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1040ez for 2011 Publication 15 - Main Content Table of Contents 1. 1040ez for 2011 Employer Identification Number (EIN) 2. 1040ez for 2011 Who Are Employees?Relief provisions. 1040ez for 2011 Business Owned and Operated by Spouses 3. 1040ez for 2011 Family Employees 4. 1040ez for 2011 Employee's Social Security Number (SSN)Registering for SSNVS. 1040ez for 2011 5. 1040ez for 2011 Wages and Other CompensationAccountable plan. 1040ez for 2011 Nonaccountable plan. 1040ez for 2011 Per diem or other fixed allowance. 1040ez for 2011 50% test. 1040ez for 2011 Health Savings Accounts and medical savings accounts. 1040ez for 2011 Nontaxable fringe benefits. 1040ez for 2011 When fringe benefits are treated as paid. 1040ez for 2011 Valuation of fringe benefits. 1040ez for 2011 Withholding on fringe benefits. 1040ez for 2011 Depositing taxes on fringe benefits. 1040ez for 2011 6. 1040ez for 2011 TipsOrdering rule. 1040ez for 2011 7. 1040ez for 2011 Supplemental Wages 8. 1040ez for 2011 Payroll Period 9. 1040ez for 2011 Withholding From Employees' WagesIncome Tax Withholding Social Security and Medicare Taxes Part-Time Workers 10. 1040ez for 2011 Required Notice to Employees About the Earned Income Credit (EIC) 11. 1040ez for 2011 Depositing TaxesWhen To Deposit How To Deposit Deposit Penalties 12. 1040ez for 2011 Filing Form 941 or Form 944 13. 1040ez for 2011 Reporting Adjustments to Form 941 or Form 944Current Period Adjustments Prior Period Adjustments Wage Repayments 14. 1040ez for 2011 Federal Unemployment (FUTA) TaxSuccessor employer. 1040ez for 2011 Household employees. 1040ez for 2011 When to deposit. 1040ez for 2011 Household employees. 1040ez for 2011 Electronic filing by reporting agents. 1040ez for 2011 16. 1040ez for 2011 How To Use the Income Tax Withholding TablesWage Bracket Method Percentage Method Alternative Methods of Income Tax Withholding How To Get Tax Help 1. 1040ez for 2011 Employer Identification Number (EIN) If you are required to report employment taxes or give tax statements to employees or annuitants, you need an EIN. 1040ez for 2011 The EIN is a nine-digit number the IRS issues. 1040ez for 2011 The digits are arranged as follows: 00-0000000. 1040ez for 2011 It is used to identify the tax accounts of employers and certain others who have no employees. 1040ez for 2011 Use your EIN on all of the items you send to the IRS and SSA. 1040ez for 2011 For more information, see Publication 1635, Employer Identification Number: Understanding Your EIN. 1040ez for 2011 If you do not have an EIN, you may apply for one online. 1040ez for 2011 Go to the IRS. 1040ez for 2011 gov and click on the Apply for an EIN Online link under Tools. 1040ez for 2011 You may also apply for an EIN by calling 1-800-829-4933, or you can fax or mail Form SS-4, Application for Employer Identification Number, to the IRS. 1040ez for 2011 Do not use an SSN in place of an EIN. 1040ez for 2011 You should have only one EIN. 1040ez for 2011 If you have more than one and are not sure which one to use, call 1-800-829-4933 or 1-800-829-4059 (TDD/TTY for persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability). 1040ez for 2011 Give the numbers you have, the name and address to which each was assigned, and the address of your main place of business. 1040ez for 2011 The IRS will tell you which number to use. 1040ez for 2011 If you took over another employer's business (see Successor employer in section 9), do not use that employer's EIN. 1040ez for 2011 If you have applied for an EIN but do not have your EIN by the time a return is due, file a paper return and write “Applied For” and the date you applied for it in the space shown for the number. 1040ez for 2011 2. 1040ez for 2011 Who Are Employees? Generally, employees are defined either under common law or under statutes for certain situations. 1040ez for 2011 See Publication 15-A for details on statutory employees and nonemployees. 1040ez for 2011 Employee status under common law. 1040ez for 2011   Generally, a worker who performs services for you is your employee if you have the right to control what will be done and how it will be done. 1040ez for 2011 This is so even when you give the employee freedom of action. 1040ez for 2011 What matters is that you have the right to control the details of how the services are performed. 1040ez for 2011 See Publication 15-A for more information on how to determine whether an individual providing services is an independent contractor or an employee. 1040ez for 2011   Generally, people in business for themselves are not employees. 1040ez for 2011 For example, doctors, lawyers, veterinarians, and others in an independent trade in which they offer their services to the public are usually not employees. 1040ez for 2011 However, if the business is incorporated, corporate officers who work in the business are employees of the corporation. 1040ez for 2011   If an employer-employee relationship exists, it does not matter what it is called. 1040ez for 2011 The employee may be called an agent or independent contractor. 1040ez for 2011 It also does not matter how payments are measured or paid, what they are called, or if the employee works full or part time. 1040ez for 2011 Statutory employees. 1040ez for 2011   If someone who works for you is not an employee under the common law rules discussed earlier, do not withhold federal income tax from his or her pay, unless backup withholding applies. 1040ez for 2011 Although the following persons may not be common law employees, they are considered employees by statute for social security, Medicare, and FUTA tax purposes under certain conditions. 1040ez for 2011 An agent (or commission) driver who delivers food, beverages (other than milk), laundry, or dry cleaning for someone else. 1040ez for 2011 A full-time life insurance salesperson who sells primarily for one company. 1040ez for 2011 A homeworker who works by guidelines of the person for whom the work is done, with materials furnished by and returned to that person or to someone that person designates. 1040ez for 2011 A traveling or city salesperson (other than an agent-driver or commission-driver) who works full time (except for sideline sales activities) for one firm or person getting orders from customers. 1040ez for 2011 The orders must be for merchandise for resale or supplies for use in the customer's business. 1040ez for 2011 The customers must be retailers, wholesalers, contractors, or operators of hotels, restaurants, or other businesses dealing with food or lodging. 1040ez for 2011    Statutory nonemployees. 1040ez for 2011   Direct sellers, qualified real estate agents, and certain companion sitters are, by law, considered nonemployees. 1040ez for 2011 They are generally treated as self-employed for all federal tax purposes, including income and employment taxes. 1040ez for 2011 H-2A agricultural workers. 1040ez for 2011   On Form W-2, do not check box 13 (Statutory employee), as H-2A workers are not statutory employees. 1040ez for 2011 Treating employees as nonemployees. 1040ez for 2011   You will generally be liable for social security and Medicare taxes and withheld income tax if you do not deduct and withhold these taxes because you treated an employee as a nonemployee. 1040ez for 2011 You may be able to calculate your liability using special section 3509 rates for the employee share of social security and Medicare taxes and the federal income tax withholding. 1040ez for 2011 The applicable rates depend on whether you filed required Forms 1099. 1040ez for 2011 You cannot recover the employee share of social security, or Medicare tax, or income tax withholding from the employee if the tax is paid under section 3509. 1040ez for 2011 You are liable for the income tax withholding regardless of whether the employee paid income tax on the wages. 1040ez for 2011 You continue to owe the full employer share of social security and Medicare taxes. 1040ez for 2011 The employee remains liable for the employee share of social security and Medicare taxes. 1040ez for 2011 See Internal Revenue Code section 3509 for details. 1040ez for 2011 Also see the Instructions for Form 941-X. 1040ez for 2011   Section 3509 rates are not available if you intentionally disregard the requirement to withhold taxes from the employee or if you withheld income taxes but not social security or Medicare taxes. 1040ez for 2011 Section 3509 is not available for reclassifying statutory employees. 1040ez for 2011 See Statutory employees , earlier in this section. 1040ez for 2011   If the employer issued required information returns, the section 3509 rates are: For social security taxes; employer rate of 6. 1040ez for 2011 2% plus 20% of the employee rate (see the Instructions for Form 941-X). 1040ez for 2011 For Medicare taxes; employer rate of 1. 1040ez for 2011 45% plus 20% of the employee rate of 1. 1040ez for 2011 45%, for a total rate of 1. 1040ez for 2011 74% of wages. 1040ez for 2011 For Additional Medicare Tax; 0. 1040ez for 2011 18% (20% of the employee rate of 0. 1040ez for 2011 9%) of wages subject to Additional Medicare Tax. 1040ez for 2011 For income tax withholding, the rate is 1. 1040ez for 2011 5% of wages. 1040ez for 2011   If the employer did not issue required information returns, the section 3509 rates are: For social security taxes; employer rate of 6. 1040ez for 2011 2% plus 40% of the employee rate (see the Instructions for Form 941-X). 1040ez for 2011 For Medicare taxes; employer rate of 1. 1040ez for 2011 45% plus 40% of the employee rate of 1. 1040ez for 2011 45%, for a total rate of 2. 1040ez for 2011 03% of wages. 1040ez for 2011 For Additional Medicare Tax; 0. 1040ez for 2011 36% (40% of the employee rate of 0. 1040ez for 2011 9%) of wages subject to Additional Medicare Tax. 1040ez for 2011 For income tax withholding, the rate is 3. 1040ez for 2011 0% of wages. 1040ez for 2011 Relief provisions. 1040ez for 2011   If you have a reasonable basis for not treating a worker as an employee, you may be relieved from having to pay employment taxes for that worker. 1040ez for 2011 To get this relief, you must file all required federal tax returns, including information returns, on a basis consistent with your treatment of the worker. 1040ez for 2011 You (or your predecessor) must not have treated any worker holding a substantially similar position as an employee for any periods beginning after 1977. 