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Free taxes online federal and state Publication 15-A - Main Content Table of Contents 1. Free taxes online federal and state Who Are Employees?Independent Contractors Common-Law Employees Statutory Employees Statutory Nonemployees Misclassification of Employees 2. Free taxes online federal and state Employee or Independent Contractor?Common-Law Rules Industry Examples 3. Free taxes online federal and state Employees of Exempt OrganizationsSocial security and Medicare taxes. Free taxes online federal and state FUTA tax. Free taxes online federal and state 4. Free taxes online federal and state Religious Exemptions and Special Rules for MinistersForm W-2. Free taxes online federal and state Self-employed. Free taxes online federal and state Employees. Free taxes online federal and state 5. Free taxes online federal and state Wages and Other CompensationRelocating for Temporary Work Assignments Employee Achievement Awards Scholarship and Fellowship Payments Outplacement Services Withholding for Idle Time Back Pay Supplemental Unemployment Benefits Golden Parachute Payments Interest-Free and Below-Market-Interest-Rate Loans Leave Sharing Plans Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plans Tax-Sheltered Annuities Contributions to a Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) SIMPLE Retirement Plans 6. Free taxes online federal and state Sick Pay ReportingSick Pay Payments That Are Not Sick Pay Sick Pay Plan Third-Party Payers of Sick Pay Social Security, Medicare, and FUTA Taxes on Sick Pay Income Tax Withholding on Sick Pay Depositing and Reporting Example of Figuring and Reporting Sick Pay 7. Free taxes online federal and state Special Rules for Paying TaxesCommon Paymaster Agents Reporting Agents Employee's Portion of Taxes Paid by Employer International Social Security Agreements 8. Free taxes online federal and state Pensions and AnnuitiesFederal Income Tax Withholding 9. Free taxes online federal and state Alternative Methods for Figuring WithholdingTerm of continuous employment. Free taxes online federal and state Formula Tables for Percentage Method Withholding (for Automated Payroll Systems) Wage Bracket Percentage Method Tables (for Automated Payroll Systems) Combined Federal Income Tax, Employee Social Security Tax, and Employee Medicare Tax Withholding Tables 10. Free taxes online federal and state Tables for Withholding on Distributions of Indian Gaming Profits to Tribal MembersWithholding Tables How To Get Tax Help 1. Free taxes online federal and state Who Are Employees? Before you can know how to treat payments that you make to workers for services, you must first know the business relationship that exists between you and the person performing the services. Free taxes online federal and state The person performing the services may be: An independent contractor, A common-law employee, A statutory employee, or A statutory nonemployee. Free taxes online federal and state This discussion explains these four categories. Free taxes online federal and state A later discussion, Employee or Independent Contractor in section 2, points out the differences between an independent contractor and an employee and gives examples from various types of occupations. Free taxes online federal and state If an individual who works for you is not an employee under the common-law rules (see section 2), you generally do not have to withhold federal income tax from that individual's pay. Free taxes online federal and state However, in some cases you may be required to withhold under the backup withholding requirements on these payments. Free taxes online federal and state See Publication 15 (Circular E) for information on backup withholding. Free taxes online federal and state Independent Contractors People such as doctors, veterinarians, and auctioneers who follow an independent trade, business, or profession in which they offer their services to the public, are generally not employees. Free taxes online federal and state However, whether such people are employees or independent contractors depends on the facts in each case. Free taxes online federal and state The general rule is that an individual is an independent contractor if you, the person for whom the services are performed, have the right to control or direct only the result of the work and not the means and methods of accomplishing the result. Free taxes online federal and state Common-Law Employees Under common-law rules, anyone who performs services for you is generally your employee if you have the right to control what will be done and how it will be done. Free taxes online federal and state This is so even when you give the employee freedom of action. Free taxes online federal and state What matters is that you have the right to control the details of how the services are performed. Free taxes online federal and state For a discussion of facts that indicate whether an individual providing services is an independent contractor or employee, see section 2. Free taxes online federal and state If you have an employer-employee relationship, it makes no difference how it is labeled. Free taxes online federal and state The substance of the relationship, not the label, governs the worker's status. Free taxes online federal and state It does not matter whether the individual is employed full time or part time. Free taxes online federal and state For employment tax purposes, no distinction is made between classes of employees. Free taxes online federal and state Superintendents, managers, and other supervisory personnel are all employees. 