) plans increases to $18,500 (up from $18,000) and the limit on catch-up contributions for individuals age 50 or over remains unchanged at $6,000.


IRS Announces 2018 COLAs for Transportation Fringes, FSA Deferrals, Foreign Earned Income Exclusion, and More

The IRS has released certain inflation-adjusted amounts for 2018. The maximum excludable qualified transportation fringe increases to $260 per month, the maximum employee deferral to a health flexible spending arrangement increases to $2,650, and the maximum foreign earned income exclusion amount increases to $104,100.


Rhode Island Becomes Latest State to Enact Paid Sick Leave Law

Effective July 1, 2018, employers will be required to provide covered employees who work in Rhode Island with paid sick leave. Currently, Arizona, California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington have laws requiring certain employers to provide paid sick leave, along with several cities and counties.


Alaska Governor Proposes 1.5% Payroll Tax

The governor of Alaska recently proposed a 1.5% payroll tax on all wages earned in Alaska (by residents and nonresidents) up to a cap of $2,200 per employee or twice the previous year’s Permanent Fund Dividend amount, whichever is higher. If enacted, withholding would be required in 2019.


Fraudulent Email Circulating

Fraudulent emails adopt many different forms and are the unauthorized actions of third parties not associated with APA. There have been a number of fraudulent emails reported, and new spoofs continue to be introduced. Read more about fraudulent emails.


It Pays to Know

"The day the eagle screams," a once-popular term for payday, may have originated in 1792, when Congress created the U.S. Mint. The first gold and silver coins had an eagle on the reverse side.
Source: The History of Payroll in the U.S.

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