Mom knitted us all giant Christmas stockings -- so big it seemed like we could always find another piece of chocolate down there somewhere.
The new tax law signed last week is sort of like that. We'll be finding goodies for weeks, probably. Unfortunately, it's like a stocking with a few scorpions in the bottom too.
For payroll providers, the first challenge will be dealing with the 2011 2 percentage-point reduction in employee (but not employer!) FICA. The IRS has issued guidance (IR-2010-124), including an option for employers who can't get their systems updated in time for their first 2011 payrolls to withhold at the old rates and refund the overpayment during the first quarter.
Meanwhile, the tax blog world is digging down into the stockings:
Roger McEowen summarizes the thing, as does Robert D. Flach.
Peter Pappas covers the payroll tax relief provisions.
Roni Deutch compares the FICA tax break to the now-defunct "making work pay" credit.
Kay Bell explains the choices available to people who die this year -- well, to their executors.
Linda Beale calls for death to the fascist insect who preys on the life of the working people.
Andrew Mitchel reminds us that the rule that allows controlled foreign corporations to not treat interests, dividends, rents and royaltes received from another CFC as foreign personal holding company income.
You can find our discussion here.
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