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Free taxes online federal and state   Under certain circumstances, a firm that furnishes workers to other firms is the employer of those workers for employment tax purposes. Free taxes online federal and state For example, a temporary staffing service may provide the services of secretaries, nurses, and other similarly trained workers to its clients on a temporary basis. Free taxes online federal and state   The staffing service enters into contracts with the clients under which the clients specify the services to be provided and a fee is paid to the staffing service for each individual furnished. Free taxes online federal and state The staffing service has the right to control and direct the worker's services for the client, including the right to discharge or reassign the worker. Free taxes online federal and state The staffing service hires the workers, controls the payment of their wages, provides them with unemployment insurance and other benefits, and is the employer for employment tax purposes. Free taxes online federal and state For information on employee leasing as it relates to pension plan qualification requirements, see Leased employee in Publication 560, Retirement Plans for Small Business. Free taxes online federal and state Additional information. Free taxes online federal and state   For more information about the treatment of special types of employment, the treatment of special types of payments, and similar subjects, see Publication 15 (Circular E) or Publication 51 (Circular A), Agricultural Employer's Tax Guide. Free taxes online federal and state Statutory Employees If workers are independent contractors under the common law rules, such workers may nevertheless be treated as employees by statute, (also known as “statutory employees”) for certain employment tax purposes. Free taxes online federal and state This would happen if they fall within any one of the following four categories and meet the three conditions described next under Social security and Medicare taxes . Free taxes online federal and state A driver who distributes beverages (other than milk) or meat, vegetable, fruit, or bakery products; or who picks up and delivers laundry or dry cleaning, if the driver is your agent or is paid on commission. Free taxes online federal and state A full-time life insurance sales agent whose principal business activity is selling life insurance or annuity contracts, or both, primarily for one life insurance company. Free taxes online federal and state An individual who works at home on materials or goods that you supply and that must be returned to you or to a person you name, if you also furnish specifications for the work to be done. Free taxes online federal and state A full-time traveling or city salesperson who works on your behalf and turns in orders to you from wholesalers, retailers, contractors, or operators of hotels, restaurants, or other similar establishments. Free taxes online federal and state The goods sold must be merchandise for resale or supplies for use in the buyer's business operation. Free taxes online federal and state The work performed for you must be the salesperson's principal business activity. Free taxes online federal and state See Salesperson in section 2. Free taxes online federal and state Social security and Medicare taxes. Free taxes online federal and state   You must withhold social security and Medicare taxes from the wages of statutory employees if all three of the following conditions apply. Free taxes online federal and state The service contract states or implies that substantially all the services are to be performed personally by them. Free taxes online federal and state They do not have a substantial investment in the equipment and property used to perform the services (other than an investment in facilities for transportation, such as a car or truck). Free taxes online federal and state The services are performed on a continuing basis for the same payer. Free taxes online federal and state Federal unemployment (FUTA) tax. Free taxes online federal and state   For FUTA tax (the unemployment tax paid under the Federal Unemployment Tax Act), the term “employee” means the same as it does for social security and Medicare taxes, except that it does not include statutory employees defined above in categories 2 and 3. Free taxes online federal and state Any individual who is a statutory employee described above under category 1 or 4 is also an employee for FUTA tax purposes and subject to FUTA tax. Free taxes online federal and state Income tax. Free taxes online federal and state   Do not withhold federal income tax from the wages of statutory employees. Free taxes online federal and state Reporting payments to statutory employees. Free taxes online federal and state   Furnish Form W-2 to a statutory employee, and check “Statutory employee” in box 13. Free taxes online federal and state Show your payments to the employee as “other compensation” in box 1. Free taxes online federal and state Also, show social security wages in box 3, social security tax withheld in box 4, Medicare wages in box 5, and Medicare tax withheld in box 6. Free taxes online federal and state The statutory employee can deduct his or her trade or business expenses from the payments shown on Form W-2. Free taxes online federal and state He or she reports earnings as a statutory employee on line 1 of Schedule C (Form 1040), Profit or Loss From Business, or Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040), Net Profit From Business. Free taxes online federal and state A statutory employee's business expenses are deductible on Schedule C (Form 1040) or C-EZ (Form 1040) and are not subject to the reduction by 2% of his or her adjusted gross income that applies to common-law employees. Free taxes online federal and state H-2A agricultural workers. Free taxes online federal and state   On Form W-2, do not check box 13 (Statutory employee), as H-2A workers are not statutory employees. 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Free taxes online federal and state Persons engaged in selling (or soliciting the sale of) consumer products in the home or place of business other than in a permanent retail establishment. Free taxes online federal and state Persons engaged in selling (or soliciting the sale of) consumer products to any buyer on a buy-sell basis, a deposit-commission basis, or any similar basis prescribed by regulations, for resale in the home or at a place of business other than in a permanent retail establishment. Free taxes online federal and state Persons engaged in the trade or business of delivering or distributing newspapers or shopping news (including any services directly related to such delivery or distribution). Free taxes online federal and state   Direct selling includes activities of individuals who attempt to increase direct sales activities of their direct sellers and who earn income based on the productivity of their direct sellers. Free taxes online federal and state Such activities include providing motivation and encouragement; imparting skills, knowledge, or experience; and recruiting. Free taxes online federal and state Licensed real estate agents. Free taxes online federal and state   This category includes individuals engaged in appraisal activities for real estate sales if they earn income based on sales or other output. Free taxes online federal and state Companion sitters. Free taxes online federal and state   Companion sitters are individuals who furnish personal attendance, companionship, or household care services to children or to individuals who are elderly or disabled. 