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Filing state taxes free 2. Filing state taxes free   Tax Shelters and Other Reportable Transactions Table of Contents Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: Abusive Tax SheltersRules To Curb Abusive Tax Shelters Investor Reporting Penalties Whether To Invest Introduction Investments that yield tax benefits are sometimes called “tax shelters. Filing state taxes free ” In some cases, Congress has concluded that the loss of revenue is an acceptable side effect of special tax provisions designed to encourage taxpayers to make certain types of investments. Filing state taxes free In many cases, however, losses from tax shelters produce little or no benefit to society, or the tax benefits are exaggerated beyond those intended. Filing state taxes free Those cases are called “abusive tax shelters. Filing state taxes free ” An investment that is considered a tax shelter is subject to restrictions, including the requirement that it be disclosed, as discussed later. Filing state taxes free Topics - This chapter discusses: Abusive Tax Shelters , Rules To Curb Abusive Tax Shelters , Investor Reporting , Penalties , and Whether To Invest . Filing state taxes free Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 538 Accounting Periods and Methods 556 Examination of Returns, Appeal Rights, and Claims for Refund 561 Determining the Value of Donated Property 925 Passive Activity and At-Risk Rules Form (and Instructions) 8275 Disclosure Statement 8275-R Regulation Disclosure Statement 8283 Noncash Charitable Contributions 8886 Reportable Transaction Disclosure Statement See chapter 5, How To Get Tax Help , for information about getting these publications and forms. Filing state taxes free Abusive Tax Shelters Abusive tax shelters are marketing schemes involving artificial transactions with little or no economic reality. Filing state taxes free They often make use of unrealistic allocations, inflated appraisals, losses in connection with nonrecourse loans, mismatching of income and deductions, financing techniques that do not conform to standard commercial business practices, or mischaracterization of the substance of the transaction. Filing state taxes free Despite appearances to the contrary, the taxpayer generally risks little. Filing state taxes free Abusive tax shelters commonly involve package deals designed from the start to generate losses, deductions, or credits that will be far more than present or future investment. Filing state taxes free Or, they may promise investors from the start that future inflated appraisals will enable them, for example, to reap charitable contribution deductions based on those appraisals. Filing state taxes free (But see the appraisal requirements discussed under Rules To Curb Abusive Tax Shelters , later. Filing state taxes free ) They are commonly marketed in terms of the ratio of tax deductions allegedly available to each dollar invested. Filing state taxes free This ratio (or “write-off”) is frequently said to be several times greater than one-to-one. Filing state taxes free Because there are many abusive tax shelters, it is not possible to list all the factors you should consider in determining whether an offering is an abusive tax shelter. Filing state taxes free However, you should ask the following questions, which might provide a clue to the abusive nature of the plan. Filing state taxes free Do the tax benefits far outweigh the economic benefits? Is this a transaction you would seriously consider, apart from the tax benefits, if you hoped to make a profit? Do shelter assets really exist and, if so, are they insured for less than their purchase price? Is there a nontax justification for the way profits and losses are allocated to partners? Do the facts and supporting documents make economic sense? In that connection, are there sales and resales of the tax shelter property at ever increasing prices? Does the investment plan involve a gimmick, device, or sham to hide the economic reality of the transaction? Does the promoter offer to backdate documents after the close of the year? Are you instructed to backdate checks covering your investment? Is your debt a real debt or are you assured by the promoter that you will never have to pay it? Does this transaction involve laundering United States source income through foreign corporations incorporated in a tax haven and owned by United States shareholders? Rules To Curb Abusive Tax Shelters Congress has enacted a series of income tax laws designed to halt the growth of abusive tax shelters. Filing state taxes free These provisions include the following. Filing state taxes free Disclosure of reportable transactions. Filing state taxes free   You must disclose information for each reportable transaction in which you participate. Filing state taxes free See Reportable Transaction Disclosure Statement , later. Filing state taxes free   Material advisors with respect to any reportable transaction must disclose information about the transaction on Form 8918, Material Advisor Disclosure Statement. Filing state taxes free To determine whether you are a material advisor to a transaction, see the Instructions for Form 8918. Filing state taxes free   Material advisors will receive a reportable transaction number for the disclosed reportable transaction. Filing state taxes free They must provide this number to all persons to whom they acted as a material advisor. Filing state taxes free They must provide the number at the time the transaction is entered into. Filing state taxes free If they do not have the number at that time, they must provide it within 60 days from the date the number is mailed to them. Filing state taxes free For information on penalties for failure to disclose and failure to maintain lists, see Internal Revenue Code sections 6707, 6707A, and 6708. Filing state taxes free Requirement to maintain list. Filing state taxes free   Material advisors must maintain a list of persons to whom they provide material aid, assistance, or advice on any reportable transaction. Filing state taxes free The list must be available for inspection by the IRS, and the information required to be included on the list generally must be kept for 7 years. Filing state taxes free See Regulations section 301. Filing state taxes free 6112-1 for more information (including what information is required to be included on the list). Filing state taxes free Confidentiality privilege. Filing state taxes free   The confidentiality privilege between you and a federally authorized tax practitioner does not apply to written communications made after October 21, 2004, regarding the promotion of your direct or indirect participation in any tax shelter. Filing state taxes free Appraisal requirement for donated property. Filing state taxes free   If you claim a deduction of more than $5,000 for an item or group of similar items of donated property, you generally must get a qualified appraisal from a qualified appraiser and complete and attach section B of Form 8283 to your return. Filing state taxes free If you claim a deduction of more than $500,000 for the donated property, you generally must attach the qualified appraisal to your return. Filing state taxes free If you file electronically, see Form 8453, U. Filing state taxes free S. Filing state taxes free Individual Income Tax Transmittal for an IRS e-file Return, and its instructions. Filing state taxes free For more information about appraisals, including exceptions, see Publication 561. Filing state taxes free Passive activity loss and credit limits. Filing state taxes free   The passive activity loss and credit rules limit the amount of losses and credits that can be claimed from passive activities and limit the amount that can offset nonpassive income, such as certain portfolio income from investments. Filing state taxes free For more detailed information about determining and reporting income, losses, and credits from passive activities, see Publication 925. Filing state taxes free Interest on penalties. Filing state taxes free   If you are assessed an accuracy-related or civil fraud penalty (as discussed under Penalties , later), interest will be imposed on the amount of the penalty from the due date of the return (including any extensions) to the date you pay the penalty. Filing state taxes free Accounting method restriction. Filing state taxes free   Tax shelters generally cannot use the cash method of accounting. Filing state taxes free Uniform capitalization rules. Filing state taxes free   The uniform capitalization rules generally apply to producing property or acquiring it for resale. Filing state taxes free Under those rules, the direct cost and part of the indirect cost of the property must be capitalized or included in inventory. Filing state taxes free For more information, see Publication 538. Filing state taxes free Denial of deduction for interest on an underpayment due to a reportable transaction. Filing state taxes free   You cannot deduct any interest you paid or accrued on any part of an underpayment of tax due to an understatement arising from a reportable transaction (discussed later) if the relevant facts affecting the tax treatment of the item are not adequately disclosed. Filing state taxes free This rule applies to reportable transactions entered into in tax years beginning after October 22, 2004. Filing state taxes free Authority for Disallowance of Tax Benefits The IRS has published guidance concluding that the claimed tax benefits of various abusive tax shelters should be disallowed. Filing state taxes free The guidance is the conclusion of the IRS on how the law is applied to a particular set of facts. Filing state taxes free Guidance is published in the Internal Revenue Bulletin for taxpayers' information and also for use by IRS officials. Filing state taxes free So, if your return is examined and an abusive tax shelter is identified and challenged, published guidance dealing with that type of shelter, which disallows certain claimed tax shelter benefits, could serve as the basis for the examining official's challenge of the tax benefits you claimed. Filing state taxes free In such a case, the examiner will not compromise even if you or your representative believes you have authority for the positions taken on your tax return. Filing state taxes free The courts have generally been unsympathetic to taxpayers involved in abusive tax shelter schemes and have ruled in favor of the IRS in the majority of the cases in which these shelters have been challenged. Filing state taxes free Investor Reporting You may be required to file a reportable transaction disclosure statement. Filing state taxes free Reportable Transaction Disclosure Statement Use Form 8886 to disclose information for each reportable transaction (discussed later) in which you participated. Filing state taxes free Generally, you must attach Form 8886 to your return for each tax year in which you participated in the transaction. Filing state taxes free Under certain circumstances, a transaction must be disclosed within 90 days of the transaction being identified as a listed transaction or a transaction of interest (discussed later). Filing state taxes free In addition, for the first year Form 8886 is attached to your return, you must send a copy of the form to: Internal Revenue Service OTSA Mail Stop 4915 1973 North Rulon White Blvd. Filing state taxes free  Ogden, UT 84404 If you file your return electronically, the copy sent to OTSA must show exactly the same information, word for word, provided with the electronically filed return and it must be provided on the official IRS Form 8886 or an exact copy of the form. Filing state taxes free If you use a computer-generated or substitute Form 8886, it must be an exact copy of the official IRS form. Filing state taxes free If you fail to file Form 8886 as required or fail to include any required information on the form, you may have to pay a penalty. Filing state taxes free See Penalty for failure to disclose a reportable transaction , later under Penalties. Filing state taxes free The following discussion briefly describes reportable transactions. Filing state taxes free For more details, see the Instructions for Form 8886. Filing state taxes free Reportable transaction. Filing state taxes free   A reportable transaction is any of the following. Filing state taxes free A listed transaction. Filing state taxes free A confidential transaction. Filing state taxes free A transaction with contractual protection. Filing state taxes free A loss transaction. Filing state taxes free A transaction of interest entered into after November 1, 2006. Filing state taxes free Note. Filing state taxes free Transactions with a brief asset holding period were removed from the definition of reportable transaction for transactions entered into after August 2, 2007. Filing state taxes free Listed transaction. Filing state taxes free   A listed transaction is the same as, or substantially similar to, one of the types of transactions the IRS has determined to be a tax-avoidance transaction. Filing state taxes free These transactions have been identified in notices, regulations, and other published guidance issued by the IRS. Filing state taxes free For a list of existing guidance, see Notice 2009-59 in Internal Revenue Bulletin 2009-31, available at www. Filing state taxes free irs. Filing state taxes free gov/irb/2009-31_IRB/ar07. Filing state taxes free html. Filing state taxes free Confidential transaction. Filing state taxes free   A confidential transaction is offered to you under conditions of confidentiality and for which you have paid an advisor a minimum fee. Filing state taxes free A transaction is offered under conditions of confidentiality if the advisor who is paid the fee places a limit on your disclosure of the tax treatment or tax structure of the transaction and the limit protects the confidentiality of the advisor's tax strategies. Filing state taxes free The transaction is treated as confidential