We all love a short break in the workday. And we all love thinking about taxes! Okay...maybe not that second thing. Still, grab your warm drink of choice, and let’s play a quick game that tests your knowledge on current sales & use tax regulations. How many of the following questions will you get right?
Sage Software will only be updating Sage 100 version 2018 and Sage 100Cloud version 2018 to accommodate the new, statewide Oregon Transit Tax, which goes into effect on July 1 of this year. As we mentioned in our preview last month, the Transit Tax is 0.1% of each and every Employee’s Withholding Wage, is to be reported quarterly, and is reported on a separate form that is not part of the Oregon OQ Quarterly filing. For Sage Payroll clients on versions 2014, 2015, 2016, or 2017 (or even older versions!), we’ve had to be creative to accommodate the new tax. For clients using Sage Payroll version 2018, you’ll receive the update automatically through the new 2018 Tax Engine at month end.
In addition to the (hopefully) sunny days of summer, July 1 of this year brings with it a host of legislative changes that will impact employers and their employees. Here are three of the most critical employment changes that you'll want to know about.
As commerce grows increasingly virtual, lawmakers are adapting legislation to help maximize tax revenue in their states. But with all the changes, it's all accounting and finance professionals can do to keep up. Wakefield Research investigated why sales and use tax compliance is so complex and difficult to get right, and the results are contained in this free, downloadable report.
In mid-January we released a blog asking if the new tax tables mean more money for people's paychecks. In that post, we reported that The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which was passed by the federal government in December, resulted in changes including increased standard deductions, removal of personal exemptions, increased child tax credit, and revisions to tax rates and income brackets effective for 2018. We also let you know that the IRS was working on updating the income tax withholding calculator and the Form W-4.
Because Oregon has no sales tax, many businesses that we work with don't have to concern themselves with compliance in that particular area. But as you might have learned about from reading our recent free whitepaper on sales tax changes arriving in 2018, cross-state sales tax compliance is a growing issue for growing companies. You want to be as certain as you can that your day to day activities aren't provoking unseen tax obligations. Here's an on-demand webinar to further your awareness of taxes.
State and federal tax law changes are causing employees everywhere to stop and reconsider what they are seeing on their paychecks. Even if workers don't see any adjustments at all, it might be a good time to evaluate the amounts being deducted for accuracy. After all, nobody likes surprises during tax season, and next year's might be a doozy for those who don't align their withholdings to the correct expectations.
President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law on December 22, 2017. Under the new law, the individual tax rate will be reduced to a maximum of 37%, which is down from 39.6% prior to the new bill being passed. The bill kept a seven-bracket tax structure, but the ranges have been adjusted to 10%, 12%, 22%, 24%, 32%, 35%, and 37%. These brackets are currently set to expire in 2025.
If you're responsible for keeping your company compliant with its sales tax obligations, then you’re probably already exhausted as the new year starts. In 2017, we saw tens of thousands of sales tax changes (36,254, changes to be precise) occur across all the states in the nation. But that may just have been a precursor for what’s coming in 2018. Depending on what you sell and where you sell it, your organization may continue to see - and have to respond to - more big sales tax changes this year.
Did you know that wholesalers and distributors are in the top five most-audited industries?
State and local sales and use tax regulations can be complicated, and the rules are constantly shifting. Historically, this unintuitive taxability has caused certain industries to struggle with compliance and, hence, to fall into the sites of government auditors far more frequently than others. In the free whitepaper published by Peisner Johnson & Company together with Avalara, you’ll learn which industries are most as risk and where the majority of errors stem from.