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How to Use the New Form W-4

Late in December, the IRS issued a new Form W-4, which can be found on the IRS website by clicking here. You're probably already familiar with the W-4 as the form your new hires complete to designate the amount of federal tax withholding that shows up on their paychecks. The new Form W-4 is intended to be simpler and more…

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Protect Yourself from Tax Identity Theft

It's Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week. Do you know how to protect yourself? Imagine these scenarios: You've finally finished your tax return and your e-file doesn't go through because your return has already been filed. Huh? How did that happen? You get a letter from the IRS about a return that you didn't file. You get an IRS notice that…

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Tax Season is Off and Running!

Yep, it's that time again. The IRS officially began accepting and processing 2019 tax returns on Monday, January 27, 2020. Since you should always start with the end in mind, the deadline for filing your 2019 tax return and paying any taxes you owe is Wednesday, April 15, 2020. That's great, but when will I get my refund? The IRS…

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Small Business Retirement Plans Just Got More Attractive

If your small business is considering starting a new retirement plan in 2020, the recently-passed SECURE Act has good news for you! Startup Tax Credit Leaps from $500 to $5,000 Effective for tax years beginning after December 31, 2019, small businesses thatĀ adopt a new qualified retirement plan, SIMPLE IRA plan, or SEPĀ can now obtain an increased tax credit to offset…

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2020 Numbers to Know

Each year, the IRS updates numbers based on inflation that affect payroll, retirement plans, and employee benefits. Here are some key figures for 2020: Payroll Social Security Taxable Wage Base - $137,700 Social Security Withholding Percentage - 6.2% Medicare Taxable Wage Base - unlimited Medicare Withholding Percentage up to earnings of $200,000 - 1.45% Medicare Withholding Percentage for earnings above…

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