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Filing Taxes As Unemployed

Filing taxes as unemployed Publication 15-A - Main Content Table of Contents 1. Filing taxes as unemployed Who Are Employees?Independent Contractors Common-Law Employees Statutory Employees Statutory Nonemployees Misclassification of Employees 2. Filing taxes as unemployed Employee or Independent Contractor?Common-Law Rules Industry Examples 3. Filing taxes as unemployed Employees of Exempt OrganizationsSocial security and Medicare taxes. Filing taxes as unemployed FUTA tax. Filing taxes as unemployed 4. Filing taxes as unemployed Religious Exemptions and Special Rules for MinistersForm W-2. Filing taxes as unemployed Self-employed. Filing taxes as unemployed Employees. Filing taxes as unemployed 5. Filing taxes as unemployed Wages and Other CompensationRelocating for Temporary Work Assignments Employee Achievement Awards Scholarship and Fellowship Payments Outplacement Services Withholding for Idle Time Back Pay Supplemental Unemployment Benefits Golden Parachute Payments Interest-Free and Below-Market-Interest-Rate Loans Leave Sharing Plans Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plans Tax-Sheltered Annuities Contributions to a Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) SIMPLE Retirement Plans 6. Filing taxes as unemployed Sick Pay ReportingSick Pay Payments That Are Not Sick Pay Sick Pay Plan Third-Party Payers of Sick Pay Social Security, Medicare, and FUTA Taxes on Sick Pay Income Tax Withholding on Sick Pay Depositing and Reporting Example of Figuring and Reporting Sick Pay 7. Filing taxes as unemployed Special Rules for Paying TaxesCommon Paymaster Agents Reporting Agents Employee's Portion of Taxes Paid by Employer International Social Security Agreements 8. Filing taxes as unemployed Pensions and AnnuitiesFederal Income Tax Withholding 9. Filing taxes as unemployed Alternative Methods for Figuring WithholdingTerm of continuous employment. Filing taxes as unemployed Formula Tables for Percentage Method Withholding (for Automated Payroll Systems) Wage Bracket Percentage Method Tables (for Automated Payroll Systems) Combined Federal Income Tax, Employee Social Security Tax, and Employee Medicare Tax Withholding Tables 10. Filing taxes as unemployed Tables for Withholding on Distributions of Indian Gaming Profits to Tribal MembersWithholding Tables How To Get Tax Help 1. Filing taxes as unemployed Who Are Employees? Before you can know how to treat payments that you make to workers for services, you must first know the business relationship that exists between you and the person performing the services. Filing taxes as unemployed The person performing the services may be: An independent contractor, A common-law employee, A statutory employee, or A statutory nonemployee. Filing taxes as unemployed This discussion explains these four categories. Filing taxes as unemployed A later discussion, Employee or Independent Contractor in section 2, points out the differences between an independent contractor and an employee and gives examples from various types of occupations. Filing taxes as unemployed If an individual who works for you is not an employee under the common-law rules (see section 2), you generally do not have to withhold federal income tax from that individual's pay. Filing taxes as unemployed However, in some cases you may be required to withhold under the backup withholding requirements on these payments. Filing taxes as unemployed See Publication 15 (Circular E) for information on backup withholding. Filing taxes as unemployed Independent Contractors People such as doctors, veterinarians, and auctioneers who follow an independent trade, business, or profession in which they offer their services to the public, are generally not employees. Filing taxes as unemployed However, whether such people are employees or independent contractors depends on the facts in each case. Filing taxes as unemployed The general rule is that an individual is an independent contractor if you, the person for whom the services are performed, have the right to control or direct only the result of the work and not the means and methods of accomplishing the result. Filing taxes as unemployed Common-Law Employees Under common-law rules, anyone who performs services for you is generally your employee if you have the right to control what will be done and how it will be done. Filing taxes as unemployed This is so even when you give the employee freedom of action. Filing taxes as unemployed What matters is that you have the right to control the details of how the services are performed. Filing taxes as unemployed For a discussion of facts that indicate whether an individual providing services is an independent contractor or employee, see section 2. Filing taxes as unemployed If you have an employer-employee relationship, it makes no difference how it is labeled. Filing taxes as unemployed The substance of the relationship, not the label, governs the worker's status. Filing taxes as unemployed It does not matter whether the individual is employed full time or part time. Filing taxes as unemployed For employment tax purposes, no distinction is made between classes of employees. Filing taxes as unemployed Superintendents, managers, and other supervisory personnel are all employees. Filing taxes as unemployed An officer of a corporation is generally an employee; however, an officer who performs no services or only minor services, and neither receives nor is entitled to receive any pay, is not considered an employee. Filing taxes as unemployed A director of a corporation is not an employee with respect to services performed as a director. Filing taxes as unemployed You generally have to withhold and pay income, social security, and Medicare taxes on wages that you pay to common-law employees. Filing taxes as unemployed However, the wages of certain employees may be exempt from one or more of these taxes. Filing taxes as unemployed See Employees of Exempt Organizations (section 3) and Religious Exemptions and Special Rules for Ministers (section 4). Filing taxes as unemployed Leased employees. Filing taxes as unemployed   Under certain circumstances, a firm that furnishes workers to other firms is the employer of those workers for employment tax purposes. Filing taxes as unemployed For example, a temporary staffing service may provide the services of secretaries, nurses, and other similarly trained workers to its clients on a temporary basis. Filing taxes as unemployed   The staffing service enters into contracts with the clients under which the clients specify the services to be provided and a fee is paid to the staffing service for each individual furnished. Filing taxes as unemployed The staffing service has the right to control and direct the worker's services for the client, including the right to discharge or reassign the worker. Filing taxes as unemployed The staffing service hires the workers, controls the payment of their wages, provides them with unemployment insurance and other benefits, and is the employer for employment tax purposes. Filing taxes as unemployed For information on employee leasing as it relates to pension plan qualification requirements, see Leased employee in Publication 560, Retirement Plans for Small Business. Filing taxes as unemployed Additional information. Filing taxes as unemployed   For more information about the treatment of special types of employment, the treatment of special types of payments, and similar subjects, see Publication 15 (Circular E) or Publication 51 (Circular A), Agricultural Employer's Tax Guide. Filing taxes as unemployed Statutory Employees If workers are independent contractors under the common law rules, such workers may nevertheless be treated as employees by statute, (also known as “statutory employees”) for certain employment tax purposes. Filing taxes as unemployed This would happen if they fall within any one of the following four categories and meet the three conditions described next under Social security and Medicare taxes . Filing taxes as unemployed A driver who distributes beverages (other than milk) or meat, vegetable, fruit, or bakery products; or who picks up and delivers laundry or dry cleaning, if the driver is your agent or is paid on commission. Filing taxes as unemployed A full-time life insurance sales agent whose principal business activity is selling life insurance or annuity contracts, or both, primarily for one life insurance company. Filing taxes as unemployed An individual who works at home on materials or goods that you supply and that must be returned to you or to a person you name, if you also furnish specifications for the work to be done. Filing taxes as unemployed A full-time traveling or city salesperson who works on your behalf and turns in orders to you from wholesalers, retailers, contractors, or operators of hotels, restaurants, or other similar establishments. Filing taxes as unemployed The goods sold must be merchandise for resale or supplies for use in the buyer's business operation. Filing taxes as unemployed The work performed for you must be the salesperson's principal business activity. Filing taxes as unemployed See Salesperson in section 2. Filing taxes as unemployed Social security and Medicare taxes. Filing taxes as unemployed   You must withhold social security and Medicare taxes from the wages of statutory employees if all three of the following conditions apply. Filing taxes as unemployed The service contract states or implies that substantially all the services are to be performed personally by them. Filing taxes as unemployed They do not have a substantial investment in the equipment and property used to perform the services (other than an investment in facilities for transportation, such as a car or truck). Filing taxes as unemployed The services are performed on a continuing basis for the same payer. Filing taxes as unemployed Federal unemployment (FUTA) tax. Filing taxes as unemployed   For FUTA tax (the unemployment tax paid under the Federal Unemployment Tax Act), the term “employee” means the same as it does for social security and Medicare taxes, except that it does not include statutory employees defined above in categories 2 and 3. Filing taxes as unemployed Any individual who is a statutory employee described above under category 1 or 4 is also an employee for FUTA tax purposes and subject to FUTA tax. Filing taxes as unemployed Income tax. Filing taxes as unemployed   Do not withhold federal income tax from the wages of statutory employees. Filing taxes as unemployed Reporting payments to statutory employees. Filing taxes as unemployed   