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Filing and amended tax return 3. Filing and amended tax return   Adjustments to Income Table of Contents Individual Retirement Arrangement (IRA) Contributions and DeductionsContributions to Kay Bailey Hutchison Spousal IRAs. Filing and amended tax return Deductible contribution. Filing and amended tax return Nondeductible contribution. Filing and amended tax return You may be able to subtract amounts from your total income (Form 1040, line 22 or Form 1040A, line 15) or total effectively connected income (Form 1040NR, line 23) to get your adjusted gross income (Form 1040, line 37; Form 1040A, line 21; or Form 1040NR, line 36). Filing and amended tax return Some adjustments to income follow. Filing and amended tax return Contributions to your individual retirement arrangement (IRA) (Form 1040, line 32; Form 1040A, line 17; or Form 1040NR, line 32), explained later in this publication. Filing and amended tax return Certain moving expenses (Form 1040, line 26; or Form 1040NR, line 26) if you changed job locations or started a new job in 2013. Filing and amended tax return See Publication 521, Moving Expenses, or see Form 3903, Moving Expenses, and its instructions. Filing and amended tax return Some health insurance costs (Form 1040, line 29 or Form 1040NR, line 29) if you were self-employed and had a net profit for the year, or if you received wages in 2013 from an S corporation in which you were a more-than-2% shareholder. Filing and amended tax return For more details, see Publication 535, Business Expenses. Filing and amended tax return Payments to your self-employed SEP, SIMPLE, or qualified plan (Form 1040, line 28 or Form 1040NR, line 28). Filing and amended tax return For more information, including limits on how much you can deduct, see Publication 560, Retirement Plans for Small Business. Filing and amended tax return Penalties paid on early withdrawal of savings (Form 1040, line 30 or Form 1040NR, line 30). Filing and amended tax return Form 1099-INT, Interest Income, or Form 1099-OID, Original Issue Discount, will show the amount of any penalty you were charged. Filing and amended tax return Alimony payments (Form 1040, line 31a). Filing and amended tax return For more information, see Publication 504, Divorced or Separated Individuals. Filing and amended tax return There are other items you can claim as adjustments to income. Filing and amended tax return These adjustments are discussed in your tax return instructions. Filing and amended tax return Individual Retirement Arrangement (IRA) Contributions and Deductions This section explains the tax treatment of amounts you pay into traditional IRAs. Filing and amended tax return A traditional IRA is any IRA that is not a Roth or SIMPLE IRA. Filing and amended tax return Roth and SIMPLE IRAs are defined earlier in the IRA discussion under Retirement Plan Distributions . Filing and amended tax return For more detailed information, see Publication 590. Filing and amended tax return Contributions. Filing and amended tax return   An IRA is a personal savings plan that offers you tax advantages to set aside money for your retirement. Filing and amended tax return Two advantages of a traditional IRA are: You may be able to deduct some or all of your contributions to it, depending on your circumstances, and Generally, amounts in your IRA, including earnings and gains, are not taxed until distributed. Filing and amended tax return    Although interest earned from your traditional IRA generally is not taxed in the year earned, it is not tax-exempt interest. Filing and amended tax return Do not report this interest on your tax return as tax-exempt interest. Filing and amended tax return General limit. Filing and amended tax return   The most that can be contributed for 2013 to your traditional IRA is the smaller of the following amounts. Filing and amended tax return Your taxable compensation for the year, or $5,500 ($6,500 if you were age 50 or older by the end of 2013). Filing and amended tax return Contributions to Kay Bailey Hutchison Spousal IRAs. Filing and amended tax return   In the case of a married couple filing a joint return for 2013, up to $5,500 ($6,500 for each spouse age 50 or older by the end of 2013) can be contributed to IRAs on behalf of each spouse, even if one spouse has little or no compensation. Filing and amended tax return For more information on the general limit and the Kay Bailey Hutchison Spousal IRA limit, see How Much Can Be Contributed? in Publication 590. Filing and amended tax return Deductible contribution. Filing and amended tax return   Generally, you can deduct the lesser of the contributions to your traditional IRA for the year or the general limit (or Kay Bailey Hutchison Spousal IRA limit, if applicable) just explained. Filing and amended tax return However, if you or your spouse was covered by an employer retirement plan at any time during the year for which contributions were made, you may not be able to deduct all of the contributions. Filing and amended tax return Your deduction may be reduced or eliminated, depending on your filing status and the amount of your income. Filing and amended tax return For more information, see Limit if Covered by Employer Plan in Publication 590. Filing and amended tax return Nondeductible contribution. Filing and amended tax return   The difference between your total permitted contributions and your IRA deduction, if any, is your nondeductible contribution. Filing and amended tax return You must file Form 8606, Nondeductible IRAs, to report nondeductible contributions even if you do not have to file a tax return for the year. Filing and amended tax return    For 2014, the most that can be contributed to your traditional IRA is $5,500 ($6,500 if you are age 50 or older at the end of 2014). Filing and amended tax return Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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The Filing And Amended Tax Return

Filing and amended tax return Publication 15 - Main Content Table of Contents 1. Filing and amended tax return Employer Identification Number (EIN) 2. Filing and amended tax return Who Are Employees?Relief provisions. Filing and amended tax return Business Owned and Operated by Spouses 3. Filing and amended tax return Family Employees 4. Filing and amended tax return Employee's Social Security Number (SSN)Registering for SSNVS. Filing and amended tax return 5. Filing and amended tax return Wages and Other CompensationAccountable plan. Filing and amended tax return Nonaccountable plan. Filing and amended tax return Per diem or other fixed allowance. Filing and amended tax return 50% test. Filing and amended tax return Health Savings Accounts and medical savings accounts. Filing and amended tax return Nontaxable fringe benefits. Filing and amended tax return When fringe benefits are treated as paid. Filing and amended tax return Valuation of fringe benefits. Filing and amended tax return Withholding on fringe benefits. Filing and amended tax return Depositing taxes on fringe benefits. Filing and amended tax return 6. Filing and amended tax return TipsOrdering rule. Filing and amended tax return 7. Filing and amended tax return Supplemental Wages 8. Filing and amended tax return Payroll Period 9. Filing and amended tax return Withholding From Employees' WagesIncome Tax Withholding Social Security and Medicare Taxes Part-Time Workers 10. Filing and amended tax return Required Notice to Employees