1040ez for 2011 See Publication 1976, Do You Qualify for Relief Under Section 530. 1040ez for 2011 IRS help. 1040ez for 2011   If you want the IRS to determine whether a worker is an employee, file Form SS-8, Determination of Worker Status for Purposes of Federal Employment Taxes and Income Tax Withholding. 1040ez for 2011 Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP). 1040ez for 2011   Employers who are currently treating their workers (or a class or group of workers) as independent contractors or other nonemployees and want to voluntarily reclassify their workers as employees for future tax periods may be eligible to participate in the VCSP if certain requirements are met. 1040ez for 2011 To apply, use Form 8952, Application for Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP). 1040ez for 2011 For more information visit IRS. 1040ez for 2011 gov and enter “VCSP” in the search box. 1040ez for 2011 Business Owned and Operated by Spouses If you and your spouse jointly own and operate a business and share in the profits and losses, you are partners in a partnership, whether or not you have a formal partnership agreement. 1040ez for 2011 See Publication 541, Partnerships, for more details. 1040ez for 2011 The partnership is considered the employer of any employees, and is liable for any employment taxes due on wages paid to its employees. 1040ez for 2011 Exception—Qualified joint venture. 1040ez for 2011   For tax years beginning after December 31, 2006, the Small Business and Work Opportunity Tax Act of 2007 (Public Law 110-28) provides that a “qualified joint venture,” whose only members are spouses filing a joint income tax return, can elect not to be treated as a partnership for federal tax purposes. 1040ez for 2011 A qualified joint venture conducts a trade or business where: The only members of the joint venture are spouses who file a joint income tax return, Both spouses materially participate (see Material participation in the Instructions for Schedule C (Form 1040), line G) in the trade or business (mere joint ownership of property is not enough), Both spouses elect to not be treated as a partnership, and The business is co-owned by both spouses and is not held in the name of a state law entity such as a partnership or limited liability company (LLC). 1040ez for 2011   To make the election, all items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit must be divided between the spouses, in accordance with each spouse's interest in the venture, and reported on separate Schedules C or F as sole proprietors. 1040ez for 2011 Each spouse must also file a separate Schedule SE to pay self-employment taxes, as applicable. 1040ez for 2011   Spouses using the qualified joint venture rules are treated as sole proprietors for federal tax purposes and generally do not need an EIN. 1040ez for 2011 If employment taxes are owed by the qualified joint venture, either spouse may report and pay the employment taxes due on the wages paid to the employees using the EIN of that spouse's sole proprietorship. 1040ez for 2011 Generally, filing as a qualified joint venture will not increase the spouses' total tax owed on the joint income tax return. 1040ez for 2011 However, it gives each spouse credit for social security earnings on which retirement benefits are based and for Medicare coverage without filing a partnership return. 1040ez for 2011    Note. 1040ez for 2011 If your spouse is your employee, not your partner, see One spouse employed by another in section 3. 1040ez for 2011   For more information on qualified joint ventures, visit IRS. 1040ez for 2011 gov and enter “qualified joint venture” in the search box. 1040ez for 2011 Exception—Community income. 1040ez for 2011   If you and your spouse wholly own an unincorporated business as community property under the community property laws of a state, foreign country, or U. 1040ez for 2011 S. 1040ez for 2011 possession, you can treat the business either as a sole proprietorship (of the spouse who carried on the business) or a partnership. 1040ez for 2011 You may still make an election to be taxed as a qualified joint venture instead of a partnership. 1040ez for 2011 See Exception—Qualified joint venture , earlier. 1040ez for 2011 3. 1040ez for 2011 Family Employees Child employed by parents. 1040ez for 2011   Payments for the services of a child under age 18 who works for his or her parent in a trade or business are not subject to social security and Medicare taxes if the trade or business is a sole proprietorship or a partnership in which each partner is a parent of the child. 1040ez for 2011 If these payments are for work other than in a trade or business, such as domestic work in the parent's private home, they are not subject to social security and Medicare taxes until the child reaches age 21. 1040ez for 2011 However, see Covered services of a child or spouse , later in this section. 1040ez for 2011 Payments for the services of a child under age 21 who works for his or her parent, whether or not in a trade or business, are not subject to FUTA tax. 1040ez for 2011 Payments for the services of a child of any age who works for his or her parent are generally subject to income tax withholding unless the payments are for domestic work in the parent's home, or unless the payments are for work other than in a trade or business and are less than $50 in the quarter or the child is not regularly employed to do such work. 1040ez for 2011 One spouse employed by another. 1040ez for 2011   The wages for the services of an individual who works for his or her spouse in a trade or business are subject to income tax withholding and social security and Medicare taxes, but not to FUTA tax. 1040ez for 2011 However, the payments for services of one spouse employed by another in other than a trade or business, such as domestic service in a private home, are not subject to social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes. 1040ez for 2011 Covered services of a child or spouse. 1040ez for 2011   The wages for the services of a child or spouse are subject to income tax withholding as well as social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes if he or she works for: A corporation, even if it is controlled by the child's parent or the individual's spouse; A partnership, even if the child's parent is a partner, unless each partner is a parent of the child; A partnership, even if the individual's spouse is a partner; or An estate, even if it is the estate of a deceased parent. 1040ez for 2011 Parent employed by son or daughter. 1040ez for 2011   When the employer is a son or daughter employing his or her parent the following rules apply. 1040ez for 2011 Payments for the services of a parent in the son’s or daughter’s (the employer’s) trade or business are subject to income tax withholding and social security and Medicare taxes. 1040ez for 2011 Payments for the services of a parent not in the son’s or daughter’s (the employer’s) trade or business are generally not subject to social security and Medicare taxes. 1040ez for 2011    Social security and Medicare taxes do apply to payments made to a parent for domestic services if all of the following apply: The parent is employed by his or her son or daughter; The son or daughter (the employer) has a child or stepchild living in the home; The son or daughter (the employer) is a widow or widower, divorced, or living with a spouse who, because of a mental or physical condition, cannot care for the child or stepchild for at least 4 continuous weeks in a calendar quarter; and The child or stepchild is either under age 18 or requires the personal care of an adult for at least 4 continuous weeks in a calendar quarter due to a mental or physical condition. 1040ez for 2011   Payments made to a parent employed by his or her child are not subject to FUTA tax, regardless of the type of services provided. 1040ez for 2011 4. 1040ez for 2011 Employee's Social Security Number (SSN) You are required to get each employee's name and SSN and to enter them on Form W-2. 1040ez for 2011 This requirement also applies to resident and nonresident alien employees. 1040ez for 2011 You should ask your employee to show you his or her social security card. 1040ez for 2011 The employee may show the card if it is available. 1040ez for 2011 Do not accept a social security card that says “Not valid for employment. 1040ez for 2011 ” A social security number issued with this legend does not permit employment. 1040ez for 2011 You may, but are not required to, photocopy the social security card if the employee provides it. 1040ez for 2011 If you do not provide the correct employee name and SSN on Form W-2, you may owe a penalty unless you have reasonable cause. 1040ez for 2011 See Publication 1586, Reasonable Cause Regulations & Requirements for Missing and Incorrect Name/TINs, for information on the requirement to solicit the employee's SSN. 1040ez for 2011 Applying for a social security card. 1040ez for 2011   Any employee who is legally eligible to work in the United States and does not have a social security card can get one by completing Form SS-5, Application for a Social Security Card, and submitting the necessary documentation. 1040ez for 2011 You can get Form SS-5 at SSA offices, by calling 1-800-772-1213, or from the SSA website at www. 1040ez for 2011 socialsecurity. 1040ez for 2011 gov/online/ss-5. 1040ez for 2011 html. 1040ez for 2011 The employee must complete and sign Form SS-5; it cannot be filed by the employer. 1040ez for 2011 You may be asked to supply a letter to accompany Form SS-5 if the employee has exceeded his or her yearly or lifetime limit for the number of replacement cards allowed. 1040ez for 2011 Applying for a social security number. 1040ez for 2011   If you file Form W-2 on paper and your employee applied for an SSN but does not have one when you must file Form W-2, enter “Applied For” on the form. 1040ez for 2011 If you are filing electronically, enter all zeros (000-00-000) in the social security number field. 1040ez for 2011 When the employee receives the SSN, file Copy A of Form W-2c, Corrected Wage and Tax Statement, with the SSA to show the employee's SSN. 1040ez for 2011 Furnish copies B, C, and 2 of Form W-2c to the employee. 1040ez for 2011 Up to 25 Forms W-2c for each Form W-3c, Transmittal of Corrected Wage and Tax Statements, may now be filed per session over the Internet, with no limit on the number of sessions. 