Furnish Form W-2 to a statutory employee, and check “Statutory employee” in box 13. Filing taxes as unemployed Show your payments to the employee as “other compensation” in box 1. Filing taxes as unemployed Also, show social security wages in box 3, social security tax withheld in box 4, Medicare wages in box 5, and Medicare tax withheld in box 6. Filing taxes as unemployed The statutory employee can deduct his or her trade or business expenses from the payments shown on Form W-2. Filing taxes as unemployed He or she reports earnings as a statutory employee on line 1 of Schedule C (Form 1040), Profit or Loss From Business, or Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040), Net Profit From Business. Filing taxes as unemployed A statutory employee's business expenses are deductible on Schedule C (Form 1040) or C-EZ (Form 1040) and are not subject to the reduction by 2% of his or her adjusted gross income that applies to common-law employees. Filing taxes as unemployed H-2A agricultural workers. Filing taxes as unemployed   On Form W-2, do not check box 13 (Statutory employee), as H-2A workers are not statutory employees. Filing taxes as unemployed Statutory Nonemployees There are three categories of statutory nonemployees: direct sellers, licensed real estate agents, and certain companion sitters. Filing taxes as unemployed Direct sellers and licensed real estate agents are treated as self-employed for all federal tax purposes, including income and employment taxes, if: Substantially all payments for their services as direct sellers or real estate agents are directly related to sales or other output, rather than to the number of hours worked, and Their services are performed under a written contract providing that they will not be treated as employees for federal tax purposes. Filing taxes as unemployed Direct sellers. Filing taxes as unemployed   Direct sellers include persons falling within any of the following three groups. Filing taxes as unemployed Persons engaged in selling (or soliciting the sale of) consumer products in the home or place of business other than in a permanent retail establishment. Filing taxes as unemployed Persons engaged in selling (or soliciting the sale of) consumer products to any buyer on a buy-sell basis, a deposit-commission basis, or any similar basis prescribed by regulations, for resale in the home or at a place of business other than in a permanent retail establishment. Filing taxes as unemployed Persons engaged in the trade or business of delivering or distributing newspapers or shopping news (including any services directly related to such delivery or distribution). Filing taxes as unemployed   Direct selling includes activities of individuals who attempt to increase direct sales activities of their direct sellers and who earn income based on the productivity of their direct sellers. Filing taxes as unemployed Such activities include providing motivation and encouragement; imparting skills, knowledge, or experience; and recruiting. Filing taxes as unemployed Licensed real estate agents. Filing taxes as unemployed   This category includes individuals engaged in appraisal activities for real estate sales if they earn income based on sales or other output. Filing taxes as unemployed Companion sitters. Filing taxes as unemployed   Companion sitters are individuals who furnish personal attendance, companionship, or household care services to children or to individuals who are elderly or disabled. Filing taxes as unemployed A person engaged in the trade or business of putting the sitters in touch with individuals who wish to employ them (that is, a companion sitting placement service) will not be treated as the employer of the sitters if that person does not receive or pay the salary or wages of the sitters and is compensated by the sitters or the persons who employ them on a fee basis. Filing taxes as unemployed Companion sitters who are not employees of a companion sitting placement service are generally treated as self-employed for all federal tax purposes. Filing taxes as unemployed Misclassification of Employees Consequences of treating an employee as an independent contractor. Filing taxes as unemployed   If you classify an employee as an independent contractor and you have no reasonable basis for doing so, you are liable for employment taxes for that worker and the relief provision, discussed next, will not apply. Filing taxes as unemployed See section 2 in Publication 15 (Circular E) for more information. Filing taxes as unemployed Relief provision. Filing taxes as unemployed   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 taxes as unemployed To get this relief, you must file all required federal information returns on a basis consistent with your treatment of the worker. Filing taxes as unemployed 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 taxes as unemployed Technical service specialists. Filing taxes as unemployed   This relief provision does not apply for a technical services specialist you provide to another business under an arrangement between you and the other business. Filing taxes as unemployed A technical service specialist is an engineer, designer, drafter, computer programmer, systems analyst, or other similarly skilled worker engaged in a similar line of work. Filing taxes as unemployed   This limit on the application of the rule does not affect the determination of whether such workers are employees under the common-law rules. Filing taxes as unemployed The common-law rules control whether the specialist is treated as an employee or an independent contractor. Filing taxes as unemployed However, if you directly contract with a technical service specialist to provide services for your business and not for another business, you may still be entitled to the relief provision. Filing taxes as unemployed Test proctors and room supervisors. Filing taxes as unemployed   The consistent treatment requirement does not apply to services performed after December 31, 2006, by an individual as a test proctor or room supervisor assisting in the administration of college entrance or placement examinations if the individual: Is performing the services for a section 501(c) organization exempt from tax under section 501(a) of the code, and Is not otherwise treated as an employee of the organization for employment taxes. Filing taxes as unemployed Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP). Filing taxes as unemployed   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 taxes as unemployed To apply, use Form 8952, Application for Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP). Filing taxes as unemployed For more information, visit IRS. Filing taxes as unemployed gov and enter “VCSP” in the search box. Filing taxes as unemployed 2. Filing taxes as unemployed Employee or Independent Contractor? An employer must generally withhold federal income taxes, withhold and pay over social security and Medicare taxes, and pay unemployment tax on wages paid to an employee. Filing taxes as unemployed An employer does not generally have to withhold or pay over any federal taxes on payments to independent contractors. Filing taxes as unemployed Common-Law Rules To determine whether an individual is an employee or an independent contractor under the common law, the relationship of the worker and the business must be examined. Filing taxes as unemployed In any employee-independent contractor determination, all information that provides evidence of the degree of control and the degree of independence must be considered. Filing taxes as unemployed Facts that provide evidence of the degree of control and independence fall into three categories: behavioral control, financial control, and the type of relationship of the parties. Filing taxes as unemployed These facts are discussed next. Filing taxes as unemployed Behavioral control. Filing taxes as unemployed   Facts that show whether the business has a right to direct and control how the worker does the task for which the worker is hired include the type and degree of: Instructions that the business gives to the worker. Filing taxes as unemployed   An employee is generally subject to the business' instructions about when, where, and how to work. Filing taxes as unemployed All of the following are examples of types of instructions about how to do work. Filing taxes as unemployed When and where to do the work. Filing taxes as unemployed What tools or equipment to use. Filing taxes as unemployed What workers to hire or to assist with the work. Filing taxes as unemployed Where to purchase supplies and services. Filing taxes as unemployed What work must be performed by a specified  individual. Filing taxes as unemployed What order or sequence to follow. Filing taxes as unemployed   The amount of instruction needed varies among different jobs. Filing taxes as unemployed Even if no instructions are given, sufficient behavioral control may exist if the employer has the right to control how the work results are achieved. Filing taxes as unemployed A business may lack the knowledge to instruct some highly specialized professionals; in other cases, the task may require little or no instruction. Filing taxes as unemployed The key consideration is whether the business has retained the right to control the details of a worker's performance or instead has given up that right. Filing taxes as unemployed Training that the business gives to the worker. Filing taxes as unemployed   An employee may be trained to perform services in a particular manner. Filing taxes as unemployed Independent contractors ordinarily use their own methods. Filing taxes as unemployed Financial control. Filing taxes as unemployed   Facts that show whether the business has a right to control the business aspects of the worker's job include: The extent to which the worker has unreimbursed business expenses. Filing taxes as unemployed   Independent contractors are more likely to have unreimbursed expenses than are employees. Filing taxes as unemployed Fixed ongoing costs that are incurred regardless of whether work is currently being performed are especially important. Filing taxes as unemployed However, employees may also incur unreimbursed expenses in connection with the services that they perform for their employer. Filing taxes as unemployed The extent of the worker's investment. Filing taxes as unemployed   An independent contractor often has a significant investment in the facilities or tools he or she uses in performing services for someone else. Filing taxes as unemployed However, a significant investment is not necessary for independent contractor status. Filing taxes as