even if the conditions of confidentiality are not legally binding on you. Filing state taxes free Transaction with contractual protection. Filing state taxes free   Generally, a transaction with contractual protection is one in which you or a related party has the right to a full or partial refund of fees if all or part of the intended tax consequences of the transaction are not sustained, or a transaction for which the fees are contingent on your realizing the tax benefits from the transaction. Filing state taxes free For information on exceptions, see Revenue Procedure 2007-20 in Internal Revenue Bulletin 2007-7, available at www. Filing state taxes free irs. Filing state taxes free gov/irb/2007-07_IRB/ar15. Filing state taxes free html. Filing state taxes free Loss transaction. Filing state taxes free   For individuals, a loss transaction is one that results in a deductible loss if the gross amount of the loss is at least $2 million in a single tax year or $4 million in any combination of tax years. Filing state taxes free A loss from a foreign currency transaction under Internal Revenue Code section 988 is a loss transaction if the gross amount of the loss is at least $50,000 in a single tax year, whether or not the loss flows through from an S corporation or partnership. Filing state taxes free   Certain losses (such as losses from casualties, thefts, and condemnations) are excepted from this category and do not have to be reported on Form 8886. Filing state taxes free For information on other exceptions, see Revenue Procedure 2004-66 in Internal Revenue Bulletin 2004-50, as modified and superseded by Revenue Procedure 2013-11, (or future published guidance) available at www. Filing state taxes free irs. Filing state taxes free gov/irb/2004-50_IRB/ar11. Filing state taxes free html. Filing state taxes free Transaction of interest. Filing state taxes free   A transaction of interest is a transaction entered into after November 1, 2006, that is the same as, or substantially similar to, one of the types of transactions that the IRS has identified by notice, regulation, or other form of published guidance as a transaction of interest. Filing state taxes free The IRS has identified the following transactions of interest. Filing state taxes free “Toggling” grantor trusts as described in Notice 2007-73, 2007-36 I. Filing state taxes free R. Filing state taxes free B. Filing state taxes free 545, available at www. Filing state taxes free irs. Filing state taxes free gov/irb/2007-36_IRB/ar20. Filing state taxes free html. Filing state taxes free Certain transactions involving contributions of a successor member interest in a limited liability company as described in Notice 2007-72, 2007-36 I. Filing state taxes free R. Filing state taxes free B. Filing state taxes free 544, available at www. Filing state taxes free irs. Filing state taxes free gov/irb/2007-36_IRB/ar19. Filing state taxes free html. Filing state taxes free Certain transactions involving the sale or other disposition of all interests in a charitable remainder trust and claiming little or no taxable gain as described in Notice 2008-99, 2008-47 I. Filing state taxes free R. Filing state taxes free B. Filing state taxes free 1194, available at www. Filing state taxes free irs. Filing state taxes free gov/irb/2008-47_IRB/ar11. Filing state taxes free html. Filing state taxes free Certain transactions involving a U. Filing state taxes free S. Filing state taxes free taxpayer owning controlled foreign corporations (CFCs) that hold stock of a lower-tier CFC through a domestic partnership to avoid reporting income as described in Notice 2009-7, 2009-3 I. Filing state taxes free R. Filing state taxes free B. Filing state taxes free 312, available at www. Filing state taxes free irs. Filing state taxes free gov/irb/2009-03_IRB/ar10. Filing state taxes free html. Filing state taxes free   For updates to this list, go to www. Filing state taxes free irs. Filing state taxes free gov/Businesses/Corporations/Abusive-Tax-Shelters-and-Transactions. Filing state taxes free Penalties Investing in an abusive tax shelter may lead to substantial expenses. Filing state taxes free First, the promoter generally charges a substantial fee. Filing state taxes free If your return is examined by the IRS and a tax deficiency is determined, you will be faced with payment of more tax, interest on the underpayment, possibly a 20%, 30%, or even 40% accuracy-related penalty, or a 75% civil fraud penalty. Filing state taxes free You may also be subject to the penalty for failure to pay tax. Filing state taxes free These penalties are explained in the following paragraphs. Filing state taxes free Accuracy-related penalties. Filing state taxes free   An accuracy-related penalty of 20% can be imposed for underpayments of tax due to: Negligence or disregard of rules or regulations, Substantial understatement of tax, Substantial valuation misstatement (increased to 40% for gross valuation misstatement), Transaction lacking economic substance (increased to 40% for undisclosed transaction lacking economic substance), or Undisclosed foreign financial asset understatement (40% in all cases). Filing state taxes free Except for a transaction lacking economic substance, this penalty will not be imposed if you can show you had reasonable cause for any understatement of tax and that you acted in good faith. Filing state taxes free Your failure to disclose a reportable transaction is a strong indication that you failed to act in good faith. Filing state taxes free   If you are charged an accuracy-related penalty, interest will be imposed on the amount of the penalty from the due date of the return (including extensions) to the date you pay the penalty. Filing state taxes free   The 20% penalties do not apply to any underpayment attributable to a reportable transaction understatement subject to an accuracy-related penalty (discussed later). Filing state taxes free Negligence or disregard of rules or regulations. Filing state taxes free   The penalty for negligence or disregard of rules or regulations is imposed only on the part of the underpayment due to negligence or disregard of rules or regulations. Filing state taxes free The penalty will not be charged if you can show you had reasonable cause for understating your tax and that you acted in good faith. Filing state taxes free    Negligence includes any failure to make a reasonable attempt to comply with the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code. Filing state taxes free It also includes any failure to keep adequate books and records. Filing state taxes free A return position that has a reasonable basis is not negligence. Filing state taxes free   Disregard includes any careless, reckless, or intentional disregard of rules or regulations. Filing state taxes free   The penalty for disregard of rules and regulations can be avoided if all the following are true. Filing state taxes free You keep adequate books and records. Filing state taxes free You have a reasonable basis for your position on the tax issue. Filing state taxes free You make an adequate disclosure of your position. Filing state taxes free Use Form 8275 to make your disclosure and attach it to your return. Filing state taxes free To disclose a position contrary to a regulation, use Form 8275-R. Filing state taxes free Use Form 8886 to disclose a reportable transaction (discussed earlier). Filing state taxes free Substantial understatement of tax. Filing state taxes free   An understatement is considered to be substantial if it is more than the greater of: 10% of the tax required to be shown on the return, or $5,000. Filing state taxes free An “understatement” is the amount of tax required to be shown on your return for a tax year minus the amount of tax shown on the return, reduced by any rebates. Filing state taxes free The term “rebate” generally means a decrease in the tax shown on your original return as the result of your filing an amended return or claim for refund. Filing state taxes free   For items other than tax shelters, you can file Form 8275 or Form 8275-R to disclose items that could cause a substantial understatement of income tax. Filing state taxes free In that way, you can avoid the substantial understatement penalty if you have a reasonable basis for your position on the tax issue. Filing state taxes free Disclosure of the tax shelter item on a tax return does not reduce the amount of the understatement. Filing state taxes free   Also, the understatement penalty will not be imposed if you can show there was reasonable cause for the underpayment caused by the understatement and that you acted in good faith. Filing state taxes free An important factor in establishing reasonable cause and good faith will be the extent of your effort to determine your proper tax liability under the law. Filing state taxes free Substantial valuation misstatement. Filing state taxes free   In general, you are liable for a 20% penalty for a substantial valuation misstatement if all the following are true. Filing state taxes free The value or adjusted basis of any property claimed on the return is 150% or more of the correct amount. Filing state taxes free You underpaid your tax by more than $5,000 because of the misstatement. Filing state taxes free You cannot establish that you had reasonable cause for the underpayment and that you acted in good faith. Filing state taxes free   You may be assessed a penalty of 40% for a gross valuation misstatement. Filing state taxes free If you misstate the value or the adjusted basis of property by 200% or more of the amount determined to be correct, you will be assessed a penalty of 40%, instead of 20%, of the amount you underpaid because of the gross valuation misstatement. Filing state taxes free The penalty rate is also 40% if the property's correct value or adjusted basis is zero. Filing state taxes free Transaction lacking economic substance. Filing state taxes free   The economic substance doctrine only applies to an individual that entered into a transaction in connection with a trade or business or an activity engaged in for the production of income. Filing state taxes free For transactions entered into after March 30, 2010, a transaction has economic substance for you as an individual taxpayer only if: The transaction changes your economic position in a meaningful way (apart from federal income tax effects), or You have a substantial purpose (apart from federal income tax effects) for entering into the transaction. Filing state taxes free   For purposes of determining whether economic substance exists, a transaction's profit potential will only be taken into account if the present value of the reasonably expected pre-tax profit from the transaction is substantial compared to the present value of the expected net tax benefits that would be allowed if the transaction were respected. Filing state taxes free   If any part of your underpayment is due to any disallowance of claimed tax benefits by reason of a transaction lacking economic substance or failing to meet the requirements of any similar rule of law, that part of your underpayment will be subject to the 20% accuracy-related penalty even if you had a reasonable cause and acted in good faith concerning that part. Filing state taxes free   Additionally, the penalty increases to 40% if you do not adequately disclose on your return or in a statement attached to your return the relevant facts affecting the tax treatment of a transaction that lacks economic substance. Filing state taxes free Relevant facts include any facts affecting the tax treatment of the transaction. Filing state taxes free    Any excessive amount of an erroneous claim for an income tax refund or credit (other than a refund or credit related to the earned income credit) that results from a transaction found to be lacking economic substance will not be treated as having a reasonable basis and could be subject to a 20% penalty. Filing state taxes free Undisclosed foreign financial asset understatement. Filing state taxes free   For tax years beginning after March 18, 2010, you may be liable for a 40% penalty for an understatement of your tax liability due to an undisclosed foreign financial asset. Filing state taxes free An undisclosed foreign financial asset is any asset for which an information return, required to be provided under Internal Revenue Code section 6038, 6038B, 6038D, 6046A, or 6048 for any taxable year, is not provided. Filing state taxes free The penalty applies to any part of an underpayment related to the following undisclosed foreign financial assets. Filing state taxes free Any foreign business you control, reportable on Form 5471, Information Return of U. Filing state taxes free S. Filing state taxes free Persons With Respect To Certain Foreign Corporations, or Form 8865, Return of U. Filing state taxes free S. Filing state taxes free Persons With Respect to Certain Foreign Partnerships. Filing state taxes free Certain transfers of property to a foreign corporation or partnership, reportable on Form 926, Return by a U. Filing state taxes free S. Filing state taxes free Transferor of Property to a Foreign Corporation, or certain distributions to a foreign person, reportable on Form 8865. Filing state taxes free Your ownership interest in certain foreign financial assets, temporarily reportable on Form 8275 or 8275-R. Filing state taxes free    Instead of, or in addition to, Form 8275 or 8275-R, you may have to file Form 8938, Statement of Specified Foreign Financial Assets, with your tax return. Filing state taxes free See the Instructions for Form 8938 for details. Filing state taxes free    Your acquisition, disposition, or substantial change in ownership interest in a foreign partnership, reportable on Form 8865. Filing state taxes free Creation or transfer of money or property to certain foreign trusts, reportable on Form 3520, Annual Return To Report Transactions With Foreign Trusts and Receipt of Certain Foreign Gifts. Filing state taxes free Penalty