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Free taxes online federal and state See section 2 in Publication 15 (Circular E) for more information. Free taxes online federal and state Relief provision. Free taxes online federal and state   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. Free taxes online federal and state To get this relief, you must file all required federal information returns on a basis consistent with your treatment of the worker. Free taxes online federal and state You (or your predecessor) must not have treated any worker holding a substantially similar position as an employee for any periods beginning after 1977. Free taxes online federal and state Technical service specialists. Free taxes online federal and state   This relief provision does not apply for a technical services specialist you provide to another business under an arrangement between you and the other business. Free taxes online federal and state A technical service specialist is an engineer, designer, drafter, computer programmer, systems analyst, or other similarly skilled worker engaged in a similar line of work. Free taxes online federal and state   This limit on the application of the rule does not affect the determination of whether such workers are employees under the common-law rules. Free taxes online federal and state The common-law rules control whether the specialist is treated as an employee or an independent contractor. Free taxes online federal and state However, if you directly contract with a technical service specialist to provide services for your business and not for another business, you may still be entitled to the relief provision. Free taxes online federal and state Test proctors and room supervisors. Free taxes online federal and state   The consistent treatment requirement does not apply to services performed after December 31, 2006, by an individual as a test proctor or room supervisor assisting in the administration of college entrance or placement examinations if the individual: Is performing the services for a section 501(c) organization exempt from tax under section 501(a) of the code, and Is not otherwise treated as an employee of the organization for employment taxes. Free taxes online federal and state Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP). Free taxes online federal and state   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. Free taxes online federal and state To apply, use Form 8952, Application for Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP). Free taxes online federal and state For more information, visit IRS. Free taxes online federal and state gov and enter “VCSP” in the search box. Free taxes online federal and state 2. Free taxes online federal and state Employee or Independent Contractor? An employer must generally withhold federal income taxes, withhold and pay over social security and Medicare taxes, and pay unemployment tax on wages paid to an employee. Free taxes online federal and state An employer does not generally have to withhold or pay over any federal taxes on payments to independent contractors. Free taxes online federal and state Common-Law Rules To determine whether an individual is an employee or an independent contractor under the common law, the relationship of the worker and the business must be examined. Free taxes online federal and state In any employee-independent contractor determination, all information that provides evidence of the degree of control and the degree of independence must be considered. Free taxes online federal and state Facts that provide evidence of the degree of control and independence fall into three categories: behavioral control, financial control, and the type of relationship of the parties. Free taxes online federal and state These facts are discussed next. Free taxes online federal and state Behavioral control. Free taxes online federal and state   Facts that show whether the business has a right to direct and control how the worker does the task for which the worker is hired include the type and degree of: Instructions that the business gives to the worker. Free taxes online federal and state   An employee is generally subject to the business' instructions about when, where, and how to work. Free taxes online federal and state All of the following are examples of types of instructions about how to do work. Free taxes online federal and state When and where to do the work. Free taxes online federal and state What tools or equipment to use. Free taxes online federal and state What workers to hire or to assist with the work. Free taxes online federal and state Where to purchase supplies and services. Free taxes online federal and state What work must be performed by a specified  individual. Free taxes online federal and state What order or sequence to follow. Free taxes online federal and state   The amount of instruction needed varies among different jobs. Free taxes online federal and state Even if no instructions are given, sufficient behavioral control may exist if the employer has the right to control how the work results are achieved. Free taxes online federal and state A business may lack the knowledge to instruct some highly specialized professionals; in other cases, the task may require little or no instruction. Free taxes online federal and state The key consideration is whether the business has retained the right to control the details of a worker's performance or instead has given up that right. Free taxes online federal and state Training that the business gives to the worker. Free taxes online federal and state   An employee may be trained to