1040ez for 2011 For more information, visit the SSA's Employer W-2 Filing Instructions & Information webpage at www. 1040ez for 2011 socialsecurity. 1040ez for 2011 gov/employer. 1040ez for 2011 Advise your employee to correct the SSN on his or her original Form W-2. 1040ez for 2011 Correctly record the employee's name and SSN. 1040ez for 2011   Record the name and number of each employee as they are shown on the employee's social security card. 1040ez for 2011 If the employee's name is not correct as shown on the card (for example, because of marriage or divorce), the employee should request a corrected card from the SSA. 1040ez for 2011 Continue to report the employee's wages under the old name until the employee shows you an updated social security card with the new name. 1040ez for 2011 If the SSA issues the employee a replacement card after a name change, or a new card with a different social security number after a change in alien work status, file a Form W-2c to correct the name/SSN reported for the most recently filed Form W-2. 1040ez for 2011 It is not necessary to correct other years if the previous name and number were used for years before the most recent Form W-2. 1040ez for 2011 IRS individual taxpayer identification numbers (ITINs) for aliens. 1040ez for 2011   Do not accept an ITIN in place of an SSN for employee identification or for work. 1040ez for 2011 An ITIN is only available to resident and nonresident aliens who are not eligible for U. 1040ez for 2011 S. 1040ez for 2011 employment and need identification for other tax purposes. 1040ez for 2011 You can identify an ITIN because it is a nine-digit number, beginning with the number “9” with either a “7” or “8” as the fourth digit and is formatted like an SSN (for example, 9NN-7N-NNNN). 1040ez for 2011    An individual with an ITIN who later becomes eligible to work in the United States must obtain an SSN. 1040ez for 2011 If the individual is currently eligible to work in the United States, instruct the individual to apply for an SSN and follow the instructions under Applying for a social security number, earlier. 1040ez for 2011 Do not use an ITIN in place of an SSN on Form W-2. 1040ez for 2011 Verification of social security numbers. 1040ez for 2011   Employers and authorized reporting agents can use the Social Security Number Verification Service (SSNVS) to instantly verify up to 10 names and SSNs (per screen) at a time, or submit an electronic file of up to 250,000 names and SSNs and usually receive the results the next business day. 1040ez for 2011 Visit www. 1040ez for 2011 socialsecurity. 1040ez for 2011 gov/employer/ssnv. 1040ez for 2011 htm for more information. 1040ez for 2011 Registering for SSNVS. 1040ez for 2011   You must register online and receive authorization from your employer to use SSNVS. 1040ez for 2011 To register, visit SSA's website at www. 1040ez for 2011 ssa. 1040ez for 2011 gov/employer and click on the Business Services Online link. 1040ez for 2011 Follow the registration instructions to obtain a user identification (ID) and password. 1040ez for 2011 You will need to provide the following information about yourself and your company. 1040ez for 2011 Name. 1040ez for 2011 SSN. 1040ez for 2011 Date of birth. 1040ez for 2011 Type of employer. 1040ez for 2011 EIN. 1040ez for 2011 Company name, address, and telephone number. 1040ez for 2011 Email address. 1040ez for 2011   When you have completed the online registration process, SSA will mail a one-time activation code to your employer. 1040ez for 2011 You must enter the activation code online to use SSNVS. 1040ez for 2011 5. 1040ez for 2011 Wages and Other Compensation Wages subject to federal employment taxes generally include all pay you give to an employee for services performed. 1040ez for 2011 The pay may be in cash or in other forms. 1040ez for 2011 It includes salaries, vacation allowances, bonuses, commissions, and fringe benefits. 1040ez for 2011 It does not matter how you measure or make the payments. 1040ez for 2011 Amounts an employer pays as a bonus for signing or ratifying a contract in connection with the establishment of an employer-employee relationship and an amount paid to an employee for cancellation of an employment contract and relinquishment of contract rights are wages subject to social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes and income tax withholding. 1040ez for 2011 Also, compensation paid to a former employee for services performed while still employed is wages subject to employment taxes. 1040ez for 2011 More information. 1040ez for 2011   See section 6 for a discussion of tips and section 7 for a discussion of supplemental wages. 1040ez for 2011 Also, see section 15 for exceptions to the general rules for wages. 1040ez for 2011 Publication 15-A provides additional information on wages, including nonqualified deferred compensation, and other compensation. 1040ez for 2011 Publication 15-B provides information on other forms of compensation, including: Accident and health benefits, Achievement awards, Adoption assistance, Athletic facilities, De minimis (minimal) benefits, Dependent care assistance, Educational assistance, Employee discounts, Employee stock options, Employer-provided cell phones, Group-term life insurance coverage, Health Savings Accounts, Lodging on your business premises, Meals, Moving expense reimbursements, No-additional-cost services, Retirement planning services, Transportation (commuting) benefits, Tuition reduction, and Working condition benefits. 1040ez for 2011 Employee business expense reimbursements. 1040ez for 2011   A reimbursement or allowance arrangement is a system by which you pay the advances, reimbursements, and charges for your employees' business expenses. 1040ez for 2011 How you report a reimbursement or allowance amount depends on whether you have an accountable or a nonaccountable plan. 1040ez for 2011 If a single payment includes both wages and an expense reimbursement, you must specify the amount of the reimbursement. 1040ez for 2011   These rules apply to all ordinary and necessary employee business expenses that would otherwise qualify for a deduction by the employee. 1040ez for 2011 Accountable plan. 1040ez for 2011   To be an accountable plan, your reimbursement or allowance arrangement must require your employees to meet all three of the following rules. 1040ez for 2011 They must have paid or incurred deductible expenses while performing services as your employees. 1040ez for 2011 The reimbursement or advance must be paid for the expense and must not be an amount that would have otherwise been paid by the employee. 1040ez for 2011 They must substantiate these expenses to you within a reasonable period of time. 1040ez for 2011 They must return any amounts in excess of substantiated expenses within a reasonable period of time. 1040ez for 2011   Amounts paid under an accountable plan are not wages and are not subject to income, social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes. 1040ez for 2011   If the expenses covered by this arrangement are not substantiated (or amounts in excess of substantiated expenses are not returned within a reasonable period of time), the amount paid under the arrangement in excess of the substantiated expenses is treated as paid under a nonaccountable plan. 1040ez for 2011 This amount is subject to income, social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes for the first payroll period following the end of the reasonable period of time. 1040ez for 2011   A reasonable period of time depends on the facts and circumstances. 1040ez for 2011 Generally, it is considered reasonable if your employees receive their advance within 30 days of the time they incur the expenses, adequately account for the expenses within 60 days after the expenses were paid or incurred, and return any amounts in excess of expenses within 120 days after the expenses were paid or incurred. 1040ez for 2011 Also, it is considered reasonable if you give your employees a periodic statement (at least quarterly) that asks them to either return or adequately account for outstanding amounts and they do so within 120 days. 1040ez for 2011 Nonaccountable plan. 1040ez for 2011   Payments to your employee for travel and other necessary expenses of your business under a nonaccountable plan are wages and are treated as supplemental wages and subject to income, social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes. 1040ez for 2011 Your payments are treated as paid under a nonaccountable plan if: Your employee is not required to or does not substantiate timely those expenses to you with receipts or other documentation, You advance an amount to your employee for business expenses and your employee is not required to or does not return timely any amount he or she does not use for business expenses, You advance or pay an amount to your employee regardless of whether you reasonably expect the employee to have business expenses related to your business, or You pay an amount as a reimbursement you would have otherwise paid as wages. 1040ez for 2011   See section 7 for more information on supplemental wages. 1040ez for 2011 Per diem or other fixed allowance. 1040ez for 2011   You may reimburse your employees by travel days, miles, or some other fixed allowance under the applicable revenue procedure. 1040ez for 2011 In these cases, your employee is considered to have accounted to you if your reimbursement does not exceed rates established by the Federal Government. 1040ez for 2011 The 2013 standard mileage rate for auto expenses was 56. 1040ez for 2011 5 cents per mile. 1040ez for 2011 The rate for 2014 is 56 cents per mile. 1040ez for 2011   The government per diem rates for meals and lodging in the continental United States are listed in Publication 1542, Per Diem Rates. 1040ez for 2011 Other than the amount of these expenses, your employees' business expenses must be substantiated (for example, the business purpose of the travel or the number of business miles driven). 1040ez for 2011   If the per diem or allowance paid exceeds the amounts substantiated, you must report the excess amount as wages. 1040ez for 2011 This excess amount is subject to income tax withholding and payment of social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes. 1040ez for 2011 Show the amount equal to the substantiated amount (for example, the nontaxable portion) in box 12 of Form W-2 using code “L. 1040ez for 2011 ” Wages not paid in money. 