unemployed The extent to which the worker makes his or her services available to the relevant market. Filing taxes as unemployed   An independent contractor is generally free to seek out business opportunities. Filing taxes as unemployed Independent contractors often advertise, maintain a visible business location, and are available to work in the relevant market. Filing taxes as unemployed How the business pays the worker. Filing taxes as unemployed   An employee is generally guaranteed a regular wage amount for an hourly, weekly, or other period of time. Filing taxes as unemployed This usually indicates that a worker is an employee, even when the wage or salary is supplemented by a commission. Filing taxes as unemployed An independent contractor is often paid a flat fee or on a time and materials basis for the job. Filing taxes as unemployed However, it is common in some professions, such as law, to pay independent contractors hourly. Filing taxes as unemployed The extent to which the worker can realize a profit or loss. Filing taxes as unemployed   An independent contractor can make a profit or loss. Filing taxes as unemployed Type of relationship. Filing taxes as unemployed   Facts that show the parties' type of relationship include: Written contracts describing the relationship the parties intended to create. Filing taxes as unemployed Whether or not the business provides the worker with employee-type benefits, such as insurance, a pension plan, vacation pay, or sick pay. Filing taxes as unemployed The permanency of the relationship. Filing taxes as unemployed If you engage a worker with the expectation that the relationship will continue indefinitely, rather than for a specific project or period, this is generally considered evidence that your intent was to create an employer-employee relationship. Filing taxes as unemployed The extent to which services performed by the worker are a key aspect of the regular business of the company. Filing taxes as unemployed If a worker provides services that are a key aspect of your regular business activity, it is more likely that you will have the right to direct and control his or her activities. Filing taxes as unemployed For example, if a law firm hires an attorney, it is likely that it will present the attorney's work as its own and would have the right to control or direct that work. Filing taxes as unemployed This would indicate an employer-employee relationship. Filing taxes as unemployed IRS help. Filing taxes as unemployed   If you want the IRS to determine whether or not a worker is an employee, file Form SS-8, Determination of Worker Status for Purposes of Federal Employment Taxes and Income Tax Withholding, with the IRS. Filing taxes as unemployed Industry Examples The following examples may help you properly classify your workers. Filing taxes as unemployed Building and Construction Industry Example 1. Filing taxes as unemployed Jerry Jones has an agreement with Wilma White to supervise the remodeling of her house. Filing taxes as unemployed She did not advance funds to help him carry on the work. Filing taxes as unemployed She makes direct payments to the suppliers for all necessary materials. Filing taxes as unemployed She carries liability and workers' compensation insurance covering Jerry and others that he engaged to assist him. Filing taxes as unemployed She pays them an hourly rate and exercises almost constant supervision over the work. Filing taxes as unemployed Jerry is not free to transfer his assistants to other jobs. Filing taxes as unemployed He may not work on other jobs while working for Wilma. Filing taxes as unemployed He assumes no responsibility to complete the work and will incur no contractual liability if he fails to do so. Filing taxes as unemployed He and his assistants perform personal services for hourly wages. Filing taxes as unemployed Jerry Jones and his assistants are employees of Wilma White. Filing taxes as unemployed Example 2. Filing taxes as unemployed Milton Manning, an experienced tile setter, orally agreed with a corporation to perform full-time services at construction sites. Filing taxes as unemployed He uses his own tools and performs services in the order designated by the corporation and according to its specifications. Filing taxes as unemployed The corporation supplies all materials, makes frequent inspections of his work, pays him on a piecework basis, and carries workers' compensation insurance on him. Filing taxes as unemployed He does not have a place of business or hold himself out to perform similar services for others. Filing taxes as unemployed Either party can end the services at any time. Filing taxes as unemployed Milton Manning is an employee of the corporation. Filing taxes as unemployed Example 3. Filing taxes as unemployed Wallace Black agreed with the Sawdust Co. Filing taxes as unemployed to supply the construction labor for a group of houses. Filing taxes as unemployed The company agreed to pay all construction costs. Filing taxes as unemployed However, he supplies all the tools and equipment. Filing taxes as unemployed He performs personal services as a carpenter and mechanic for an hourly wage. Filing taxes as unemployed He also acts as superintendent and foreman and engages other individuals to assist him. Filing taxes as unemployed The company has the right to select, approve, or discharge any helper. Filing taxes as unemployed A company representative makes frequent inspections of the construction site. Filing taxes as unemployed When a house is finished, Wallace is paid a certain percentage of its costs. Filing taxes as unemployed He is not responsible for faults, defects of construction, or wasteful operation. Filing taxes as unemployed At the end of each week, he presents the company with a statement of the amount that he has spent, including the payroll. Filing taxes as unemployed The company gives him a check for that amount from which he pays the assistants, although he is not personally liable for their wages. Filing taxes as unemployed Wallace Black and his assistants are employees of the Sawdust Co. Filing taxes as unemployed Example 4. Filing taxes as unemployed Bill Plum contracted with Elm Corporation to complete the roofing on a housing complex. Filing taxes as unemployed A signed contract established a flat amount for the services rendered by Bill Plum. Filing taxes as unemployed Bill is a licensed roofer and carries workers' compensation and liability insurance under the business name, Plum Roofing. Filing taxes as unemployed He hires his own roofers who are treated as employees for federal employment tax purposes. Filing taxes as unemployed If there is a problem with the roofing work, Plum Roofing is responsible for paying for any repairs. Filing taxes as unemployed Bill Plum, doing business as Plum Roofing, is an independent contractor. Filing taxes as unemployed Example 5. Filing taxes as unemployed Vera Elm, an electrician, submitted a job estimate to a housing complex for electrical work at $16 per hour for 400 hours. Filing taxes as unemployed She is to receive $1,280 every 2 weeks for the next 10 weeks. Filing taxes as unemployed This is not considered payment by the hour. Filing taxes as unemployed Even if she works more or less than 400 hours to complete the work, Vera Elm will receive $6,400. Filing taxes as unemployed She also performs additional electrical installations under contracts with other companies, that she obtained through advertisements. Filing taxes as unemployed Vera is an independent contractor. Filing taxes as unemployed Trucking Industry Example. Filing taxes as unemployed Rose Trucking contracts to deliver material for Forest, Inc. Filing taxes as unemployed , at $140 per ton. Filing taxes as unemployed Rose Trucking is not paid for any articles that are not delivered. Filing taxes as unemployed At times, Jan Rose, who operates as Rose Trucking, may also lease another truck and engage a driver to complete the contract. Filing taxes as unemployed All operating expenses, including insurance coverage, are paid by Jan Rose. Filing taxes as unemployed All equipment is owned or rented by Jan and she is responsible for all maintenance. Filing taxes as unemployed None of the drivers are provided by Forest, Inc. Filing taxes as unemployed Jan Rose, operating as Rose Trucking, is an independent contractor. Filing taxes as unemployed Computer Industry Example. Filing taxes as unemployed Steve Smith, a computer programmer, is laid off when Megabyte, Inc. Filing taxes as unemployed , downsizes. Filing taxes as unemployed Megabyte agrees to pay Steve a flat amount to complete a one-time project to create a certain product. Filing taxes as unemployed It is not clear how long that it will take to complete the project, and Steve is not guaranteed any minimum payment for the hours spent on the program. Filing taxes as unemployed Megabyte provides Steve with no instructions beyond the specifications for the product itself. Filing taxes as unemployed Steve and Megabyte have a written contract, which provides that Steve is considered to be an independent contractor, is required to pay federal and state taxes, and receives no benefits from Megabyte. Filing taxes as unemployed Megabyte will file Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income, to report the amount paid to Steve. Filing taxes as unemployed Steve works at home and is not expected or allowed to attend meetings of the software development group. Filing taxes as unemployed Steve is an independent contractor. Filing taxes as unemployed Automobile Industry Example 1. Filing taxes as unemployed Donna Lee is a salesperson employed on a full-time basis by Bob Blue, an auto dealer. Filing taxes as unemployed She works six days a week and is on duty in Bob's showroom on certain assigned days and times. Filing taxes as unemployed She appraises trade-ins, but her appraisals are subject to the sales manager's approval. Filing taxes as unemployed Lists of prospective customers belong to the dealer. Filing taxes as unemployed She is required to develop leads and report results to the sales manager. Filing taxes as unemployed Because of her experience, she requires only minimal assistance in closing and financing sales and in other phases of her work. Filing taxes as unemployed She is paid a commission and is eligible for prizes and bonuses offered by Bob. Filing taxes as unemployed Bob also pays the cost of health insurance and group-term life insurance for Donna. Filing taxes as unemployed Donna is an employee of Bob Blue. Filing taxes as unemployed Example 2. Filing taxes as unemployed Sam Sparks performs auto repair services in the