Federal News

Pay News Now is dedicated to delivering the latest breaking news and information in the payroll and AP industries. Our experts will tell you what’s going on in Congress and the federal government agencies that regulate payroll and accounts payable matters. Our experts actively work to bring you updates on legislative and regulatory changes as they happen -- issues of concern not only to employees and employers but also payroll service providers and software developers. Follow what is happening on Capitol Hill and ensure your payroll education and your organization’s compliance stay up-to-date.

09/19/2017

Texas Court Invalidates DOL Overtime Rule

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PNN: Overtime Requirements

Texas court determines Department of Labor’s rule increasing minimum salary threshold for “white collar” employees is invalid.

08/15/2017

DOL Solicits Comments on ‘White Collar’ Salary Level

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PNN: White Collar Regulations

The U.S. Department of Labor is accepting feedback for white collar exemptions to overtime pay requirement.

07/24/2017

USCIS Releases Revised Form I-9, Instructions

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PNN: New Form I9

Updates to instructions and List C Documents are amongst changes made by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

06/23/2017

Trump Administration Releases 2018 Fiscal Year Budget Proposal

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PNN: Fiscal 2018 Budget

The 2018 fiscal year budget proposal includes various items that would affect payroll operations.

06/20/2017

APA Needs Your Feedback on IRS e-Services

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PNN: IRS eServices

Help APA identify difficulties for payroll professionals when using electronic communication systems at the IRS.

05/15/2017

House Passes Legislation to Repeal, Replace the ACA

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PNN: ACHA Passes House

On May 4, the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA).

03/29/2017

ACA Replacement Legislation Withdrawn

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PNN: ACA

The proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA) would have had several payroll-related provisions had it been passed.

03/13/2017

Obama Administration Regulations Face Uncertain Future

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PNN: Obama Era Regs

The Trump Administration has made rolling back many of the rules and regulations issued during the Obama Administration one of their primary goals.

03/03/2017

IRS Responds to President's ACA Executive Order

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PNN: IRS and ACA

On January 20, President Trump issued an executive order to “minimize the unwarranted economic and regulatory burdens” of the ACA.

01/25/2017

IRS Updates Payroll-Related Publications for 2017

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PNN: IRS Forms

In late December, the IRS released several payroll-related publications that have been updated for 2017.

11/02/2016

Could 2016 Be the Year the Mobile Workforce Bill Is Enacted?

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PNN: Mobile Workforce Bill

The Mobile Workforce Bill must still be passed by the Senate and signed by the President before it becomes a law.

09/25/2016

First Phase of Same-Day ACH Implementation Underway

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PNN: Same Day ACH Settlement

On September 23, phase 1 of same-day ACH transaction implementation began.

09/21/2016

Employers Highlighted in Federal Child Support Newsletter

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PNN: OCSE newsletter

The integral role employers and payroll play in collecting child support was recently recognized by the OCSE.

08/11/2016

‘Holiday Error’ Causes Some Payroll Tax Deposits to Be Late

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PNN: IRS Holiday Error

Many taxpayers who made their next-day employment tax deposits around the Memorial Day holiday, were incorrectly sent notices that their deposits were late.

07/14/2016

Social Security Wage Base Expected to Increase in 2017

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PNN: Social Security Wage Base

The Board of Trustees of the Social Security Trust Fund reports each year on the financial condition of the social security program.

06/16/2016

IRS Develops PEO Certification Program Procedures

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PNN: Professional Employer Organizations

The IRS has issued temporary regulations to implement a new voluntary certification program for professional employer organizations.

05/20/2016

DOL Releases Final Regulations on 'White Collar' Exemptions

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PNN: Final Regs - White Collar

The new overtime regulations have been released by the Department of Labor and will go into effect on December 1, 2016.

05/02/2016

EEOC Proposes Pay Data Collection

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PNN: EEOC Pay Data

The EEOC recently announced revisions to the Employer Information Report (EEO-1) that would impact payroll operations.

03/28/2016

Final Regulations on 'White Collar' Exemption Expected

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PNN: New White Collar Regs

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) submitted the final "white collar" regulations to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review.

03/08/2016

What the Mobile Workforce Bill Means for You

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PNN: Mobile Workforce Bill

The Mobile Workforce Bill seeks to establish a 30-day safe harbor against nonresident state income taxes.

12/23/2015

2016 Supplemental Wage Tax Rates

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PNN: Supplemental Wage Rates

Wages classified as "supplemental wages" are often taxed at a flat rate for federal and state income tax withholding.
 

10/21/2015

2016 SSA Wage Base Announced

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PNN: Social Security Wage Base

The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that the 2016 social security wage base will be $118,500; the same as in 2015. The Fact Sheet can be found on the SSA website.

09/17/2015

IRS Considers Earlier W-2 Filing Date for Employers

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PNN: Earlier W-2 Filing

IRS Commissioner Koskinen says that the IRS needs taxpayers’ wage data earlier so that it can identify fraudulent returns before it issues refunds.

08/27/2015

APA Works to Resolve Issues With Commuter Benefits

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PNN: Commuter Benefits

The APA is urging Congress to address issues with commuter benefits that have been ongoing since 2013.

07/14/2015

DOL Proposes New Rules for White-Collar OT Exemptions

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The Department of Labor (DOL) has released proposed rules to update the white-collar exemptions from overtime. These exemptions apply to employees who work in executive, administrative, professional, outside sales, or computer positions.