perform services in a particular manner. Free taxes online federal and state Independent contractors ordinarily use their own methods. Free taxes online federal and state Financial control. Free taxes online federal and state   Facts that show whether the business has a right to control the business aspects of the worker's job include: The extent to which the worker has unreimbursed business expenses. Free taxes online federal and state   Independent contractors are more likely to have unreimbursed expenses than are employees. Free taxes online federal and state Fixed ongoing costs that are incurred regardless of whether work is currently being performed are especially important. Free taxes online federal and state However, employees may also incur unreimbursed expenses in connection with the services that they perform for their employer. Free taxes online federal and state The extent of the worker's investment. Free taxes online federal and state   An independent contractor often has a significant investment in the facilities or tools he or she uses in performing services for someone else. Free taxes online federal and state However, a significant investment is not necessary for independent contractor status. Free taxes online federal and state The extent to which the worker makes his or her services available to the relevant market. Free taxes online federal and state   An independent contractor is generally free to seek out business opportunities. Free taxes online federal and state Independent contractors often advertise, maintain a visible business location, and are available to work in the relevant market. Free taxes online federal and state How the business pays the worker. Free taxes online federal and state   An employee is generally guaranteed a regular wage amount for an hourly, weekly, or other period of time. Free taxes online federal and state This usually indicates that a worker is an employee, even when the wage or salary is supplemented by a commission. Free taxes online federal and state An independent contractor is often paid a flat fee or on a time and materials basis for the job. Free taxes online federal and state However, it is common in some professions, such as law, to pay independent contractors hourly. Free taxes online federal and state The extent to which the worker can realize a profit or loss. Free taxes online federal and state   An independent contractor can make a profit or loss. Free taxes online federal and state Type of relationship. Free taxes online federal and state   Facts that show the parties' type of relationship include: Written contracts describing the relationship the parties intended to create. Free taxes online federal and state Whether or not the business provides the worker with employee-type benefits, such as insurance, a pension plan, vacation pay, or sick pay. Free taxes online federal and state The permanency of the relationship. Free taxes online federal and state If you engage a worker with the expectation that the relationship will continue indefinitely, rather than for a specific project or period, this is generally considered evidence that your intent was to create an employer-employee relationship. Free taxes online federal and state The extent to which services performed by the worker are a key aspect of the regular business of the company. Free taxes online federal and state If a worker provides services that are a key aspect of your regular business activity, it is more likely that you will have the right to direct and control his or her activities. Free taxes online federal and state For example, if a law firm hires an attorney, it is likely that it will present the attorney's work as its own and would have the right to control or direct that work. Free taxes online federal and state This would indicate an employer-employee relationship. Free taxes online federal and state IRS help. Free taxes online federal and state   If you want the IRS to determine whether or not a worker is an employee, file Form SS-8, Determination of Worker Status for Purposes of Federal Employment Taxes and Income Tax Withholding, with the IRS. 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Free taxes online federal and state He assumes no responsibility to complete the work and will incur no contractual liability if he fails to do so. Free taxes online federal and state He and his assistants perform personal services for hourly wages. Free taxes online federal and state Jerry Jones and his assistants are employees of Wilma White. Free taxes online federal and state Example 2. Free taxes online federal and state Milton Manning, an experienced tile setter, orally agreed with a corporation to perform full-time services at construction sites. Free taxes online federal and state He uses his own tools and performs services in the order designated by the corporation and according to its specifications. Free taxes online federal and state The corporation supplies all materials, makes frequent inspections of his work, pays him on a piecework basis, and carries workers' compensation insurance on him. Free taxes online federal and state He does not have a place of business or hold himself out to perform similar services for others. Free taxes online federal and state Either party can end the services at any time. Free taxes online federal and state Milton Manning is an employee of the corporation. Free taxes online federal and state Example 3. Free taxes online federal and state Wallace Black agreed with the Sawdust Co. Free taxes online federal and state to supply the construction labor for a group of houses. Free taxes online federal and state The company agreed to pay all construction costs. Free taxes online federal and state However, he supplies all the tools and equipment. Free taxes online federal and state He performs personal services as a carpenter and mechanic for an hourly wage. Free taxes online federal and state He also acts as superintendent and foreman and engages other individuals to assist him. Free taxes online federal and state The company has the right to select, approve, or discharge any helper. Free taxes online federal and state A company representative makes frequent inspections of the construction site. Free taxes online federal and state When a house is finished, Wallace is paid a certain