repair department of an auto sales company. Filing taxes as unemployed He works regular hours and is paid on a percentage basis. Filing taxes as unemployed He has no investment in the repair department. Filing taxes as unemployed The sales company supplies all facilities, repair parts, and supplies; issues instructions on the amounts to be charged, parts to be used, and the time for completion of each job; and checks all estimates and repair orders. Filing taxes as unemployed Sam is an employee of the sales company. Filing taxes as unemployed Example 3. Filing taxes as unemployed An auto sales agency furnishes space for Helen Bach to perform auto repair services. Filing taxes as unemployed She provides her own tools, equipment, and supplies. Filing taxes as unemployed She seeks out business from insurance adjusters and other individuals and does all of the body and paint work that comes to the agency. Filing taxes as unemployed She hires and discharges her own helpers, determines her own and her helpers' working hours, quotes prices for repair work, makes all necessary adjustments, assumes all losses from uncollectible accounts, and receives, as compensation for her services, a large percentage of the gross collections from the auto repair shop. Filing taxes as unemployed Helen is an independent contractor and the helpers are her employees. Filing taxes as unemployed Attorney Example. Filing taxes as unemployed Donna Yuma is a sole practitioner who rents office space and pays for the following items: telephone, computer, on-line legal research linkup, fax machine, and photocopier. Filing taxes as unemployed Donna buys office supplies and pays bar dues and membership dues for three other professional organizations. Filing taxes as unemployed Donna has a part-time receptionist who also does the bookkeeping. Filing taxes as unemployed She pays the receptionist, withholds and pays federal and state employment taxes, and files a Form W-2 each year. Filing taxes as unemployed For the past 2 years, Donna has had only three clients, corporations with which there have been long-standing relationships. Filing taxes as unemployed Donna charges the corporations an hourly rate for her services, sending monthly bills detailing the work performed for the prior month. Filing taxes as unemployed The bills include charges for long distance calls, on-line research time, fax charges, photocopies, postage, and travel, costs for which the corporations have agreed to reimburse her. Filing taxes as unemployed Donna is an independent contractor. Filing taxes as unemployed Taxicab Driver Example. Filing taxes as unemployed Tom Spruce rents a cab from Taft Cab Co. Filing taxes as unemployed for $150 per day. Filing taxes as unemployed He pays the costs of maintaining and operating the cab. Filing taxes as unemployed Tom Spruce keeps all fares that he receives from customers. Filing taxes as unemployed Although he receives the benefit of Taft's two-way radio communication equipment, dispatcher, and advertising, these items benefit both Taft and Tom Spruce. Filing taxes as unemployed Tom Spruce is an independent contractor. Filing taxes as unemployed Salesperson To determine whether salespersons are employees under the usual common-law rules, you must evaluate each individual case. Filing taxes as unemployed If a salesperson who works for you does not meet the tests for a common-law employee, discussed earlier in this section, you do not have to withhold federal income tax from his or her pay (see Statutory Employees in section 1). Filing taxes as unemployed However, even if a salesperson is not an employee under the usual common-law rules for income tax withholding, his or her pay may still be subject to social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes as a statutory employee. Filing taxes as unemployed To determine whether a salesperson is an employee for social security, Medicare, and FUTA tax purposes, the salesperson must meet all eight elements of the statutory employee test. Filing taxes as unemployed A salesperson is a statutory employee for social security, Medicare, and FUTA tax purposes if he or she: Works full time for one person or company except, possibly, for sideline sales activities on behalf of some other person, Sells on behalf of, and turns his or her orders over to, the person or company for which he or she works, Sells to wholesalers, retailers, contractors, or operators of hotels, restaurants, or similar establishments, Sells merchandise for resale, or supplies for use in the customer's business, Agrees to do substantially all of this work personally, Has no substantial investment in the facilities used to do the work, other than in facilities for transportation, Maintains a continuing relationship with the person or company for which he or she works, and Is not an employee under common-law rules. Filing taxes as unemployed 3. Filing taxes as unemployed Employees of Exempt Organizations Many nonprofit organizations are exempt from federal income tax. Filing taxes as unemployed Although they do not have to pay federal income tax themselves, they must still withhold federal income tax from the pay of their employees. Filing taxes as unemployed However, there are special social security, Medicare, and FUTA tax rules that apply to the wages that they pay their employees. Filing taxes as unemployed Section 501(c)(3) organizations. Filing taxes as unemployed   Nonprofit organizations that are exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code include any community chest, fund, or foundation organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, testing for public safety, literary or educational purposes, fostering national or international amateur sports competition, or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals. Filing taxes as unemployed These organizations are usually corporations and are exempt from federal income tax under section 501(a). Filing taxes as unemployed Social security and Medicare taxes. Filing taxes as unemployed   Wages paid to employees of section 501(c)(3) organizations are subject to social security and Medicare taxes unless one of the following situations applies. Filing taxes as unemployed The organization pays an employee less than $100 in a calendar year. Filing taxes as unemployed The organization is a church or church-controlled organization opposed for religious reasons to the payment of social security and Medicare taxes and has filed Form 8274, Certification by Churches and Qualified Church-Controlled Organizations Electing Exemption From Employer Social Security and Medicare Taxes, to elect exemption from social security and Medicare taxes. Filing taxes as unemployed The organization must have filed for exemption before the first date on which a quarterly employment tax return (Form 941) or annual employment tax return (Form 944) would otherwise be due. Filing taxes as unemployed   An employee of a church or church-controlled organization that is exempt from social security and Medicare taxes must pay self-employment tax if the employee is paid $108. Filing taxes as unemployed 28 or more in a year. Filing taxes as unemployed However, an employee who is a member of a qualified religious sect can apply for an exemption from the self-employment tax by filing Form 4029, Application for Exemption From Social Security and Medicare Taxes and Waiver of Benefits. Filing taxes as unemployed See Members of recognized religious sects opposed to insurance in section 4. Filing taxes as unemployed FUTA tax. Filing taxes as unemployed   An organization that is exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code is also exempt from FUTA tax. Filing taxes as unemployed This exemption cannot be waived. Filing taxes as unemployed Do not file Form 940 to report wages paid by these organizations or pay the tax. Filing taxes as unemployed Note. Filing taxes as unemployed An organization wholly owned by a state or its political subdivision should contact the appropriate state official for information about reporting and getting social security and Medicare coverage for its employees. Filing taxes as unemployed Other than section 501(c)(3) organizations. Filing taxes as unemployed   Nonprofit organizations that are not section 501(c)(3) organizations may also be exempt from federal income tax under section 501(a) or section 521. Filing taxes as unemployed However, these organizations are not exempt from withholding federal income, social security, or Medicare tax from their employees' pay, or from paying FUTA tax. Filing taxes as unemployed Two special rules for social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes apply. Filing taxes as unemployed If an employee is paid less than $100 during a calendar year, his or her wages are not subject to social security and Medicare taxes. Filing taxes as unemployed If an employee is paid less than $50 in a calendar quarter, his or her wages are not subject to FUTA tax for the quarter. Filing taxes as unemployed The above rules do not apply to employees who work for pension plans and other similar organizations described in section 401(a). Filing taxes as unemployed 4. Filing taxes as unemployed Religious Exemptions and Special Rules for Ministers Special rules apply to the treatment of ministers for social security and Medicare tax purposes. Filing taxes as unemployed An exemption from social security and Medicare taxes is available for ministers and certain other religious workers and members of certain recognized religious sects. Filing taxes as unemployed For more information on getting an exemption, see Publication 517, Social Security and Other Information for Members of the Clergy and Religious Workers. Filing taxes as unemployed Ministers. Filing taxes as unemployed   Ministers are individuals who are duly ordained, commissioned, or licensed by a religious body constituting a church or church denomination. Filing taxes as unemployed They are given the authority to conduct religious worship, perform sacerdotal functions, and administer ordinances and sacraments according to the prescribed tenets and practices of that religious organization. Filing taxes as unemployed   Ministers are employees if they perform services in the exercise of ministry and are subject to your will and control. Filing taxes as unemployed The common-law rules discussed in section 1 and section 2 should be applied to determine whether a minister is your employee or is self-employed. Filing taxes as unemployed Whether the minister is an employee or self-employed, the earnings of a minister are not subject to federal income, social security, and Medicare tax withholding. Filing