1040ez for 2011   If in the course of your trade or business you pay your employees in a medium that is neither cash nor a readily negotiable instrument, such as a check, you are said to pay them “in kind. 1040ez for 2011 ” Payments in kind may be in the form of goods, lodging, food, clothing, or services. 1040ez for 2011 Generally, the fair market value of such payments at the time they are provided is subject to federal income tax withholding and social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes. 1040ez for 2011   However, noncash payments for household work, agricultural labor, and service not in the employer's trade or business are exempt from social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes. 1040ez for 2011 Withhold income tax on these payments only if you and the employee agree to do so. 1040ez for 2011 Nonetheless, noncash payments for agricultural labor, such as commodity wages, are treated as cash payments subject to employment taxes if the substance of the transaction is a cash payment. 1040ez for 2011 Moving expenses. 1040ez for 2011   Reimbursed and employer-paid qualified moving expenses (those that would otherwise be deductible by the employee) paid under an accountable plan are not includible in an employee's income unless you have knowledge the employee deducted the expenses in a prior year. 1040ez for 2011 Reimbursed and employer-paid nonqualified moving expenses are includible in income and are subject to employment taxes and income tax withholding. 1040ez for 2011 For more information on moving expenses, see Publication 521, Moving Expenses. 1040ez for 2011 Meals and lodging. 1040ez for 2011   The value of meals is not taxable income and is not subject to income tax withholding and social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes if the meals are furnished for the employer's convenience and on the employer's premises. 1040ez for 2011 The value of lodging is not subject to income tax withholding and social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes if the lodging is furnished for the employer's convenience, on the employer's premises, and as a condition of employment. 1040ez for 2011    “For the convenience of the employer” means you have a substantial business reason for providing the meals and lodging other than to provide additional compensation to the employee. 1040ez for 2011 For example, meals you provide at the place of work so that an employee is available for emergencies during his or her lunch period are generally considered to be for your convenience. 1040ez for 2011   However, whether meals or lodging are provided for the convenience of the employer depends on all of the facts and circumstances. 1040ez for 2011 A written statement that the meals or lodging are for your convenience is not sufficient. 1040ez for 2011 50% test. 1040ez for 2011   If over 50% of the employees who are provided meals on an employer's business premises receive these meals for the convenience of the employer, all meals provided on the premises are treated as furnished for the convenience of the employer. 1040ez for 2011 If this 50% test is met, the value of the meals is excludable from income for all employees and is not subject to federal income tax withholding or employment taxes. 1040ez for 2011 For more information, see Publication 15-B. 1040ez for 2011 Health insurance plans. 1040ez for 2011   If you pay the cost of an accident or health insurance plan for your employees, including an employee's spouse and dependents, your payments are not wages and are not subject to social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes, or federal income tax withholding. 1040ez for 2011 Generally, this exclusion also applies to qualified long-term care insurance contracts. 1040ez for 2011 However, for income tax withholding, the value of health insurance benefits must be included in the wages of S corporation employees who own more than 2% of the S corporation (2% shareholders). 1040ez for 2011 For social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes, the health insurance benefits are excluded from the wages only for employees and their dependents or for a class or classes of employees and their dependents. 1040ez for 2011 See Announcement 92-16 for more information. 1040ez for 2011 You can find Announcement 92-16 on page 53 of Internal Revenue Bulletin 1992-5. 1040ez for 2011 Health Savings Accounts and medical savings accounts. 1040ez for 2011   Your contributions to an employee's Health Savings Account (HSA) or Archer medical savings account (MSA) are not subject to social security, Medicare, or FUTA taxes, or federal income tax withholding if it is reasonable to believe at the time of payment of the contributions they will be excludable from the income of the employee. 1040ez for 2011 To the extent it is not reasonable to believe they will be excludable, your contributions are subject to these taxes. 1040ez for 2011 Employee contributions to their HSAs or MSAs through a payroll deduction plan must be included in wages and are subject to social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes and income tax withholding. 1040ez for 2011 However, HSA contributions made under a salary reduction arrangement in a section 125 cafeteria plan are not wages and are not subject to employment taxes or withholding. 1040ez for 2011 For more information, see the Instructions for Form 8889, Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). 1040ez for 2011 Medical care reimbursements. 1040ez for 2011   Generally, medical care reimbursements paid for an employee under an employer's self-insured medical reimbursement plan are not wages and are not subject to social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes, or income tax withholding. 1040ez for 2011 See Publication 15-B for an exception for highly compensated employees. 1040ez for 2011 Differential wage payments. 1040ez for 2011   Differential wage payments are any payments made by an employer to an individual for a period during which the individual is performing service in the uniformed services while on active duty for a period of more than 30 days and represent all or a portion of the wages the individual would have received from the employer if the individual were performing services for the employer. 1040ez for 2011   Differential wage payments are wages for income tax withholding, but are not subject to social security, Medicare, or FUTA taxes. 1040ez for 2011 Employers should report differential wage payments in box 1 of Form W-2. 1040ez for 2011 For more information about the tax treatment of differential wage payments, visit IRS. 1040ez for 2011 gov and enter “employees in a combat zone” in the search box. 1040ez for 2011 Fringe benefits. 1040ez for 2011   You generally must include fringe benefits in an employee's gross income (but see Nontaxable fringe benefits next). 1040ez for 2011 The benefits are subject to income tax withholding and employment taxes. 1040ez for 2011 Fringe benefits include cars you provide, flights on aircraft you provide, free or discounted commercial flights, vacations, discounts on property or services, memberships in country clubs or other social clubs, and tickets to entertainment or sporting events. 1040ez for 2011 In general, the amount you must include is the amount by which the fair market value of the benefits is more than the sum of what the employee paid for it plus any amount the law excludes. 1040ez for 2011 There are other special rules you and your employees may use to value certain fringe benefits. 1040ez for 2011 See Publication 15-B for more information. 1040ez for 2011 Nontaxable fringe benefits. 1040ez for 2011   Some fringe benefits are not taxable (or are minimally taxable) if certain conditions are met. 1040ez for 2011 See Publication 15-B for details. 1040ez for 2011 The following are some examples of nontaxable fringe benefits. 1040ez for 2011 Services provided to your employees at no additional cost to you. 1040ez for 2011 Qualified employee discounts. 1040ez for 2011 Working condition fringes that are property or services the employee could deduct as a business expense if he or she had paid for it. 1040ez for 2011 Examples include a company car for business use and subscriptions to business magazines. 1040ez for 2011 Certain minimal value fringes (including an occasional cab ride when an employee must work overtime and meals you provide at eating places you run for your employees if the meals are not furnished at below cost). 1040ez for 2011 Qualified transportation fringes subject to specified conditions and dollar limitations (including transportation in a commuter highway vehicle, any transit pass, and qualified parking). 1040ez for 2011 Qualified moving expense reimbursement. 1040ez for 2011 See Moving expenses , earlier in this section, for details. 1040ez for 2011 The use of on-premises athletic facilities, if substantially all of the use is by employees, their spouses, and their dependent children. 1040ez for 2011 Qualified tuition reduction an educational organization provides to its employees for education. 1040ez for 2011 For more information, see Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education. 1040ez for 2011 Employer-provided cell phones provided primarily for a noncompensatory business reason. 1040ez for 2011   However, do not exclude the following fringe benefits from the income of highly compensated employees unless the benefit is available to other employees on a nondiscriminatory basis. 1040ez for 2011 No-additional-cost services. 1040ez for 2011 Qualified employee discounts. 1040ez for 2011 Meals provided at an employer operated eating facility. 1040ez for 2011 Reduced tuition for education. 1040ez for 2011  For more information, including the definition of a highly compensated employee, see Publication 15-B. 1040ez for 2011 When fringe benefits are treated as paid. 1040ez for 2011   You may choose to treat certain noncash fringe benefits as paid by the pay period, by the quarter, or on any other basis you choose as long as you treat the benefits as paid at least once a year. 1040ez for 2011 You do not have to make a formal choice of payment dates or notify the IRS of the dates you choose. 1040ez for 2011 You do not have to make this choice for all employees. 1040ez for 2011 You may change methods as often as you like, as long as you treat all benefits provided in a calendar year as paid by December 31 of the calendar year. 1040ez for 2011 See Publication 15-B for more information, including a discussion of the special accounting rule for fringe benefits provided during November and December. 