for incorrect appraisals. Filing state taxes free   The person who prepares an appraisal of the value of property may have to pay a penalty if: He or she knows, or reasonably should have known, that the appraisal would be used in connection with a return or claim for refund; and The claimed value of the property on a return or claim for refund based on that appraisal results in a substantial valuation misstatement or a gross valuation misstatement as discussed earlier. Filing state taxes free For details on the penalty amount and exceptions, see Publication 561. Filing state taxes free Penalty for failure to disclose a reportable transaction. Filing state taxes free   If you fail to include any required information regarding a reportable transaction (discussed earlier) on a return or statement, you may have to pay a penalty of 75% of the decrease in tax shown on your return as a result of such transaction (or that would have resulted if the transaction were respected for federal tax purposes). Filing state taxes free For an individual, the minimum penalty is $5,000 and the maximum is $10,000 (or $100,000 for a listed transaction). Filing state taxes free This penalty is in addition to any other penalty that may be imposed. Filing state taxes free   The IRS may rescind or abate the penalty for failing to disclose a reportable transaction under certain limited circumstances but cannot rescind the penalty for failing to disclose a listed transaction. Filing state taxes free For information on rescission, see Revenue Procedure 2007-21 in Internal Revenue Bulletin 2007-9 available at www. Filing state taxes free irs. Filing state taxes free gov/irb/2007-09_IRB/ar12. Filing state taxes free html. Filing state taxes free Accuracy-related penalty for a reportable transaction understatement. Filing state taxes free   If you have a reportable transaction understatement, you may have to pay a penalty equal to 20% of the amount of that understatement. Filing state taxes free This applies to any item due to a listed transaction or other reportable transaction with a significant purpose of avoiding or evading federal income tax. Filing state taxes free The penalty is 30% rather than 20% for the part of any reportable transaction understatement if the transaction was not properly disclosed. Filing state taxes free You may not have to pay the 20% penalty if you meet the strengthened reasonable cause and good faith exception. Filing state taxes free The reasonable cause and good faith exception does not apply to any part of a reportable transaction understatement attributable to one or more transactions that lack economic substance. Filing state taxes free   This penalty does not apply to the part of an understatement on which the fraud penalty, gross valuation misstatement penalty, or penalty for nondisclosure of noneconomic substance transactions is imposed. Filing state taxes free Civil fraud penalty. Filing state taxes free   If any underpayment of tax on your return is due to fraud, a penalty of 75% of the underpayment will be added to your tax. Filing state taxes free Joint return. Filing state taxes free   The fraud penalty on a joint return applies to a spouse only if some part of the underpayment is due to the fraud of that spouse. Filing state taxes free Failure to pay tax. Filing state taxes free   If a deficiency is assessed and is not paid within 10 days of the demand for payment, an investor can be penalized with up to a 25% addition to tax if the failure to pay continues. Filing state taxes free Whether To Invest In light of the adverse tax consequences and the substantial amount of penalties and interest that will result if the claimed tax benefits are disallowed, you should consider tax shelter investments carefully and seek competent legal and financial advice. Filing state taxes free Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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Treasury Decision (T.D.) 9363 requires corporations that have assets of $10 million or more and file at least 250 returns annually to electronically file their Forms 1120 and 1120S for tax years ending on or after December 31, 2007. This requirement extends to foreign corporations filing Form 1120-F who have tax years ending on or after December 31, 2008, have assets of $10 million or more and who file at least 250 returns annually.

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Filing state taxes free Publication 15 - Main Content Table of Contents 1. Filing state taxes free Employer Identification Number (EIN) 2. Filing state taxes free Who Are Employees?Relief provisions. Filing state taxes free Business Owned and Operated by Spouses 3. Filing state taxes free Family Employees 4. Filing state taxes free Employee's Social Security Number (SSN)Registering for SSNVS. Filing state taxes free 5. Filing state taxes free Wages and Other CompensationAccountable plan. Filing state taxes free Nonaccountable plan. Filing state taxes free Per diem or other fixed allowance. Filing state taxes free 50% test. Filing state taxes free Health Savings Accounts and medical savings accounts. Filing state taxes free Nontaxable fringe benefits. Filing state taxes free When fringe benefits are treated as paid. Filing state taxes free Valuation of fringe benefits. Filing state taxes free Withholding on fringe benefits. Filing state taxes free Depositing taxes on fringe benefits. Filing state taxes free 6. Filing state taxes free TipsOrdering rule. Filing state taxes free 7. Filing state taxes free Supplemental Wages 8. Filing state taxes free Payroll Period 9. Filing state taxes free Withholding From Employees' WagesIncome Tax Withholding Social Security and Medicare Taxes Part-Time Workers 10. Filing state taxes free Required Notice to Employees About the Earned Income Credit (EIC) 11. Filing state taxes free Depositing TaxesWhen To Deposit How To Deposit Deposit Penalties 12. Filing state taxes free Filing Form 941 or Form 944 13. Filing state taxes free Reporting Adjustments to Form 941 or Form 944Current Period Adjustments Prior Period Adjustments Wage Repayments 14. Filing state taxes free Federal Unemployment (FUTA) TaxSuccessor employer. Filing state taxes free Household employees. Filing state taxes free When to deposit. Filing state taxes free Household employees. Filing state taxes free Electronic filing by reporting agents. Filing state taxes free 16. Filing state taxes free How To Use the Income Tax Withholding TablesWage Bracket Method Percentage Method Alternative Methods of Income Tax Withholding How To Get Tax Help 1. Filing state taxes free Employer Identification Number (EIN) If you are required to report employment taxes or give tax statements to employees or annuitants, you need an EIN. Filing state taxes free The EIN is a nine-digit number the IRS issues. Filing state taxes free The digits are arranged as follows: 00-0000000. Filing state taxes free It is used to identify the tax accounts of employers and certain others who have no employees. Filing state taxes free Use your EIN on all of the items you send to the IRS and SSA. Filing state taxes free For more information, see Publication 1635, Employer Identification Number: Understanding Your EIN. Filing state taxes free If you do not have an EIN, you may apply for one online. Filing state taxes free Go to the IRS. Filing state taxes free gov and click on the Apply for an EIN Online link under Tools. Filing state taxes free You may also apply for an EIN by calling 1-800-829-4933, or you can fax or mail Form SS-4, Application for Employer Identification Number, to the IRS. Filing state taxes free Do not use an SSN in place of an EIN. Filing state taxes free You should have only one EIN. Filing state taxes free If you have more than one and are not sure which one to use, call 1-800-829-4933 or 1-800-829-4059 (TDD/TTY for persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability). Filing state taxes free Give the numbers you have, the name and address to which each was assigned, and the address of your main place of business. Filing state taxes free The IRS will tell you which number to use. Filing state taxes free If you took over another employer's business (see Successor employer in section 9), do not use that employer's EIN. Filing state taxes free If you have applied for an EIN but do not have your EIN by the time a return is due, file a paper return and write “Applied For” and the date you applied for it in the space shown for the number. Filing state taxes free 2. Filing state taxes free Who Are Employees? Generally, employees are defined either under common law or under statutes for certain situations. Filing state taxes free See Publication 15-A for details on statutory employees and nonemployees. Filing state taxes free Employee status under common law. Filing state taxes free   Generally, a worker who performs services for you is your employee if you have the right to control what will be done and how it will be done. Filing state taxes free This is so even when you give the employee freedom of action. Filing state taxes free What matters is that you have the right to control the details of how the services are performed. Filing state taxes free See Publication 15-A for more information on how to determine whether an individual providing services is an independent contractor or an employee. Filing state taxes free   Generally, people in business for themselves are not employees. Filing state taxes free For example, doctors, lawyers, veterinarians, and others in an independent trade in which they offer their services to the public are usually not employees. Filing state taxes free However, if the business is incorporated, corporate officers who work in the business are employees of the corporation. Filing state taxes free   If an employer-employee relationship exists, it does not matter what it is called. Filing state taxes free The employee may be called an agent or independent contractor. Filing state taxes free It also does not matter how payments are measured or paid, what they are called, or if the employee works full or part time. Filing state taxes free Statutory employees. Filing state taxes free   If someone who works for you is not an employee under the common law rules discussed earlier, do not withhold federal income tax from his or her pay, unless backup withholding applies. Filing state taxes free Although the following persons may not be common law employees, they are considered employees by statute for social security, Medicare, and FUTA tax purposes under certain conditions. Filing state taxes free An agent (or commission) driver who delivers food, beverages (other than milk), laundry, or dry cleaning for someone else. Filing state taxes free A full-time life insurance salesperson who sells primarily for one company. Filing state taxes free A homeworker who works by guidelines of the person for whom the work is done, with materials furnished by and returned to that person or to someone that person designates. Filing state taxes free A traveling or city salesperson (other than an agent-driver or commission-driver) who works full time (except for sideline sales activities) for one firm or person getting orders from customers. Filing state taxes free The orders must be for merchandise for resale or supplies for use in the customer's business. Filing state taxes free The customers must be retailers, wholesalers, contractors, or operators of hotels, restaurants, or other businesses dealing with food or lodging. Filing state taxes free    Statutory nonemployees. Filing state taxes free   Direct sellers, qualified real estate agents, and certain companion sitters are, by law, considered nonemployees. Filing state taxes free They are generally treated as self-employed for all federal tax purposes, including income and employment taxes. Filing state taxes free H-2A agricultural workers. Filing state taxes free   On Form W-2, do not check box 13 (Statutory employee), as H-2A workers are not statutory employees. Filing state taxes free Treating employees as nonemployees. Filing state taxes free   You will generally be liable for social security and Medicare taxes and withheld income tax if you do not deduct and withhold these taxes because you treated an employee as a nonemployee. Filing state taxes free You may be able to calculate your liability using special section 3509 rates for the employee share of social security and Medicare taxes and the federal income tax withholding. Filing state taxes free The applicable rates depend on whether you filed required Forms 1099. Filing state taxes free You cannot recover the employee share of social security, or Medicare tax, or income tax withholding from the employee if the tax is paid under section 3509. Filing state taxes free You are liable for the income tax withholding regardless of whether the employee paid income tax on the wages. Filing state taxes free You continue to owe the full employer share of social security and Medicare taxes. Filing state taxes free The employee remains liable for the employee share of social security and Medicare taxes. Filing state taxes free See Internal Revenue Code section 3509 for details. Filing state taxes free Also see the Instructions for Form 941-X. Filing state taxes free   Section 3509 rates are not available if you intentionally disregard the requirement to withhold taxes from the employee or if you withheld income taxes but not social security or Medicare taxes. Filing state taxes free Section 3509 is not available for reclassifying statutory employees. Filing state taxes free See Statutory employees , earlier in this section. Filing state taxes free   If the employer issued required information returns, the section 3509 rates are: For social security taxes; employer rate of 6. Filing state taxes free 2% plus 20% of the employee rate (see the Instructions for Form 941-X). Filing state taxes free For Medicare taxes; employer rate of 1. Filing state taxes free 45% plus 20% of the employee rate of 1. Filing state taxes free 45%, for a