taxes as unemployed However, even if the minister is a common law employee, the earnings as reported on the minister's Form 1040 are subject to self-employment tax and federal income tax. Filing taxes as unemployed You do not withhold these taxes from wages earned by a minister, but if the minister is your employee, you may agree with the minister to voluntarily withhold tax to cover the minister's liability for self-employment tax and federal income tax. Filing taxes as unemployed For more information, see Publication 517. Filing taxes as unemployed Form W-2. Filing taxes as unemployed   If your minister is an employee, report all taxable compensation as wages in box 1 on Form W-2. Filing taxes as unemployed Include in this amount expense allowances or reimbursements paid under a nonaccountable plan, discussed in section 5 of Publication 15 (Circular E). Filing taxes as unemployed Do not include a parsonage allowance (excludable housing allowance) in this amount. Filing taxes as unemployed You may report a designated parsonage or rental allowance (housing allowance) and a utilities allowance, or the rental value of housing provided in a separate statement or in box 14 on Form W-2. Filing taxes as unemployed Do not show on Form W-2, Form 941, or Form 944 any amount as social security or Medicare wages, or any withholding for social security or Medicare taxes. Filing taxes as unemployed If you withheld federal income tax from the minister under a voluntary agreement, this amount should be shown in box 2 on Form W-2 as federal income tax withheld. Filing taxes as unemployed For more information on ministers, see Publication 517. Filing taxes as unemployed Exemptions for ministers and others. Filing taxes as unemployed   Certain ordained ministers, Christian Science practitioners, and members of religious orders who have not taken a vow of poverty may apply to exempt their earnings from self-employment tax on religious grounds. Filing taxes as unemployed The application must be based on conscientious opposition because of personal considerations to public insurance that makes payments in the event of death, disability, old age, or retirement, or that makes payments toward the cost of, or provides services for, medical care, including social security and Medicare benefits. Filing taxes as unemployed The exemption applies only to qualified services performed for the religious organization. Filing taxes as unemployed See Revenue Procedure 91-20, 1991-1 C. Filing taxes as unemployed B. Filing taxes as unemployed 524, for guidelines to determine whether an organization is a religious order or whether an individual is a member of a religious order. Filing taxes as unemployed   To apply for the exemption, the employee should file Form 4361, Application for Exemption From Self-Employment Tax for Use by Ministers, Members of Religious Orders and Christian Science Practitioners. Filing taxes as unemployed See Publication 517 for more information about claiming an exemption from self-employment tax using Form 4361. Filing taxes as unemployed Members of recognized religious sects opposed to insurance. Filing taxes as unemployed   If you belong to a recognized religious sect or to a division of such sect that is opposed to insurance, you may qualify for an exemption from the self-employment tax. Filing taxes as unemployed To qualify, you must be conscientiously opposed to accepting the benefits of any public or private insurance that makes payments because of death, disability, old age, or retirement, or makes payments toward the cost of, or provides services for, medical care (including social security and Medicare benefits). Filing taxes as unemployed If you buy a retirement annuity from an insurance company, you will not be eligible for this exemption. Filing taxes as unemployed Religious opposition based on the teachings of the sect is the only legal basis for the exemption. Filing taxes as unemployed In addition, your religious sect (or division) must have existed since December 31, 1950. Filing taxes as unemployed Self-employed. Filing taxes as unemployed   If you are self-employed and a member of a recognized religious sect opposed to insurance, you can apply for exemption by filing Form 4029 to waive all social security and Medicare benefits. Filing taxes as unemployed Employees. Filing taxes as unemployed   The social security and Medicare tax exemption available to the self-employed who are members of a recognized religious sect opposed to insurance is also available to their employees who are members of such a sect. Filing taxes as unemployed This applies to partnerships only if each partner is a member of the sect. Filing taxes as unemployed This exemption for employees applies only if both the employee and the employer are members of such a sect, and the employer has an exemption. Filing taxes as unemployed To get the exemption, the employee must file Form 4029. Filing taxes as unemployed   An employee of a church or church-controlled organization that is exempt from social security and Medicare taxes can also apply for an exemption on Form 4029. Filing taxes as unemployed 5. Filing taxes as unemployed Wages and Other Compensation Publication 15 (Circular E) provides a general discussion of taxable wages. Filing taxes as unemployed Publication 15-B discusses fringe benefits. Filing taxes as unemployed The following topics supplement those discussions. Filing taxes as unemployed Relocating for Temporary Work Assignments If an employee is given a temporary work assignment away from his or her regular place of work, certain travel expenses reimbursed or paid directly by the employer in accordance with an accountable plan (see section 5 in Publication 15 (Circular E)) may be excludable from the employee's wages. Filing taxes as unemployed Generally, a temporary work assignment in a single location is one that is realistically expected to last (and does in fact last) for 1 year or less. Filing taxes as unemployed If the employee's new work assignment is indefinite, any living expenses reimbursed or paid by the employer (other than qualified moving expenses) must be included in the employee's wages as compensation. Filing taxes as unemployed For the travel expenses to be excludable: The new work location must be outside of the city or general area of the employee's regular work place or post of duty, The travel expenses must otherwise qualify as deductible by the employee, and The expenses must be for the period during which the employee is at the temporary work location. Filing taxes as unemployed If you reimburse or pay any personal expenses of an employee during his or her temporary work assignment, such as expenses for home leave for family members or for vacations, these amounts must be included in the employee's wages. Filing taxes as unemployed See chapter 1 of Publication 463, Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses, and section 5 of Publication 15 (Circular E), for more information. Filing taxes as unemployed These rules generally apply to temporary work assignments both inside and outside the U. Filing taxes as unemployed S. Filing taxes as unemployed Employee Achievement Awards Do not withhold federal income, social security, or Medicare taxes on the fair market value of an employee achievement award if it is excludable from your employee's gross income. Filing taxes as unemployed To be excludable from your employee's gross income, the award must be tangible personal property (not cash, gift certificates, or securities) given to an employee for length of service or safety achievement, awarded as part of a meaningful presentation, and awarded under circumstances that do not indicate that the payment is disguised compensation. Filing taxes as unemployed Excludable employee achievement awards also are not subject to FUTA tax. Filing taxes as unemployed Limits. Filing taxes as unemployed   The most that you can exclude for the cost of all employee achievement awards to the same employee for the year is $400. Filing taxes as unemployed A higher limit of $1,600 applies to qualified plan awards. Filing taxes as unemployed Qualified plan awards are employee achievement awards under a written plan that does not discriminate in favor of highly compensated employees. Filing taxes as unemployed An award cannot be treated as a qualified plan award if the average cost per recipient of all awards under all of your qualified plans is more than $400. Filing taxes as unemployed   If during the year an employee receives awards not made under a qualified plan and also receives awards under a qualified plan, the exclusion for the total cost of all awards to that employee cannot be more than $1,600. Filing taxes as unemployed The $400 and $1,600 limits cannot be added together to exclude more than $1,600 for the cost of awards to any one employee during the year. Filing taxes as unemployed Scholarship and Fellowship Payments Only amounts that you pay as a qualified scholarship to a candidate for a degree may be excluded from the recipient's gross income. Filing taxes as unemployed A qualified scholarship is any amount granted as a scholarship or fellowship that is used for: Tuition and fees required to enroll in, or to attend, an educational institution, or Fees, books, supplies, and equipment that are required for courses at the educational institution. Filing taxes as unemployed The exclusion from income does not apply to the portion of any amount received that represents payment for teaching, research, or other services required as a condition of receiving the scholarship or tuition reduction. Filing taxes as unemployed These amounts are reportable on Form W-2. Filing taxes as unemployed However, the exclusion will still apply for any amount received under two specific programs—the National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program and the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship and Financial Assistance Program—despite any service condition attached to those amounts. Filing taxes as unemployed Any amounts that you pay for room and board are not excludable from the recipient's gross income. Filing taxes as unemployed A qualified scholarship is not subject to social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes, or federal income tax withholding. Filing taxes as unemployed For more information, see Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education. Filing taxes as unemployed Outplacement Services If you provide outplacement services to your employees to help them find new employment (such as career counseling, resume assistance, or skills assessment), the value of these benefits