1040ez for 2011 Valuation of fringe benefits. 1040ez for 2011   Generally, you must determine the value of fringe benefits no later than January 31 of the next year. 1040ez for 2011 Before January 31, you may reasonably estimate the value of the fringe benefits for purposes of withholding and depositing on time. 1040ez for 2011 Withholding on fringe benefits. 1040ez for 2011   You may add the value of fringe benefits to regular wages for a payroll period and figure withholding taxes on the total, or you may withhold federal income tax on the value of the fringe benefits at the optional flat 25% supplemental wage rate. 1040ez for 2011 However, see Withholding on supplemental wages when an employee receives more than $1 million of supplemental wages during the calendar year in section 7. 1040ez for 2011   You may choose not to withhold income tax on the value of an employee's personal use of a vehicle you provide. 1040ez for 2011 You must, however, withhold social security and Medicare taxes on the use of the vehicle. 1040ez for 2011 See Publication 15-B for more information on this election. 1040ez for 2011 Depositing taxes on fringe benefits. 1040ez for 2011   Once you choose when fringe benefits are paid, you must deposit taxes in the same deposit period you treat the fringe benefits as paid. 1040ez for 2011 To avoid a penalty, deposit the taxes following the general deposit rules for that deposit period. 1040ez for 2011   If you determine by January 31 you overestimated the value of a fringe benefit at the time you withheld and deposited for it, you may claim a refund for the overpayment or have it applied to your next employment tax return. 1040ez for 2011 See Valuation of fringe benefits , earlier. 1040ez for 2011 If you underestimated the value and deposited too little, you may be subject to a failure-to-deposit penalty. 1040ez for 2011 See section 11 for information on deposit penalties. 1040ez for 2011   If you deposited the required amount of taxes but withheld a lesser amount from the employee, you can recover from the employee the social security, Medicare, or income taxes you deposited on his or her behalf, and included in the employee's Form W-2. 1040ez for 2011 However, you must recover the income taxes before April 1 of the following year. 1040ez for 2011 Sick pay. 1040ez for 2011   In general, sick pay is any amount you pay under a plan to an employee who is unable to work because of sickness or injury. 1040ez for 2011 These amounts are sometimes paid by a third party, such as an insurance company or an employees' trust. 1040ez for 2011 In either case, these payments are subject to social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes. 1040ez for 2011 Sick pay becomes exempt from these taxes after the end of 6 calendar months after the calendar month the employee last worked for the employer. 1040ez for 2011 The payments are always subject to federal income tax. 1040ez for 2011 See Publication 15-A for more information. 1040ez for 2011 6. 1040ez for 2011 Tips Tips your employee receives from customers are generally subject to withholding. 1040ez for 2011 Your employee must report cash tips to you by the 10th of the month after the month the tips are received. 1040ez for 2011 The report should include tips you paid over to the employee for charge customers, tips the employee received directly from customers, and tips received from other employees under any tip-sharing arrangement. 1040ez for 2011 Both directly and indirectly tipped employees must report tips to you. 1040ez for 2011 No report is required for months when tips are less than $20. 1040ez for 2011 Your employee reports the tips on Form 4070, Employee's Report of Tips to Employer, or on a similar statement. 1040ez for 2011 The statement must be signed by the employee and must include: The employee's name, address, and SSN, Your name and address, The month or period the report covers, and The total of tips received during the month or period. 1040ez for 2011 Both Forms 4070 and 4070-A, Employee's Daily Record of Tips, are included in Publication 1244, Employee's Daily Record of Tips and Report to Employer. 1040ez for 2011 You are permitted to establish a system for electronic tip reporting by employees. 1040ez for 2011 See Regulations section 31. 1040ez for 2011 6053-1(d). 1040ez for 2011 Collecting taxes on tips. 1040ez for 2011   You must collect income tax, employee social security tax, and employee Medicare tax on the employee's tips. 1040ez for 2011 The withholding rules for withholding an employee's share of Medicare tax on tips also apply to withholding the Additional Medicare Tax once wages and tips exceed $200,000 in the calendar year. 1040ez for 2011 If an employee reports to you in writing $20 or more of tips in a month, the tips are also subject to FUTA tax. 1040ez for 2011   You can collect these taxes from the employee's wages or from other funds he or she makes available. 1040ez for 2011 See Tips treated as supplemental wages in section 7 for more information. 1040ez for 2011 Stop collecting the employee social security tax when his or her wages and tips for tax year 2014 reach $117,000; collect the income and employee Medicare taxes for the whole year on all wages and tips. 1040ez for 2011 You are responsible for the employer social security tax on wages and tips until the wages (including tips) reach the limit. 1040ez for 2011 You are responsible for the employer Medicare tax for the whole year on all wages and tips. 1040ez for 2011 File Form 941 or Form 944 to report withholding and employment taxes on tips. 1040ez for 2011 Ordering rule. 1040ez for 2011   If, by the 10th of the month after the month for which you received an employee's report on tips, you do not have enough employee funds available to deduct the employee tax, you no longer have to collect it. 1040ez for 2011 If there are not enough funds available, withhold taxes in the following order. 1040ez for 2011 Withhold on regular wages and other compensation. 1040ez for 2011 Withhold social security and Medicare taxes on tips. 1040ez for 2011 Withhold income tax on tips. 1040ez for 2011 Reporting tips. 1040ez for 2011   Report tips and any collected and uncollected social security and Medicare taxes on Form W-2 and on Form 941, lines 5b, 5c, and 5d (Form 944, lines 4b, 4c, and 4d). 1040ez for 2011 Report an adjustment on Form 941, line 9 (Form 944, line 6), for the uncollected social security and Medicare taxes. 1040ez for 2011 Enter the amount of uncollected social security tax and Medicare tax on Form W-2, box 12, with codes “A” and “B. 1040ez for 2011 ” Do not include any uncollected Additional Medicare Tax in box 12 of Form W-2. 1040ez for 2011 See section 13 and the General Instructions for Forms W-2 and W-3. 1040ez for 2011   Revenue Ruling 2012-18 provides guidance for employers regarding social security and Medicare taxes imposed on tips, including information on the reporting of the employer share of social security and Medicare taxes under section 3121(q), the difference between tips and service charges, and the section 45B credit. 1040ez for 2011 See Revenue Ruling 2012-18, 2012-26 I. 1040ez for 2011 R. 1040ez for 2011 B. 1040ez for 2011 1032, available at www. 1040ez for 2011 irs. 1040ez for 2011 gov/irb/2012-26_IRB/ar07. 1040ez for 2011 html. 1040ez for 2011 Allocated tips. 1040ez for 2011   If you operate a large food or beverage establishment, you must report allocated tips under certain circumstances. 1040ez for 2011 However, do not withhold income, social security, or Medicare taxes on allocated tips. 1040ez for 2011   A large food or beverage establishment is one that provides food or beverages for consumption on the premises, where tipping is customary, and where there were normally more than 10 employees on a typical business day during the preceding year. 1040ez for 2011   The tips may be allocated by one of three methods—hours worked, gross receipts, or good faith agreement. 1040ez for 2011 For information about these allocation methods, including the requirement to file Forms 8027 electronically if 250 or more forms are filed, see the Instructions for Form 8027. 1040ez for 2011 For information on filing Form 8027 electronically with the IRS, see Publication 1239. 1040ez for 2011 Tip Rate Determination and Education Program. 1040ez for 2011   Employers may participate in the Tip Rate Determination and Education Program. 1040ez for 2011 The program primarily consists of two voluntary agreements developed to improve tip income reporting by helping taxpayers to understand and meet their tip reporting responsibilities. 1040ez for 2011 The two agreements are the Tip Rate Determination Agreement (TRDA) and the Tip Reporting Alternative Commitment (TRAC). 1040ez for 2011 A tip agreement, the Gaming Industry Tip Compliance Agreement (GITCA), is available for the gaming (casino) industry. 1040ez for 2011 To get more information about TRDA and TRAC agreements, see Publication 3144, Tips on Tips. 1040ez for 2011 Additionally, visit IRS. 1040ez for 2011 gov and enter “MSU tips” in the search box to get more information about GITCA, TRDA, or TRAC agreements. 1040ez for 2011 7. 1040ez for 2011 Supplemental Wages Supplemental wages are wage payments to an employee that are not regular wages. 1040ez for 2011 They include, but are not limited to, bonuses, commissions, overtime pay, payments for accumulated sick leave, severance pay, awards, prizes, back pay, retroactive pay increases, and payments for nondeductible moving expenses. 1040ez for 2011 Other payments subject to the supplemental wage rules include taxable fringe benefits and expense allowances paid under a nonaccountable plan. 1040ez for 2011 How you withhold on supplemental wages depends on whether the supplemental payment is identified as a separate payment from regular wages. 1040ez for 2011 See Regulations section 31. 1040ez for 2011 3402(g)-1 for additional guidance for wages paid after January 1, 2007. 1040ez for 2011 Also see Revenue Ruling 2008-29, 2008-24 I. 1040ez for 2011 R. 1040ez for 2011 B. 1040ez for 2011 1149, available at www. 1040ez for 2011 irs. 1040ez for 2011 gov/irb/2008-24_IRB/ar08. 