California Enacting Electronic Filing Requirement for All Employers

The state legislature has passed AB 1245, a bill that requires California employers of 10 or more employees to submit quarterly payroll tax returns and pay the associated payroll taxes electronically over the California Employment Development Department website starting in 2017. The bill also requires all employers to file and pay electronically effective January 1, 2018. The bill awaits the governor signature and he is expected to sign it.

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MI SUI Agency Has Name Change

As of March 16, 2015, the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) has become part of the newly created Talent Investment Agency (TIA) under the umbrella of the newly-created Department of Talent and Economic Development.  Because of this change, the UIA is no longer housed within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.  All contact numbers are the same.

MA Issues SUI Wage Base and EMAC Rates for 2015

Massachusetts  2015 SUI taxable wage base increased to $15,000, up from $14,000 for 2014

Mailing of 2015 rate notices

The Massachusetts Department of Labor and Workforce Development issued the 2015 SUI tax rates to employers on January 31, 2015.  The protest deadline is June 20, 2015. Employers that disagree with the employer-specific figures used in computing their 2015 SUI tax rate may request a review in writing by June 20, 2015.

Employer Medical Assistance Contribution (EMAC) rates for 2015

Employers that paid the Employer Medical Assistance Contribution (EMAC) at a rate of 0.24% or 0.36% for calendar year 2014 will pay at a rate of 0.34% for 2015 up to a taxable wage base of $15,000 per employee.

 

NJ Getting Tough on Classifying Contractors

As a result of a recent New Jersey Supreme Court ruling, New Jersey businesses will be subject to much stricter scrutiny when it comes to classifying workers as independent contractors.  In the case, Sam Hargrove, et.al.v Sleepy’s LLC, the court concluded that the “ABC” test under the New Jersey Unemployment Compensation Act will be used to determine a worker’s status for claims under both the WPL and WHL and not the FLSA’s economic realities test.

 

NJ ABC Test Worker is Independent Contractor if all of these apply:
A Such individual has been and will continue to be free from control or direction over the performance of such service, both under his contract of service and in fact; and
B Such service is either outside the usual course of the business for which such service is performed, or that such service is performed outside of all the places of business of the enterprise for which such service is performed; and
C Such individual is customarily engaged in an independently established trade, occupation, profession or business.

MI Has a New System but No New Tables

In January 2015, the Michigan Department of Treasury began to process current year SUW tax returns with a new online system.  As a result of this new processing system, there will be changes to the SUW forms and to the way taxpayers can file and make payments for returns in tax year 2015 and beyond. The new bundle of e-services is called Michigan Treasury Online (MTO). Business taxpayers have 24/7 access to their accounts and will be able to file returns electronically, pay SUW tax due in one convenient transaction and make routine account changes.

However, although the income tax withholding rate remains at 4.25% for tax year 2015 but the personal exemption amount changed to $4,000, employers should continue to use the 2014 Michigan income Tax Withholding Tables

Monday Round-Up to Catch Up

I have returned from my holiday/vacation and am back at my desk.  So I decided to have one round-up of the news today to catch up while I was gone and then one again on Friday to catch this week’s news.  So here is the round-up since I left on December 23rd.  There are a few exceptional items to note.  New York is eliminating the annual notice requirement, Illinois is moving up the due date for Forms W-2 for electronic filers and North Carolina is adding a new NC-4 form for nonresident aliens.

Arkansas: 2015 SUI wage base remains $12,000.

Connecticut: Department of Revenue has released the 2015 withholding calculation rules and tables.

District of Columbia: the Office of Tax and Revenue has released the Draft, Version 2, of the Income Tax Withholding Instructions and Tables for 2015 FR-230

Hawaii: The Department of Taxation has announced that it has adopted the federal standard mileage rates for 2015.

Hawaii: 2015 SUI wage base is $40,900.

Idaho: 2015 SUI wage base is $36,000.