may be income to them and subject to all withholding taxes. Filing taxes as unemployed However, the value of these services will not be subject to any employment taxes if: You derive a substantial business benefit from providing the services (such as improved employee morale or business image) separate from the benefit that you would receive from the mere payment of additional compensation, and The employee would be able to deduct the cost of the services as employee business expenses if he or she had paid for them. Filing taxes as unemployed However, if you receive no additional benefit from providing the services, or if the services are not provided on the basis of employee need, then the value of the services is treated as wages and is subject to federal income tax withholding and social security and Medicare taxes. Filing taxes as unemployed Similarly, if an employee receives the outplacement services in exchange for reduced severance pay (or other taxable compensation), then the amount the severance pay is reduced is treated as wages for employment tax purposes. Filing taxes as unemployed Withholding for Idle Time Payments made under a voluntary guarantee to employees for idle time (any time during which an employee performs no services) are wages for the purposes of social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes, and federal income tax withholding. Filing taxes as unemployed Back Pay Treat back pay as wages in the year paid and withhold and pay employment taxes as required. Filing taxes as unemployed If back pay was awarded by a court or government agency to enforce a federal or state statute protecting an employee's right to employment or wages, special rules apply for reporting those wages to the Social Security Administration. Filing taxes as unemployed These rules also apply to litigation actions and settlement agreements or agency directives that are resolved out of court and not under a court decree or order. Filing taxes as unemployed Examples of pertinent statutes include, but are not limited to, the National Labor Relations Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Equal Pay Act, and Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Filing taxes as unemployed See Publication 957, Reporting Back Pay and Special Wage Payments to the Social Security Administration, and Form SSA-131, Employer Report of Special Wage Payments, for details. Filing taxes as unemployed Supplemental Unemployment Benefits If you pay, under a plan, supplemental unemployment benefits to a former employee, all or part of the payments may be taxable and subject to federal income tax withholding, depending on how the plan is funded. Filing taxes as unemployed Amounts that represent a return to the employee of amounts previously subject to tax are not taxable and are not subject to withholding. Filing taxes as unemployed You should withhold federal income tax on the taxable part of the payments made, under a plan, to an employee who is involuntarily separated because of a reduction in force, discontinuance of a plant or operation, or other similar condition. Filing taxes as unemployed It does not matter whether the separation is temporary or permanent. Filing taxes as unemployed There are special rules that apply in determining whether benefits qualify as supplemental unemployment benefits that are excluded from wages for social security, Medicare, and FUTA tax purposes. Filing taxes as unemployed To qualify as supplemental unemployment benefits for these purposes, the benefits must meet the following requirements. Filing taxes as unemployed Benefits are paid only to unemployed former employees who are laid off by the employer. Filing taxes as unemployed Eligibility for benefits depends on meeting prescribed conditions after termination. Filing taxes as unemployed The amount of weekly benefits payable is based upon state unemployment benefits, other compensation allowable under state law, and the amount of regular weekly pay. Filing taxes as unemployed The right to benefits does not accrue until a prescribed period after termination. Filing taxes as unemployed Benefits are not attributable to the performance of particular services. Filing taxes as unemployed No employee has any right to the benefits until qualified and eligible to receive benefits. Filing taxes as unemployed Benefits may not be paid in a lump sum. Filing taxes as unemployed Withholding on taxable supplemental unemployment benefits must be based on the withholding certificate (Form W-4) that the employee gave to you. Filing taxes as unemployed Golden Parachute Payments A golden parachute payment, in general, is a payment made under a contract entered into by a corporation and key personnel. Filing taxes as unemployed Under the agreement, the corporation agrees to pay certain amounts to its key personnel in the event of a change in ownership or control of the corporation. Filing taxes as unemployed Payments to employees under golden parachute contracts are subject to social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes, and federal income tax withholding. Filing taxes as unemployed See Regulations section 1. Filing taxes as unemployed 280G-1 for more information. Filing taxes as unemployed No deduction is allowed to the corporation for any excess parachute payment. Filing taxes as unemployed To determine the amount of the excess parachute payment, you must first determine if there is a parachute payment for purposes of section 280G. Filing taxes as unemployed A parachute payment for purposes of section 280G is any payment that meets all of the following. Filing taxes as unemployed The payment is in the nature of compensation. Filing taxes as unemployed The payment is to, or for the benefit of, a disqualified individual. Filing taxes as unemployed A disqualified individual is anyone who at any time during the 12-month period prior to and ending on the date of the change in ownership or control of the corporation (the disqualified individual determination period) was an employee or independent contractor and was, in regard to that corporation, a shareholder, an officer, or highly compensated individual. Filing taxes as unemployed The payment is contingent on a change in ownership of the corporation, the effective control of the corporation, or the ownership of a substantial portion of the assets of the corporation. Filing taxes as unemployed The payment has an aggregate present value of at least three times the individual's base amount. Filing taxes as unemployed The base amount is the average annual compensation for service includible in the individual's gross income over the most recent 5 taxable years. Filing taxes as unemployed An excess parachute payment amount is the excess of any parachute payment over the base amount. Filing taxes as unemployed For more information, see Regulations section 1. Filing taxes as unemployed 280G-1. Filing taxes as unemployed The recipient of an excess parachute payment is subject to a 20% nondeductible excise tax. Filing taxes as unemployed If the recipient is an employee, the 20% excise tax is to be withheld by the corporation. Filing taxes as unemployed Example. Filing taxes as unemployed An officer of a corporation receives a golden parachute payment of $400,000. Filing taxes as unemployed This is more than three times greater than his or her average compensation of $100,000 over the previous 5-year period. Filing taxes as unemployed The excess parachute payment is $300,000 ($400,000 minus $100,000). Filing taxes as unemployed The corporation cannot deduct the $300,000 and must withhold the excise tax of $60,000 (20% of $300,000). Filing taxes as unemployed Reporting golden parachute payments. Filing taxes as unemployed   Golden parachute payments to employees must be reported on Form W-2. Filing taxes as unemployed See the General Instructions for Forms W-2 and W-3 for details. Filing taxes as unemployed For nonemployee reporting of these payments, see Box 7. Filing taxes as unemployed Nonemployee Compensation in the Instructions for Form 1099-MISC. Filing taxes as unemployed Exempt payments. Filing taxes as unemployed   Payments by most small business corporations and payments under certain qualified plans are exempt from the golden parachute rules. Filing taxes as unemployed See section 280G(b)(5) and (6) for more information. Filing taxes as unemployed Interest-Free and Below-Market-Interest-Rate Loans In general, if an employer lends an employee more than $10,000 at an interest rate less than the current applicable federal rate (AFR), the difference between the interest paid and the interest that would be paid under the AFR is considered additional compensation to the employee. Filing taxes as unemployed This rule applies to a loan of $10,000 or less if one of its principal purposes is the avoidance of federal tax. Filing taxes as unemployed This additional compensation to the employee is subject to social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes, but not to federal income tax withholding. Filing taxes as unemployed Include it in compensation on Form W-2 (or Form 1099-MISC for an independent contractor). Filing taxes as unemployed The AFR is established monthly and published by the IRS each month in the Internal Revenue Bulletin. Filing taxes as unemployed You can get these rates by calling 1-800-829-4933 or by visiting IRS. Filing taxes as unemployed gov. Filing taxes as unemployed For more information, see section 7872 and its related regulations. Filing taxes as unemployed Leave Sharing Plans If you establish a leave sharing plan for your employees that allows them to transfer leave to other employees for medical emergencies, the amounts paid to the recipients of the leave are considered wages. Filing taxes as unemployed These amounts are includible in the gross income of the recipients and are subject to social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes, and federal income tax withholding. Filing taxes as unemployed Do not include these amounts in the income of the transferors. Filing taxes as unemployed These rules apply only to leave sharing plans that permit employees to transfer leave to other employees for medical emergencies. Filing taxes as unemployed Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plans Income Tax and Reporting Section 409A provides that all amounts deferred under a nonqualified deferred compensation (NQDC) plan for all tax years are currently includible in gross income (to the extent not subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture and not previously included in gross income) and subject to additional taxes, unless certain requirements are met