The following link will take you to questions and answers that will provide employers and payroll service providers information that will help them as they prepare to implement the Additional Medicare Tax which goes into effect in 2013. The Additional Medicare Tax applies to individuals’ wages, other compensation, and self-employment income over certain thresholds; employers are responsible for withholding the tax on wages and other compensation in certain circumstances. The IRS has prepared these questions and answers to assist employers and payroll service providers in adapting systems and processes that may be impacted.
Click on the link below to be taken to the IRS Q&A:
Questions and Answers for the Additional Medicare Tax - From the IRS
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If you classify any workers as “independent contractors”—or have plans to do so—2013 is the year to make sure you get that classification correct.
Below is Topic 762 - Independent Contractor vs. Employee provided by irs.gov to help in identifying which classification a worker falls:
To determine whether a worker is an independent contractor or an employee under common law, you must examine the relationship between the worker and the business. All evidence of control and independence in this relationship should be considered. The facts that provide this evidence fall into three categories – Behavioral Control, Financial Control, and the Type of Relationship.
Behavioral Control covers facts that show whether the business has a right to direct or control how the work is done, through instructions, training, or other means.
Financial Control covers facts that show whether the business has a right to direct or control the financial and business aspects of the worker’s job. This includes:
- The extent to which the worker has unreimbursed business expenses
- The extent of the worker’s investment in the facilities used in performing services
- The extent to which the worker makes his or her services available to the relevant market
- How the business pays the worker, and
- The extent to which the worker can realize a profit or incur a loss
Type of Relationship covers facts that show how the parties perceive their relationship. This includes:
- Written contracts describing the relationship the parties intended to create
- The extent to which the worker is available to perform services for other, similar businesses
- Whether the business provides the worker with employee-type benefits, such as insurance, a pension plan, vacation pay, or sick pay
- The permanency of the relationship, and
- The extent to which services performed by the worker are a key aspect of the regular business of the company
For more information, refer to Publication 15-A (PDF), Employer’s Supplemental Tax Guide, or Publication 1779 (PDF), Independent Contractor or Employee. If you want the IRS to determine whether a specific individual is an independent contractor or an employee, file Form SS-8 (PDF), Determination of Worker Status for Purposes of Federal Employment Taxes and Income Tax Withholding.
Contact Schutte & Hilgendorf with your questions related to independent contractor vs. employee. Schutte & Hilgendorf, CPAs, is a full service public accounting firm providing tax planning, preparation, audit, accounting, and QuickBooks consulting to individuals and small business in the Prescott and greater Yavapai County area. Call us at 928-778-0079 or visit www.prescottaccountants.com
Arizona has just announced the minimum wage increase for 2013. The new hourly rate beginning January 1, 2013 will be $7.80. This is higher than the Federal minimum wage rate of $7.25, but employers in Arizona are required to pay the higher rate to their employees.
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2011 YEAR END TAX CONSIDERATIONS AND PLANNING
FOR YOUR BUSINESS
The Holidays are here and that brings us thoughts of sugarplums and year-end close for your business. Below are some items for you to consider.
PURCHASE OF BUSINESS EQUIPMENT:
Qualifying new property placed in service before December 31 can be written off under 100% bonus depreciation. The bonus rate is scheduled to fall to 50% in 2012.
Section 179 depreciation applies to new or used equipment that can also be written off 100% up to a $500,000 purchase cost. This phases out after $2,000,000 of total qualifying purchases. Section 179 expensing will still be available in 2012, but the limits will be much lower.
As in previous years there are special rules and limits for vehicle purchases, so contact us if you have questions regarding those.
The qualifying equipment can be purchased on credit and expensed in 2011 as long as it is placed in service before year end.
IMPROVEMENTS ON YOUR BUSINESS REAL PROPERTY:
There are a variety of energy–related incentives that are scheduled to expire at the end of 2011. If you have, or are still considering some energy efficient improvements to your commercial building such as lighting, heating, cooling, and hot water systems this could be beneficial. There are certain standards that must be met to qualify.