percentage of its costs. Free taxes online federal and state He is not responsible for faults, defects of construction, or wasteful operation. Free taxes online federal and state At the end of each week, he presents the company with a statement of the amount that he has spent, including the payroll. Free taxes online federal and state The company gives him a check for that amount from which he pays the assistants, although he is not personally liable for their wages. Free taxes online federal and state Wallace Black and his assistants are employees of the Sawdust Co. Free taxes online federal and state Example 4. Free taxes online federal and state Bill Plum contracted with Elm Corporation to complete the roofing on a housing complex. Free taxes online federal and state A signed contract established a flat amount for the services rendered by Bill Plum. Free taxes online federal and state Bill is a licensed roofer and carries workers' compensation and liability insurance under the business name, Plum Roofing. Free taxes online federal and state He hires his own roofers who are treated as employees for federal employment tax purposes. Free taxes online federal and state If there is a problem with the roofing work, Plum Roofing is responsible for paying for any repairs. Free taxes online federal and state Bill Plum, doing business as Plum Roofing, is an independent contractor. Free taxes online federal and state Example 5. Free taxes online federal and state Vera Elm, an electrician, submitted a job estimate to a housing complex for electrical work at $16 per hour for 400 hours. 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Free taxes online federal and state 524, for guidelines to determine whether an organization is a religious order or whether an individual is a member of a religious order. Free taxes online federal and state   To apply for the exemption, the employee should file Form 4361, Application for Exemption From Self-Employment Tax for Use by Ministers, Members of Religious Orders and Christian Science Practitioners. Free taxes online federal and state See Publication 517 for more information about claiming an exemption from self-employment tax using Form 4361. Free taxes online federal and state Members of recognized religious sects opposed to insurance. Free taxes online federal and state   If you belong to a recognized religious sect or to a division of such sect that is opposed to insurance, you may qualify for an exemption from the self-employment tax. 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Free taxes online federal and state   An employee of a church or church-controlled organization that is exempt from social security and Medicare taxes can also apply for an exemption on Form 4029. Free taxes online federal and state 5. Free taxes online federal and state Wages and Other Compensation Publication 15 (Circular E) provides a general discussion of taxable wages. Free taxes online federal and state Publication 15-B discusses fringe benefits. Free taxes online federal and state The following topics supplement those discussions. Free taxes online federal and state Relocating for Temporary Work Assignments If an employee is given a temporary work assignment away from his or her regular place of work, certain travel expenses reimbursed or paid directly by the employer in accordance with an accountable plan (see section 5 in Publication 15 (Circular E)) may be excludable from the employee's wages. 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Free taxes online federal and state For nonemployee reporting of these payments, see Box 7. Free taxes online federal and state Nonemployee Compensation in the Instructions for Form 1099-MISC. Free taxes online federal and state Exempt payments. Free taxes online federal and state   Payments by most small business corporations and payments under certain qualified plans are exempt from the golden parachute rules. Free taxes online federal and state See section 280G(b)(5) and (6) for more information. Free taxes online federal and state Interest-Free and Below-Market-Interest-Rate Loans In general, if an employer lends an employee more than $10,000 at an interest rate less than the current applicable federal rate (AFR), the difference between the interest paid and the interest that would be paid under the AFR is considered additional compensation to the employee. 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Free taxes online federal and state Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plans Income Tax and Reporting Section 409A provides that all amounts deferred under a nonqualified deferred compensation (NQDC) plan for all tax years are currently includible in gross income (to the extent not subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture and not previously included in gross income) and subject to additional taxes, unless certain requirements are met pertaining to, among other things, elections to defer compensation and distributions under a NQDC plan. 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Free taxes online federal and state The provisions do not affect the application or reporting of social security, Medicare, or FUTA taxes. Free taxes online federal and state The provisions do not prevent the inclusion of amounts in income or wages under other provisions of the Internal Revenue Code or common law principles, such as when amounts are actually or constructively received or irrevocably contributed to a separate fund. Free taxes online federal and state For more information about nonqualified deferred compensation plans, see Regulations sections 1. Free taxes online federal and state 409A-1 through 1. Free taxes online federal and state 409A-6. Free taxes online federal and state Notice 2008-113 provides guidance on the correction of certain operation failures of a NQDC plan. Free taxes online federal and state Notice 2008-113, 2008-51 I. Free taxes online federal and state R. Free taxes online federal and state B. Free taxes online federal and state 1305, is available at www. Free taxes online federal and state irs. Free taxes online federal and state gov/irb/2008-51_IRB/ar12. Free taxes online federal and state html. Free taxes online federal and state Also see Notice 2010-6, 2010-3 I. Free taxes online federal and state R. Free