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Employers: Be Sure to Notify Employees of the New COBRA Premium Assistance

If you have employees who are eligible for COBRA coverage because of job changes outside of their control, here's good news. They may be eligible to have their premiums fully paid between April 1, 2021 and September 30, 2021. This provision of the recent American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) applies to employees in these situations: The employee's hours were reduced…

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Employee Retention Credit Expanded for 2021

The coronavirus relief legislation passed at the end of 2020 included an enhancement to the Employee Retention Credit (ERC) that makes it available to more businesses. What is the Employee Retention Credit? The ERC provides for a refundable tax credit for companies that continue to pay their employees, even if the business is closed or experiences a slowdown due to…

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Kansas Unemployment Fraud Continues to Rise

We first told you about fraudulent unemployment claims a couple of months ago, and their prevalence has increased since then. The Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) reports they have stopped more than 100,000 fraudulent claims to date, with more pouring in. As you can imagine, the demand for unemployment payments has skyrocketed during the pandemic - since March 15, 2020,…

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Getting Ready for Year-End: Payroll Considerations

Year-end brings lots of payroll considerations to the forefront. Regardless of whether Kindred CPA processes your payrolls or you do it in-house, if you provide any of the following benefits, you'll need to gather this information to properly account for taxable income on W-2's: Group Term Life Insurance If you pay group term life insurance premiums for yourself or your…

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Payroll Tax Deposits: Know the Rules

Tax + FICA + Medicare Payroll taxes consist of three components: Federal income tax withheld from employee paychecks FICA tax withheld from employee paychecks (6.2% up to the Social Security Taxable Wage Base, which is $137,700 in 2020 and $142,800 in 2021) plus the same amount as the employer contribution to FICA Medicare tax withheld from employee paychecks (1.45% with…

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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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