About the Earned Income Credit (EIC) 11. Filing and amended tax return Depositing TaxesWhen To Deposit How To Deposit Deposit Penalties 12. Filing and amended tax return Filing Form 941 or Form 944 13. Filing and amended tax return Reporting Adjustments to Form 941 or Form 944Current Period Adjustments Prior Period Adjustments Wage Repayments 14. Filing and amended tax return Federal Unemployment (FUTA) TaxSuccessor employer. Filing and amended tax return Household employees. Filing and amended tax return When to deposit. Filing and amended tax return Household employees. Filing and amended tax return Electronic filing by reporting agents. Filing and amended tax return 16. Filing and amended tax return How To Use the Income Tax Withholding TablesWage Bracket Method Percentage Method Alternative Methods of Income Tax Withholding How To Get Tax Help 1. Filing and amended tax return Employer Identification Number (EIN) If you are required to report employment taxes or give tax statements to employees or annuitants, you need an EIN. Filing and amended tax return The EIN is a nine-digit number the IRS issues. Filing and amended tax return The digits are arranged as follows: 00-0000000. Filing and amended tax return It is used to identify the tax accounts of employers and certain others who have no employees. Filing and amended tax return Use your EIN on all of the items you send to the IRS and SSA. Filing and amended tax return For more information, see Publication 1635, Employer Identification Number: Understanding Your EIN. Filing and amended tax return If you do not have an EIN, you may apply for one online. Filing and amended tax return Go to the IRS. Filing and amended tax return gov and click on the Apply for an EIN Online link under Tools. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return Do not use an SSN in place of an EIN. Filing and amended tax return You should have only one EIN. Filing and amended tax return 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). Filing and amended tax return Give the numbers you have, the name and address to which each was assigned, and the address of your main place of business. Filing and amended tax return The IRS will tell you which number to use. Filing and amended tax return If you took over another employer's business (see Successor employer in section 9), do not use that employer's EIN. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return 2. Filing and amended tax return Who Are Employees? Generally, employees are defined either under common law or under statutes for certain situations. Filing and amended tax return See Publication 15-A for details on statutory employees and nonemployees. Filing and amended tax return Employee status under common law. Filing and amended tax return   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. Filing and amended tax return This is so even when you give the employee freedom of action. Filing and amended tax return What matters is that you have the right to control the details of how the services are performed. Filing and amended tax return See Publication 15-A for more information on how to determine whether an individual providing services is an independent contractor or an employee. Filing and amended tax return   Generally, people in business for themselves are not employees. Filing and amended tax return For example, doctors, lawyers, veterinarians, and others in an independent trade in which they offer their services to the public are usually not employees. Filing and amended tax return However, if the business is incorporated, corporate officers who work in the business are employees of the corporation. Filing and amended tax return   If an employer-employee relationship exists, it does not matter what it is called. Filing and amended tax return The employee may be called an agent or independent contractor. Filing and amended tax return It also does not matter how payments are measured or paid, what they are called, or if the employee works full or part time. Filing and amended tax return Statutory employees. Filing and amended tax return   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. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return An agent (or commission) driver who delivers food, beverages (other than milk), laundry, or dry cleaning for someone else. Filing and amended tax return A full-time life insurance salesperson who sells primarily for one company. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return The orders must be for merchandise for resale or supplies for use in the customer's business. Filing and amended tax return The customers must be retailers, wholesalers, contractors, or operators of hotels, restaurants, or other businesses dealing with food or lodging. Filing and amended tax return    Statutory nonemployees. Filing and amended tax return   Direct sellers, qualified real estate agents, and certain companion sitters are, by law, considered nonemployees. Filing and amended tax return They are generally treated as self-employed for all federal tax purposes, including income and employment taxes. Filing and amended tax return H-2A agricultural workers. Filing and amended tax return   On Form W-2, do not check box 13 (Statutory employee), as H-2A workers are not statutory employees. Filing and amended tax return Treating employees as nonemployees. Filing and amended tax return   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. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return The applicable rates depend on whether you filed required Forms 1099. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return You are liable for the income tax withholding regardless of whether the employee paid income tax on the wages. Filing and amended tax return You continue to owe the full employer share of social security and Medicare taxes. Filing and amended tax return The employee remains liable for the employee share of social security and Medicare taxes. Filing and amended tax return See Internal Revenue Code section 3509 for details. Filing and amended tax return Also see the Instructions for Form 941-X. Filing and amended tax return   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. Filing and amended tax return Section 3509 is not available for reclassifying statutory employees. Filing and amended tax return See Statutory employees , earlier in this section. Filing and amended tax return   If the employer issued required information returns, the section 3509 rates are: For social security taxes; employer rate of 6. Filing and amended tax return 2% plus 20% of the employee rate (see the Instructions for Form 941-X). Filing and amended tax return For Medicare taxes; employer rate of 1. Filing and amended tax return 45% plus 20% of the employee rate of 1. Filing and amended tax return 45%, for a total rate of 1. Filing and amended tax return 74% of wages. Filing and amended tax return For Additional Medicare Tax; 0. Filing and amended tax return 18% (20% of the employee rate of 0. Filing and amended tax return 9%) of wages subject to Additional Medicare Tax. Filing and amended tax return For income tax withholding, the rate is 1. Filing and amended tax return 5% of wages. Filing and amended tax return   If the employer did not issue required information returns, the section 3509 rates are: For social security taxes; employer rate of 6. Filing and amended tax return 2% plus 40% of the employee rate (see the Instructions for Form 941-X). Filing and amended tax return For Medicare taxes; employer rate of 1. Filing and amended tax return 45% plus 40% of the employee rate of 1. Filing and amended tax return 45%, for a total rate of 2. Filing and amended tax return 03% of wages. Filing and amended tax return For Additional Medicare Tax; 0. Filing and amended tax return 36% (40% of the employee rate of 0. Filing and amended tax return 9%) of wages subject to Additional Medicare Tax. Filing and amended tax return For income tax withholding, the rate is 3. Filing and amended tax return 0% of wages. Filing and amended tax return Relief provisions. Filing and amended tax return   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. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return You (or your predecessor) must not have treated any worker holding a substantially similar position as an employee for any periods beginning after 1977. Filing and amended tax return See Publication 1976, Do You Qualify for Relief Under Section 530. Filing and amended tax return IRS help. Filing and amended tax return   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. Filing and amended tax return Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP). Filing and amended tax return   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. Filing and amended tax return To apply, use Form 8952, Application for Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP). Filing and amended tax return For more information visit IRS. Filing and amended tax return gov and enter “VCSP” in the search box. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return See Publication 541, Partnerships, for more details. Filing and amended tax return The partnership is considered the employer of any employees, and is liable for any employment taxes due on wages paid to its employees. Filing and amended tax return Exception—Qualified joint venture. Filing and amended tax return   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. Filing and amended tax return 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). Filing and amended tax return   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. Filing and amended tax return Each spouse must also file a separate Schedule SE to pay self-employment taxes, as applicable. Filing and amended tax return   Spouses using the qualified joint venture rules are treated as sole proprietors for federal tax purposes and generally do not need an EIN. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return Generally, filing as a qualified joint venture will not increase the spouses' total tax owed on the joint income tax return. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return    Note. Filing and amended tax return If your spouse is your employee, not your partner, see One spouse employed by another in section 3. Filing and amended tax return   For more information on qualified joint ventures, visit IRS. Filing and amended tax return gov and enter “qualified joint venture” in the search box. Filing and amended tax return Exception—Community income. Filing and amended tax return   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. Filing and amended tax return S. Filing and amended tax return possession, you can treat the business either as a sole proprietorship (of the spouse who carried on the business) or a partnership. Filing and amended tax return You may still make an election to be taxed as a qualified joint venture instead of a partnership. Filing and amended tax return See Exception—Qualified joint venture , earlier. Filing and amended tax return 3. Filing and amended tax return Family Employees Child employed by parents. Filing and amended tax return   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. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return However, see Covered services of a child or spouse , later in this section. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return One spouse employed by another. Filing and amended tax return   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. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return Covered services of a child or spouse. Filing and amended tax return   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. Filing and amended tax return Parent employed by son or daughter. Filing and amended tax return   When the employer is a son or daughter employing his or her parent the following rules apply. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return    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. Filing and amended tax return   Payments made to a parent employed by his or her child are not subject to FUTA tax, regardless of the type of services provided. Filing and amended tax return 4. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return This requirement also applies to resident and nonresident alien employees. Filing and amended tax return You should ask your employee to show you his or her social security card. Filing and amended tax return The employee may show the card if it is available. Filing and amended tax return Do not accept a social security card that says “Not valid for employment. Filing and amended tax return ” A social security number issued with this legend does not permit employment. Filing and amended tax return You may, but are not required to, photocopy the social security card if the employee provides it. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return See Publication 1586, Reasonable Cause Regulations & Requirements for Missing and Incorrect Name/TINs, for information on the requirement to solicit the employee's SSN. Filing and amended tax return Applying for a social security card. Filing and amended tax return   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. Filing and amended tax return You can get Form SS-5 at SSA offices, by calling 1-800-772-1213, or from the SSA website at www. Filing and amended tax return socialsecurity. Filing and amended tax return gov/online/ss-5. Filing and amended tax return html. Filing and amended tax return The employee must complete and sign Form SS-5; it cannot be filed by the employer. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return Applying for a social security number. Filing and amended tax return   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. Filing and amended tax return If you are filing electronically, enter all zeros (000-00-000) in the social security number field. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return Furnish copies B, C, and 2 of Form W-2c to the employee. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return For more information, visit the SSA's Employer W-2 Filing Instructions & Information webpage at www. Filing and amended tax return socialsecurity. Filing and amended tax return gov/employer. Filing and amended tax return Advise your employee to correct the SSN on his or her original Form W-2. Filing and amended tax return Correctly record the employee's name and SSN. Filing and amended tax return   Record the name and number of each employee as they are shown on the employee's social security card. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return IRS individual taxpayer identification numbers (ITINs) for aliens. Filing and amended tax return   Do not accept an ITIN in place of an SSN for employee identification or for work. Filing and amended tax return An ITIN is only available to resident and nonresident aliens who are not eligible for U. Filing and amended tax return S. Filing and amended tax return employment and need identification for other tax purposes. Filing and amended tax return 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). Filing and amended tax return    An individual with an ITIN who later becomes eligible to work in the United States must obtain an SSN. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return Do not use an ITIN in place of an SSN on Form W-2. Filing and amended tax return Verification of social security numbers. Filing and amended tax return   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. Filing and amended tax return Visit www. Filing and amended tax return socialsecurity. Filing and amended tax return gov/employer/ssnv. Filing and amended tax return htm for more information. Filing and amended tax return Registering for SSNVS. Filing and amended tax return   You must register online and receive authorization from your employer to use SSNVS. Filing and amended tax return To register, visit SSA's website at www. Filing and amended tax return ssa. Filing and amended tax return gov/employer and click on the Business Services Online link. Filing and amended tax return Follow the registration instructions to obtain a user identification (ID) and password. Filing and amended tax return You will need to provide the following information about yourself and your company. Filing and amended tax return Name. Filing and amended tax return SSN. Filing and amended tax return Date of birth. Filing and amended tax return Type of employer. Filing and amended tax return EIN. Filing and amended tax return Company name, address, and telephone number. Filing and amended tax return Email address. Filing and amended tax return   When you have completed the online registration process, SSA will mail a one-time activation code to your employer. Filing and amended tax return You must enter the activation code online to use SSNVS. Filing and amended tax return 5. Filing and amended tax return Wages and Other Compensation Wages subject to federal employment taxes generally include all pay you give to an employee for services performed. Filing and amended tax return The pay may be in cash or in other forms. Filing and amended tax return It includes salaries, vacation allowances, bonuses, commissions, and fringe benefits. Filing and amended tax return It does not matter how you measure or make the payments. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return Also, compensation paid to a former employee for services performed while still employed is wages subject to employment taxes. Filing and amended tax return More information. Filing and amended tax return   See section 6 for a discussion of tips and section 7 for a discussion of supplemental wages. Filing and amended tax return Also, see section 15 for exceptions to the general rules for wages. Filing and amended tax return Publication 15-A provides additional information on wages, including nonqualified deferred compensation, and other compensation. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return Employee business expense reimbursements. Filing and amended tax return   A reimbursement or allowance arrangement is a system by which you pay the advances, reimbursements, and charges for your employees' business expenses. Filing and amended tax return How you report a reimbursement or allowance amount depends on whether you have an accountable or a nonaccountable plan. Filing and amended tax return If a single payment includes both wages and an expense reimbursement, you must specify the amount of the reimbursement. Filing and amended tax return   These rules apply to all ordinary and necessary employee business expenses that would otherwise qualify for a deduction by the employee. Filing and amended tax return Accountable plan. Filing and amended tax return   To be an accountable plan, your reimbursement or allowance arrangement must require your employees to meet all three of the following rules. Filing and amended tax return They must have paid or incurred deductible expenses while performing services as your employees. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return They must substantiate these expenses to you within a reasonable period of time. Filing and amended tax return They must return any amounts in excess of substantiated expenses within a reasonable period of time. Filing and amended tax return   Amounts paid under an accountable plan are not wages and are not subject to income, social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes. Filing and amended tax return   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. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return   A reasonable period of time depends on the facts and circumstances. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return Nonaccountable plan. Filing and amended tax return   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. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return   See section 7 for more information on supplemental wages. Filing and amended tax return Per diem or other fixed allowance. Filing and amended tax return   You may reimburse your employees by travel days, miles, or some other fixed allowance under the applicable revenue procedure. Filing and amended tax return In these cases, your employee is considered to have accounted to you if your reimbursement does not exceed rates established by the Federal Government. Filing and amended tax return The 2013 standard mileage rate for auto expenses was 56. Filing and amended tax return 5 cents per mile. Filing and amended tax return The rate for 2014 is 56 cents per mile. Filing and amended tax return   The government per diem rates for meals and lodging in the continental United States are listed in Publication 1542, Per Diem Rates. Filing and amended tax return 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). Filing and amended tax return   If the per diem or allowance paid exceeds the amounts substantiated, you must report the excess amount as wages. Filing and amended tax return This excess amount is subject to income tax withholding and payment of social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes. Filing and amended tax return Show the amount equal to the substantiated amount (for example, the nontaxable portion) in box 12 of Form W-2 using code “L. Filing and amended tax return ” Wages not paid in money. Filing and amended tax return   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. Filing and amended tax return ” Payments in kind may be in the form of goods, lodging, food, clothing, or services. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return   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. Filing and amended tax return Withhold income tax on these payments only if you and the employee agree to do so. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return Moving expenses. Filing and amended tax return   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. Filing and amended tax return Reimbursed and employer-paid nonqualified moving expenses are includible in income and are subject to employment taxes and income tax withholding. Filing and amended tax return For more information on moving expenses, see Publication 521, Moving Expenses. Filing and amended tax return Meals and lodging. Filing and amended tax return   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. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return    “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. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return   However, whether meals or lodging are provided for the convenience of the employer depends on all of the facts and circumstances. Filing and amended tax return A written statement that the meals or lodging are for your convenience is not sufficient. Filing and amended tax return 50% test. Filing and amended tax return   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. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return For more information, see Publication 15-B. Filing and amended tax return Health insurance plans. Filing and amended tax return   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. Filing and amended tax return Generally, this exclusion also applies to qualified long-term care insurance contracts. Filing and amended tax return 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). Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return See Announcement 92-16 for more information. Filing and amended tax return You can find Announcement 92-16 on page 53 of Internal Revenue Bulletin 1992-5. Filing and amended tax return Health Savings Accounts and medical savings accounts. Filing and amended tax return   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. Filing and amended tax return To the extent it is not reasonable to believe they will be excludable, your contributions are subject to these taxes. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return For more information, see the Instructions for Form 8889, Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). Filing and amended tax return Medical care reimbursements. Filing and amended tax return   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. Filing and amended tax return See Publication 15-B for an exception for highly compensated employees. Filing and amended tax return Differential wage payments. Filing and amended tax return   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. Filing and amended tax return   Differential wage payments are wages for income tax withholding, but are not subject to social security, Medicare, or FUTA taxes. Filing and amended tax return Employers should report differential wage payments in box 1 of Form W-2. Filing and amended tax return For more information about the tax treatment of differential wage payments, visit IRS. Filing and amended tax return gov and enter “employees in a combat zone” in the search box. Filing and amended tax return Fringe benefits. Filing and amended tax return   You generally must include fringe benefits in an employee's gross income (but see Nontaxable fringe benefits next). Filing and amended tax return The benefits are subject to income tax withholding and employment taxes. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return There are other special rules you and your employees may use to value certain fringe benefits. Filing and amended tax return See Publication 15-B for more information. Filing and amended tax return Nontaxable fringe benefits. Filing and amended tax return   Some fringe benefits are not taxable (or are minimally taxable) if certain conditions are met. Filing and amended tax return See Publication 15-B for details. Filing and amended tax return The following are some examples of nontaxable fringe benefits. Filing and amended tax return Services provided to your employees at no additional cost to you. Filing and amended tax return Qualified employee discounts. Filing and amended tax return Working condition fringes that are property or services the employee could deduct as a business expense if he or she had paid for it. Filing and amended tax return Examples include a company car for business use and subscriptions to business magazines. Filing and amended tax return 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). Filing and amended tax return Qualified transportation fringes subject to specified conditions and dollar limitations (including transportation in a commuter highway vehicle, any transit pass, and qualified parking). Filing and amended tax return Qualified moving expense reimbursement. Filing and amended tax return See Moving expenses , earlier in this section, for details. Filing and amended tax return The use of on-premises athletic facilities, if substantially all of the use is by employees, their spouses, and their dependent children. Filing and amended tax return Qualified tuition reduction an educational organization provides to its employees for education. Filing and amended tax return For more information, see Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education. Filing and amended tax return Employer-provided cell phones provided primarily for a noncompensatory business reason. Filing and amended tax return   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. Filing and amended tax return No-additional-cost services. Filing and amended tax return Qualified employee discounts. Filing and amended tax return Meals provided at an employer operated eating facility. Filing and amended tax return Reduced tuition for education. Filing and amended tax return  For more information, including the definition of a highly compensated employee, see Publication 15-B. Filing and amended tax return When fringe benefits are treated as paid. Filing and amended tax return   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. Filing and amended tax return You do not have to make a formal choice of payment dates or notify the IRS of the dates you choose. Filing and amended tax return You do not have to make this choice for all employees. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return See Publication 15-B for more information, including a discussion of the special accounting rule for fringe benefits provided during November and December. Filing and amended tax return Valuation of fringe benefits. Filing and amended tax return   Generally, you must determine the value of fringe benefits no later than January 31 of the next year. Filing and amended tax return Before January 31, you may reasonably estimate the value of the fringe benefits for purposes of withholding and depositing on time. Filing and amended tax return Withholding on fringe benefits. Filing and amended tax return   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. Filing and amended tax return However, see Withholding on supplemental wages when an employee receives more than $1 million of supplemental wages during the calendar year in section 7. Filing and amended tax return   You may choose not to withhold income tax on the value of an employee's personal use of a vehicle you provide. Filing and amended tax return You must, however, withhold social security and Medicare taxes on the use of the vehicle. Filing and amended tax return See Publication 15-B for more information on this election. Filing and amended tax return Depositing taxes on fringe benefits. Filing and amended tax return   Once you choose when fringe benefits are paid, you must deposit taxes in the same deposit period you treat the fringe benefits as paid. Filing and amended tax return To avoid a penalty, deposit the taxes following the general deposit rules for that deposit period. Filing and amended tax return   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. Filing and amended tax return See Valuation of fringe benefits , earlier. Filing and amended tax return If you underestimated the value and deposited too little, you may be subject to a failure-to-deposit penalty. Filing and amended tax return See section 11 for information on deposit penalties. Filing and amended tax return   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. Filing and amended tax return However, you must recover the income taxes before April 1 of the following year. Filing and amended tax return Sick pay. Filing and amended tax return   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. Filing and amended tax return These amounts are sometimes paid by a third party, such as an insurance company or an employees' trust. Filing and amended tax return In either case, these payments are subject to social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return The payments are always subject to federal income tax. Filing and amended tax return See Publication 15-A for more information. Filing and amended tax return 6. Filing and amended tax return Tips Tips your employee receives from customers are generally subject to withholding. Filing and amended tax return Your employee must report cash tips to you by the 10th of the month after the month the tips are received. