Friday, December 23, 2011


The debate of the month is the extension of the 3% payroll tax extension. Let’s see how that will impact a taxpayer. If you were to make $40,000 per year this means about $46 per paycheck. Supposedly that will help stimulate the economy and create jobs, but don’t forget the money comes out of the Social Security Trust Fund.

But here is the problem. In just a few days you we will writing the first 2012 paychecks and we don’t know how much we are going to withhold. The IRS publications are out without the cut and I am sure that the computer programmers are going to be burning the midnight oil once Congress and the President act. There is also a chance that the extension of the law may occur early in 2012 and be retroactive to January 1, 2012. We hope that this does not happen, but recent history shows there is a good chance of it occurring.

The primary issue for our employers is whether the payroll tax software that they use is timely updated for these changes. If a new law is passed either at the end of the this month or early next month, the software may not get updated for your first payroll. This may cause it to be wrong and changes will need to be performed to get the right amount of pay to your employees and report the right taxes on your form 943 at year-end or form 941 for the first quarter.

We will keep you posted.