total rate of 1. Filing state taxes free 74% of wages. Filing state taxes free For Additional Medicare Tax; 0. Filing state taxes free 18% (20% of the employee rate of 0. Filing state taxes free 9%) of wages subject to Additional Medicare Tax. Filing state taxes free For income tax withholding, the rate is 1. Filing state taxes free 5% of wages. Filing state taxes free   If the employer did not issue required information returns, the section 3509 rates are: For social security taxes; employer rate of 6. Filing state taxes free 2% plus 40% of the employee rate (see the Instructions for Form 941-X). Filing state taxes free For Medicare taxes; employer rate of 1. Filing state taxes free 45% plus 40% of the employee rate of 1. Filing state taxes free 45%, for a total rate of 2. Filing state taxes free 03% of wages. Filing state taxes free For Additional Medicare Tax; 0. Filing state taxes free 36% (40% of the employee rate of 0. Filing state taxes free 9%) of wages subject to Additional Medicare Tax. Filing state taxes free For income tax withholding, the rate is 3. Filing state taxes free 0% of wages. Filing state taxes free Relief provisions. Filing state taxes free   If you have a reasonable basis for not treating a worker as an employee, you may be relieved from having to pay employment taxes for that worker. Filing state taxes free To get this relief, you must file all required federal tax returns, including information returns, on a basis consistent with your treatment of the worker. Filing state taxes free You (or your predecessor) must not have treated any worker holding a substantially similar position as an employee for any periods beginning after 1977. Filing state taxes free See Publication 1976, Do You Qualify for Relief Under Section 530. Filing state taxes free IRS help. Filing state taxes free   If you want the IRS to determine whether a worker is an employee, file Form SS-8, Determination of Worker Status for Purposes of Federal Employment Taxes and Income Tax Withholding. Filing state taxes free Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP). Filing state taxes free   Employers who are currently treating their workers (or a class or group of workers) as independent contractors or other nonemployees and want to voluntarily reclassify their workers as employees for future tax periods may be eligible to participate in the VCSP if certain requirements are met. Filing state taxes free To apply, use Form 8952, Application for Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP). Filing state taxes free For more information visit IRS. Filing state taxes free gov and enter “VCSP” in the search box. Filing state taxes free Business Owned and Operated by Spouses If you and your spouse jointly own and operate a business and share in the profits and losses, you are partners in a partnership, whether or not you have a formal partnership agreement. Filing state taxes free See Publication 541, Partnerships, for more details. Filing state taxes free The partnership is considered the employer of any employees, and is liable for any employment taxes due on wages paid to its employees. Filing state taxes free Exception—Qualified joint venture. Filing state taxes free   For tax years beginning after December 31, 2006, the Small Business and Work Opportunity Tax Act of 2007 (Public Law 110-28) provides that a “qualified joint venture,” whose only members are spouses filing a joint income tax return, can elect not to be treated as a partnership for federal tax purposes. Filing state taxes free A qualified joint venture conducts a trade or business where: The only members of the joint venture are spouses who file a joint income tax return, Both spouses materially participate (see Material participation in the Instructions for Schedule C (Form 1040), line G) in the trade or business (mere joint ownership of property is not enough), Both spouses elect to not be treated as a partnership, and The business is co-owned by both spouses and is not held in the name of a state law entity such as a partnership or limited liability company (LLC). Filing state taxes free   To make the election, all items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit must be divided between the spouses, in accordance with each spouse's interest in the venture, and reported on separate Schedules C or F as sole proprietors. Filing state taxes free Each spouse must also file a separate Schedule SE to pay self-employment taxes, as applicable. Filing state taxes free   Spouses using the qualified joint venture rules are treated as sole proprietors for federal tax purposes and generally do not need an EIN. Filing state taxes free If employment taxes are owed by the qualified joint venture, either spouse may report and pay the employment taxes due on the wages paid to the employees using the EIN of that spouse's sole proprietorship. Filing state taxes free Generally, filing as a qualified joint venture will not increase the spouses' total tax owed on the joint income tax return. Filing state taxes free However, it gives each spouse credit for social security earnings on which retirement benefits are based and for Medicare coverage without filing a partnership return. Filing state taxes free    Note. Filing state taxes free If your spouse is your employee, not your partner, see One spouse employed by another in section 3. Filing state taxes free   For more information on qualified joint ventures, visit IRS. Filing state taxes free gov and enter “qualified joint venture” in the search box. Filing state taxes free Exception—Community income. Filing state taxes free   If you and your spouse wholly own an unincorporated business as community property under the community property laws of a state, foreign country, or U. Filing state taxes free S. Filing state taxes free possession, you can treat the business either as a sole proprietorship (of the spouse who carried on the business) or a partnership. Filing state taxes free You may still make an election to be taxed as a qualified joint venture instead of a partnership. Filing state taxes free See Exception—Qualified joint venture , earlier. Filing state taxes free 3. Filing state taxes free Family Employees Child employed by parents. Filing state taxes free   Payments for the services of a child under age 18 who works for his or her parent in a trade or business are not subject to social security and Medicare taxes if the trade or business is a sole proprietorship or a partnership in which each partner is a parent of the child. Filing state taxes free If these payments are for work other than in a trade or business, such as domestic work in the parent's private home, they are not subject to social security and Medicare taxes until the child reaches age 21. Filing state taxes free However, see Covered services of a child or spouse , later in this section. Filing state taxes free Payments for the services of a child under age 21 who works for his or her parent, whether or not in a trade or business, are not subject to FUTA tax. Filing state taxes free Payments for the services of a child of any age who works for his or her parent are generally subject to income tax withholding unless the payments are for domestic work in the parent's home, or unless the payments are for work other than in a trade or business and are less than $50 in the quarter or the child is not regularly employed to do such work. Filing state taxes free One spouse employed by another. Filing state taxes free   The wages for the services of an individual who works for his or her spouse in a trade or business are subject to income tax withholding and social security and Medicare taxes, but not to FUTA tax. Filing state taxes free However, the payments for services of one spouse employed by another in other than a trade or business, such as domestic service in a private home, are not subject to social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes. Filing state taxes free Covered services of a child or spouse. Filing state taxes free   The wages for the services of a child or spouse are subject to income tax withholding as well as social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes if he or she works for: A corporation, even if it is controlled by the child's parent or the individual's spouse; A partnership, even if the child's parent is a partner, unless each partner is a parent of the child; A partnership, even if the individual's spouse is a partner; or An estate, even if it is the estate of a deceased parent. Filing state taxes free Parent employed by son or daughter. Filing state taxes free   When the employer is a son or daughter employing his or her parent the following rules apply. Filing state taxes free Payments for the services of a parent in the son’s or daughter’s (the employer’s) trade or business are subject to income tax withholding and social security and Medicare taxes. Filing state taxes free Payments for the services of a parent not in the son’s or daughter’s (the employer’s) trade or business are generally not subject to social security and Medicare taxes. Filing state taxes free    Social security and Medicare taxes do apply to payments made to a parent for domestic services if all of the following apply: The parent is employed by his or her son or daughter; The son or daughter (the employer) has a child or stepchild living in the home; The son or daughter (the employer) is a widow or widower, divorced, or living with a spouse who, because of a mental or physical condition, cannot care for the child or stepchild for at least 4 continuous weeks in a calendar quarter; and The child or stepchild is either under age 18 or requires the personal care of an adult for at least 4 continuous weeks in a calendar quarter due to a mental or physical condition. Filing state taxes free   Payments made to a parent employed by his or her child are not subject to FUTA tax, regardless of the type of services provided. Filing state taxes free 4. Filing state taxes free Employee's Social Security Number (SSN) You are required to get each employee's name and SSN and to enter them on Form W-2. Filing state taxes free This requirement also applies to resident and nonresident alien employees. Filing state taxes free You should ask your employee to show you his or her social security card. Filing state taxes free The employee may show the card if it is available. Filing state taxes free Do not accept a social security card that says “Not valid for employment. Filing state taxes free ” A social security number issued with this legend does not permit employment. Filing state taxes free You may, but are not required to, photocopy the social security card if the employee provides it. Filing state taxes free If you do not provide the correct employee name and SSN on Form W-2, you may owe a penalty unless you have reasonable cause. Filing state taxes free See Publication 1586, Reasonable Cause Regulations & Requirements for Missing and Incorrect Name/TINs, for information on the requirement to solicit the employee's SSN. Filing state taxes free Applying for a social security card. Filing state taxes free   Any employee who is legally eligible to work in the United States and does not have a social security card can get one by completing Form SS-5, Application for a Social Security Card, and submitting the necessary documentation. Filing state taxes free You can get Form SS-5 at SSA offices, by calling 1-800-772-1213, or from the SSA website at www. Filing state taxes free socialsecurity. Filing state taxes free gov/online/ss-5. Filing state taxes free html. Filing state taxes free The employee must complete and sign Form SS-5; it cannot be filed by the employer. Filing state taxes free You may be asked to supply a letter to accompany Form SS-5 if the employee has exceeded his or her yearly or lifetime limit for the number of replacement cards allowed. Filing state taxes free Applying for a social security number. Filing state taxes free   If you file Form W-2 on paper and your employee applied for an SSN but does not have one when you must file Form W-2, enter “Applied For” on the form. Filing state taxes free If you are filing electronically, enter all zeros (000-00-000) in the social security number field. Filing state taxes free When the employee receives the SSN, file Copy A of Form W-2c, Corrected Wage and Tax Statement, with the SSA to show the employee's SSN. Filing state taxes free Furnish copies B, C, and 2 of Form W-2c to the employee. Filing state taxes free Up to 25 Forms W-2c for each Form W-3c, Transmittal of Corrected Wage and Tax Statements, may now be filed per session over the Internet, with no limit on the number of sessions. Filing state taxes free For more information, visit the SSA's Employer W-2 Filing Instructions & Information webpage at www. Filing state taxes free socialsecurity. Filing state taxes free gov/employer. Filing state taxes free Advise your employee to correct the SSN on his or her original Form W-2. Filing state taxes free Correctly record the employee's name and SSN. Filing state taxes free   Record the name and number of each employee as they are shown on the employee's social security card. Filing state taxes free If the employee's name is not correct as shown on the card (for example, because of marriage or divorce), the employee should request a corrected card from the SSA. Filing state taxes free Continue to report the employee's wages under the old name until the employee shows you an updated social security card with the new name. Filing state taxes free If the SSA issues the employee a replacement card after a name change, or a new card with a different social security number after a change in alien work status, file a Form W-2c to correct the name/SSN reported for the most recently filed Form W-2. Filing state taxes free It is not necessary to correct other years if the previous name and number were used for years before the most recent Form W-2. Filing state taxes free IRS individual taxpayer identification numbers (ITINs) for aliens. Filing