Author: Liz Hewitt

Recognize Our Newest CPPs/FPCs!!

                                                           Congratulations on a job WELL DONE!   Malinda Anderson        CPP        City of St Paul Cassondra Boe            CPP        J-Berd Mechanical Contractors, Inc Amanda Johnson         FPC        M.A. Mortenson Brittany Lindstrom        CPP        Orbital ATK Pamela Monson           CPP        Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc Elisa Rostad...

BREAKING NEWS: Court Invalidates DOL Overtime Rule

On August 31, a Texas federal district court ruled that the U.S. Department of Labor’s rule, which would have increased the minimum salary threshold for exempt “white collar” employees from $455 to $913 per week, is invalid [Nevada v. U.S. Department of Labor, No. 4:16-CV-731 (E.D. Texas, 8-31-17)]. In doing so, the court confirmed a preliminary order issued last November that had temporaril...

Member Spotlight: Mary Muellner

 Member Spotlight: Mary Muellner Mary is the Director of Statewide Payroll Services for the State of Minnesota/MN Management & Budget. She has been a member of the Northstar Chapter for nearly 10 years and is our Chapter’s Payroll Person of The Year! How long have you been in payroll? A little over 25 years. How did you get your start in payroll? First job out of college. Working for a l...

(FREE WEBCAST) Disaster Relief Employer Considerations – 1.0 RCH

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 11:00 a.m. your local time Duration: 60 minutes With two devastating hurricanes impacting the U.S since August, many employers are considering polices for providing disaster relief to their employees.  Questions naturally arise as to the tax impact of disaster relief to businesses and employees and how best to leverage special IRS rules that may apply. To assist payroll,...

2017_09: An Overview of ICE Worksite Enforcement, E-Verify and Form I-9

Overview Working with Employers ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers (IMAGE) Overview E-Verify Form I-9 Examining Documents Correcting Mistakes Summary/Things to remember Handout: none Speaker: Mary Hogan Mary has been the Community Relations Officer for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) since September, 2016. Register Now Meeting ...

(FREE WEBCAST) Work Opportunity Tax Credit – Planning For The Future – 1.0 RCH

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit provides job opportunities to disadvantaged workers and a tax credit for you! Thursday, September 7, 2017 1:00 to 2:00 PM eastern The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the PATH Act) extended the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) through December 2019. While tax reform legislation could have an impact on the program, the WOTC currently provides busine...

Continuing Education: MN UI & Withholding Tax Seminar

Representatives from the Minnesota Department of Revenue and the Unemployment Insurance Program will be holding a seminar in two locations: Mankato & Worthington. The presentation is an overview of withholding tax and unemployment insurance and will provide information you need to comply with state tax laws in these areas. Withholding Tax topics: Voluntary Disclosure Program Employer Resources...

State & Local Government Updates 2017_08

Minneapolis and St. Paul Sick and Safe Time Ordinances Minneapolis – http://sicktimeinfo.minneapolismn.gov – The website has both employee and employer resources regarding the ordinance. There are some frequently asked questions that are answered on the main page of the site. Employers may contact the Department of Civil Rights for further information on this ordinance at (612) 673-3000 or via e-m...

MN Business Tax Education Partnership Seminar (Cambridge)

The Minnesota Business Tax Education Partnership is holding a seminar in Cambridge, Minnesota for employers and their representatives who are interested in information on state and federal employment taxes and other employer responsibilities. The seminar will be presented by experts from the Minnesota Department of Revenue, Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Program, Minnesota Workers’ Compensation ...

Member Spotlight: Cathy Sarja

Cathy Sarja, Payroll Specialist, Ryan Companies US, Inc. How long have you been in payroll? I have been in payroll for about 22 or 23 years. How did you get your start in payroll? I was asked to be the backup for a supervisor that was also responsible for completing payroll. After a period of time, I moved into a full-time payroll role. What do you enjoy most about being in payroll? Payroll is con...

IRS News: 2017_08

IRS NEWS FOR PAYROLL AND HUMAN RESOURCES August 2017  ►UPCOMING WEBINARS  See Webinars for Small Businesses for upcoming National and Local Webinars  Click HERE for videos recently posted to the IRS Video Portal.  ►NEWS IRS Website Provides Tools to Help Small Businesses Understand Employment Taxes The IRS offers small businesses many free products to help them understand and comply with the law. ...

“Don’t Take the Bait.”

Think a data breach can’t happen to you? Think again… “Don’t Take the Bait.” Tax professionals increasingly are targets of national and international cybercriminal syndicates that are well funded, digitally adept and tax savvy. Each week the IRS receives three to five reports of data breaches at tax professionals’ offices. That rate is not sustainable. To assist tax practitioners to better protect...

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