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Compliance TV - September


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.


IRS Proposes Allowing Truncated SSNs on W-2s Furnished to Employees

The IRS has issued proposed regulations to allow employers to truncate employee social security numbers (SSNs) on copies of Forms W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, furnished to employees beginning with 2018 forms issued in 2019. Comments on the proposed regulations or a request for a public hearing must be received by December 18.


IRS Provides Tax Relief for Disaster Victims

The IRS is providing tax relief for victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The IRS has also extended tax relief to victims of California wildfires. The tax relief includes extending filing deadlines and waiving late deposit penalties for these disasters. For hurricane victims, the IRS is permitting charitable donations through leave-based donation programs and relaxing rules for making hardship withdrawals and loans from employee retirement plans.


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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