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Payroll News Releases from APA!


APA Urges Transition Relief As GOP Considers Last Minute Tax Bill

On December 11, the APA sent a letter to Congress expressing concern over the proposed H.R. 1's negative impact on the payroll withholding system and offered recommendations to ease the burden on employers. If the GOP's proposed "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" is signed into law on December 22 it will mean significant changes for payroll and the U.S. tax code. The APA urges that employers deserve transition relief and should be pardoned from any penalties received throughout 2018 for failing to properly withhold.


2018 Mileage Rates Released

The IRS has released Notice 2018-3, which provides the 2018 standard mileage rates. Effective January 1, 2018, the business standard mileage rate will be 54.5 cents per mile (up 1 cent), the medical or moving expense rate will be 18 cents per mile (up 1 cent), and the rate for miles driven for charitable purposes will remain at 14 cents per mile.


IRS Anticipates Late Release of 2018 Withholding Tables, Publications

On its December 7 industry payroll call, the IRS stated that several items, including the 2018 federal withholding tables, Form W-4, and Publications 15, 15-A, and 15-B, will be issued later than usual due to the potential enactment of H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Employers should continue to use the 2017 information until the 2018 versions are issued.


Social Security Changes 2018 Wage Base to $128,400

On November 27, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that the 2018 social security wage base will be $128,400, not $128,700 as it previously reported on October 13. This is still an increase of $1,200 from $127,200 in 2017. The lower amount is due to approximately 500,000 Forms W-2c (correcting 2016 Forms W-2) submitted to the SSA in late October by a payroll service provider.


California and Virgin Islands Face FUTA Credit Reduction for 2017

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced that California and the Virgin Islands will lose the full Federal Unemployment Tax Act credit for 2017 because they could not pay their federal loans by the November 10, 2017, deadline. Each will have a credit reduction of 2.1% for 2017.


New York Issues Proposed Regulations Revising Call-in Time Requirements

The New York State Department of Labor has issued proposed regulations revising call-in time requirements for certain industries. The revised regulations will include fair scheduling requirements. Comments are due by January 8.


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.

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