taxes online federal and state B. Free taxes online federal and state 275, available at www. Free taxes online federal and state irs. Free taxes online federal and state gov/irb/2010-03_IRB/ar08. Free taxes online federal and state html and Notice 2010-80, 2010-51 I. Free taxes online federal and state R. Free taxes online federal and state B. Free taxes online federal and state 853, available at www. Free taxes online federal and state irs. Free taxes online federal and state gov/irb/2010-51_IRB/ar08. Free taxes online federal and state html. Free taxes online federal and state Social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes. Free taxes online federal and state   Employer contributions to nonqualified deferred compensation (NQDC) plans, as defined in the applicable regulations, are treated as wages subject to social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes when the services are performed or the employee no longer has a substantial risk of forfeiting the right to the deferred compensation, whichever is later. Free taxes online federal and state   Amounts deferred are subject to social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes at that time unless the amount that is deferred cannot be reasonably ascertained; for example, if benefits are based on final pay. Free taxes online federal and state If the value of the future benefit is based on any factors that are not yet reasonably ascertainable, you may choose to estimate the value of the future benefit and withhold and pay social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes on that amount. 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Free taxes online federal and state Sick Pay Sick pay generally means any amount paid under a plan because of an employee's temporary absence from work due to injury, sickness, or disability. Free taxes online federal and state It may be paid by either the employer or a third party, such as an insurance company. Free taxes online federal and state Sick pay includes both short- and long-term benefits. Free taxes online federal and state It is often expressed as a percentage of the employee's regular wages. Free taxes online federal and state Payments That Are Not Sick Pay Sick pay does not include the following payments. Free taxes online federal and state Disability retirement payments. Free taxes online federal and state Disability retirement payments are not sick pay and are not discussed in this section. Free taxes online federal and state Those payments are subject to the rules for federal income tax withholding from pensions and annuities. Free taxes online federal and state See section 8. Free taxes online federal and state Workers' compensation. Free taxes online federal and state Payments because of a work-related injury or sickness that are made under a workers' compensation law are not sick pay and are not subject to employment taxes. Free taxes online federal and state But see Payments in the nature of workers' compensation—public employees next. Free taxes online federal and state Payments in the nature of workers' compensation—public employees. Free taxes online federal and state State and local government employees, such as police officers and firefighters, sometimes receive payments due to an injury in the line of duty under a statute that is not the general workers' compensation law of a state. Free taxes online federal and state If the statute limits benefits to work-related injuries or sickness and does not base payments on the employee's age, length of service, or prior contributions, the statute is “in the nature of” a workers' compensation law. Free taxes online federal and state Payments under a statute in the nature of a workers' compensation law are not sick pay and are not subject to employment taxes. Free taxes online federal and state For more information, see Regulations section 31. Free taxes online federal and state 3121(a)(2)-1. Free taxes online federal and state Medical expense payments. Free taxes online federal and state Payments under a definite plan or system for medical and hospitalization expenses, or for insurance covering these expenses, are not sick pay and are not subject to employment taxes. Free taxes online federal and state Payments unrelated to absence from work. Free taxes online federal and state Accident or health insurance payments unrelated to absence from work are not sick pay and are not subject to employment taxes. Free taxes online federal and state These include payments for: Permanent loss of a member or function of the body, Permanent loss of the use of a member or function of the body, or Permanent disfigurement of the body. Free taxes online federal and state Example. Free taxes online federal and state Donald was injured in a car accident and lost an eye. Free taxes online federal and state Under a policy paid for by Donald's employer, Delta Insurance Co. Free taxes online federal and state paid Donald $20,000 as compensation for the loss of his eye. Free taxes online federal and state Because the payment was determined by the type of injury and was unrelated to Donald's absence from work, it is not sick pay and is not subject to federal employment taxes. Free taxes online federal and state Sick Pay Plan A sick pay plan is a plan or system established by an employer under which sick pay is available to employees generally or to a class or classes of employees. Free taxes online federal and state This does not include a situation in which benefits are provided on a discretionary or occasional basis with merely an intention to aid particular employees in time of need. Free taxes online federal and state You have a sick pay plan or system if the plan is in writing or is otherwise made known to employees, such as by a bulletin board notice or your long and established practice. Free taxes online federal and state Some indications that you have a sick pay plan or system include references to the plan or system in the contract of employment, employer contributions to a plan, or segregated accounts for the payment of benefits. Free taxes online federal and state Definition of employer. Free taxes online federal and state   The employer for whom the employee normally works, a term used in the following discussion, is either the employer for whom the employee