pertaining to, among other things, elections to defer compensation and distributions under a NQDC plan. Filing taxes as unemployed Section 409A also includes rules that apply to certain trusts or similar arrangements associated with NQDC plans if the trusts or arrangements are located outside of the United States, are restricted to the provision of benefits in connection with a decline in the financial health of the plan sponsor, or contributions are made to the trust during certain periods such as when a qualified plan of the service recipient is underfunded. Filing taxes as unemployed Employers must withhold federal income tax (but not the additional Section 409A taxes) on any amount includible in gross income under section 409A. Filing taxes as unemployed Other changes to the Internal Revenue Code provide that the deferrals under a NQDC plan must be reported separately on Form W-2 or Form 1099-MISC, whichever applies. Filing taxes as unemployed Specific rules for reporting are provided in the instructions to the forms. Filing taxes as unemployed The provisions do not affect the application or reporting of social security, Medicare, or FUTA taxes. Filing taxes as unemployed The provisions do not prevent the inclusion of amounts in income or wages under other provisions of the Internal Revenue Code or common law principles, such as when amounts are actually or constructively received or irrevocably contributed to a separate fund. Filing taxes as unemployed For more information about nonqualified deferred compensation plans, see Regulations sections 1. Filing taxes as unemployed 409A-1 through 1. Filing taxes as unemployed 409A-6. Filing taxes as unemployed Notice 2008-113 provides guidance on the correction of certain operation failures of a NQDC plan. Filing taxes as unemployed Notice 2008-113, 2008-51 I. Filing taxes as unemployed R. Filing taxes as unemployed B. Filing taxes as unemployed 1305, is available at www. Filing taxes as unemployed irs. Filing taxes as unemployed gov/irb/2008-51_IRB/ar12. Filing taxes as unemployed html. Filing taxes as unemployed Also see Notice 2010-6, 2010-3 I. Filing taxes as unemployed R. Filing taxes as unemployed B. Filing taxes as unemployed 275, available at www. Filing taxes as unemployed irs. Filing taxes as unemployed gov/irb/2010-03_IRB/ar08. Filing taxes as unemployed html and Notice 2010-80, 2010-51 I. Filing taxes as unemployed R. Filing taxes as unemployed B. Filing taxes as unemployed 853, available at www. Filing taxes as unemployed irs. Filing taxes as unemployed gov/irb/2010-51_IRB/ar08. Filing taxes as unemployed html. Filing taxes as unemployed Social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes. Filing taxes as unemployed   Employer contributions to nonqualified deferred compensation (NQDC) plans, as defined in the applicable regulations, are treated as wages subject to social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes when the services are performed or the employee no longer has a substantial risk of forfeiting the right to the deferred compensation, whichever is later. Filing taxes as unemployed   Amounts deferred are subject to social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes at that time unless the amount that is deferred cannot be reasonably ascertained; for example, if benefits are based on final pay. Filing taxes as unemployed If the value of the future benefit is based on any factors that are not yet reasonably ascertainable, you may choose to estimate the value of the future benefit and withhold and pay social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes on that amount. Filing taxes as unemployed You will have to determine later, when the amount is reasonably ascertainable, whether any additional taxes are required. Filing taxes as unemployed If taxes are not paid before the amounts become reasonably ascertainable, when the amounts become reasonably ascertainable they are subject to social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes on the amounts deferred plus the income attributable to those amounts deferred. Filing taxes as unemployed For more information, see Regulations sections 31. Filing taxes as unemployed 3121(v)(2)-1 and 31. Filing taxes as unemployed 3306(r)(2)-1. Filing taxes as unemployed Tax-Sheltered Annuities Employer payments made by a public educational institution or a tax-exempt organization to purchase a tax-sheltered annuity for an employee (annual deferrals) are included in the employee's social security and Medicare wages, if the payments are made because of a salary reduction agreement. Filing taxes as unemployed However, they are not included in box 1 on Form W-2 in the year the deferrals are made and are not subject to federal income tax withholding. Filing taxes as unemployed See Regulations section 31. Filing taxes as unemployed 3121(a)(5)-2 for the definition of a salary reduction agreement. Filing taxes as unemployed Contributions to a Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) An employer's SEP contributions to an employee's individual retirement arrangement (IRA) are excluded from the employee's gross income. Filing taxes as unemployed These excluded amounts are not subject to social security, Medicare, or FUTA taxes, or federal income tax withholding. Filing taxes as unemployed However, any SEP contributions paid under a salary reduction agreement (SARSEP) are included in wages for purposes of social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes. Filing taxes as unemployed See Publication 560 for more information about SEPs. Filing taxes as unemployed Salary reduction simplified employee pensions (SARSEP) repealed. Filing taxes as unemployed   You may not establish a SARSEP after 1996. Filing taxes as unemployed However, SARSEPs established before January 1, 1997, may continue to receive contributions. Filing taxes as unemployed SIMPLE Retirement Plans Employer and employee contributions to a savings incentive match plan for employees (SIMPLE) retirement account (subject to limitations) are excludable from the employee's income and are exempt from federal income tax withholding. Filing taxes as unemployed An employer's nonelective (2%) or matching contributions are exempt from social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes. Filing taxes as unemployed However, an employee's salary reduction contributions to a SIMPLE are subject to social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes. Filing taxes as unemployed For more information about SIMPLE retirement plans, see Publication 560. Filing taxes as unemployed 6. Filing taxes as unemployed Sick Pay Reporting The IRS expects to change the third-party sick pay recap reporting and filing requirements for wages paid in 2014. Filing taxes as unemployed Information about this change will be included in the revision of Publication 15-A that is expected to post to IRS. Filing taxes as unemployed gov in December 2014. Filing taxes as unemployed Special rules apply to the reporting of sick pay payments to employees. Filing taxes as unemployed How these payments are reported depends on whether the payments are made by the employer or a third party, such as an insurance company. Filing taxes as unemployed Sick pay is usually subject to social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes. Filing taxes as unemployed For exceptions, see Social Security, Medicare, and FUTA Taxes on Sick Pay , later in this section. Filing taxes as unemployed Sick pay may also be subject to either mandatory or voluntary federal income tax withholding, depending on who pays it. Filing taxes as unemployed Sick Pay Sick pay generally means any amount paid under a plan because of an employee's temporary absence from work due to injury, sickness, or disability. Filing taxes as unemployed It may be paid by either the employer or a third party, such as an insurance company. Filing taxes as unemployed Sick pay includes both short- and long-term benefits. Filing taxes as unemployed It is often expressed as a percentage of the employee's regular wages. Filing taxes as unemployed Payments That Are Not Sick Pay Sick pay does not include the following payments. Filing taxes as unemployed Disability retirement payments. Filing taxes as unemployed Disability retirement payments are not sick pay and are not discussed in this section. Filing taxes as unemployed Those payments are subject to the rules for federal income tax withholding from pensions and annuities. Filing taxes as unemployed See section 8. Filing taxes as unemployed Workers' compensation. Filing taxes as unemployed Payments because of a work-related injury or sickness that are made under a workers' compensation law are not sick pay and are not subject to employment taxes. Filing taxes as unemployed But see Payments in the nature of workers' compensation—public employees next. Filing taxes as unemployed Payments in the nature of workers' compensation—public employees. Filing taxes as unemployed State and local government employees, such as police officers and firefighters, sometimes receive payments due to an injury in the line of duty under a statute that is not the general workers' compensation law of a state. Filing taxes as unemployed If the statute limits benefits to work-related injuries or sickness and does not base payments on the employee's age, length of service, or prior contributions, the statute is “in the nature of” a workers' compensation law. Filing taxes as unemployed Payments under a statute in the nature of a workers' compensation law are not sick pay and are not subject to employment taxes. Filing taxes as unemployed For more information, see Regulations section 31. Filing taxes as unemployed 3121(a)(2)-1. Filing taxes as unemployed Medical expense payments. Filing taxes as unemployed Payments under a definite plan or system for medical and hospitalization expenses, or for insurance covering these expenses, are not sick pay and are not subject to employment taxes. Filing taxes as unemployed Payments unrelated to absence from work. Filing taxes as unemployed Accident or health insurance payments unrelated to absence from work are not sick pay and are not subject to employment taxes. Filing taxes as unemployed These include payments for: Permanent loss of a member or function of the body, Permanent loss of the use of a member or function of the body, or Permanent disfigurement of the body. Filing taxes as unemployed Example. Filing taxes as unemployed Donald was injured in a car accident and lost an eye. Filing taxes as unemployed Under a policy paid for by Donald's employer, Delta Insurance Co. Filing taxes as unemployed paid Donald $20,000 as compensation