1040ez for 2011 html. 1040ez for 2011 Withholding on supplemental wages when an employee receives more than $1 million of supplemental wages from you during the calendar year. 1040ez for 2011   Special rules apply to the extent supplemental wages paid to any one employee during the calendar year exceed $1 million. 1040ez for 2011 If a supplemental wage payment, together with other supplemental wage payments made to the employee during the calendar year, exceeds $1 million, the excess is subject to withholding at 39. 1040ez for 2011 6% (or the highest rate of income tax for the year). 1040ez for 2011 Withhold using the 39. 1040ez for 2011 6% rate without regard to the employee's Form W-4. 1040ez for 2011 In determining supplemental wages paid to the employee during the year, include payments from all businesses under common control. 1040ez for 2011 For more information, see Treasury Decision 9276, 2006-37 I. 1040ez for 2011 R. 1040ez for 2011 B. 1040ez for 2011 423, available at www. 1040ez for 2011 irs. 1040ez for 2011 gov/irb/2006-37_IRB/ar09. 1040ez for 2011 html. 1040ez for 2011 Withholding on supplemental wage payments to an employee who does not receive $1 million of supplemental wages during the calendar year. 1040ez for 2011   If the supplemental wages paid to the employee during the calendar year are less than or equal to $1 million, the following rules apply in determining the amount of income tax to be withheld. 1040ez for 2011 Supplemental wages combined with regular wages. 1040ez for 2011   If you pay supplemental wages with regular wages but do not specify the amount of each, withhold federal income tax as if the total were a single payment for a regular payroll period. 1040ez for 2011 Supplemental wages identified separately from regular wages. 1040ez for 2011   If you pay supplemental wages separately (or combine them in a single payment and specify the amount of each), the federal income tax withholding method depends partly on whether you withhold income tax from your employee's regular wages. 1040ez for 2011 If you withheld income tax from an employee's regular wages in the current or immediately preceding calendar year, you can use one of the following methods for the supplemental wages. 1040ez for 2011 Withhold a flat 25% (no other percentage allowed). 1040ez for 2011 If the supplemental wages are paid concurrently with regular wages, add the supplemental wages to the concurrently paid regular wages. 1040ez for 2011 If there are no concurrently paid regular wages, add the supplemental wages to alternatively, either the regular wages paid or to be paid for the current payroll period or the regular wages paid for the preceding payroll period. 1040ez for 2011 Figure the income tax withholding as if the total of the regular wages and supplemental wages is a single payment. 1040ez for 2011 Subtract the tax withheld from the regular wages. 1040ez for 2011 Withhold the remaining tax from the supplemental wages. 1040ez for 2011 If there were other payments of supplemental wages paid during the payroll period made before the current payment of supplemental wages, aggregate all the payments of supplemental wages paid during the payroll period with the regular wages paid during the payroll period, calculate the tax on the total, subtract the tax already withheld from the regular wages and the previous supplemental wage payments, and withhold the remaining tax. 1040ez for 2011 If you did not withhold income tax from the employee's regular wages in the current or immediately preceding calendar year, use method 1-b. 1040ez for 2011 This would occur, for example, when the value of the employee's withholding allowances claimed on Form W-4 is more than the wages. 1040ez for 2011 Regardless of the method you use to withhold income tax on supplemental wages, they are subject to social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes. 1040ez for 2011 Example 1. 1040ez for 2011 You pay John Peters a base salary on the 1st of each month. 1040ez for 2011 He is single and claims one withholding allowance. 1040ez for 2011 In January he is paid $1,000. 1040ez for 2011 Using the wage bracket tables, you withhold $50 from this amount. 1040ez for 2011 In February, he receives salary of $1,000 plus a commission of $2,000, which you combine with regular wages and do not separately identify. 1040ez for 2011 You figure the withholding based on the total of $3,000. 1040ez for 2011 The correct withholding from the tables is $338. 1040ez for 2011 Example 2. 1040ez for 2011 You pay Sharon Warren a base salary on the 1st of each month. 1040ez for 2011 She is single and claims one allowance. 1040ez for 2011 Her May 1 pay is $2,000. 1040ez for 2011 Using the wage bracket tables, you withhold $188. 1040ez for 2011 On May 14 she receives a bonus of $1,000. 1040ez for 2011 Electing to use supplemental wage withholding method 1-b, you: Add the bonus amount to the amount of wages from the most recent base salary pay date (May 1) ($2,000 + $1,000 = $3,000). 1040ez for 2011 Determine the amount of withholding on the combined $3,000 amount to be $338 using the wage bracket tables. 1040ez for 2011 Subtract the amount withheld from wages on the most recent base salary pay date (May 1) from the combined withholding amount ($338 – $188 = $150). 1040ez for 2011 Withhold $150 from the bonus payment. 1040ez for 2011 Example 3. 1040ez for 2011 The facts are the same as in Example 2, except you elect to use the flat rate method of withholding on the bonus. 1040ez for 2011 You withhold 25% of $1,000, or $250, from Sharon's bonus payment. 1040ez for 2011 Example 4. 1040ez for 2011 The facts are the same as in Example 2, except you elect to pay Sharon a second bonus of $2,000 on May 28. 1040ez for 2011 Using supplemental wage withholding method 1-b, you: Add the first and second bonus amounts to the amount of wages from the most recent base salary pay date (May 1) ($2,000 + $1,000 + $2,000 = $5,000). 1040ez for 2011 Determine the amount of withholding on the combined $5,000 amount to be $781 using the wage bracket tables. 1040ez for 2011 Subtract the amounts withheld from wages on the most recent base salary pay date (May 1) and the amounts withheld from the first bonus payment from the combined withholding amount ($781 – $188 – $150 = $443). 1040ez for 2011 Withhold $443 from the second bonus payment. 1040ez for 2011 Tips treated as supplemental wages. 1040ez for 2011   Withhold income tax on tips from wages earned by the employee or from other funds the employee makes available. 1040ez for 2011 If an employee receives regular wages and reports tips, figure income tax withholding as if the tips were supplemental wages. 1040ez for 2011 If you have not withheld income tax from the regular wages, add the tips to the regular wages. 1040ez for 2011 Then withhold income tax on the total. 1040ez for 2011 If you withheld income tax from the regular wages, you can withhold on the tips by method 1-a or 1-b discussed earlier in this section under Supplemental wages identified separately from regular wages. 1040ez for 2011 Vacation pay. 1040ez for 2011   Vacation pay is subject to withholding as if it were a regular wage payment. 1040ez for 2011 When vacation pay is in addition to regular wages for the vacation period, treat it as a supplemental wage payment. 1040ez for 2011 If the vacation pay is for a time longer than your usual payroll period, spread it over the pay periods for which you pay it. 1040ez for 2011 8. 1040ez for 2011 Payroll Period Your payroll period is a period of service for which you usually pay wages. 1040ez for 2011 When you have a regular payroll period, withhold income tax for that time period even if your employee does not work the full period. 1040ez for 2011 No regular payroll period. 1040ez for 2011   When you do not have a regular payroll period, withhold the tax as if you paid wages for a daily or miscellaneous payroll period. 1040ez for 2011 Figure the number of days (including Sundays and holidays) in the period covered by the wage payment. 1040ez for 2011 If the wages are unrelated to a specific length of time (for example, commissions paid on completion of a sale), count back the number of days from the payment period to the latest of: The last wage payment made during the same calendar year, The date employment began, if during the same calendar year, or January 1 of the same year. 1040ez for 2011 Employee paid for period less than 1 week. 1040ez for 2011   When you pay an employee for a period of less than one week, and the employee signs a statement under penalties of perjury indicating he or she is not working for any other employer during the same week for wages subject to withholding, figure withholding based on a weekly payroll period. 1040ez for 2011 If the employee later begins to work for another employer for wages subject to withholding, the employee must notify you within 10 days. 1040ez for 2011 You then figure withholding based on the daily or miscellaneous period. 1040ez for 2011 9. 1040ez for 2011 Withholding From Employees' Wages Income Tax Withholding Using Form W-4 to figure withholding. 1040ez for 2011   To know how much federal income tax to withhold from employees' wages, you should have a Form W-4 on file for each employee. 1040ez for 2011 Encourage your employees to file an updated Form W-4 for 2014, especially if they owed taxes or received a large refund when filing their 2013 tax return. 1040ez for 2011 Advise your employees to use the IRS Withholding Calculator on the IRS website at www. 1040ez for 2011 irs. 1040ez for 2011 gov/individuals for help in determining how many withholding allowances to claim on their Forms W-4. 1040ez for 2011   Ask all new employees to give you a signed Form W-4 when they start work. 1040ez for 2011 Make the form effective with the first wage payment. 1040ez for 2011 If a new employee does not give you a completed Form W-4, withhold income tax as if he or she is single, with no withholding allowances. 1040ez for 2011 Form in Spanish. 1040ez for 2011   You can provide Formulario W-4(SP), Certificado de Exención de Retenciones del Empleado, in place of Form W-4, to your Spanish-speaking employees. 1040ez for 2011 For more information, see Publicación 17(SP), El Impuesto Federal sobre los Ingresos (Para Personas Físicas). 1040ez for 2011 The rules discussed in this section that apply to Form W-4 also apply to Formulario W-4(SP). 1040ez for 2011 Electronic system to receive Form W-4. 1040ez for 2011   You may establish a system to electronically receive Forms W-4 from your employees. 1040ez for 2011 See Regulations section 31. 