VEHICLE USE EXPENSE IN YOUR BUSINESS:
A mileage log is required to prove your business-mile percentage if you use the vehicle for personal use or for commuting to work. This is required whether you use the standard mileage rate or actual vehicle expense, (i.e. gas, repair, etc). A value for personal mileage on a business vehicle needs to be calculated and added to your W-2 as an “auto fringe”. Call us for details or to calculate the personal value.
OFFICER WAGES AND HEALTH INSURANCE:
S-Corporation owners MUST pay themselves a reasonable wage and issue a W-2 to themselves. A “reasonable wage” is often described as what you would have to pay someone else to do your job. If you have taken “draws” out of the company this year and no wages, call us to reclassify an amount to wages and calculate payroll taxes on the amount. These payroll taxes must be paid by January 15, 2012 to avoid interest and penalties.
As a business owner, your personal health insurance premiums paid through the business should be added to your W-2 and thus deducted in full on your personal return– if they are not added to your W-2, the deduction is not a business deduction and will be taken on Schedule A- Itemized Deductions subject to the 7.5% medical adjustment. Call us for more information on how to handle this for maximum tax benefit.
HEALTH CARE TAX CREDIT FOR EMPLOYEES
If you pay any portion of health insurance premiums for employees you may be eligible for a credit on your tax return. There are eligibility requirements and the credit is limited to those who have 25 or fewer employees with average income of $50,000 or less. If you think you may qualify for this credit, contact us for more information.
The HIRE ACT, passed in 2010, provided credit for employers for each new person hired between February 4, 2010 and December 31, 2010 who had been unemployed for 60 consecutive days prior to hiring. The payroll tax credit was given on payroll taxes paid in 2010, but an additional credit is allowed if this employee was employed by you for the following consecutive 52 weeks. The additional credit is allowed to be taken on the 2011income tax return if this requirement is met. If this applies to your company, be sure to let us know.
As of January 1, 2012, Arizona minimum wage will increase to $7.65. This amount is higher than the Federal minimum; however, Arizona employers must follow the Arizona statute.
THINGS TO DO:
Start gathering your business receipts, update your mileage logs, and tally up your income and expenses for the year. Remember to note the business reason for any travel, meals, and entertainment expenses on your receipts. If this is an over-whelming task for you, call us for help. We do provide this service at an hourly fee.
If you have employees, make sure you have up-to-date information on them – W-4 and A-4’s for deductions, addresses, name change if married/divorced during the year, and verify you have the correct Social Security number before you issue the W-2’s. If you pay year-end bonuses, be sure to add the amount to the W-2 and calculate and pay the additional payroll tax.
If you paid service providers/subcontractors over $600 during the year, make sure you have current addresses and a business EIN # or Social Security number for them. You must issue a 1099-MISC form to them by January 31. This also includes anyone you paid rent to if the amount is $600 or above. If you need assistance in this area give us a call.
We hope that this year was a prosperous one for your business. Call us before year-end at 928-778-0079 if you need an updated estimate of tax liability and to discuss any tax planning considerations.
Remember the filing deadline for Corporations and S-Corporations is March 15 – personal and Partnership returns is April 15.
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For December 2011
Customer Refunds: Are You Doing Them Right?
Refunds. You probably wince at the word. Some – like customer refunds for returns – are fairly uncomplicated, thanks to QuickBooks’ tools. Others, not so much. You may find yourself unable to balance your accounts receivable.
There are numerous scenarios that necessitate the use of credit memos, including overpayment, order cancellations and bad debt write-off. It’s critical that these are entered correctly. If they aren’t, you may lose a lot of the time that QuickBooks helped you save as you try to chase down a few dollars.
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QuickBooks Tips And Tricks: Make it Yours
No matter which version of QuickBooks you’re using, there are always ways to make your workday easier. As with any software, we tend to learn the features we need and not much more. But small changes in the way you operate can add up to significant time savings and more accurate files. If you jumped into QuickBooks without a thorough introduction, consider these tips.
