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IRS Releases 2021 Publication 15-A

BY: Jyme Mariani, Esq. | 02/22/21

On February 18, the IRS released the 2021 Employer’s Supplemental Tax Guide (Publication 15-A). The 2021 Circular E, Employer’s Tax Guide (Publication 15), and the Employer’s Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits (Publication 15-B), were released on February 6 (see APA News, 2-12-21).

Breakdown of Publications 15

Here is a quick reference to the Publications 15:

  • Publication 15 (Circular E) contains the bulk of the information employers need for tax information. For 2021, Circular E summarizes much of the COVID-19-related tax credits and other tax relief on page 2.
  • Publication 15-A contains specialized and detailed employment tax information supplementing the basic information provided in Circular E.
  • Publication 15-B contains information about the employment tax treatment of various types of noncash compensation.
  • Publication 15-T, Federal Income Tax Withholding Methods, contains the percentage method and wage bracket method withholding tables, as well as the amount to add to a nonresident alien employee’s wages for figuring income tax withholding.

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Jyme Mariani, Esq., is Managing Editor of Payroll Currently and Payroll Information Resources for the APA.