state taxes free   Do not accept an ITIN in place of an SSN for employee identification or for work. Filing state taxes free An ITIN is only available to resident and nonresident aliens who are not eligible for U. Filing state taxes free S. Filing state taxes free employment and need identification for other tax purposes. Filing state taxes free You can identify an ITIN because it is a nine-digit number, beginning with the number “9” with either a “7” or “8” as the fourth digit and is formatted like an SSN (for example, 9NN-7N-NNNN). Filing state taxes free    An individual with an ITIN who later becomes eligible to work in the United States must obtain an SSN. Filing state taxes free If the individual is currently eligible to work in the United States, instruct the individual to apply for an SSN and follow the instructions under Applying for a social security number, earlier. Filing state taxes free Do not use an ITIN in place of an SSN on Form W-2. Filing state taxes free Verification of social security numbers. Filing state taxes free   Employers and authorized reporting agents can use the Social Security Number Verification Service (SSNVS) to instantly verify up to 10 names and SSNs (per screen) at a time, or submit an electronic file of up to 250,000 names and SSNs and usually receive the results the next business day. Filing state taxes free Visit www. Filing state taxes free socialsecurity. Filing state taxes free gov/employer/ssnv. Filing state taxes free htm for more information. Filing state taxes free Registering for SSNVS. Filing state taxes free   You must register online and receive authorization from your employer to use SSNVS. Filing state taxes free To register, visit SSA's website at www. Filing state taxes free ssa. Filing state taxes free gov/employer and click on the Business Services Online link. Filing state taxes free Follow the registration instructions to obtain a user identification (ID) and password. Filing state taxes free You will need to provide the following information about yourself and your company. Filing state taxes free Name. Filing state taxes free SSN. Filing state taxes free Date of birth. Filing state taxes free Type of employer. Filing state taxes free EIN. Filing state taxes free Company name, address, and telephone number. Filing state taxes free Email address. Filing state taxes free   When you have completed the online registration process, SSA will mail a one-time activation code to your employer. Filing state taxes free You must enter the activation code online to use SSNVS. Filing state taxes free 5. Filing state taxes free Wages and Other Compensation Wages subject to federal employment taxes generally include all pay you give to an employee for services performed. Filing state taxes free The pay may be in cash or in other forms. Filing state taxes free It includes salaries, vacation allowances, bonuses, commissions, and fringe benefits. Filing state taxes free It does not matter how you measure or make the payments. Filing state taxes free Amounts an employer pays as a bonus for signing or ratifying a contract in connection with the establishment of an employer-employee relationship and an amount paid to an employee for cancellation of an employment contract and relinquishment of contract rights are wages subject to social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes and income tax withholding. Filing state taxes free Also, compensation paid to a former employee for services performed while still employed is wages subject to employment taxes. Filing state taxes free More information. Filing state taxes free   See section 6 for a discussion of tips and section 7 for a discussion of supplemental wages. Filing state taxes free Also, see section 15 for exceptions to the general rules for wages. Filing state taxes free Publication 15-A provides additional information on wages, including nonqualified deferred compensation, and other compensation. Filing state taxes free Publication 15-B provides information on other forms of compensation, including: Accident and health benefits, Achievement awards, Adoption assistance, Athletic facilities, De minimis (minimal) benefits, Dependent care assistance, Educational assistance, Employee discounts, Employee stock options, Employer-provided cell phones, Group-term life insurance coverage, Health Savings Accounts, Lodging on your business premises, Meals, Moving expense reimbursements, No-additional-cost services, Retirement planning services, Transportation (commuting) benefits, Tuition reduction, and Working condition benefits. Filing state taxes free Employee business expense reimbursements. Filing state taxes free   A reimbursement or allowance arrangement is a system by which you pay the advances, reimbursements, and charges for your employees' business expenses. Filing state taxes free How you report a reimbursement or allowance amount depends on whether you have an accountable or a nonaccountable plan. Filing state taxes free If a single payment includes both wages and an expense reimbursement, you must specify the amount of the reimbursement. Filing state taxes free   These rules apply to all ordinary and necessary employee business expenses that would otherwise qualify for a deduction by the employee. Filing state taxes free Accountable plan. Filing state taxes free   To be an accountable plan, your reimbursement or allowance arrangement must require your employees to meet all three of the following rules. Filing state taxes free They must have paid or incurred deductible expenses while performing services as your employees. Filing state taxes free The reimbursement or advance must be paid for the expense and must not be an amount that would have otherwise been paid by the employee. Filing state taxes free They must substantiate these expenses to you within a reasonable period of time. Filing state taxes free They must return any amounts in excess of substantiated expenses within a reasonable period of time. Filing state taxes free   Amounts paid under an accountable plan are not wages and are not subject to income, social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes. Filing state taxes free   If the expenses covered by this arrangement are not substantiated (or amounts in excess of substantiated expenses are not returned within a reasonable period of time), the amount paid under the arrangement in excess of the substantiated expenses is treated as paid under a nonaccountable plan. Filing state taxes free This amount is subject to income, social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes for the first payroll period following the end of the reasonable period of time. Filing state taxes free   A reasonable period of time depends on the facts and circumstances. Filing state taxes free Generally, it is considered reasonable if your employees receive their advance within 30 days of the time they incur the expenses, adequately account for the expenses within 60 days after the expenses were paid or incurred, and return any amounts in excess of expenses within 120 days after the expenses were paid or incurred. Filing state taxes free Also, it is considered reasonable if you give your employees a periodic statement (at least quarterly) that asks them to either return or adequately account for outstanding amounts and they do so within 120 days. Filing state taxes free Nonaccountable plan. Filing state taxes free   Payments to your employee for travel and other necessary expenses of your business under a nonaccountable plan are wages and are treated as supplemental wages and subject to income, social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes. Filing state taxes free Your payments are treated as paid under a nonaccountable plan if: Your employee is not required to or does not substantiate timely those expenses to you with receipts or other documentation, You advance an amount to your employee for business expenses and your employee is not required to or does not return timely any amount he or she does not use for business expenses, You advance or pay an amount to your employee regardless of whether you reasonably expect the employee to have business expenses related to your business, or You pay an amount as a reimbursement you would have otherwise paid as wages. Filing state taxes free   See section 7 for more information on supplemental wages. Filing state taxes free Per diem or other fixed allowance. Filing state taxes free   You may reimburse your employees by travel days, miles, or some other fixed allowance under the applicable revenue procedure. Filing state taxes free In these cases, your employee is considered to have accounted to you if your reimbursement does not exceed rates established by the Federal Government. Filing state taxes free The 2013 standard mileage rate for auto expenses was 56. Filing state taxes free 5 cents per mile. Filing state taxes free The rate for 2014 is 56 cents per mile. Filing state taxes free   The government per diem rates for meals and lodging in the continental United States are listed in Publication 1542, Per Diem Rates. Filing state taxes free Other than the amount of these expenses, your employees' business expenses must be substantiated (for example, the business purpose of the travel or the number of business miles driven). Filing state taxes free   If the per diem or allowance paid exceeds the amounts substantiated, you must report the excess amount as wages. Filing state taxes free This excess amount is subject to income tax withholding and payment of social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes. Filing state taxes free Show the amount equal to the substantiated amount (for example, the nontaxable portion) in box 12 of Form W-2 using code “L. Filing state taxes free ” Wages not paid in money. Filing state taxes free   If in the course of your trade or business you pay your employees in a medium that is neither cash nor a readily negotiable instrument, such as a check, you are said to pay them “in kind. Filing state taxes free ” Payments in kind may be in the form of goods, lodging, food, clothing, or services. Filing state taxes free Generally, the fair market value of such payments at the time they are provided is subject to federal income tax withholding and social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes. Filing state taxes free   However, noncash payments for household work, agricultural labor, and service not in the employer's trade or business are exempt from social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes. Filing state taxes free Withhold income tax on these payments only if you and the employee agree to do so. Filing state taxes free Nonetheless, noncash payments for agricultural labor, such as commodity wages, are treated as cash payments subject to employment taxes if the substance of the transaction is a cash payment. Filing state taxes free Moving expenses. Filing state taxes free   Reimbursed and employer-paid qualified moving expenses (those that would otherwise be deductible by the employee) paid under an accountable plan are not includible in an employee's income unless you have knowledge the employee deducted the expenses in a prior year. Filing state taxes free Reimbursed and employer-paid nonqualified moving expenses are includible in income and are subject to employment taxes and income tax withholding. Filing state taxes free For more information on moving expenses, see Publication 521, Moving Expenses. Filing state taxes free Meals and lodging. Filing state taxes free   The value of meals is not taxable income and is not subject to income tax withholding and social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes if the meals are furnished for the employer's convenience and on the employer's premises. Filing state taxes free The value of lodging is not subject to income tax withholding and social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes if the lodging is furnished for the employer's convenience, on the employer's premises, and as a condition of employment. Filing state taxes free    “For the convenience of the employer” means you have a substantial business reason for providing the meals and lodging other than to provide additional compensation to the employee. Filing state taxes free For example, meals you provide at the place of work so that an employee is available for emergencies during his or her lunch period are generally considered to be for your convenience. Filing state taxes free   However, whether meals or lodging are provided for the convenience of the employer depends on all of the facts and circumstances. Filing state taxes free A written statement that the meals or lodging are for your convenience is not sufficient. Filing state taxes free 50% test. Filing state taxes free   If over 50% of the employees who are provided meals on an employer's business premises receive these meals for the convenience of the employer, all meals provided on the premises are treated as furnished for the convenience of the employer. Filing state taxes free If this 50% test is met, the value of the meals is excludable from income for all employees and is not subject to federal income tax withholding or employment taxes. Filing state taxes free For more information, see Publication 15-B. Filing state taxes free Health insurance plans. Filing state taxes free   If you pay the cost of an accident or health insurance plan for your employees, including an employee's spouse and dependents, your payments are not wages and are not subject to social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes, or federal income tax withholding. Filing state taxes free Generally, this exclusion also applies to qualified long-term care insurance contracts. Filing state taxes free However, for income tax withholding, the value of health insurance benefits must be included in the wages of S corporation employees who own more than 2% of the S corporation (2% shareholders). Filing state taxes free For social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes, the