Category Archives: Wages

VCSP – Employer Amnesty for Mis-Classifying Employees

Intro paragraph: Employers – PLEASE PAY ATTENTION NOW! You can no longer get away with treating employees as freelancers. Aside from several recent court decisions, there are too many ways for your employees to turn you in to the IRS and state authorities. After all, if the employees don’t want to pay YOUR half of the […]

20 Children or 2?

Today TaxMama® hears from BlueSage in the TaxQuips Forum with this question. “Is it better to declare 20 children and then store the tax one would pay in an investment account, and use that money to pay taxes at year end? Or is it better to declare the right amount of children, pay as you […]

Employer Leave-Based Donation Programs to Aid Victims of Hurricane Sandy

[TaxMama Summary: As long as the employer and employees follow the IRS guidelines, employees will be allowed to donate their sick pay, vacation pay or personal leave payments to the organizations helping victims of Hurricane Sandy. Effect on Employees: The amount donated will not be added to employees’ wages – so they will not have […]

A Lesson from the IRS for Students Starting a Summer Job

Courtesy of the IRS School’s out, but the IRS has another lesson for students who will be starting summer jobs. Summer jobs represent an opportunity for students to learn about the tax system. Not all of the money they earn will be included in their paychecks because their employer must withhold taxes. Here are six […]

Opps, Missed a W-2 !

Today TaxMama® hears from John in the TaxQuips Forum with a little problem. “Reviewing my Federal taxes after my tax preparer did them, I discovered she only had 1 W-2 form listed on my return but she sent copies of both with the taxes. Just wondering what is going to happen when the IRS gets […]

Wage Settlement From State

Today TaxMama® hears from Ken in the TaxQuips Forum with this happy news. “Several years ago I worked for a company that ran out of money and couldn’t make payroll. I continued to work for several months with the promise that the wages would be paid. Eventually, I requested a layoff and left the company. […]

Cannot Get W-2

Today TaxMama® hears from Nico out in the world, with this tough situation. “Have you ever had a client who never received a W-2 because the company went belly up? I know it is illegal to use the last year’s W-2 to prepare the return. What do you suggest I do?” Dear Nico, You bet […]

Disability Wages

Today TaxMama hears from Leslie in the TaxQuips Forum who makes an excellent point. “When a Member of the Screen Actors Guild becomes disabled, in order to receive their Pension, they must sign paperwork. One of the acknowledgments is that “You have been made aware that FICA should not be taken out of your residuals […]

Sign on Bonus

Today TaxMama hears from Valoree in the Tax Quips Forum with this question. “My client received a sign-on bonus of $30,000. He worked awhile for the company, but left before the contract was up. He got a loan to pay back the $30,000 – and paid about $2,400.00 in interest. Is it possible to deduct […]

From 1099 to W-2

Today TaxMama hears from Trisha in the TaxQuips Forum with good news. She says, “Recently I took a contract job starting out as a 1099 self-employed contractor. After 6 weeks, the company asked me to come on board permanently as a W-2 employee. I was taking out my own taxes for the first 6 weeks […]

W-2 all Messed Up

Today TaxMama hears from Linda in the TaxQuips Forum who is helping her daughter. (You can read about the whole mess here.) In short, through some amazing incompetence on the part of her daughter’s employer, her daughter is now facing tax debt she does not owe – and possibly credit problems, too. How can this […]

Taxable Relocation Benefits

Today TaxMama hears from Sarah in the TaxQuips Forum, who recently moved. “In June I started a new job. The company paid for the relocation and provided an allowance for getting started. I received information from the relocation company, which broke down the payments as non-taxable and taxable. I have about $2,500 in Taxable Grossed-Up […]