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What you need to do

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  • Pay the amount owed by the date on the notice’s payment coupon.
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Free tax preparation   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. Free tax preparation Visit www. Free tax preparation socialsecurity. Free tax preparation gov/employer/ssnv. Free tax preparation htm for more information. Free tax preparation Registering for SSNVS. Free tax preparation   You must register online and receive authorization from your employer to use SSNVS. Free tax preparation To register, visit SSA's website at www. Free tax preparation ssa. Free tax preparation gov/employer and click on the Business Services Online link. Free tax preparation Follow the registration instructions to obtain a user identification (ID) and password. Free tax preparation You will need to provide the following information about yourself and your company. Free tax preparation Name. Free tax preparation SSN. Free tax preparation Date of birth. Free tax preparation Type of employer. Free tax preparation EIN. Free tax preparation Company name, address, and telephone number. Free tax preparation Email address. Free tax preparation   When you have completed the online registration process, SSA will mail a one-time activation code to your employer. Free tax preparation You must enter the activation code online to use SSNVS. Free tax preparation 5. Free tax preparation Wages and Other Compensation Wages subject to federal employment taxes generally include all pay you give to an employee for services performed. Free tax preparation The pay may be in cash or in other forms. Free tax preparation It includes salaries, vacation allowances, bonuses, commissions, and fringe benefits. Free tax preparation It does not matter how you measure or make the payments. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation Also, compensation paid to a former employee for services performed while still employed is wages subject to employment taxes. Free tax preparation More information. Free tax preparation   See section 6 for a discussion of tips and section 7 for a discussion of supplemental wages. Free tax preparation Also, see section 15 for exceptions to the general rules for wages. Free tax preparation Publication 15-A provides additional information on wages, including nonqualified deferred compensation, and other compensation. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation Employee business expense reimbursements. Free tax preparation   A reimbursement or allowance arrangement is a system by which you pay the advances, reimbursements, and charges for your employees' business expenses. Free tax preparation How you report a reimbursement or allowance amount depends on whether you have an accountable or a nonaccountable plan. Free tax preparation If a single payment includes both wages and an expense reimbursement, you must specify the amount of the reimbursement. Free tax preparation   These rules apply to all ordinary and necessary employee business expenses that would otherwise qualify for a deduction by the employee. Free tax preparation Accountable plan. Free tax preparation   To be an accountable plan, your reimbursement or allowance arrangement must require your employees to meet all three of the following rules. Free tax preparation They must have paid or incurred deductible expenses while performing services as your employees. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation They must substantiate these expenses to you within a reasonable period of time. Free tax preparation They must return any amounts in excess of substantiated expenses within a reasonable period of time. Free tax preparation   Amounts paid under an accountable plan are not wages and are not subject to income, social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes. Free tax preparation   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. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation   A reasonable period of time depends on the facts and circumstances. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation Nonaccountable plan. Free tax preparation   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. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation   See section 7 for more information on supplemental wages. Free tax preparation Per diem or other fixed allowance. Free tax preparation   You may reimburse your employees by travel days, miles, or some other fixed allowance under the applicable revenue procedure. Free tax preparation In these cases, your employee is considered to have accounted to you if your reimbursement does not exceed rates established by the Federal Government. Free tax preparation The 2013 standard mileage rate for auto expenses was 56. Free tax preparation 5 cents per mile. Free tax preparation The rate for 2014 is 56 cents per mile. Free tax preparation   The government per diem rates for meals and lodging in the continental United States are listed in Publication 1542, Per Diem Rates. Free tax preparation 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). Free tax preparation   If the per diem or allowance paid exceeds the amounts substantiated, you must report the excess amount as wages. Free tax preparation This excess amount is subject to income tax withholding and payment of social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes. Free tax preparation Show the amount equal to the substantiated amount (for example, the nontaxable portion) in box 12 of Form W-2 using code “L. Free tax preparation ” Wages not paid in money. Free tax preparation   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. Free tax preparation ” Payments in kind may be in the form of goods, lodging, food, clothing, or services. