On January 11, the IRS released Notice 1036. All of the withholding allowance amounts have increased, the optional flat rate for supplemental wages up to and including $1 million has decreased to 22%, the mandatory flat rate for supplemental wages over $1 million has decreased to 37%, and the backup withholding rate has decreased to 24%. Employers are encouraged to implement the 2018 withholding tables as soon as possible, but not later than February 15, 2018.
The IRS has announced that it is revising Form W-4 and its online withholding tax calculator. The revisions will reflect changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Until a new Form W-4 is issued, the 2017 Form W-4 should be used. The IRS expects the revised tax calculator to be available by the end of February. For 2019, the IRS anticipates making further changes involving withholding and will work with the business and payroll communities to encourage employees to file new Forms W-4 next year.
On December 26, the IRS issued a statement saying that it is developing withholding guidance to implement the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Pub. L. 115-97) that will be issued in January. Employers and payroll service providers will be expected to implement the new guidance when paying employees in February. The IRS stressed that the guidance “will be designed to work with existing Forms W-4 . . . and no further action by taxpayers is needed at this time.” Until then, employers and PSPs should continue using the 2017 withholding tables.
On December 22, President Trump signed H.R. 1, also known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The legislation will usher in the most sweeping tax changes in 30 years. On January 18, APA will present the webinar Tax Reform: How Will It Impact Your Payroll Process?, which will provide an overview of how the legislation will impact payroll in 2018 and beyond. Read more on Pay News Now.
The IRS has extended the deadline to March 2, 2018, for employers and insurers to give the 2017 ACA Forms 1095-C and 1095-B to employees and covered individuals. The IRS did not extend the deadline to file Forms 1094-B, 1094-C, 1095-B, and 1095-C with the IRS. These deadlines remain February 28, 2018 (paper) or April 2, 2018 (electronically). The IRS also has extended penalty relief for employers that can show they have made “good-faith” efforts to comply with ACA reporting requirements.
The IRS has released Notice 2018-3, which provides the 2018 standard mileage rates. Effective January 1, 2018, the business standard mileage rate will be 54.5 cents per mile (up 1 cent), the medical expense rate will be 18 cents per mile (up 1 cent), and the rate for miles driven for charitable purposes will remain at 14 cents per mile.