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return Both directly and indirectly tipped employees must report tips to you. Filing and amended tax return No report is required for months when tips are less than $20. Filing and amended tax return Your employee reports the tips on Form 4070, Employee's Report of Tips to Employer, or on a similar statement. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return You are permitted to establish a system for electronic tip reporting by employees. Filing and amended tax return See Regulations section 31. Filing and amended tax return 6053-1(d). Filing and amended tax return Collecting taxes on tips. Filing and amended tax return   You must collect income tax, employee social security tax, and employee Medicare tax on the employee's tips. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return If an employee reports to you in writing $20 or more of tips in a month, the tips are also subject to FUTA tax. Filing and amended tax return   You can collect these taxes from the employee's wages or from other funds he or she makes available. Filing and amended tax return See Tips treated as supplemental wages in section 7 for more information. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return You are responsible for the employer social security tax on wages and tips until the wages (including tips) reach the limit. Filing and amended tax return You are responsible for the employer Medicare tax for the whole year on all wages and tips. Filing and amended tax return File Form 941 or Form 944 to report withholding and employment taxes on tips. Filing and amended tax return Ordering rule. Filing and amended tax return   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. Filing and amended tax return If there are not enough funds available, withhold taxes in the following order. Filing and amended tax return Withhold on regular wages and other compensation. Filing and amended tax return Withhold social security and Medicare taxes on tips. Filing and amended tax return Withhold income tax on tips. Filing and amended tax return Reporting tips. Filing and amended tax return   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). Filing and amended tax return Report an adjustment on Form 941, line 9 (Form 944, line 6), for the uncollected social security and Medicare taxes. Filing and amended tax return Enter the amount of uncollected social security tax and Medicare tax on Form W-2, box 12, with codes “A” and “B. Filing and amended tax return ” Do not include any uncollected Additional Medicare Tax in box 12 of Form W-2. Filing and amended tax return See section 13 and the General Instructions for Forms W-2 and W-3. Filing and amended tax return   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. Filing and amended tax return See Revenue Ruling 2012-18, 2012-26 I. Filing and amended tax return R. Filing and amended tax return B. Filing and amended tax return 1032, available at www. Filing and amended tax return irs. Filing and amended tax return gov/irb/2012-26_IRB/ar07. Filing and amended tax return html. Filing and amended tax return Allocated tips. Filing and amended tax return   If you operate a large food or beverage establishment, you must report allocated tips under certain circumstances. Filing and amended tax return However, do not withhold income, social security, or Medicare taxes on allocated tips. Filing and amended tax return   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. Filing and amended tax return   The tips may be allocated by one of three methods—hours worked, gross receipts, or good faith agreement. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return For information on filing Form 8027 electronically with the IRS, see Publication 1239. Filing and amended tax return Tip Rate Determination and Education Program. Filing and amended tax return   Employers may participate in the Tip Rate Determination and Education Program. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return The two agreements are the Tip Rate Determination Agreement (TRDA) and the Tip Reporting Alternative Commitment (TRAC). Filing and amended tax return A tip agreement, the Gaming Industry Tip Compliance Agreement (GITCA), is available for the gaming (casino) industry. Filing and amended tax return To get more information about TRDA and TRAC agreements, see Publication 3144, Tips on Tips. Filing and amended tax return Additionally, visit IRS. Filing and amended tax return gov and enter “MSU tips” in the search box to get more information about GITCA, TRDA, or TRAC agreements. Filing and amended tax return 7. Filing and amended tax return Supplemental Wages Supplemental wages are wage payments to an employee that are not regular wages. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return Other payments subject to the supplemental wage rules include taxable fringe benefits and expense allowances paid under a nonaccountable plan. Filing and amended tax return How you withhold on supplemental wages depends on whether the supplemental payment is identified as a separate payment from regular wages. Filing and amended tax return See Regulations section 31. Filing and amended tax return 3402(g)-1 for additional guidance for wages paid after January 1, 2007. Filing and amended tax return Also see Revenue Ruling 2008-29, 2008-24 I. Filing and amended tax return R. Filing and amended tax return B. Filing and amended tax return 1149, available at www. Filing and amended tax return irs. Filing and amended tax return gov/irb/2008-24_IRB/ar08. Filing and amended tax return html. Filing and amended tax return Withholding on supplemental wages when an employee receives more than $1 million of supplemental wages from you during the calendar year. Filing and amended tax return   Special rules apply to the extent supplemental wages paid to any one employee during the calendar year exceed $1 million. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return 6% (or the highest rate of income tax for the year). Filing and amended tax return Withhold using the 39. Filing and amended tax return 6% rate without regard to the employee's Form W-4. Filing and amended tax return In determining supplemental wages paid to the employee during the year, include payments from all businesses under common control. Filing and amended tax return For more information, see Treasury Decision 9276, 2006-37 I. Filing and amended tax return R. Filing and amended tax return B. Filing and amended tax return 423, available at www. Filing and amended tax return irs. Filing and amended tax return gov/irb/2006-37_IRB/ar09. Filing and amended tax return html. Filing and amended tax return Withholding on supplemental wage payments to an employee who does not receive $1 million of supplemental wages during the calendar year. Filing and amended tax return   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. Filing and amended tax return Supplemental wages combined with regular wages. Filing and amended tax return   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. Filing and amended tax return Supplemental wages identified separately from regular wages. Filing and amended tax return   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. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return Withhold a flat 25% (no other percentage allowed). Filing and amended tax return If the supplemental wages are paid concurrently with regular wages, add the supplemental wages to the concurrently paid regular wages. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return Figure the income tax withholding as if the total of the regular wages and supplemental wages is a single payment. Filing and amended tax return Subtract the tax withheld from the regular wages. Filing and amended tax return Withhold the remaining tax from the supplemental wages. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return This would occur, for example, when the value of the employee's withholding allowances claimed on Form W-4 is more than the wages. Filing and amended tax return Regardless of the method you use to withhold income tax on supplemental wages, they are subject to social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes. Filing and amended tax return Example 1. Filing and amended tax return You pay John Peters a base salary on the 1st of each month. Filing and amended tax return He is single and claims one withholding allowance. Filing and amended tax return In January he is paid $1,000. Filing and amended tax return Using the wage bracket tables, you withhold $50 from this amount. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return You figure the withholding based on the total of $3,000. Filing and amended tax return The correct withholding from the tables is $338. Filing and amended tax return Example 2. Filing and amended tax return You pay Sharon Warren a base salary on the 1st of each month. Filing and amended tax return She is single and claims one allowance. Filing and amended tax return Her May 1 pay is $2,000. Filing and amended tax return Using the wage bracket tables, you withhold $188. Filing and amended tax return On May 14 she receives a bonus of $1,000. Filing and amended tax return 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). Filing and amended tax return Determine the amount of withholding on the combined $3,000 amount to be $338 using the wage bracket tables. Filing and amended tax return Subtract the amount withheld from wages on the most recent base salary pay date (May 1) from the combined withholding amount ($338 – $188 = $150). Filing and amended tax return Withhold $150 from the bonus payment. Filing and amended tax return Example 3. Filing and amended tax return The facts are the same as in Example 2, except you elect to use the flat rate method of withholding on the bonus. Filing and amended tax return You withhold 25% of $1,000, or $250, from Sharon's bonus payment. Filing and amended tax return Example 4. Filing and amended tax return The facts are the same as in Example 2, except you elect to pay Sharon a second bonus of $2,000 on May 28. Filing and amended tax return 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). Filing and amended tax return Determine the amount of withholding on the combined $5,000 amount to be $781 using the wage bracket tables. Filing and amended tax return 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). Filing and amended tax return Withhold $443 from the second bonus payment. Filing and amended tax return Tips treated as supplemental wages. Filing and amended tax return   Withhold income tax on tips from wages earned by the employee or from other funds the employee makes available. Filing and amended tax return If an employee receives regular wages and reports tips, figure income tax withholding as if the tips were supplemental wages. Filing and amended tax return If you have not withheld income tax from the regular wages, add the tips to the regular wages. Filing and amended tax return Then withhold income tax on the total. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return Vacation pay. Filing and amended tax return   Vacation pay is subject to withholding as if it were a regular wage payment. Filing and amended tax return When vacation pay is in addition to regular wages for the vacation period, treat it as a supplemental wage payment. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return 8. Filing and amended tax return Payroll Period Your payroll period is a period of service for which you usually pay wages. Filing and amended tax return When you have a regular payroll period, withhold income tax for that time period even if your employee does not work the full period. Filing and amended tax return No regular payroll period. Filing and amended tax return   When you do not have a regular payroll period, withhold the tax as if you paid wages for a daily or miscellaneous payroll period. Filing and amended tax return Figure the number of days (including Sundays and holidays) in the period covered by the wage payment. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return Employee paid for period less than 1 week. Filing and amended tax return   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. Filing and amended tax return If the employee later begins to work for another employer for wages subject to withholding, the employee must notify you within 10 days. Filing and amended tax return You then figure withholding based on the daily or miscellaneous period. Filing and amended tax return 9. Filing and amended tax return Withholding From Employees' Wages Income Tax Withholding Using Form W-4 to figure withholding. Filing and amended tax return   To know how much federal income tax to withhold from employees' wages, you should have a Form W-4 on file for each employee. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return Advise your employees to use the IRS Withholding Calculator on the IRS website at www. Filing and amended tax return irs. Filing and amended tax return gov/individuals for help in determining how many withholding allowances to claim on their Forms W-4. Filing and amended tax return   Ask all new employees to give you a signed Form W-4 when they start work. Filing and amended tax return Make the form effective with the first wage payment. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return Form in Spanish. Filing and amended tax return   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. Filing and amended tax return For more information, see Publicación 17(SP), El Impuesto Federal sobre los Ingresos (Para Personas Físicas). Filing and amended tax return The rules discussed in this section that apply to Form W-4 also apply to Formulario W-4(SP). Filing and amended tax return Electronic system to receive Form W-4. Filing and amended tax return   You may establish a system to electronically receive Forms W-4 from your employees. Filing and amended tax return See Regulations section 31. Filing and amended tax return 3402(f)(5)-1(c) for more information. Filing and amended tax return Effective date of Form W-4. Filing and amended tax return   A Form W-4 remains in effect until the employee gives you a new one. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return A Form W-4 that makes a change for the next calendar year will not take effect in the current calendar year. Filing and amended tax return Successor employer. Filing and amended tax return   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. Filing and amended tax return See Revenue Procedure 2004-53, 2004-34 I. Filing and amended tax return R. Filing and amended tax return B. Filing and amended tax return 320, available at www. Filing and amended tax return irs. Filing and amended tax return gov/irb/2004-34_IRB/ar13. Filing and amended tax return html. Filing and amended tax return Completing Form W-4. Filing and amended tax return   The amount of any federal income tax withholding must be based on marital status and withholding allowances. Filing and amended tax return Your employees may not base their withholding amounts on a fixed dollar amount or percentage. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return Employees may claim fewer withholding allowances than they are entitled to claim. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return See Publication 505, Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax, for more information about completing Form W-4. Filing and amended tax return Along with Form W-4, you may wish to order Publication 505 for use by your employees. Filing and amended tax return Do not accept any withholding or estimated tax payments from your employees in addition to withholding based on their Form W-4. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return Exemption from federal income tax withholding. Filing and amended tax return   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. Filing and amended tax return See the Form W-4 instructions for more information. Filing and amended tax return However, the wages are still subject to social security and Medicare taxes. Filing and amended tax return See also Invalid Forms W-4 , later in this section. Filing and amended tax return   A Form W-4 claiming exemption from withholding is effective when it is filed with the employer and only for that calendar year. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return Withholding income taxes on the wages of nonresident alien employees. Filing and amended tax return   In general, you must withhold federal income taxes on the wages of nonresident alien employees. Filing and amended tax return However, see Publication 515, Withholding of Tax on Nonresident Aliens and Foreign Entities, for exceptions to this general rule. Filing and amended tax return Also see section 3 of Publication 51 (Circular A), Agricultural Employer's Tax Guide, for guidance on H-2A visa workers. Filing and amended tax return Withholding adjustment for nonresident alien employees. Filing and amended tax return   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. Filing and amended tax return Nonresident alien students from India and business apprentices from India are not subject to this procedure. Filing and amended tax return Instructions. Filing and amended tax return   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. Filing and amended tax return Step 1. Filing and amended tax return   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. Filing and amended tax return    Amount to Add to Nonresident Alien Employee's Wages for Calculating Income Tax Withholding Only   Payroll Period Add Additional     Weekly $ 43. Filing and amended tax return 30     Biweekly 86. Filing and amended tax return 50     Semimonthly 93. Filing and amended tax return 80     Monthly 187. Filing and amended tax return 50     Quarterly 562. Filing and amended tax return 50     Semiannually 1,125. Filing and amended tax return 00     Annually 2,250. Filing and amended tax return 00     Daily or Miscellaneous (each day of the payroll period) 8. Filing and amended tax return 70   Step 2. Filing and amended tax return   Use the amount figured in Step 1 and the number of withholding allowances claimed (generally limited to one allowance) to figure income tax withholding. Filing and amended tax return Determine the value of withholding allowances by multiplying the number of withholding allowances claimed by the appropriate amount from Table 5. Filing and amended tax return Percentage Method—2014 Amount for One Withholding Allowance shown on page 41. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return The amounts from the chart above are added to wages solely for calculating income tax withholding on the wages of the nonresident alien employee. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return This procedure only applies to nonresident alien employees who have wages subject to income tax withholding. Filing and amended tax return Example. Filing and amended tax return An employer using the percentage method of withholding pays wages of $500 for a biweekly payroll period to a married nonresident alien employee. Filing and amended tax return 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). Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return 50 from the chart under Step 1 ($586. Filing and amended tax return 50 total). Filing and amended tax return The employer then applies the applicable tables to determine the income tax withholding for nonresident aliens (see Step 2 ). Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return The $86. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return Also, the $86. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return Supplemental wage payment. Filing and amended tax return   This procedure for determining the amount of income tax withholding does not apply to a supplemental wage payment (see section 7) if the 39. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return Nonresident alien employee's Form W-4. Filing and amended tax return   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. Filing and amended tax return   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. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return Form 8233. Filing and amended tax return   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. Filing and amended tax return See Publication 515 for details. Filing and amended tax return IRS review of requested Forms W-4. Filing and amended tax return   When requested by the IRS, you must make original Forms W-4 available for inspection by an IRS employee. Filing and amended tax return You may also be directed to send certain Forms W-4 to the IRS. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return 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. Filing and amended tax return R. Filing and amended tax return B. Filing and amended tax return 455, which is available at www. Filing and amended tax return irs. Filing and amended tax return gov/irb/2007-35_IRB/ar10. Filing and amended tax return html. Filing and amended tax return When we refer to Form W-4, the same rules apply to Formulario W-4(SP), its Spanish translation. Filing and amended tax return 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). Filing and amended tax return 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