The Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") recently released a revised Form 941, the Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return, and related instructions to guide eligible employers in claiming the payroll tax exemption offered under the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment ("HIRE") Act (H.R. 2847). The HIRE Act offers a tax exemption from having to pay the
Tax Treatment of Differential Wage Payments to Employees in Military Service
In recognition of the importance and sacrifices associated with military service, many employers provide a supplemental payment for their employees called to active military service which covers the difference between their military pay and their regular compensation. Pay differentials are provided for varying lengths of time.
Revenue Ruling 2009-11 provides that a differential wage payment…
Important IRS clarification of COBRA Subsidy Provisions
On March 31, 2009, the IRS issued a notice relating to premium assistance for COBRA continuation coverage under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Notice 2009-27 contains many helpful clarifications on the following topics:
- INVOLUNTARY TERMINATION
- ASSISTANCE ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUAL
- CALCULATION OF PREMIUM REDUCTION
- COVERAGE ELIGIBLE FOR PREMIUM REDUCTION
- RECAPTURE OF PREMIUM ASSISTANCE
IRS Releases Information for Employers to Claim COBRA Assistance Credit on Payroll Tax Form
On February 26, 2009, the Internal Revenue Service released detailed information that will help employers claim credit for the COBRA medical premiums they pay for their former employees.
Under the new law, eligible former employees, enrolled in their employer’s health plan at the time they lost their jobs, are required to pay only 35 percent…