health insurance benefits are excluded from the wages only for employees and their dependents or for a class or classes of employees and their dependents. Filing state taxes free See Announcement 92-16 for more information. Filing state taxes free You can find Announcement 92-16 on page 53 of Internal Revenue Bulletin 1992-5. Filing state taxes free Health Savings Accounts and medical savings accounts. Filing state taxes free   Your contributions to an employee's Health Savings Account (HSA) or Archer medical savings account (MSA) are not subject to social security, Medicare, or FUTA taxes, or federal income tax withholding if it is reasonable to believe at the time of payment of the contributions they will be excludable from the income of the employee. Filing state taxes free To the extent it is not reasonable to believe they will be excludable, your contributions are subject to these taxes. Filing state taxes free Employee contributions to their HSAs or MSAs through a payroll deduction plan must be included in wages and are subject to social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes and income tax withholding. Filing state taxes free However, HSA contributions made under a salary reduction arrangement in a section 125 cafeteria plan are not wages and are not subject to employment taxes or withholding. Filing state taxes free For more information, see the Instructions for Form 8889, Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). Filing state taxes free Medical care reimbursements. Filing state taxes free   Generally, medical care reimbursements paid for an employee under an employer's self-insured medical reimbursement plan are not wages and are not subject to social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes, or income tax withholding. Filing state taxes free See Publication 15-B for an exception for highly compensated employees. Filing state taxes free Differential wage payments. Filing state taxes free   Differential wage payments are any payments made by an employer to an individual for a period during which the individual is performing service in the uniformed services while on active duty for a period of more than 30 days and represent all or a portion of the wages the individual would have received from the employer if the individual were performing services for the employer. Filing state taxes free   Differential wage payments are wages for income tax withholding, but are not subject to social security, Medicare, or FUTA taxes. Filing state taxes free Employers should report differential wage payments in box 1 of Form W-2. Filing state taxes free For more information about the tax treatment of differential wage payments, visit IRS. Filing state taxes free gov and enter “employees in a combat zone” in the search box. Filing state taxes free Fringe benefits. Filing state taxes free   You generally must include fringe benefits in an employee's gross income (but see Nontaxable fringe benefits next). Filing state taxes free The benefits are subject to income tax withholding and employment taxes. Filing state taxes free Fringe benefits include cars you provide, flights on aircraft you provide, free or discounted commercial flights, vacations, discounts on property or services, memberships in country clubs or other social clubs, and tickets to entertainment or sporting events. Filing state taxes free In general, the amount you must include is the amount by which the fair market value of the benefits is more than the sum of what the employee paid for it plus any amount the law excludes. Filing state taxes free There are other special rules you and your employees may use to value certain fringe benefits. Filing state taxes free See Publication 15-B for more information. Filing state taxes free Nontaxable fringe benefits. Filing state taxes free   Some fringe benefits are not taxable (or are minimally taxable) if certain conditions are met. Filing state taxes free See Publication 15-B for details. Filing state taxes free The following are some examples of nontaxable fringe benefits. Filing state taxes free Services provided to your employees at no additional cost to you. Filing state taxes free Qualified employee discounts. Filing state taxes free Working condition fringes that are property or services the employee could deduct as a business expense if he or she had paid for it. Filing state taxes free Examples include a company car for business use and subscriptions to business magazines. Filing state taxes free Certain minimal value fringes (including an occasional cab ride when an employee must work overtime and meals you provide at eating places you run for your employees if the meals are not furnished at below cost). Filing state taxes free Qualified transportation fringes subject to specified conditions and dollar limitations (including transportation in a commuter highway vehicle, any transit pass, and qualified parking). Filing state taxes free Qualified moving expense reimbursement. Filing state taxes free See Moving expenses , earlier in this section, for details. Filing state taxes free The use of on-premises athletic facilities, if substantially all of the use is by employees, their spouses, and their dependent children. Filing state taxes free Qualified tuition reduction an educational organization provides to its employees for education. Filing state taxes free For more information, see Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education. Filing state taxes free Employer-provided cell phones provided primarily for a noncompensatory business reason. Filing state taxes free   However, do not exclude the following fringe benefits from the income of highly compensated employees unless the benefit is available to other employees on a nondiscriminatory basis. Filing state taxes free No-additional-cost services. Filing state taxes free Qualified employee discounts. Filing state taxes free Meals provided at an employer operated eating facility. Filing state taxes free Reduced tuition for education. Filing state taxes free  For more information, including the definition of a highly compensated employee, see Publication 15-B. Filing state taxes free When fringe benefits are treated as paid. Filing state taxes free   You may choose to treat certain noncash fringe benefits as paid by the pay period, by the quarter, or on any other basis you choose as long as you treat the benefits as paid at least once a year. Filing state taxes free You do not have to make a formal choice of payment dates or notify the IRS of the dates you choose. Filing state taxes free You do not have to make this choice for all employees. Filing state taxes free You may change methods as often as you like, as long as you treat all benefits provided in a calendar year as paid by December 31 of the calendar year. Filing state taxes free See Publication 15-B for more information, including a discussion of the special accounting rule for fringe benefits provided during November and December. Filing state taxes free Valuation of fringe benefits. Filing state taxes free   Generally, you must determine the value of fringe benefits no later than January 31 of the next year. Filing state taxes free Before January 31, you may reasonably estimate the value of the fringe benefits for purposes of withholding and depositing on time. Filing state taxes free Withholding on fringe benefits. Filing state taxes free   You may add the value of fringe benefits to regular wages for a payroll period and figure withholding taxes on the total, or you may withhold federal income tax on the value of the fringe benefits at the optional flat 25% supplemental wage rate. Filing state taxes free However, see Withholding on supplemental wages when an employee receives more than $1 million of supplemental wages during the calendar year in section 7. Filing state taxes free   You may choose not to withhold income tax on the value of an employee's personal use of a vehicle you provide. Filing state taxes free You must, however, withhold social security and Medicare taxes on the use of the vehicle. Filing state taxes free See Publication 15-B for more information on this election. Filing state taxes free Depositing taxes on fringe benefits. Filing state taxes free   Once you choose when fringe benefits are paid, you must deposit taxes in the same deposit period you treat the fringe benefits as paid. Filing state taxes free To avoid a penalty, deposit the taxes following the general deposit rules for that deposit period. Filing state taxes free   If you determine by January 31 you overestimated the value of a fringe benefit at the time you withheld and deposited for it, you may claim a refund for the overpayment or have it applied to your next employment tax return. Filing state taxes free See Valuation of fringe benefits , earlier. Filing state taxes free If you underestimated the value and deposited too little, you may be subject to a failure-to-deposit penalty. Filing state taxes free See section 11 for information on deposit penalties. Filing state taxes free   If you deposited the required amount of taxes but withheld a lesser amount from the employee, you can recover from the employee the social security, Medicare, or income taxes you deposited on his or her behalf, and included in the employee's Form W-2. Filing state taxes free However, you must recover the income taxes before April 1 of the following year. Filing state taxes free Sick pay. Filing state taxes free   In general, sick pay is any amount you pay under a plan to an employee who is unable to work because of sickness or injury. Filing state taxes free These amounts are sometimes paid by a third party, such as an insurance company or an employees' trust. Filing state taxes free In either case, these payments are subject to social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes. Filing state taxes free Sick pay becomes exempt from these taxes after the end of 6 calendar months after the calendar month the employee last worked for the employer. Filing state taxes free The payments are always subject to federal income tax. Filing state taxes free See Publication 15-A for more information. Filing state taxes free 6. Filing state taxes free Tips Tips your employee receives from customers are generally subject to withholding. Filing state taxes free Your employee must report cash tips to you by the 10th of the month after the month the tips are received. Filing state taxes free The report should include tips you paid over to the employee for charge customers, tips the employee received directly from customers, and tips received from other employees under any tip-sharing arrangement. Filing state taxes free Both directly and indirectly tipped employees must report tips to you. Filing state taxes free No report is required for months when tips are less than $20. Filing state taxes free Your employee reports the tips on Form 4070, Employee's Report of Tips to Employer, or on a similar statement. Filing state taxes free The statement must be signed by the employee and must include: The employee's name, address, and SSN, Your name and address, The month or period the report covers, and The total of tips received during the month or period. Filing state taxes free Both Forms 4070 and 4070-A, Employee's Daily Record of Tips, are included in Publication 1244, Employee's Daily Record of Tips and Report to Employer. Filing state taxes free You are permitted to establish a system for electronic tip reporting by employees. Filing state taxes free See Regulations section 31. Filing state taxes free 6053-1(d). Filing state taxes free Collecting taxes on tips. Filing state taxes free   You must collect income tax, employee social security tax, and employee Medicare tax on the employee's tips. Filing state taxes free The withholding rules for withholding an employee's share of Medicare tax on tips also apply to withholding the Additional Medicare Tax once wages and tips exceed $200,000 in the calendar year. Filing state taxes free If an employee reports to you in writing $20 or more of tips in a month, the tips are also subject to FUTA tax. Filing state taxes free   You can collect these taxes from the employee's wages or from other funds he or she makes available. Filing state taxes free See Tips treated as supplemental wages in section 7 for more information. Filing state taxes free Stop collecting the employee social security tax when his or her wages and tips for tax year 2014 reach $117,000; collect the income and employee Medicare taxes for the whole year on all wages and tips. Filing state taxes free You are responsible for the employer social security tax on wages and tips until the wages (including tips) reach the limit. Filing state taxes free You are responsible for the employer Medicare tax for the whole year on all wages and tips. Filing state taxes free File Form 941 or Form 944 to report withholding and employment taxes on tips. Filing state taxes free Ordering rule. Filing state taxes free   If, by the 10th of the month after the month for which you received an employee's report on tips, you do not have enough employee funds available to deduct the employee tax, you no longer have to collect it. Filing state taxes free If there are not enough funds available, withhold taxes in the following order. Filing state taxes free Withhold on regular wages and other compensation. Filing state taxes free Withhold social security and Medicare taxes on tips. Filing state taxes free Withhold income tax on tips. Filing state taxes free Reporting tips. Filing state taxes free   Report tips and any collected and uncollected social security and Medicare taxes on Form W-2 and on Form 941, lines 5b, 5c, and 5d (Form 944, lines 4b, 4c, and 4d). Filing state taxes free Report an adjustment on Form 941, line 9 (Form 944, line 6), for the uncollected social security and Medicare taxes. Filing state taxes free Enter the amount of uncollected social security tax and Medicare tax on Form W-2, box 12, with codes “A” and “B. Filing state taxes free ” Do not