Payroll Withholding:
Legal Compliance for 2019

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The IRS doesn't collect employees' taxes – you do. And, thanks to the tax reform law, your job is now harder than ever. Why? Because the way Americans figure their taxes has changed … and it's not exactly payroll-friendly.

Worse: The IRS wants to change the W-4 and the withholding process for 2020, and employers should start reprogramming their payroll software by this summer.

On Wednesday, June 26, discover the new compliance rules for withholding employees' taxes, child support, retirement contributions and more.

This webinar is especially timely because the tax reform law has fundamentally changed payroll administration. As a result, many of your employees were probably seriously underwithheld in 2018, and they may owe even more to the IRS next year. And who will they blame again next tax season when they're writing a check to the U.S. Treasury? You, naturally.

Currently, employers collect 78% of all federal revenue through withholding (see chart) – more than $2.6 trillion a year. You're also the nation's child support collector-in-chief. And don't forget employees' 401(k) contributions … they're withheld, too.

With such huge dollars at stake, you MUST get withholding right – every time. The IRS is especially on the lookout this year. In fact, the IRS' Criminal Division last year increased its criminal investigations of payroll cases by a whopping 34%! Why: Because that's where the easy money is. So, you can't afford to make a mistake … even an innocent one.

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Use this webinar as a checklist to make sure your withholding practices are in total compliance. You will learn answers to questions like:

  • Are all those W-4s still valid? To prevent IRS scrutiny and penalties, learn the three circumstances that require employees to absolutely file new W-4s. Plus, discover the five situations in which you should immediately reject a W-4, and what to do when the IRS sends you a letter voiding an employee's W-4.
  • Are your withholding processes correct? Computer programs and outside vendors are only as good as the data you've supplied. Best practice: Figure your own withholding at least once a year. We'll decipher the IRS' step-by-step instructions that will allow you to do just that. Alert: Want to sue your payroll software company if they make a mistake? A federal court recently said "No." We'll discuss this critical case and the two simple steps to avoid a similar calamity.
  • How do we handle supplemental pay? You'll also be able to spot the 12 different types of supplemental pay (including noncash payments) and to apply the seven key rules for withholding on supplemental pay – even signing bonuses paid to employees who have yet to work one day.
  • How do we handle garnishment orders? From child-support withholding to tax levies, learn the five types of garnishment orders and how to administer them. What if an employee is subject to more than one garnishment? Discover the priority rules and how federal and state law fit together (and what to do when they conflict).
  • We use independent contractors, so no withholding, right? That's correct … most of the time. Discover the four types of business organizations that can land you in the IRS' backup withholding program – and the three crucial steps to avoid personal liability for failing to withhold.

Plus, get answers to your own personal withholding questions from Alice Gilman, editor of Payroll Legal Alert, a true payroll expert!

If your withholding process was on "autopilot" before tax reform, it's time to take back control. Worse: You're likely just repeating the same mistakes every two weeks. And even if you farm out payroll to a third party, the IRS will always hold YOU responsible for any mistakes.

Spend 75 minutes now to do a thorough check-up of your withholding compliance. You could save yourself thousands of dollars in taxes and penalties – and a career black eye.

Join Alice and your HR peers on June 26 for this important and timely webinar!

Pat DiDomenico, Editorial Director
Payroll Legal Alert

book coversP.S. Registration Bonuses. Everyone who signs up will receive a downloadable copy of Employee Expense Reimbursements, our Special Report that helps you minimize taxes while compensating employees correctly. Plus, you'll receive our 2019 Payroll Checklist, a handy 15-page, step-by-step compliance guide that notifies you of all the deadlines required for every pay period, month and calendar quarter of 2019.

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P.P.S. Extra Added Bonus. You'll also get a full month of access to – our exclusive, members-only website. Our helpful articles, forms, tables and charts will help you improve every aspect of your payroll operation – and the website also includes the comprehensive Payroll Compliance Handbook. So that you continue to benefit from, we'll continue your access automatically for just $89 per quarter, until you tell us "no, thanks" – your choice.

100% GuaranteeP.P.P.S. We promise you'll be satisfied. If Payroll Withholding: Legal Compliance for 2019 fails to meet your needs in any way, we will refund 100% of your tuition – every penny you paid – but your course materials, registration bonuses and website access will be yours to keep. No hassles, no questions asked.

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  • Wednesday, June 26th
  • 1 - 2:15 p.m. ET
  • 10 - 11:15 a.m. PT

Since this is a webinar, you and your entire staff can attend in the comfort of your office or conference room for one low price! You may include as many people as you wish while listening on a single phone line or computer. Contact us for multi-site discounts.