was working at the time that the employee became sick or disabled or the last employer for whom the employee worked before becoming sick or disabled, if that employer made contributions to the sick pay plan on behalf of the sick or disabled employee. Free taxes online federal and state Note. Free taxes online federal and state Contributions to a sick pay plan through a cafeteria plan (by direct employer contributions or salary reduction) are employer contributions unless they are after-tax employee contributions (that is, included in taxable wages). Free taxes online federal and state Third-Party Payers of Sick Pay Employer's agent. Free taxes online federal and state   An employer's agent is a third party that bears no insurance risk and is reimbursed on a cost-plus-fee basis for payment of sick pay and similar amounts. Free taxes online federal and state A third party may be your agent even if the third party is responsible for determining which employees are eligible to receive payments. Free taxes online federal and state For example, if a third party provides administrative services only, the third party is your agent. Free taxes online federal and state If the third party is paid an insurance premium and is not reimbursed on a cost-plus-fee basis, the third party is not your agent. Free taxes online federal and state Whether an insurance company or other third party is your agent depends on the terms of their agreement with you. Free taxes online federal and state   A third party that makes payments of sick pay as your agent is not considered the employer and generally has no responsibility for employment taxes. Free taxes online federal and state This responsibility remains with you. Free taxes online federal and state However, under an exception to this rule, the parties may enter into an agreement that makes the third-party agent responsible for employment taxes. Free taxes online federal and state In this situation, the third-party agent should use its own name and EIN (rather than your name and EIN) for the responsibilities that it has assumed. Free taxes online federal and state Third party not employer's agent. Free taxes online federal and state   A third party that makes payments of sick pay other than as an agent of the employer is liable for federal income tax withholding (if requested by the employee) and the employee part of the social security and Medicare taxes. Free taxes online federal and state   The third party is also liable for the employer part of the social security and Medicare taxes, and the FUTA tax, unless the third party transfers this liability to the employer for whom the employee normally works. Free taxes online federal and state This liability is transferred if the third party takes the following steps. Free taxes online federal and state Withholds the employee social security and Medicare taxes from the sick pay payments. Free taxes online federal and state Makes timely deposits of the employee social security and Medicare taxes. Free taxes online federal and state Notifies the employer for whom the employee normally works of the payments on which employee taxes were withheld and deposited. Free taxes online federal and state The third party must notify the employer within the time required for the third party's deposit of the employee part of the social security and Medicare taxes. Free taxes online federal and state For instance, if the third party is a monthly schedule depositor, it must notify the employer by the 15th day of the month following the month in which the sick pay payment is made because that is the day by which the deposit is required to be made. Free taxes online federal and state The third party should notify the employer as soon as information on payments is available so that an employer required to make electronic deposits can make them timely. Free taxes online federal and state For multi-employer plans, see the special rule discussed next. Free taxes online federal and state Multi-employer plan timing rule. Free taxes online federal and state   A special rule applies to sick pay payments made to employees by a third-party insurer under an insurance contract with a multi-employer plan established under a collectively bargained agreement. Free taxes online federal and state If the third-party insurer making the payments complies wi
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Free taxes online federal and state Index A Accuracy of deposits rule, Accuracy of Deposits Rule Additional Medicare Tax, Reminders, Additional Medicare Tax withholding. Free taxes online federal and state , Additional Medicare Tax withholding adjustments. Free taxes online federal and state Adjustments, 13. Free taxes online federal and state Reporting Adjustments to Form 941 or Form 944 Aliens, nonresident, Withholding income taxes on the wages of nonresident alien employees. Free taxes online federal and state , Withholding of social security and Medicare taxes on nonresident aliens. Free taxes online federal and state Allocated tips, Allocated tips. Free taxes online federal and state Archer MSAs, Health Savings Accounts and medical savings accounts. Free taxes online federal and state Assistance (see Tax help) B Backup withholding, Nonpayroll Income Tax Withholding Business expenses, employee, Employee business expense reimbursements. Free taxes online federal and state C Calendar, Calendar Certain foreign persons treated as American employers, Foreign persons treated as American employers. Free taxes online federal and state Change of business address or responsible party, Change of Business Address or Responsible Party COBRA premium assistance credit, COBRA premium assistance credit. Free taxes online federal and state Correcting employment taxes, Correcting employment taxes. Free taxes online federal and state Correcting errors, (prior period adjustments) Form 941, Prior Period Adjustments D Delivery services, private, Private Delivery Services Depositing taxes Penalties, Deposit Penalties Rules, 11. Free taxes online federal and state Depositing Taxes Differential wage payments, Differential wage payments. Free taxes online federal and state E E-file, Electronic filing by reporting agents. Free taxes online federal and state Election worker, State and local government employers. Free taxes