Friday, 26 January 2018 14:19

Changes to Federal Tax Withholding for 2018

The IRS recently released updates to the income-tax withholding tables for 2018. This change updates the 2018 tax tables in accordance with the tax reform legislation enacted at the end of the year (HR1). Employers should update their tables as soon as possible, but at least by February 15th.

The IRS states that the new law “makes a number of changes for 2018 that affect individual taxpayers. The new tables reflect the increase in the standard deduction, repeal of personal exemptions and changes in tax rates and brackets.” The IRS is also working on revising the withholding tax calculator on their website to assist individuals in determining their withholding on the form W-4.

As a result of the table change, employees should generally see an increase in their take home pay. We have already seen increases to take home pay ranging from 1.5% to 2.5%. As a reminder, now might be a good time to increase your contribution to your 401k retirement plan. Adding an additional 1% to your retirement plan will likely result in a slight increase to your take home pay and an increase to your retirement account, resulting in a “win-win” scenario.

Additional information regarding the updated withholding tables can be found here:
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Monday, 30 March 2009 18:00

401k Plan Changes

Tax Treatment of Refunds Changing for 2008

Beginning with the 2008 plan year, ADP and ACP refunds attributable to the 2008 plan year are taxable in the year of distribution. Therefore, for the 2008 plan year, refunds distributed between January 1, 2009 and March 15, 2009 are taxable in 2009, the year distributed (as opposed to the year contributed). Also beginning with the 2008 plan year, gap period earnings (earnings from the last day of the plan year to the date of distribution) are no longer required on ADP and ACP refunds and for refunds of Excess Deferrals.

StaffScapes provides and manages a 401k retirement plan for its PEO clients with Transamerica 401k services. Employers can participate in the traditional 401k plan as well as the new ROTH 401k plan.

Published in Employee Benefits

Nearly half of small business owners are not confident about their own retirement savings; Only 17 percent say they feel an obligation to offer retirement benefits to employees.

A recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of ShareBuilder 401(k) found that just 14 percent ofAmerica's small business owners offer a 401(k) plan and 63 percent do not offer any form of retirement benefits to their employees. Nearly half (47 percent) indicated of small business owners are not confident that they are prepared for retirement. Few small business owners consider it their responsibility to help their employees prepare for retirement. Only 17 percent of small business owners responded that they felt a strong obligation to offer retirement benefits (a 401(k) or other retirement plan), with 46 percent reporting that they felt no obligation at all.

When asked why they do not offer retirement benefits, 54 percent responded not having enough employees to make it worthwhile, and 28 percent cited the inability to afford a company match (though a company match is not mandatory). While costs appear to be a hindrance for some, 63 percent of respondents said they had no idea what a 401(k) plan would cost to administer. Aside from helping America's small business owners and their employees prepare for retirement, 401(k) plans are also considered a competitive advantage. Of those small businesses that do offer 401(k) plans, 70 percent reported they are important in attracting and retaining employees.

If you are interested in reducing the burden and cost of providing a 401(k) plan to your employees, contact a StaffScapes representative to discuss the benefits of partnering with us. You can contact StaffScapes at (303)466-7864 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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