Illinois: Department of Revenue has announced that as a result of an emergency rule filed on December 22, 2014, and effective with the 2014 tax year, employers required to file their Forms W-2 electronically must do so by February 15th not by March 31st as previously required.

Massachusetts: The Department Revenue has finalized the 2015 monthly transportation fringe benefits. They will follow the federal amounts of $250 for parking and $130 for transit passes/commuter highway vehicle.

Minnesota: The Department of Revenue has announced it has revised REV184, Power of Attorney. The Department will no longer accept the old version of the form. It has also eliminated Form REV184a.

Missouri: 2015 withholding tables now available

Montana: The SUI taxable wage base for 2015 is $29,500

New Mexico: The Taxation and Revenue Department has released the 2015 wage-bracket and percentage method tables.

New York: The state has eliminated the annual notice requirement that requires employers to notify and receive written acknowledgment from every worker regarding rate of pay, allowances, pay day, etc. Law also expanded various protections enacted in 2014 but still some technical details for legislature to work out.

North Carolina: Due to recent legislative changes the state has released a new Form NC-4 NRA, Nonresident Alien Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate. It must be used in 2015 in lieu of the NC-4 or NC-4EZ.

North Carolina: Supplemental withholding rate for 2015 is 5.75%. This is down from 5.8% for 2014.

North Dakota: The Tax Department has released the 2015 withholding tables

Vermont: The Department of Taxes has released its state income tax withholding tables for 2015.

Wyoming: SUI wage base for 2015 will increase to $24,700.

Our roundups will resume as per our usual schedule as of this Friday, January 9th.

Friday is Round-Up Date 11-21-14

Here is our Friday round-up:

IRS: The IRS has issued clarification to the instructions for correcting taxable wages and tips subject to Additional Medicare Tax Withholding on line 11 of the Form 941-X.

Federal Child Support: Recently signed legislation requires that all states offer the option of receiving the child support withholding order electronically. The deadline to have the service set up is October 15, 2015. Currently over 30 states already offer this feature. See our blog of 11-18-14 for more details.

California: The DLSE has released the minimum wage rates that computer software employees and physicians and surgeons must receive to be considered exempt for 2015. The computer software employee’s minimum hourly rate of pay will be $41.27. This is up from $40.38 for 2014. The monthly salary will be $7,165.12 and the annual salary will be $85,981.40. The physician and surgeon’s minimum hourly rate will be $75.19 per hour. This is up from the rate of $73.57 per hour effective in 2014.

California Part 2: The state has released its 2015 meals and lodging ratesca 2015 meals

Colorado: The minimum wage effective 1-1-15 will be $8.23 per hour. Tipped employees must receive $5.21 per hour. Wage Order Number 31 must be posted.

Maine: The SUI taxable wage base will remain $12,000 for 2015.

New Hampshire: The state is the latest that has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the federal Department of Labor to share and coordinate enforcement efforts in the area of misclassifying workers as independent contractors. So far 17 states have signed MOUs and agreed to work with the federal DOL to curb misclassification of employees.

New Jersey: Form W-2 and 1099 reporting guidelines for 2014 are now available.

New Jersey Part 2:

The Department of Labor and Workforce Development has released the calendar year 2015 employee TDI/FLI and SUI withholding rates. The wage base for 2015 is $32,000. The other taxes are as follows:

  • Temporary Disability Insurance (TDI): employee rate will decrease to 0.25%. The maximum employee contribution will be $80.00
  • Family Leave Insurance (FLI): the employee rate will decrease to 0.09%. The maximum employee contribution will be $28.80
  • State Unemployment Insurance (SUI): The employee rate will remain 0.425%. This includes the Workforce Development/Supplemental Workforce Funds surcharges. The maximum employee contribution will be $136.00.

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Ohio: the employer and school district withholding tax filing and payment requirements have changed, effective January 1, 2015. The change occurred on November 13, 2014. Employers are now required to file and remit payment for state and school district income tax withholding returns electronically using the Ohio Business Gateway. This requirement applies to all withholding tax returns that are filed and paid on or after January 1, 2015.

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