online federal and state Electronic, Electronic deposit requirement. Free taxes online federal and state Electronic deposit requirement, Electronic deposit requirement. Free taxes online federal and state Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), Electronic deposit requirement. Free taxes online federal and state Electronic filing, Electronic Filing and Payment, Electronic filing by reporting agents. Free taxes online federal and state Eligibility for employment, Hiring New Employees Employees defined, Employee status under common law. Free taxes online federal and state Employer identification number (EIN), 1. Free taxes online federal and state Employer Identification Number (EIN) Employer responsibilities, Paying Wages, Pensions, or Annuities F Family employees, 3. Free taxes online federal and state Family Employees Final return, Final return. Free taxes online federal and state Form 944, 12. Free taxes online federal and state Filing Form 941 or Form 944 Fringe benefits, Fringe benefits. Free taxes online federal and state FUTA tax, 14. Free taxes online federal and state Federal Unemployment (FUTA) Tax G Government employers, Federal Government employers. Free taxes online federal and state H Health insurance plans, Health insurance plans. Free taxes online federal and state Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), Health Savings Accounts and medical savings accounts. Free taxes online federal and state Hiring new employees, Hiring New Employees Household employees, Exceptions. Free taxes online federal and state I Income tax withholding, Income Tax Withholding, 16. Free taxes online federal and state How To Use the Income Tax Withholding Tables Information returns, Information Returns International social security agreements, International social security agreements. Free taxes online federal and state L Long-term care insurance, Health insurance plans. Free taxes online federal and state Lookback period, When To Deposit M Meals and lodging, Meals and lodging. Free taxes online federal and state Medical care, Medical care reimbursements. Free taxes online federal and state Medical savings accounts, Health Savings Accounts and medical savings accounts. Free taxes online federal and state Medicare tax, Social Security and Medicare Taxes Mileage, Per diem or other fixed allowance. Free taxes online federal and state Monthly deposit schedule, Monthly Deposit Schedule Moving expenses, Moving expenses. Free taxes online federal and state N New employees, Hiring New Employees Noncash wages, Wages not paid in money. Free taxes online federal and state Nonemployee compensation, Nonpayroll Income Tax Withholding P Part-time workers, Part-Time Workers Payroll period, 8. Free taxes online federal and state Payroll Period Penalties, Deposit Penalties, Penalties. Free taxes online federal and state Private delivery services, Private Delivery Services Publications (see Tax help) R Reconciling Forms W-2 and Forms 941 or 944, Reconciling Forms W-2, W-3, and 941 or 944. Free taxes online federal and state Recordkeeping, Recordkeeping Reimbursements, Accountable plan. Free taxes online federal and state , Nonaccountable plan. Free taxes online federal and state , Per diem or other fixed allowance. Free taxes online federal and state Repayments, wages, Wage Repayments S Seasonal employers, Exceptions. Free taxes online federal and state Semiweekly deposit schedule, Semiweekly Deposit Schedule Sick pay, Sick pay. Free taxes online federal and state Social security and Medicare taxes, Social Security and Medicare Taxes Social security number, employee, 4. Free taxes online federal and state Employee's Social Security Number (SSN) Spouse, Business Owned and Operated by Spouses Standard mileage rate, Per diem or other fixed allowance. Free taxes online federal and state Statutory employees, Employee status under common law. Free taxes online federal and state Statutory nonemployees, Statutory employees. Free taxes online federal and state Successor employer, Successor employer. Free taxes online federal and state , Successor employer. Free taxes online federal and state Supplemental wages, 7. Free taxes online federal and state Supplemental Wages T Tax help, How To Get Tax Help Telephone help, Telephone Help Third-party sick pay tax adjustment, Adjustment of tax on third-party sick pay. Free taxes online federal and state Tip Rate Determination Agreement, Tip Rate Determination and Education Program. Free taxes online federal and state Tip Rate Determination and Education Program, Tip Rate Determination and Education Program. Free taxes online federal and state Tips, 6. Free taxes online federal and state Tips, Tips treated as supplemental wages. Free taxes online federal and state Trust fund recovery penalty, Trust fund recovery penalty. Free taxes online federal and state TTY/TDD information, How To Get Tax Help U Unemployment tax, federal, 14. Free taxes online federal and state Federal Unemployment (FUTA) Tax V Vacation pay, Vacation pay. Free taxes online federal and state W Wage repayments, Wage Repayments Wages defined, 5. Free taxes online federal and state Wages and Other Compensation Wages not paid in money, Wages not paid in money. Free taxes online federal and state Withholding Backup, Nonpayroll Income Tax Withholding Certificate, Using Form W-4 to figure withholding. Free taxes online federal and state Exemption, Exemption from federal income tax withholding. Free taxes online federal and state Fringe benefits, Withholding on fringe benefits. Free taxes online federal and state Income tax, Income Tax Withholding Levies, Amounts exempt from levy on wages, salary, and other income. Free taxes online federal and state Nonresident aliens, Withholding of social security and Medicare taxes on nonresident aliens. Free taxes online federal and state Pensions and annuities, Nonpayroll Income Tax Withholding Percentage method, Percentage Method Social security and Medicare taxes, Social Security and Medicare Taxes Table instructions, 16. Free taxes online federal and state How To Use the Income Tax Withholding Tables Tips, Tips treated as supplemental wages. Free taxes online federal and state Wage bracket method, Wage Bracket Method Z Zero wage return, Paying Wages, Pensions, or Annuities Prev  Up     Home   More Online Publications