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September 2011 QuickBooks Tip:
Classes or Types? When To Use Them
QuickBooks’ standard reports are critical to understanding your company’s past, present, and future. But the program also offers innovative tools that can make them significantly more insightful and comprehensive.
QuickBooks offers two simple conventions that let you identify related data: classes and types. Classes are used in transactions. Types are assigned to individual customers, vendors, and jobs.
click on the link below for more detailed information on this topic:
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How does an employer know whether to make Arizona withholding payments on a quarterly basis or more frequently?
QUARTERLY BASIS PAYMENTS: An employer must make its Arizona withholding payments on a quarterly basis if the average amount of Arizona income taxes withheld during the preceding four calendar quarters does not exceed $1,500.
MORE FREQUENT PAYMENTS: An employer must make its Arizona withholding tax payments at the same time as its federal withholding deposits if the average amount of Arizona income taxes withheld during the preceding four calendar quarters exceeds $1,500.
WHY DOES THE EMPLOYER MAKE THIS COMPUTATION? Arizona law requires an employer, at the beginning of each new quarter, to compute its average Arizona withholding tax liability for the preceding four calendar quarters. This calculation is performed to determine the correct Arizona withholding payment schedule.
HOW DOES THE EMPLOYER MAKE THIS COMPUTATION? An employer that has four full consecutive calendar quarters of Arizona withholding liability historical data must use the regular withholding payment schedule computation. An employer that does not have four full consecutive calendar quarters of Arizona withholding liability historical data must use the alternate withholding payment schedule computation. Refer to the “Arizona Withholding Liability/Payment Schedule” section of the Form A1QRT instructions for further information
Per the State of Arizona – Department of Revenue – Arizona Withholding FAQ’s
Should you have questions regarding this post or any other tax needs, contact us at Schutte & Hilgendorf, PLLC, Prescott accountants serving the greater Yavapai County with tax, accounting, auditing, and QuickBooks consulting expertise.
Attached is your July 2011 issue of the QBC in WORD.
For July 2011
Add/Edit Multiple List Entries Simplifies Record Changes
Data entry and modifications in QuickBooks can be tedious. Beginning with QuickBooks 2010 Pro Edition and above, that job got a lot easier. The Add/Edit Multiple List Entries tool does just what its name implies: It lets you add entries to your lists of customers, vendors, services, inventory parts, and non-inventory parts. It also makes changing one or several of them quick and easy.
Click on the link below for more detailed instructions:
July 2011 QuickBooks Tip
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Article provided by Paychex, July 12, 2011:
Because Arizona was one of the 30+ states that borrowed money from the feds after our unemployment coffers were depleted as a result of our most recent recession, all Arizona employers who are subject to State Unemployment Tax are subject to a Special Assessment beginning July 20th 2011.
Here are a few of the details:
All employers subject to Arizona UI Tax in 2011 and 2012 are also subject to the SA.
- Reimbursement employers are exempt from the SA.
- “Taxable wages” are the first $7,000 of gross wages paid to each employee in a calendar year.
- The SA rate is 0.40% of taxable wages paid in 2011 (maximum $28 per employee).*
- The SA rate is projected to be 0.60% of taxable wages paid in 2012 (maximum $42 per employee).*
- Payment of the SA for the first three quarters of 2011 is due by October 31, 2011, payable as follows:
- In mid to late September 2011, DES will mail employers statements of the SA amounts they owe, if any, for the first two quarters of 2011.
- Beginning with the third quarter of 2011, SA amounts due are payable with quarterly UI taxes and reported on Line 7, Part C of the Unemployment Tax and Wage Report (form UC-018).
- Employers may include the amount of SA due for the first two quarters of 2011 on their third quarter 2011 report and remit a single payment for all amounts due.
- Alternatively, employers may pay the SA for the first two quarters separately from a report, via the online Tax and Wage System (TWS) at www.azuitax.com or by check or money order.
Please see attached article (Special Assesment change with SUI) from DES for details, or visit the below website: