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Tax Deadlines for October

Friday, 10/2/2020 Deposit payroll tax for payments on Sep 26-29 if the semiweekly deposit rule applies. Wednesday, 10/7/2020 Deposit payroll tax for payments on Sep 30 - Oct 2 if the semiweekly deposit rule applies. Friday, 10/9/2020 Deposit payroll tax for payments on Oct 3-6 if the semiweekly deposit rule applies. Monday, 10/12/20  Kansas Withholding Tax Deposit Report (Form KW-5)…

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IRS Guidance on Employee Deferral of Social Security Taxes

As you’re no doubt aware, in early August President Trump signed a memorandum allowing employees to defer their share of Social Security taxes between September 1 and December 31, 2020. This was intended as a measure to provide individuals with extra income during this time, but merely delays the payment of these taxes and doesn’t forgive them. And now we…

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Health Savings Account Limits for 2021 and Why You Should Consider Having One

Each year, the dollar limits for many employee benefits and tax-related items are updated for inflation. Usually that happens in November for the next calendar year, but the update for HSAs occurs earlier in the year, and here they are: Health Savings Account (HSA) Contributions for 2021 An individual with self-only coverage under a high deductible health plan can contribute…

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Practice Prudent Spending of Your Paycheck Protection Program Proceeds

The Paycheck Protection Program is the most talked about business provision of all the recent COVID-19 legislation. Many small businesses have applied and received loan proceeds intended to keep people employed during this economic downturn. It's a great program - but be sure you follow the rules, because there's a warning attached. The SBA issued their "interim final rule" (yes,…

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Sick and Family Leave Documentation and FAQs

There are three different types of leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), each with a different duration, pay rate and eligibility criteria. The FFCRA’s paid leave provisions are effective April 1, 2020 and apply to leave taken between April 1 and December 31, 2020. Only businesses with fewer than 500 employees within the United States are subject…

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Business and Individual CARES Act Resources

On Friday, March 27, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which includes provisions for both businesses and individuals. The purpose of this post is to provide you with a high level overview of this legislation, explain how it integrates with previous COVID-19 legislation, and to direct you to links with additional details. As more…

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COVID-19 Payroll and Tax Resources

This page is intended to be a "one stop shop" for payroll and tax resources that businesses need in order to stay on top of emerging legislation and guidance. Many governmental entities have established COVID-19 web pages listed below. Each heading is a clickable link that will take you to the appropriate page. We will update this page as new…

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Freelancing? Keep Up With Tax Rules

Whether it's for the independence, flexible schedules, or the opportunity to do what you love, many of us have gone out on our own as part of the new "gig economy." We often think of freelancers as people who are writers, graphic designers, or software coders who work from the local coffee shop. But in our increasingly connected world, the…

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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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