include any uncollected Additional Medicare Tax in box 12 of Form W-2. Filing state taxes free See section 13 and the General Instructions for Forms W-2 and W-3. Filing state taxes free   Revenue Ruling 2012-18 provides guidance for employers regarding social security and Medicare taxes imposed on tips, including information on the reporting of the employer share of social security and Medicare taxes under section 3121(q), the difference between tips and service charges, and the section 45B credit. Filing state taxes free See Revenue Ruling 2012-18, 2012-26 I. Filing state taxes free R. Filing state taxes free B. Filing state taxes free 1032, available at www. Filing state taxes free irs. Filing state taxes free gov/irb/2012-26_IRB/ar07. Filing state taxes free html. Filing state taxes free Allocated tips. Filing state taxes free   If you operate a large food or beverage establishment, you must report allocated tips under certain circumstances. Filing state taxes free However, do not withhold income, social security, or Medicare taxes on allocated tips. Filing state taxes free   A large food or beverage establishment is one that provides food or beverages for consumption on the premises, where tipping is customary, and where there were normally more than 10 employees on a typical business day during the preceding year. Filing state taxes free   The tips may be allocated by one of three methods—hours worked, gross receipts, or good faith agreement. Filing state taxes free For information about these allocation methods, including the requirement to file Forms 8027 electronically if 250 or more forms are filed, see the Instructions for Form 8027. Filing state taxes free For information on filing Form 8027 electronically with the IRS, see Publication 1239. Filing state taxes free Tip Rate Determination and Education Program. Filing state taxes free   Employers may participate in the Tip Rate Determination and Education Program. Filing state taxes free The program primarily consists of two voluntary agreements developed to improve tip income reporting by helping taxpayers to understand and meet their tip reporting responsibilities. Filing state taxes free The two agreements are the Tip Rate Determination Agreement (TRDA) and the Tip Reporting Alternative Commitment (TRAC). Filing state taxes free A tip agreement, the Gaming Industry Tip Compliance Agreement (GITCA), is available for the gaming (casino) industry. Filing state taxes free To get more information about TRDA and TRAC agreements, see Publication 3144, Tips on Tips. Filing state taxes free Additionally, visit IRS. Filing state taxes free gov and enter “MSU tips” in the search box to get more information about GITCA, TRDA, or TRAC agreements. Filing state taxes free 7. Filing state taxes free Supplemental Wages Supplemental wages are wage payments to an employee that are not regular wages. Filing state taxes free They include, but are not limited to, bonuses, commissions, overtime pay, payments for accumulated sick leave, severance pay, awards, prizes, back pay, retroactive pay increases, and payments for nondeductible moving expenses. Filing state taxes free Other payments subject to the supplemental wage rules include taxable fringe benefits and expense allowances paid under a nonaccountable plan. Filing state taxes free How you withhold on supplemental wages depends on whether the supplemental payment is identified as a separate payment from regular wages. Filing state taxes free See Regulations section 31. Filing state taxes free 3402(g)-1 for additional guidance for wages paid after January 1, 2007. Filing state taxes free Also see Revenue Ruling 2008-29, 2008-24 I. Filing state taxes free R. Filing state taxes free B. Filing state taxes free 1149, available at www. Filing state taxes free irs. Filing state taxes free gov/irb/2008-24_IRB/ar08. Filing state taxes free html. Filing state taxes free Withholding on supplemental wages when an employee receives more than $1 million of supplemental wages from you during the calendar year. Filing state taxes free   Special rules apply to the extent supplemental wages paid to any one employee during the calendar year exceed $1 million. Filing state taxes free If a supplemental wage payment, together with other supplemental wage payments made to the employee during the calendar year, exceeds $1 million, the excess is subject to withholding at 39. Filing state taxes free 6% (or the highest rate of income tax for the year). Filing state taxes free Withhold using the 39. Filing state taxes free 6% rate without regard to the employee's Form W-4. Filing state taxes free In determining supplemental wages paid to the employee during the year, include payments from all businesses under common control. Filing state taxes free For more information, see Treasury Decision 9276, 2006-37 I. Filing state taxes free R. Filing state taxes free B. Filing state taxes free 423, available at www. Filing state taxes free irs. Filing state taxes free gov/irb/2006-37_IRB/ar09. Filing state taxes free html. Filing state taxes free Withholding on supplemental wage payments to an employee who does not receive $1 million of supplemental wages during the calendar year. Filing state taxes free   If the supplemental wages paid to the employee during the calendar year are less than or equal to $1 million, the following rules apply in determining the amount of income tax to be withheld. Filing state taxes free Supplemental wages combined with regular wages. Filing state taxes free   If you pay supplemental wages with regular wages but do not specify the amount of each, withhold federal income tax as if the total were a single payment for a regular payroll period. Filing state taxes free Supplemental wages identified separately from regular wages. Filing state taxes free   If you pay supplemental wages separately (or combine them in a single payment and specify the amount of each), the federal income tax withholding method depends partly on whether you withhold income tax from your employee's regular wages. Filing state taxes free If you withheld income tax from an employee's regular wages in the current or immediately preceding calendar year, you can use one of the following methods for the supplemental wages. Filing state taxes free Withhold a flat 25% (no other percentage allowed). Filing state taxes free If the supplemental wages are paid concurrently with regular wages, add the supplemental wages to the concurrently paid regular wages. Filing state taxes free If there are no concurrently paid regular wages, add the supplemental wages to alternatively, either the regular wages paid or to be paid for the current payroll period or the regular wages paid for the preceding payroll period. Filing state taxes free Figure the income tax withholding as if the total of the regular wages and supplemental wages is a single payment. Filing state taxes free Subtract the tax withheld from the regular wages. Filing state taxes free Withhold the remaining tax from the supplemental wages. Filing state taxes free If there were other payments of supplemental wages paid during the payroll period made before the current payment of supplemental wages, aggregate all the payments of supplemental wages paid during the payroll period with the regular wages paid during the payroll period, calculate the tax on the total, subtract the tax already withheld from the regular wages and the previous supplemental wage payments, and withhold the remaining tax. Filing state taxes free If you did not withhold income tax from the employee's regular wages in the current or immediately preceding calendar year, use method 1-b. Filing state taxes free This would occur, for example, when the value of the employee's withholding allowances claimed on Form W-4 is more than the wages. Filing state taxes free Regardless of the method you use to withhold income tax on supplemental wages, they are subject to social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes. Filing state taxes free Example 1. Filing state taxes free You pay John Peters a base salary on the 1st of each month. Filing state taxes free He is single and claims one withholding allowance. Filing state taxes free In January he is paid $1,000. Filing state taxes free Using the wage bracket tables, you withhold $50 from this amount. Filing state taxes free In February, he receives salary of $1,000 plus a commission of $2,000, which you combine with regular wages and do not separately identify. Filing state taxes free You figure the withholding based on the total of $3,000. Filing state taxes free The correct withholding from the tables is $338. Filing state taxes free Example 2. Filing state taxes free You pay Sharon Warren a base salary on the 1st of each month. Filing state taxes free She is single and claims one allowance. Filing state taxes free Her May 1 pay is $2,000. Filing state taxes free Using the wage bracket tables, you withhold $188. Filing state taxes free On May 14 she receives a bonus of $1,000. Filing state taxes free Electing to use supplemental wage withholding method 1-b, you: Add the bonus amount to the amount of wages from the most recent base salary pay date (May 1) ($2,000 + $1,000 = $3,000). Filing state taxes free Determine the amount of withholding on the combined $3,000 amount to be $338 using the wage bracket tables. Filing state taxes free Subtract the amount withheld from wages on the most recent base salary pay date (May 1) from the combined withholding amount ($338 – $188 = $150). Filing state taxes free Withhold $150 from the bonus payment. Filing state taxes free Example 3. Filing state taxes free The facts are the same as in Example 2, except you elect to use the flat rate method of withholding on the bonus. Filing state taxes free You withhold 25% of $1,000, or $250, from Sharon's bonus payment. Filing state taxes free Example 4. Filing state taxes free The facts are the same as in Example 2, except you elect to pay Sharon a second bonus of $2,000 on May 28. Filing state taxes free Using supplemental wage withholding method 1-b, you: Add the first and second bonus amounts to the amount of wages from the most recent base salary pay date (May 1) ($2,000 + $1,000 + $2,000 = $5,000). Filing state taxes free Determine the amount of withholding on the combined $5,000 amount to be $781 using the wage bracket tables. Filing state taxes free Subtract the amounts withheld from wages on the most recent base salary pay date (May 1) and the amounts withheld from the first bonus payment from the combined withholding amount ($781 – $188 – $150 = $443). Filing state taxes free Withhold $443 from the second bonus payment. Filing state taxes free Tips treated as supplemental wages. Filing state taxes free   Withhold income tax on tips from wages earned by the employee or from other funds the employee makes available. Filing state taxes free If an employee receives regular wages and reports tips, figure income tax withholding as if the tips were supplemental wages. Filing state taxes free If you have not withheld income tax from the regular wages, add the tips to the regular wages. Filing state taxes free Then withhold income tax on the total. Filing state taxes free If you withheld income tax from the regular wages, you can withhold on the tips by method 1-a or 1-b discussed earlier in this section under Supplemental wages identified separately from regular wages. Filing state taxes free Vacation pay. Filing state taxes free   Vacation pay is subject to withholding as if it were a regular wage payment. Filing state taxes free When vacation pay is in addition to regular wages for the vacation period, treat it as a supplemental wage payment. Filing state taxes free If the vacation pay is for a time longer than your usual payroll period, spread it over the pay periods for which you pay it. Filing state taxes free 8. Filing state taxes free Payroll Period Your payroll period is a period of service for which you usually pay wages. Filing state taxes free When you have a regular payroll period, withhold income tax for that time period even if your employee does not work the full period. Filing state taxes free No regular payroll period. Filing state taxes free   When you do not have a regular payroll period, withhold the tax as if you paid wages for a daily or miscellaneous payroll period. Filing state taxes free Figure the number of days (including Sundays and holidays) in the period covered by the wage payment. Filing state taxes free If the wages are unrelated to a specific length of time (for example, commissions paid on completion of a sale), count back the number of days from the payment period to the latest of: The last wage payment made during the same calendar year, The date employment began, if during the same calendar year, or January 1 of the same year. Filing state taxes free Employee paid for period less than 1 week. Filing state taxes free   When you pay an employee for a period of less than one week, and the employee signs a statement under penalties of perjury indicating he or she is not working for any other employer during the same week for wages subject to withholding, figure withholding based on a weekly payroll period. Filing state taxes free If the employee later begins to work for another employer for wages subject to withholding, the employee must notify you within 10 days. Filing state taxes free You then figure withholding based on the daily or miscellaneous period. Filing state taxes free 9. Filing state taxes free Withholding From Employees' Wages Income Tax Withholding Using Form W-4 to figure withholding. Filing state taxes free   To know how much federal income tax to withhold from employees' wages, you should have a Form W-4 on file for each employee. Filing state taxes free Encourage your employees to file an updated Form W-4 for 2014, especially if they owed taxes or received a large refund when filing their 2013 tax return. Filing state taxes free Advise your employees to use the IRS Withholding Calculator on the IRS website at www. Filing state