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation   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. Free tax preparation Withhold income tax on these payments only if you and the employee agree to do so. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation Moving expenses. Free tax preparation   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. Free tax preparation Reimbursed and employer-paid nonqualified moving expenses are includible in income and are subject to employment taxes and income tax withholding. Free tax preparation For more information on moving expenses, see Publication 521, Moving Expenses. Free tax preparation Meals and lodging. Free tax preparation   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. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation    “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. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation   However, whether meals or lodging are provided for the convenience of the employer depends on all of the facts and circumstances. Free tax preparation A written statement that the meals or lodging are for your convenience is not sufficient. Free tax preparation 50% test. Free tax preparation   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. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation For more information, see Publication 15-B. Free tax preparation Health insurance plans. Free tax preparation   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. Free tax preparation Generally, this exclusion also applies to qualified long-term care insurance contracts. Free tax preparation 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). Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation See Announcement 92-16 for more information. Free tax preparation You can find Announcement 92-16 on page 53 of Internal Revenue Bulletin 1992-5. Free tax preparation Health Savings Accounts and medical savings accounts. Free tax preparation   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. Free tax preparation To the extent it is not reasonable to believe they will be excludable, your contributions are subject to these taxes. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation For more information, see the Instructions for Form 8889, Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). Free tax preparation Medical care reimbursements. Free tax preparation   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. Free tax preparation See Publication 15-B for an exception for highly compensated employees. Free tax preparation Differential wage payments. Free tax preparation   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. Free tax preparation   Differential wage payments are wages for income tax withholding, but are not subject to social security, Medicare, or FUTA taxes. Free tax preparation Employers should report differential wage payments in box 1 of Form W-2. Free tax preparation For more information about the tax treatment of differential wage payments, visit IRS. Free tax preparation gov and enter “employees in a combat zone” in the search box. Free tax preparation Fringe benefits. Free tax preparation   You generally must include fringe benefits in an employee's gross income (but see Nontaxable fringe benefits next). Free tax preparation The benefits are subject to income tax withholding and employment taxes. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation There are other special rules you and your employees may use to value certain fringe benefits. Free tax preparation See Publication 15-B for more information. Free tax preparation Nontaxable fringe benefits. Free tax preparation   Some fringe benefits are not taxable (or are minimally taxable) if certain conditions are met. Free tax preparation See Publication 15-B for details. Free tax preparation The following are some examples of nontaxable fringe benefits. Free tax preparation Services provided to your employees at no additional cost to you. Free tax preparation Qualified employee discounts. Free tax preparation Working condition fringes that are property or services the employee could deduct as a business expense if he or she had paid for it. Free tax preparation Examples include a company car for business use and subscriptions to business magazines. Free tax preparation 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). Free tax preparation Qualified transportation fringes subject to specified conditions and dollar limitations (including transportation in a commuter highway vehicle, any transit pass, and qualified parking). Free tax preparation Qualified moving expense reimbursement. Free tax preparation See Moving expenses , earlier in this section, for details. Free tax preparation The use of on-premises athletic facilities, if substantially all of the use is by employees, their spouses, and their dependent children. Free tax preparation Qualified tuition reduction an educational organization provides to its employees for education. Free tax preparation For more information, see Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education. Free tax preparation Employer-provided cell phones provided primarily for a noncompensatory business reason. Free tax preparation   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. Free tax preparation No-additional-cost services. Free tax preparation Qualified employee discounts. Free tax preparation Meals provided at an employer operated eating facility. Free tax preparation Reduced tuition for education. Free tax preparation  For more information, including the definition of a highly compensated employee, see Publication 15-B. Free tax preparation When fringe benefits are treated as paid. Free tax preparation   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. Free tax preparation You do not have to make a formal choice of payment dates or notify the IRS of the dates you choose. Free tax preparation You do not have to make this choice for all employees. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation See Publication 15-B for more information, including a discussion of the special accounting rule for fringe benefits provided during November and December. Free tax preparation Valuation of fringe benefits. Free tax preparation   Generally, you must determine the value of fringe benefits no later than January 31 of the next year. Free tax preparation Before January 31, you may reasonably estimate the value of the fringe benefits for purposes of withholding and depositing on time. Free tax preparation Withholding on fringe benefits. Free tax preparation   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. Free tax preparation However, see Withholding on supplemental wages when an employee receives more than $1 million of supplemental wages during the calendar year in section 7. Free tax preparation   You may choose not to withhold income tax on the value of an employee's personal use of a vehicle you provide. Free tax preparation You must, however, withhold social security and Medicare taxes on the use of the vehicle. Free tax preparation See Publication 15-B for more information on this election. Free tax preparation Depositing taxes on fringe benefits. Free tax preparation   Once you choose when fringe benefits are paid, you must deposit taxes in the same deposit period you treat the fringe benefits as paid. Free tax preparation To avoid a penalty, deposit the taxes following the general deposit rules for that deposit period. Free tax preparation   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. Free tax preparation See Valuation of fringe benefits , earlier. Free tax preparation If you underestimated the value and deposited too little, you may be subject to a failure-to-deposit penalty. Free tax preparation See section 11 for information on deposit penalties. Free tax preparation   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. Free tax preparation However, you must recover the income taxes before April 1 of the following year. Free tax preparation Sick pay. Free tax preparation   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. Free tax preparation These amounts are sometimes paid by a third party, such as an insurance company or an employees' trust. Free tax preparation In either case, these payments are subject to social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation The payments are always subject to federal income tax. Free tax preparation See Publication 15-A for more information. Free tax preparation 6. Free tax preparation Tips Tips your employee receives from customers are generally subject to withholding. Free tax preparation Your employee must report cash tips to you by the 10th of the month after the month the tips are received. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation Both directly and indirectly tipped employees must report tips to you. Free tax preparation No report is required for months when tips are less than $20. Free tax preparation Your employee reports the tips on Form 4070, Employee's Report of Tips to Employer, or on a similar statement. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation You are permitted to establish a system for electronic tip reporting by employees. Free tax preparation See Regulations section 31. Free tax preparation 6053-1(d). Free tax preparation Collecting taxes on tips. Free tax preparation   You must collect income tax, employee social security tax, and employee Medicare tax on the employee's tips. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation If an employee reports to you in writing $20 or more of tips in a month, the tips are also subject to FUTA tax. Free tax preparation   You can collect these taxes from the employee's wages or from other funds he or she makes available. Free tax preparation See Tips treated as supplemental wages in section 7 for more information. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation You are responsible for the employer social security tax on wages and tips until the wages (including tips) reach the limit. Free tax preparation You are responsible for the employer Medicare tax for the whole year on all wages and tips. Free tax preparation File Form 941 or Form 944 to report withholding and employment taxes on tips. Free tax preparation Ordering rule. Free tax preparation   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. Free tax preparation If there are not enough funds available, withhold taxes in the following order. Free tax preparation Withhold on regular wages and other compensation. Free tax preparation Withhold social security and Medicare taxes on tips. Free tax preparation Withhold income tax on tips. Free tax preparation Reporting tips. Free tax preparation   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). Free tax preparation Report an adjustment on Form 941, line 9 (Form 944, line 6), for the uncollected social security and Medicare taxes. Free tax preparation Enter the amount of uncollected social security tax and Medicare tax on Form W-2, box 12, with codes “A” and “B. Free tax preparation ” Do not include any uncollected Additional Medicare Tax in box 12 of Form W-2. Free tax preparation See section 13 and the General Instructions for Forms W-2 and W-3. Free tax preparation   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. Free tax preparation See Revenue Ruling 2012-18, 2012-26 I. Free tax preparation R. Free tax preparation B. Free tax preparation 1032, available at www. Free tax preparation irs. Free tax preparation gov/irb/2012-26_IRB/ar07. Free tax preparation html. Free tax preparation Allocated tips. Free tax preparation   If you operate a large food or beverage establishment, you must report allocated tips under certain circumstances. Free tax preparation However, do not withhold income, social security, or Medicare taxes on allocated tips. Free tax preparation   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. Free tax preparation   The tips may be allocated by one of three methods—hours worked, gross receipts, or good faith agreement. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation For information on filing Form 8027 electronically with the IRS, see Publication 1239. Free tax preparation Tip Rate Determination and Education Program. Free tax preparation   Employers may participate in the Tip Rate Determination and Education Program. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation The two agreements are the Tip Rate Determination Agreement (TRDA) and the Tip Reporting Alternative Commitment (TRAC). Free tax preparation A tip agreement, the Gaming Industry Tip Compliance Agreement (GITCA), is available for the gaming (casino) industry. Free tax preparation To get more information about TRDA and TRAC agreements, see Publication 3144, Tips on Tips. Free tax preparation Additionally, visit IRS. Free tax preparation gov and enter “MSU tips” in the search box to get more information about GITCA, TRDA, or TRAC agreements. Free tax preparation 7. Free tax preparation Supplemental Wages Supplemental wages are wage payments to an employee that are not regular wages. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation Other payments subject to the supplemental wage rules include taxable fringe benefits and expense allowances paid under a nonaccountable plan. Free tax preparation How you withhold on supplemental wages depends on whether the supplemental payment is identified as a separate payment from regular wages. Free tax preparation See Regulations section 31. Free tax preparation 3402(g)-1 for additional guidance for wages paid after January 1, 2007. Free tax preparation Also see Revenue Ruling 2008-29, 2008-24 I. Free tax preparation R. Free tax preparation B. Free tax preparation 1149, available at www. Free tax preparation irs. Free tax preparation gov/irb/2008-24_IRB/ar08. Free tax preparation html. Free tax preparation Withholding on supplemental wages when an employee receives more than $1 million of supplemental wages from you during the calendar year. Free tax preparation   Special rules apply to the extent supplemental wages paid to any one employee during the calendar year exceed $1 million. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation 6% (or the highest rate of income tax for the year). Free tax preparation Withhold using the 39. Free tax preparation 6% rate without regard to the employee's Form W-4. Free tax preparation In determining supplemental wages paid to the employee during the year, include payments from all businesses under common control. Free tax preparation For more information, see Treasury Decision 9276, 2006-37 I. Free tax preparation R. Free tax preparation B. Free tax preparation 423, available at www. Free tax preparation irs. Free tax preparation gov/irb/2006-37_IRB/ar09. Free tax preparation html. Free tax preparation Withholding on supplemental wage payments to an employee who does not receive $1 million of supplemental wages during the calendar year. Free tax preparation   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. Free tax preparation Supplemental wages combined with regular wages. Free tax preparation   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. Free tax preparation Supplemental wages identified separately from regular wages. Free tax preparation   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. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation Withhold a flat 25% (no other percentage allowed). Free tax preparation If the supplemental wages are paid concurrently with regular wages, add the supplemental wages to the concurrently paid regular wages. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation Figure the income tax withholding as if the total of the regular wages and supplemental wages is a single payment. Free tax preparation Subtract the tax withheld from the regular wages. Free tax preparation Withhold the remaining tax from the supplemental wages. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation This would occur, for example, when the value of the employee's withholding allowances claimed on Form W-4 is more than the wages. Free tax preparation Regardless of the method you use to withhold income tax on supplemental wages, they are subject to social security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes. Free tax preparation Example 1. Free tax preparation You pay John Peters a base salary on the 1st of each month. Free tax preparation He is single and claims one withholding allowance. Free tax preparation In January he is paid $1,000. Free tax preparation Using the wage bracket tables, you withhold $50 from this amount. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation You figure the withholding based on the total of $3,000. Free tax preparation The correct withholding from the tables is $338. Free tax preparation Example 2. Free tax preparation You pay Sharon Warren a base salary on the 1st of each month. Free tax preparation She is single and claims one allowance. Free tax preparation Her May 1 pay is $2,000. Free tax preparation Using the wage bracket tables, you withhold $188. Free tax preparation On May 14 she receives a bonus of $1,000. Free tax preparation 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). Free tax preparation Determine the amount of withholding on the combined $3,000 amount to be $338 using the wage bracket tables. Free tax preparation Subtract the amount withheld from wages on the most recent base salary pay date (May 1) from the combined withholding amount ($338 – $188 = $150). Free tax preparation Withhold $150 from the bonus payment. Free tax preparation Example 3. Free tax preparation The facts are the same as in Example 2, except you elect to use the flat rate method of withholding on the bonus. Free tax preparation You withhold 25% of $1,000, or $250, from Sharon's bonus payment. Free tax preparation Example 4. Free tax preparation The facts are the same as in Example 2, except you elect to pay Sharon a second bonus of $2,000 on May 28. Free tax preparation 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). Free tax preparation Determine the amount of withholding on the combined $5,000 amount to be $781 using the wage bracket tables. Free tax preparation 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). Free tax preparation Withhold $443 from the second bonus payment. Free tax preparation Tips treated as supplemental wages. Free tax preparation   Withhold income tax on tips from wages earned by the employee or from other funds the employee makes available. Free tax preparation If an employee receives regular wages and reports tips, figure income tax withholding as if the tips were supplemental wages. Free tax preparation If you have not withheld income tax from the regular wages, add the tips to the regular wages. Free tax preparation Then withhold income tax on the total. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation Vacation pay. Free tax preparation   Vacation pay is subject to withholding as if it were a regular wage payment. Free tax preparation When vacation pay is in addition to regular wages for the vacation period, treat it as a supplemental wage payment. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation 8. Free tax preparation Payroll Period Your payroll period is a period of service for which you usually pay wages. Free tax preparation When you have a regular payroll period, withhold income tax for that time period even if your employee does not work the full period. Free tax preparation No regular payroll period. Free tax preparation   When you do not have a regular payroll period, withhold the tax as if you paid wages for a daily or miscellaneous payroll period. Free tax preparation Figure the number of days (including Sundays and holidays) in the period covered by the wage payment. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation Employee paid for period less than 1 week. Free tax preparation   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. Free tax preparation If the employee later begins to work for another employer for wages subject to withholding, the employee must notify you within 10 days. Free tax preparation You then figure withholding based on the daily or miscellaneous period. Free tax preparation 9. Free tax preparation Withholding From Employees' Wages Income Tax Withholding Using Form W-4 to figure withholding. Free tax preparation   To know how much federal income tax to withhold from employees' wages, you should have a Form W-4 on file for each employee. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation Advise your employees to use the IRS Withholding Calculator on the IRS website at www. Free tax preparation irs. Free tax preparation gov/individuals for help in determining how many withholding allowances to claim on their Forms W-4. Free tax preparation   Ask all new employees to give you a signed Form W-4 when they start work. Free tax preparation Make the form effective with the first wage payment. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation Form in Spanish. Free tax preparation   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. Free tax preparation For more information, see Publicación 17(SP), El Impuesto Federal sobre los Ingresos (Para Personas Físicas). Free tax preparation The rules discussed in this section that apply to Form W-4 also apply to Formulario W-4(SP). Free tax preparation Electronic system to receive Form W-4. Free tax preparation   You may establish a system to electronically receive Forms W-4 from your employees. Free tax preparation See Regulations section 31. Free tax preparation 3402(f)(5)-1(c) for more information. Free tax preparation Effective date of Form W-4. Free tax preparation   A Form W-4 remains in effect until the employee gives you a new one. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation A Form W-4 that makes a change for the next calendar year will not take effect in the current calendar year. Free tax preparation Successor employer. Free tax preparation   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. Free tax preparation See Revenue Procedure 2004-53, 2004-34 I. Free tax preparation R. Free tax preparation B. Free tax preparation 320, available at www. Free tax preparation irs. Free tax preparation gov/irb/2004-34_IRB/ar13. Free tax preparation html. Free tax preparation Completing Form W-4. Free tax preparation   The amount of any federal income tax withholding must be based on marital status and withholding allowances. Free tax preparation Your employees may not base their withholding amounts on a fixed dollar amount or percentage. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation Employees may claim fewer withholding allowances than they are entitled to claim. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation See Publication 505, Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax, for more information about completing Form W-4. Free tax preparation Along with Form W-4, you may wish to order Publication 505 for use by your employees. Free tax preparation Do not accept any withholding or estimated tax payments from your employees in addition to withholding based on their Form W-4. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation Exemption from federal income tax withholding. Free tax preparation   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. Free tax preparation See the Form W-4 instructions for more information. Free tax preparation However, the wages are still subject to social security and Medicare taxes. Free tax preparation See also Invalid Forms W-4 , later in this section. Free tax preparation   A Form W-4 claiming exemption from withholding is effective when it is filed with the employer and only for that calendar year. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation Withholding income taxes on the wages of nonresident alien employees. Free tax preparation   In general, you must withhold federal income taxes on the wages of nonresident alien employees. Free tax preparation However, see Publication 515, Withholding of Tax on Nonresident Aliens and Foreign Entities, for exceptions to this general rule. Free tax preparation Also see section 3 of Publication 51 (Circular A), Agricultural Employer's Tax Guide, for guidance on H-2A visa workers. Free tax preparation Withholding adjustment for nonresident alien employees. Free tax preparation   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. Free tax preparation Nonresident alien students from India and business apprentices from India are not subject to this procedure. Free tax preparation Instructions. Free tax preparation   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. Free tax preparation Step 1. Free tax preparation   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. Free tax preparation    Amount to Add to Nonresident Alien Employee's Wages for Calculating Income Tax Withholding Only   Payroll Period Add Additional     Weekly $ 43. Free tax preparation 30     Biweekly 86. Free tax preparation 50     Semimonthly 93. Free tax preparation 80     Monthly 187. Free tax preparation 50     Quarterly 562. Free tax preparation 50     Semiannually 1,125. Free tax preparation 00     Annually 2,250. Free tax preparation 00     Daily or Miscellaneous (each day of the payroll period) 8. Free tax preparation 70   Step 2. Free tax preparation   Use the amount figured in Step 1 and the number of withholding allowances claimed (generally limited to one allowance) to figure income tax withholding. Free tax preparation Determine the value of withholding allowances by multiplying the number of withholding allowances claimed by the appropriate amount from Table 5. Free tax preparation Percentage Method—2014 Amount for One Withholding Allowance shown on page 41. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation The amounts from the chart above are added to wages solely for calculating income tax withholding on the wages of the nonresident alien employee. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation This procedure only applies to nonresident alien employees who have wages subject to income tax withholding. Free tax preparation Example. Free tax preparation An employer using the percentage method of withholding pays wages of $500 for a biweekly payroll period to a married nonresident alien employee. Free tax preparation 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). Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation 50 from the chart under Step 1 ($586. Free tax preparation 50 total). Free tax preparation The employer then applies the applicable tables to determine the income tax withholding for nonresident aliens (see Step 2 ). Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation The $86. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation Also, the $86. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation Supplemental wage payment. Free tax preparation   This procedure for determining the amount of income tax withholding does not apply to a supplemental wage payment (see section 7) if the 39. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation Nonresident alien employee's Form W-4. Free tax preparation   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. Free tax preparation   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. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation Form 8233. Free tax preparation   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. Free tax preparation See Publication 515 for details. Free tax preparation IRS review of requested Forms W-4. Free tax preparation   When requested by the IRS, you must make original Forms W-4 available for inspection by an IRS employee. Free tax preparation You may also be directed to send certain Forms W-4 to the IRS. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation 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. Free tax preparation R. Free tax preparation B. Free tax preparation 455, which is available at www. Free tax preparation irs. Free tax preparation gov/irb/2007-35_IRB/ar10. Free tax preparation html. Free tax preparation When we refer to Form W-4, the same rules apply to Formulario W-4(SP), its Spanish translation. Free tax preparation 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). Free tax preparation 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