√ Be sure your payroll amounts agree on all reports (Federal and State) before you send them in. If the amounts do not agree, you will be notified and will have to correct the situation (which takes much longer than doing it right the first time). We have a reconciling worksheet available to help you with this step.
√ Correctly report benefit amounts on W-2s. While most types of employee benefits are reported on form W2 without increasing wages, there are some benefits that should increase the wages reported in box 1. Examples include the personal usage of a company owned vehicle and company paid health insurance for S-Corp owners (2% or more).
√ Remember to file 1099’s. A Form 1099-Misc should be sent to all attorneys and each non-corporate contractor/vendor to whom you paid $600 or more for the year. Other Form 1099’s may be necessary if you pay rent, interest or dividends.
√ If you need help preparing payroll reports, W2s and/or Form 1099’s, please let us know in early January.
Quick Links to Specific 2014 Year End Tax Planning Strategies & Checklists:
– Tax Planning & Strategies Overview
– What’s New for 2014
– Year-End Tax Planning Checklist for Individuals
– Year-End Tax Planning Checklist for Businesses
√ Checklist for Year-End Payroll & 1099 Reporting <– you are on this page.
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