for the loss of his eye. Filing taxes as unemployed Because the payment was determined by the type of injury and was unrelated to Donald's absence from work, it is not sick pay and is not subject to federal employment taxes. Filing taxes as unemployed Sick Pay Plan A sick pay plan is a plan or system established by an employer under which sick pay is available to employees generally or to a class or classes of employees. Filing taxes as unemployed This does not include a situation in which benefits are provided on a discretionary or occasional basis with merely an intention to aid particular employees in time of need. Filing taxes as unemployed You have a sick pay plan or system if the plan is in writing or is otherwise made known to employees, such as by a bulletin board notice or your long and established practice. Filing taxes as unemployed Some indications that you have a sick pay plan or system include references to the plan or system in the contract of employment, employer contributions to a plan, or segregated accounts for the payment of benefits. Filing taxes as unemployed Definition of employer. Filing taxes as unemployed   The employer for whom the employee normally works, a term used in the following discussion, is either the employer for whom the employee was working at the time that the employee became sick or disabled or the last employer for whom the employee worked before becoming sick or disabled, if that employer made contributions to the sick pay plan on behalf of the sick or disabled employee. Filing taxes as unemployed Note. Filing taxes as unemployed Contributions to a sick pay plan through a cafeteria plan (by direct employer contributions or salary reduction) are employer contributions unless they are after-tax employee contributions (that is, included in taxable wages). Filing taxes as unemployed Third-Party Payers of Sick Pay Employer's agent. Filing taxes as unemployed   An employer's agent is a third party that bears no insurance risk and is reimbursed on a cost-plus-fee basis for payment of sick pay and similar amounts. Filing taxes as unemployed A third party may be your agent even if the third party is responsible for determining which employees are eligible to receive payments. Filing taxes as unemployed For example, if a third party provides administrative services only, the third party is your agent. Filing taxes as unemployed If the third party is paid an insurance premium and is not reimbursed on a cost-plus-fee basis, the third party is not your agent. Filing taxes as unemployed Whether an insurance company or other third party is your agent depends on the terms of their agreement with you. Filing taxes as unemployed   A third party that makes payments of sick pay as your agent is not considered the employer and generally has no responsibility for employment taxes. Filing taxes as unemployed This responsibility remains with you. Filing taxes as unemployed However, under an exception to this rule, the parties may enter into an agreement that makes the third-party agent responsible for employment taxes. Filing taxes as unemployed In this situation, the third-party agent should use its own name and EIN (rather than your name and EIN) for the responsibilities that it has assumed. Filing taxes as unemployed Third party not employer's agent. Filing taxes as unemployed   A third party that makes payments of sick pay other than as an agent of the employer is liable for federal income tax withholding (if requested by the employee) and the employee part of the social security and Medicare taxes. Filing taxes as unemployed   The third party is also liable for the employer part of the social security and Medicare taxes, and the FUTA tax, unless the third party transfers this liability to the employer for whom the employee normally works. Filing taxes as unemployed This liability is transferred if the third party takes the following steps. Filing taxes as unemployed Withholds the employee social security and Medicare taxes from the sick pay payments. Filing taxes as unemployed Makes timely deposits of the employee social security and Medicare taxes. Filing taxes as unemployed Notifies the employer for whom the employee normally works of the payments on which employee taxes were withheld and deposited. Filing taxes as unemployed The third party must notify the employer within the time required for the third party's deposit of the employee part of the social security and Medicare taxes. Filing taxes as unemployed For instance, if the third party is a monthly schedule depositor, it must notify the employer by the 15th day of the month following the month in which the sick pay payment is made because that is the day by which the deposit is required to be made. Filing taxes as unemployed The third party should notify the employer as soon as information on payments is available so that an employer required to make electronic deposits can make them timely. Filing taxes as unemployed For multi-employer plans, see the special rule discussed next. Filing taxes as unemployed Multi-employer plan timing rule. Filing taxes as unemployed   A special rule applies to sick pay payments made to employees by a third-party insurer under an insurance contract with a multi-employer plan established under a collectively bargained agreement. Filing taxes as unemployed If the third-party insurer making the payments complies wi
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Filing taxes as unemployed Publication 915 - Introductory Material Table of Contents Reminders IntroductionOrdering forms and publications. Filing taxes as unemployed Tax questions. Filing taxes as unemployed Useful Items - You may want to see: Reminders Future developments. Filing taxes as unemployed  The IRS has created a page on IRS. Filing taxes as unemployed gov for information about Publication 915, at www. Filing taxes as unemployed irs. Filing taxes as unemployed gov/pub915. Filing taxes as unemployed Information about any future developments affecting Publication 915 (such as legislation enacted after we release it) will be posted on that page. Filing taxes as unemployed Photographs of missing children. Filing taxes as unemployed  The Internal Revenue Service is a proud partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Filing taxes as unemployed Photographs of missing children selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that would otherwise be blank. Filing taxes as unemployed You can help bring these children home by looking at the photographs and calling 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) if you recognize a child. Filing taxes as unemployed Introduction This publication explains the federal income tax rules for social security benefits and equivalent tier 1 railroad retirement benefits. Filing taxes as unemployed It is prepared through the joint efforts of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Social Security Administration (SSA), and the U. Filing taxes as unemployed S. Filing taxes as unemployed Railroad Retirement Board (RRB). Filing taxes as unemployed Social security benefits include monthly retirement, survivor, and disability benefits. Filing taxes as unemployed They do not include supplemental security income (SSI) payments, which are not taxable. Filing taxes as unemployed Equivalent tier 1 railroad retirement benefits are the part of tier 1 benefits that a railroad employee or beneficiary would have been entitled to receive under the social security system. Filing taxes as unemployed They are commonly called the social security equivalent benefit (SSEB) portion of tier 1 benefits. Filing taxes as unemployed If you received these benefits during 2013, you should have received a Form SSA-1099, Social Security Benefit Statement, or Form RRB-1099, Payments by the Railroad Retirement Board, showing the amount. Filing taxes as unemployed (If you are a nonresident alien, you should have received Form SSA-1042S, Social Security Benefit Statement, or Form RRB-1042S, Statement for Nonresident Alien Recipients of: Payments by the Railroad Retirement Board. Filing taxes as unemployed ) Note. Filing taxes as unemployed When the term “benefits” is used in this publication, it applies to both social security benefits and the SSEB portion of tier 1 railroad retirement benefits. Filing taxes as unemployed What is covered in this publication. Filing taxes as unemployed   This publication covers the following topics: Whether any of your benefits are taxable, How much is taxable, How to report taxable benefits, How to treat lump-sum benefit payments, and Deductions related to your benefits, including a deduction or credit you can claim if your repayments are more than your gross benefits. Filing taxes as unemployed The Appendix at the end of this publication explains items shown on your Form SSA-1099, SSA-1042S, RRB-1099, or RRB-1042S. Filing taxes as unemployed What is not covered in this publication. Filing taxes as unemployed   This publication does not cover the tax rules for the following railroad retirement benefits: Non-social security equivalent benefit (NSSEB) portion of tier 1 benefits, Tier 2 benefits, Vested dual benefits, and Supplemental annuity benefits. Filing taxes as unemployed For information on these taxable pension benefits, see Publication 575, Pension and Annuity Income. Filing taxes as unemployed   This publication also does not cover the tax rules for foreign social security benefits. Filing taxes as unemployed These benefits are taxable as annuities, unless they are exempt from U. Filing taxes as unemployed S. Filing taxes as unemployed tax or treated as a U. Filing taxes as unemployed S. Filing taxes as unemployed social security benefit under a tax treaty. Filing taxes as unemployed Comments and suggestions. Filing taxes as unemployed   We welcome your comments about this publication and your suggestions for future editions. 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Filing taxes as unemployed gov/formspubs/ to download forms and publications, call 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676), or write to the address below and receive a response within 10 days after your request is received. Filing taxes as unemployed Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. Filing taxes as unemployed Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613 Tax questions. Filing taxes as unemployed   If you have a tax question, check the information available on IRS. Filing taxes as unemployed gov or call 1-800-829-1040. Filing taxes as unemployed We cannot answer tax questions sent to either of the above addresses. 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