taxes free irs. Filing state taxes free gov/individuals for help in determining how many withholding allowances to claim on their Forms W-4. Filing state taxes free   Ask all new employees to give you a signed Form W-4 when they start work. Filing state taxes free Make the form effective with the first wage payment. Filing state taxes free If a new employee does not give you a completed Form W-4, withhold income tax as if he or she is single, with no withholding allowances. Filing state taxes free Form in Spanish. Filing state taxes free   You can provide Formulario W-4(SP), Certificado de Exención de Retenciones del Empleado, in place of Form W-4, to your Spanish-speaking employees. Filing state taxes free For more information, see Publicación 17(SP), El Impuesto Federal sobre los Ingresos (Para Personas Físicas). Filing state taxes free The rules discussed in this section that apply to Form W-4 also apply to Formulario W-4(SP). Filing state taxes free Electronic system to receive Form W-4. Filing state taxes free   You may establish a system to electronically receive Forms W-4 from your employees. Filing state taxes free See Regulations section 31. Filing state taxes free 3402(f)(5)-1(c) for more information. Filing state taxes free Effective date of Form W-4. Filing state taxes free   A Form W-4 remains in effect until the employee gives you a new one. Filing state taxes free When you receive a new Form W-4 from an employee, do not adjust withholding for pay periods before the effective date of the new form. Filing state taxes free If an employee gives you a Form W-4 that replaces an existing Form W-4, begin withholding no later than the start of the first payroll period ending on or after the 30th day from the date when you received the replacement Form W-4. Filing state taxes free For exceptions, see Exemption from federal income tax withholding , IRS review of requested Forms W-4 , and Invalid Forms W-4 , later in this section. Filing state taxes free A Form W-4 that makes a change for the next calendar year will not take effect in the current calendar year. Filing state taxes free Successor employer. Filing state taxes free   If you are a successor employer (see Successor employer , later in this section), secure new Forms W-4 from the transferred employees unless the “Alternative Procedure” in section 5 of Revenue Procedure 2004-53 applies. Filing state taxes free See Revenue Procedure 2004-53, 2004-34 I. Filing state taxes free R. Filing state taxes free B. Filing state taxes free 320, available at www. Filing state taxes free irs. Filing state taxes free gov/irb/2004-34_IRB/ar13. Filing state taxes free html. Filing state taxes free Completing Form W-4. Filing state taxes free   The amount of any federal income tax withholding must be based on marital status and withholding allowances. Filing state taxes free Your employees may not base their withholding amounts on a fixed dollar amount or percentage. Filing state taxes free However, an employee may specify a dollar amount to be withheld in addition to the amount of withholding based on filing status and withholding allowances claimed on Form W-4. Filing state taxes free Employees may claim fewer withholding allowances than they are entitled to claim. Filing state taxes free They may wish to claim fewer allowances to ensure they have enough withholding or to offset the tax on other sources of taxable income not subject to withholding. Filing state taxes free See Publication 505, Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax, for more information about completing Form W-4. Filing state taxes free Along with Form W-4, you may wish to order Publication 505 for use by your employees. Filing state taxes free Do not accept any withholding or estimated tax payments from your employees in addition to withholding based on their Form W-4. Filing state taxes free If they require additional withholding, they should submit a new Form W-4 and, if necessary, pay estimated tax by filing Form 1040-ES, Estimated Tax for Individuals, or by using the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) to make estimated tax payments. Filing state taxes free Exemption from federal income tax withholding. Filing state taxes free   Generally, an employee may claim exemption from federal income tax withholding because he or she had no income tax liability last year and expects none this year. Filing state taxes free See the Form W-4 instructions for more information. Filing state taxes free However, the wages are still subject to social security and Medicare taxes. Filing state taxes free See also Invalid Forms W-4 , later in this section. Filing state taxes free   A Form W-4 claiming exemption from withholding is effective when it is filed with the employer and only for that calendar year. Filing state taxes free To continue to be exempt from withholding in the next calendar year, an employee must give you a new Form W-4 by February 15. Filing state taxes free If the employee does not give you a new Form W-4 by February 15, begin withholding based on the last Form W-4 for the employee that did not claim an exemption from withholding or, if one was not filed, then withhold tax as if he or she is single with zero withholding allowances. Filing state taxes free If the employee provides a new Form W-4 claiming exemption from withholding on February 16 or later, you may apply it to future wages but do not refund any taxes already withheld. Filing state taxes free Withholding income taxes on the wages of nonresident alien employees. Filing state taxes free   In general, you must withhold federal income taxes on the wages of nonresident alien employees. Filing state taxes free However, see Publication 515, Withholding of Tax on Nonresident Aliens and Foreign Entities, for exceptions to this general rule. Filing state taxes free Also see section 3 of Publication 51 (Circular A), Agricultural Employer's Tax Guide, for guidance on H-2A visa workers. Filing state taxes free Withholding adjustment for nonresident alien employees. Filing state taxes free   For 2014, apply the procedure discussed next to figure the amount of income tax to withhold from the wages of nonresident alien employees performing services within the United States. Filing state taxes free Nonresident alien students from India and business apprentices from India are not subject to this procedure. Filing state taxes free Instructions. Filing state taxes free   To figure how much income tax to withhold from the wages paid to a nonresident alien employee performing services in the United States, use the following steps. Filing state taxes free Step 1. Filing state taxes free   Add to the wages paid to the nonresident alien employee for the payroll period the amount shown in the chart below for the applicable payroll period. Filing state taxes free    Amount to Add to Nonresident Alien Employee's Wages for Calculating Income Tax Withholding Only   Payroll Period Add Additional     Weekly $ 43. Filing state taxes free 30     Biweekly 86. Filing state taxes free 50     Semimonthly 93. Filing state taxes free 80     Monthly 187. Filing state taxes free 50     Quarterly 562. Filing state taxes free 50     Semiannually 1,125. Filing state taxes free 00     Annually 2,250. Filing state taxes free 00     Daily or Miscellaneous (each day of the payroll period) 8. Filing state taxes free 70   Step 2. Filing state taxes free   Use the amount figured in Step 1 and the number of withholding allowances claimed (generally limited to one allowance) to figure income tax withholding. Filing state taxes free Determine the value of withholding allowances by multiplying the number of withholding allowances claimed by the appropriate amount from Table 5. Filing state taxes free Percentage Method—2014 Amount for One Withholding Allowance shown on page 41. Filing state taxes free If you are using the Percentage Method Tables for Income Tax Withholding, provided on pages 43–44, reduce the amount figured in Step 1 by the value of withholding allowances and use that reduced amount to figure the income tax withholding. Filing state taxes free If you are using the Wage Bracket Method for Income Tax Withholding, provided on pages 45–64, use the amount figured in Step 1 and the number of withholding allowances to figure income tax withholding. Filing state taxes free The amounts from the chart above are added to wages solely for calculating income tax withholding on the wages of the nonresident alien employee. Filing state taxes free The amounts from the chart should not be included in any box on the employee's Form W-2 and do not increase the income tax liability of the employee. Filing state taxes free Also, the amounts from the chart do not increase the social security tax or Medicare tax liability of the employer or the employee, or the FUTA tax liability of the employer. Filing state taxes free This procedure only applies to nonresident alien employees who have wages subject to income tax withholding. Filing state taxes free Example. Filing state taxes free An employer using the percentage method of withholding pays wages of $500 for a biweekly payroll period to a married nonresident alien employee. Filing state taxes free The nonresident alien has properly completed Form W-4, entering marital status as “single” with one withholding allowance and indicating status as a nonresident alien on Form W-4, line 6 (see Nonresident alien employee's Form W-4 , later in this section). Filing state taxes free The employer determines the wages to be used in the withholding tables by adding to the $500 amount of wages paid the amount of $86. Filing state taxes free 50 from the chart under Step 1 ($586. Filing state taxes free 50 total). Filing state taxes free The employer then applies the applicable tables to determine the income tax withholding for nonresident aliens (see Step 2 ). Filing state taxes free Reminder: If you use the Percentage Method Tables for Income Tax Withholding, reduce the amount figured in Step 1 by the value of withholding allowances and use that reduced amount to figure income tax withholding. Filing state taxes free The $86. Filing state taxes free 50 added to wages for calculating income tax withholding is not reported on Form W-2, and does not increase the income tax liability of the employee. Filing state taxes free Also, the $86. Filing state taxes free 50 added to wages does not affect the social security tax or Medicare tax liability of the employer or the employee, or the FUTA tax liability of the employer. Filing state taxes free Supplemental wage payment. Filing state taxes free   This procedure for determining the amount of income tax withholding does not apply to a supplemental wage payment (see section 7) if the 39. Filing state taxes free 6% mandatory flat rate withholding applies or if the 25% optional flat rate withholding is being used to calculate income tax withholding on the supplemental wage payment. Filing state taxes free Nonresident alien employee's Form W-4. Filing state taxes free   When completing Forms W-4, nonresident aliens are required to: Not claim exemption from income tax withholding, Request withholding as if they are single, regardless of their actual marital status, Claim only one allowance (if the nonresident alien is a resident of Canada, Mexico, or South Korea, or a student or business apprentice from India, he or she may claim more than one allowance), and Write “Nonresident Alien” or “NRA” above the dotted line on line 6 of Form W-4. Filing state taxes free   If you maintain an electronic Form W-4 system, you should provide a field for nonresident aliens to enter nonresident alien status in lieu of writing “Nonresident Alien” or “NRA” above the dotted line on line 6. Filing state taxes free A nonresident alien employee may request additional withholding at his or her option for other purposes, although such additions should not be necessary for withholding to cover federal income tax liability related to employment. Filing state taxes free Form 8233. Filing state taxes free   If a nonresident alien employee claims a tax treaty exemption from withholding, the employee must submit Form 8233, Exemption From Withholding on Compensation for Independent (and Certain Dependent) Personal Services of a Nonresident Alien Individual, with respect to the income exempt under the treaty, instead of Form W-4. Filing state taxes free See Publication 515 for details. Filing state taxes free IRS review of requested Forms W-4. Filing state taxes free   When requested by the IRS, you must make original Forms W-4 available for inspection by an IRS employee. Filing state taxes free You may also be directed to send certain Forms W-4 to the IRS. Filing state taxes free You may receive a notice from the IRS requiring you to submit a copy of Form W-4 for one or more of your named employees. Filing state taxes free Send the requested copy or copies of Form W-4 to the IRS at the address provided and in the manner directed by the notice. Filing state taxes free The IRS may also require you to submit copies of Form W-4 to the IRS as directed by Treasury Decision 9337, 2007-35 I. Filing state taxes free R. Filing state taxes free B. Filing state taxes free 455, which is available at www. Filing state taxes free irs. Filing state taxes free gov/irb/2007-35_IRB/ar10. Filing state taxes free html. Filing state taxes free When we refer to Form W-4, the same rules apply to Formulario W-4(SP), its Spanish translation. Filing state taxes free After submitting a copy of a requested Form W-4 to the IRS, continue to withhold federal income tax based on that Form W-4 if it is valid (see Invalid Forms W-4 , later in this section). Filing state taxes free However, if the IRS later notifies you in writing the employee is not entitled to claim exemption from withholding or a claimed number of withholding allowances, withhold federal income tax based on the effective date, marital status, and maximum number of withholding allowances specified in the IRS notice (commonly referred to as a "lock-in letter