06/30/2015

Supreme Court Rules Same-Sex Marriage Legal

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PNN: Supreme Court Rules

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark decision in Obergefell v. Hodges that overturned state laws prohibiting same-sex marriage.

06/29/2015

Supreme Court Upholds ACA in Vote of 6-3

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PNN: ACA Upheld

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the tax credit provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

06/24/2015

IWO and e-IWO Deadlines Draw Near for Employers

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The Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) released an updated version of the standard child support withholding order.

04/15/2015

New Act Increases Penalties for Errors on Information Returns

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The Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 includes provisions that increase penalties for errors on information returns and payee statements, such as Forms W-2 and 1099.

04/15/2015

Federal Maximum Per Diem Rates for Travel Updated

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PNN: Per Diem Rates

The General Services Administration (GSA) has issued its annual updated list of federal maximum per diem rates for travel to locations within the continental United States.

03/23/2015

Hot Topics at APA's Capital Summit

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PNN: APA's Capital Summit

Fringe Benefits, Third Party Sick Pay Recap, and ACA are Hot Topics at APA’s Capital Summit.

03/19/2015

IRS Releases Updated Form 941

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PNN: Form 941

The IRS has released Form 941, the Employer's Quarterly Federal Tax Return, together with the 2015 Instructions.

03/02/2015

Proposed Bill Aims to Ensure Workers' Paid Sick Time

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PNN: Paid Sick Leave

A hot topic shaping up for 2015 is paid sick time and paid family and medical leave for employees.

12/23/2014

New Law Retroactively Increases Monthly Transport Benefit Exclusion

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PNN: Transit Law

The recently passed Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 (TIPA) may result in some last minute tax changes for payroll professionals.

12/05/2014

IRS Releases 2015 Cost of Living Adjustments

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PNN: 2015 COLAs

The IRS announced the cost of living adjustments for 2015 on October 30.

11/14/2014

New Law Enforces Use of E-IWOs

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Public Law 113-183 contains several provisions affecting child support collection.

11/05/2014

Proposed Legislation Could Accelerate W-2 Filing Date

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PNN: Early W-2

The Tax Refund Theft Protection Act contains several provisions that could have a major impact on payroll.

07/24/2014

Are Bitcoins the Future of Payroll?

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PNN: Bitcoins

The virtual currency known as Bitcoins has appeared frequently in the news in recent months.

07/23/2014

ETAAC Concerned About Barriers to E-Filing

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Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC) presents its annual report to Congress.

06/30/2014

New Court Case Could Have Tax Refund Implications

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PNN: BNSF Railway

At issue in this case are taxes paid pursuant to the Railroad Retirement Tax Act

06/16/2014

DOL Addresses Minimum Wage, Overtime Requirements at Annual Congress

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PNN: DOL Addresses Annual Congress

DOL representative describes how workplace changes lead to a changing regulatory and business landscape.

06/05/2014

Senate Bill Challenges Convenience of the Employer Test

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PNN: Convenience of the Employer - Senate

This federal legislation would prohibit states from applying the convenience of the employer test on nonresident employees.

05/06/2014

President Aims to Make Preparing for Retirement Easier

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PNN: My Retirement Account

A new program designed to provide a vehicle for retirement savings for individuals.

04/25/2014

Revisions Released for Income Withholding for Support Form

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Pay News Now: Income Withholding for Support Form

The standard Income Withholding (IWO) for Support form is getting ready for a facelift.

04/07/2014

Quality Stores Ruling Deems Severance Payments Taxable

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Pay News Now: Quality Stores

The U.S. Supreme Court has released its final decision in U.S. v. Quality Stores, Inc.

03/14/2014

Final ACA Regulations Released for Employers

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Pay News Now: Final ACA Regs

Employer relevant rules under the Affordable Care Act have been released.

03/03/2014

Take the Headache Out of W-2 Corrections

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Pay News Now: W-2 Corrections

The correction process for Form W-2 does not have to be a headache.

02/18/2014

Join APA's Fight for the Mobile Workforce Act

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Pay News Now: Mobile Workforce Act

Two bills seek to establish a 30-day threshold for workers traveling to other states.

02/15/2014

President Wants to Give America a Raise

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Pay News Now: Give America a Raise

President Barack Obama encouraged Congress to approve a bill that would increase the federal minimum wage.

02/11/2014

Prevent Identity Theft This Tax Season

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Pay News Now: Identity Theft

The IRS has urged taxpayers to be aware of tax-related scams.

02/07/2014

IRS Announces Newly Appointed IRSAC Members

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Pay News Now: New IRSAC Members

The IRS announced the selection of six new members to the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council.

01/21/2014

Secrets for Successful Year-End Reporting

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Pay News Now: Successful Year-End

Accurate year-end reporting to the SSA and IRS is crucial for maintaining compliance.

01/21/2014

Individual Tax Filings Delayed by IRS

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Pay News Now: Tax Filings Delayed

The IRS announced that the beginning of filing season for 2014 has been pushed back from January 21st to January 31st.

01/21/2014

Public Trust Is Top Priority for New IRS Commissioner

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Pay News Now: New IRS Commissioner

The United States Senate has confirmed John Koskinen's appointment as the new commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).