1040ez for 2011 3402(f)(5)-1(c) for more information. 1040ez for 2011 Effective date of Form W-4. 1040ez for 2011   A Form W-4 remains in effect until the employee gives you a new one. 1040ez for 2011 When you receive a new Form W-4 from an employee, do not adjust withholding for pay periods before the effective date of the new form. 1040ez for 2011 If an employee gives you a Form W-4 that replaces an existing Form W-4, begin withholding no later than the start of the first payroll period ending on or after the 30th day from the date when you received the replacement Form W-4. 1040ez for 2011 For exceptions, see Exemption from federal income tax withholding , IRS review of requested Forms W-4 , and Invalid Forms W-4 , later in this section. 1040ez for 2011 A Form W-4 that makes a change for the next calendar year will not take effect in the current calendar year. 1040ez for 2011 Successor employer. 1040ez for 2011   If you are a successor employer (see Successor employer , later in this section), secure new Forms W-4 from the transferred employees unless the “Alternative Procedure” in section 5 of Revenue Procedure 2004-53 applies. 1040ez for 2011 See Revenue Procedure 2004-53, 2004-34 I. 1040ez for 2011 R. 1040ez for 2011 B. 1040ez for 2011 320, available at www. 1040ez for 2011 irs. 1040ez for 2011 gov/irb/2004-34_IRB/ar13. 1040ez for 2011 html. 1040ez for 2011 Completing Form W-4. 1040ez for 2011   The amount of any federal income tax withholding must be based on marital status and withholding allowances. 1040ez for 2011 Your employees may not base their withholding amounts on a fixed dollar amount or percentage. 1040ez for 2011 However, an employee may specify a dollar amount to be withheld in addition to the amount of withholding based on filing status and withholding allowances claimed on Form W-4. 1040ez for 2011 Employees may claim fewer withholding allowances than they are entitled to claim. 1040ez for 2011 They may wish to claim fewer allowances to ensure they have enough withholding or to offset the tax on other sources of taxable income not subject to withholding. 1040ez for 2011 See Publication 505, Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax, for more information about completing Form W-4. 1040ez for 2011 Along with Form W-4, you may wish to order Publication 505 for use by your employees. 1040ez for 2011 Do not accept any withholding or estimated tax payments from your employees in addition to withholding based on their Form W-4. 1040ez for 2011 If they require additional withholding, they should submit a new Form W-4 and, if necessary, pay estimated tax by filing Form 1040-ES, Estimated Tax for Individuals, or by using the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) to make estimated tax payments. 1040ez for 2011 Exemption from federal income tax withholding. 1040ez for 2011   Generally, an employee may claim exemption from federal income tax withholding because he or she had no income tax liability last year and expects none this year. 1040ez for 2011 See the Form W-4 instructions for more information. 1040ez for 2011 However, the wages are still subject to social security and Medicare taxes. 1040ez for 2011 See also Invalid Forms W-4 , later in this section. 1040ez for 2011   A Form W-4 claiming exemption from withholding is effective when it is filed with the employer and only for that calendar year. 1040ez for 2011 To continue to be exempt from withholding in the next calendar year, an employee must give you a new Form W-4 by February 15. 1040ez for 2011 If the employee does not give you a new Form W-4 by February 15, begin withholding based on the last Form W-4 for the employee that did not claim an exemption from withholding or, if one was not filed, then withhold tax as if he or she is single with zero withholding allowances. 1040ez for 2011 If the employee provides a new Form W-4 claiming exemption from withholding on February 16 or later, you may apply it to future wages but do not refund any taxes already withheld. 1040ez for 2011 Withholding income taxes on the wages of nonresident alien employees. 1040ez for 2011   In general, you must withhold federal income taxes on the wages of nonresident alien employees. 1040ez for 2011 However, see Publication 515, Withholding of Tax on Nonresident Aliens and Foreign Entities, for exceptions to this general rule. 1040ez for 2011 Also see section 3 of Publication 51 (Circular A), Agricultural Employer's Tax Guide, for guidance on H-2A visa workers. 1040ez for 2011 Withholding adjustment for nonresident alien employees. 1040ez for 2011   For 2014, apply the procedure discussed next to figure the amount of income tax to withhold from the wages of nonresident alien employees performing services within the United States. 1040ez for 2011 Nonresident alien students from India and business apprentices from India are not subject to this procedure. 1040ez for 2011 Instructions. 1040ez for 2011   To figure how much income tax to withhold from the wages paid to a nonresident alien employee performing services in the United States, use the following steps. 1040ez for 2011 Step 1. 1040ez for 2011   Add to the wages paid to the nonresident alien employee for the payroll period the amount shown in the chart below for the applicable payroll period. 1040ez for 2011    Amount to Add to Nonresident Alien Employee's Wages for Calculating Income Tax Withholding Only   Payroll Period Add Additional     Weekly $ 43. 1040ez for 2011 30     Biweekly 86. 1040ez for 2011 50     Semimonthly 93. 1040ez for 2011 80     Monthly 187. 1040ez for 2011 50     Quarterly 562. 1040ez for 2011 50     Semiannually 1,125. 1040ez for 2011 00     Annually 2,250. 1040ez for 2011 00     Daily or Miscellaneous (each day of the payroll period) 8. 1040ez for 2011 70   Step 2. 1040ez for 2011   Use the amount figured in Step 1 and the number of withholding allowances claimed (generally limited to one allowance) to figure income tax withholding. 1040ez for 2011 Determine the value of withholding allowances by multiplying the number of withholding allowances claimed by the appropriate amount from Table 5. 1040ez for 2011 Percentage Method—2014 Amount for One Withholding Allowance shown on page 41. 1040ez for 2011 If you are using the Percentage Method Tables for Income Tax Withholding, provided on pages 43–44, reduce the amount figured in Step 1 by the value of withholding allowances and use that reduced amount to figure the income tax withholding. 1040ez for 2011 If you are using the Wage Bracket Method for Income Tax Withholding, provided on pages 45–64, use the amount figured in Step 1 and the number of withholding allowances to figure income tax withholding. 1040ez for 2011 The amounts from the chart above are added to wages solely for calculating income tax withholding on the wages of the nonresident alien employee. 1040ez for 2011 The amounts from the chart should not be included in any box on the employee's Form W-2 and do not increase the income tax liability of the employee. 1040ez for 2011 Also, the amounts from the chart do not increase the social security tax or Medicare tax liability of the employer or the employee, or the FUTA tax liability of the employer. 1040ez for 2011 This procedure only applies to nonresident alien employees who have wages subject to income tax withholding. 1040ez for 2011 Example. 1040ez for 2011 An employer using the percentage method of withholding pays wages of $500 for a biweekly payroll period to a married nonresident alien employee. 1040ez for 2011 The nonresident alien has properly completed Form W-4, entering marital status as “single” with one withholding allowance and indicating status as a nonresident alien on Form W-4, line 6 (see Nonresident alien employee's Form W-4 , later in this section). 1040ez for 2011 The employer determines the wages to be used in the withholding tables by adding to the $500 amount of wages paid the amount of $86. 1040ez for 2011 50 from the chart under Step 1 ($586. 1040ez for 2011 50 total). 1040ez for 2011 The employer then applies the applicable tables to determine the income tax withholding for nonresident aliens (see Step 2 ). 1040ez for 2011 Reminder: If you use the Percentage Method Tables for Income Tax Withholding, reduce the amount figured in Step 1 by the value of withholding allowances and use that reduced amount to figure income tax withholding. 1040ez for 2011 The $86. 1040ez for 2011 50 added to wages for calculating income tax withholding is not reported on Form W-2, and does not increase the income tax liability of the employee. 1040ez for 2011 Also, the $86. 1040ez for 2011 50 added to wages does not affect the social security tax or Medicare tax liability of the employer or the employee, or the FUTA tax liability of the employer. 1040ez for 2011 Supplemental wage payment. 1040ez for 2011   This procedure for determining the amount of income tax withholding does not apply to a supplemental wage payment (see section 7) if the 39. 1040ez for 2011 6% mandatory flat rate withholding applies or if the 25% optional flat rate withholding is being used to calculate income tax withholding on the supplemental wage payment. 1040ez for 2011 Nonresident alien employee's Form W-4. 1040ez for 2011   When completing Forms W-4, nonresident aliens are required to: Not claim exemption from income tax withholding, Request withholding as if they are single, regardless of their actual marital status, Claim only one allowance (if the nonresident alien is a resident of Canada, Mexico, or South Korea, or a student or business apprentice from India, he or she may claim more than one allowance), and Write “Nonresident Alien” or “NRA” above the dotted line on line 6 of Form W-4. 1040ez for 2011   If you maintain an electronic Form W-4 system, you should provide a field for nonresident aliens to enter nonresident alien status in lieu of writing “Nonresident Alien” or “NRA” above the dotted line on line 6. 1040ez for 2011 A nonresident alien employee may request additional withholding at his or her option for other purposes, although such additions should not be necessary for withholding to cover federal income tax liability related to employment. 1040ez for 2011 Form 8233. 1040ez for 2011   If a nonresident alien employee claims a tax treaty exemption from withholding, the employee must submit Form 8233, Exemption From Withholding on Compensation for Independent (and Certain Dependent) Personal Services of a Nonresident Alien Individual, with respect to the income exempt under the treaty, instead of Form W-4. 1040ez for 2011 See Publication 515 for details. 1040ez for 2011 IRS review of requested Forms W-4. 1040ez for 2011   When requested by the IRS, you must make original Forms W-4 available for inspection by an IRS employee. 1040ez for 2011 You may also be directed to send certain Forms W-4 to the IRS. 1040ez for 2011 You may receive a notice from the IRS requiring you to submit a copy of Form W-4 for one or more of your named employees. 1040ez for 2011 Send the requested copy or copies of Form W-4 to the IRS at the address provided and in the manner directed by the notice. 1040ez for 2011 The IRS may also require you to submit copies of Form W-4 to the IRS as directed by Treasury Decision 9337, 2007-35 I. 1040ez for 2011 R. 1040ez for 2011 B. 1040ez for 2011 455, which is available at www. 1040ez for 2011 irs. 1040ez for 2011 gov/irb/2007-35_IRB/ar10. 1040ez for 2011 html. 1040ez for 2011 When we refer to Form W-4, the same rules apply to Formulario W-4(SP), its Spanish translation. 1040ez for 2011 After submitting a copy of a requested Form W-4 to the IRS, continue to withhold federal income tax based on that Form W-4 if it is valid (see Invalid Forms W-4 , later in this section). 1040ez for 2011 However, if the IRS later notifies you in writing the employee is not entitled to claim exemption from withholding or a claimed number of withholding allowances, withhold federal income tax based on the effective date, marital status, and maximum number of withholding allowances specified in the IRS notice (commonly referred to as a "lock-in letter
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1040ez for 2011 9. 1040ez for 2011   Education Exception to Additional Tax on Early IRA Distributions Table of Contents Introduction Who Is Eligible Figuring the Amount Not Subject to the 10% Tax Reporting Early Distributions Introduction Generally, if you take a distribution from your IRA before you reach age 59½, you must pay a 10% additional tax on the early distribution. 1040ez for 2011 This applies to any IRA you own, whether it is a traditional IRA (including a SEP-IRA), a Roth IRA, or a SIMPLE IRA. 1040ez for 2011 The additional tax on an early distribution from a SIMPLE IRA may be as high as 25%. 1040ez for 2011 See Publication 560, Retirement Plans for Small Business, for information on SEP-IRAs, and Publication 590, for information about all other IRAs. 1040ez for 2011 However, you can take distributions from your IRAs for qualified higher education expenses without having to pay the 10% additional tax. 1040ez for 2011 You may owe income tax on at least part of the amount distributed, but you may not have to pay the 10% additional tax. 1040ez for 2011 Generally, if the taxable part of the distribution is less than or equal to the adjusted qualified education expenses (AQEE), none of the distribution is subject to the additional tax. 1040ez for 2011 If the taxable part of the distribution is more than the AQEE, only the excess is subject to the additional tax. 1040ez for 2011 Who Is Eligible You can take a distribution from your IRA before you reach age 59½ and not have to pay the 10% additional tax if, for the year of the distribution, you pay qualified education expenses for: yourself, your spouse, or your or your spouse's child, foster child, adopted child, or descendant of any of them. 1040ez for 2011 Qualified education expenses. 1040ez for 2011   For purposes of the 10% additional tax, these expenses are tuition, fees, books, supplies, and equipment required for enrollment or attendance at an eligible educational institution. 1040ez for 2011 They also include expenses for special needs services incurred by or for special needs students in connection with their enrollment or attendance. 1040ez for 2011   In addition, if the student is at least a half-time student, room and board are qualified education expenses. 1040ez for 2011   The expense for room and board qualifies only to the extent that it is not more than the greater of the following two amounts. 1040ez for 2011 The allowance for room and board, as determined by the eligible educational institution, that was included in the cost of attendance (for federal financial aid purposes) for a particular academic period and living arrangement of the student. 1040ez for 2011 The actual amount charged if the student is residing in housing owned or operated by the eligible educational institution. 1040ez for 2011 You will need to contact the eligible educational institution for qualified room and board costs. 1040ez for 2011 Eligible educational institution. 1040ez for 2011   An eligible educational institution is any college, university, vocational school, or other postsecondary educational institution eligible to participate in a student aid program administered by the U. 1040ez for 2011 S. 1040ez for 2011 Department of Education. 1040ez for 2011 It includes virtually all accredited public, nonprofit, and proprietary (privately owned profit-making) postsecondary institutions. 1040ez for 2011 The educational institution should be able to tell you if it is an eligible educational institution. 1040ez for 2011   Certain educational institutions located outside the United States also participate in the U. 1040ez for 2011 S. 1040ez for 2011 Department of Education's Federal Student Aid (FSA) programs. 1040ez for 2011 Half-time student. 1040ez for 2011   A student is enrolled “at least half-time” if he or she is enrolled for at least half the full-time academic work load for the course of study the student is pursuing as determined under the standards of the school where the student is enrolled. 1040ez for 2011 Figuring the Amount Not Subject to the 10% Tax To determine the amount of your distribution that is not subject to the 10% additional tax, first figure your adjusted qualified education expenses. 1040ez for 2011 You do this by reducing your total qualified education expenses by any tax-free educational assistance, which includes: Expenses used to figure the tax-free portion of distributions from a Coverdell education savings account (ESA) (see Distributions in chapter 7, Coverdell Education Savings Account), The tax-free part of scholarships and fellowships (see Tax-Free Scholarships and Fellowships in chapter 1, Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants, and Tuition Reductions), Pell grants (see Pell Grants and Other Title IV Need-Based Education Grants in chapter 1, Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants, and Tuition Reductions), Veterans' educational assistance (see Veterans' Benefits in chapter 1, Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants, and Tuition Reductions), Employer-provided educational assistance (see chapter 11, Employer-Provided Educational Assistance ), and Any other nontaxable (tax-free) payments (other than gifts or inheritances) received as educational assistance. 1040ez for 2011 Do not reduce the qualified education expenses by amounts paid with funds the student receives as: Payment for services, such as wages, A loan, A gift, An inheritance given to either the student or the individual making the withdrawal, or A withdrawal from personal savings (including savings from a qualified tuition program (QTP)). 1040ez for 2011 If your IRA distribution is equal to or less than your adjusted qualified education expenses, you are not subject to the 10% additional tax. 1040ez for 2011 Example 1. 1040ez for 2011 In 2013, Erin (age 32) took a year off from teaching to attend graduate school full-time. 1040ez for 2011 She paid $5,800 of qualified education expenses from the following sources. 1040ez for 2011   Employer-provided educational assistance  (tax free) $5,000     Early distribution from IRA (includes $500 taxable earnings) 3,200           Before Erin can determine if she must pay the 10% additional tax on her IRA distribution, she must reduce her total qualified education expenses. 1040ez for 2011   Total qualified education expenses $5,800     Minus: Tax-free educational assistance −5,000     Equals: Adjusted qualified  education expenses (AQEE) $ 800   Because Erin's AQEE ($800) are more than the taxable portion of her IRA distribution ($500), she does not have to pay the 10% additional tax on any part of this distribution. 1040ez for 2011 However, she must include the $500 taxable earnings in her gross income subject to income tax. 1040ez for 2011 Example 2. 1040ez for 2011 Assume the same facts as in Example 1 , except that Erin deducted some of the contributions to her IRA, so the taxable part of her early distribution is higher by $1,000. 1040ez for 2011 This must be included in her income subject to income tax. 1040ez for 2011 The taxable part of Erin's IRA distribution ($1,000) is larger than her $800 AQEE. 1040ez for 2011 Therefore, she must pay the 10% additional tax on $200, the taxable part of her distribution ($1,000) that is more than her qualified education expenses ($800). 1040ez for 2011 She does not have to pay the 10% additional tax on the remaining $800 of her taxable distribution. 1040ez for 2011 Reporting Early Distributions By January 31, 2014, the payer of your IRA distribution should send you Form 1099-R, Distributions From Pensions, Annuities, Retirement or Profit-Sharing Plans, IRAs, Insurance Contracts, etc. 1040ez for 2011 The information on this form will help you determine how much of your distribution is taxable for income tax purposes and how much is subject to the 10% additional tax. 1040ez for 2011 If you received an early distribution from your IRA, you must report the taxable earnings on Form 1040, line 15b (Form 1040NR, line 16b). 1040ez for 2011 Then, if you qualify for an exception for qualified higher education expenses, you must file Form 5329 to show how much, if any, of your early distribution is subject to the 10% additional tax. 1040ez for 2011 See the Instructions for Form 5329, Part I, for help in completing the form and entering the results on Form 1040 or 1040NR. 1040ez for 2011 There are many other situations in which Form 5329 is required. 1040ez for 2011 If, during 2013, you had other distributions from IRAs or qualified retirement plans, or have made excess contributions to certain tax-favored accounts, see the instructions for line 58 (Form 1040) or line 56 (Form 1040NR) to determine if you must file Form 5329. 1040ez for 2011 Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications