- Begin paying salaried exempt employees a minimum of at least $684 per week ($35,568 annually). Fair Labor Standards Act defines a highly compensated individual as a person making $107,432 annually.
- Begin paying non-exempt employees any new/revised state minimum wage rates that become effective January 1.
- Begin using newly revised Form W-4 for all new hires. (Current employees are not required to complete new forms.)
- Provide Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) notifications to your employees (if applicable) and ask anyone who wants to claim EITC to complete a new Form W-4 no later than February 17, 2020.
- Distribute W-2s/1099s to employees/contractors for the previous year.
- Form W-3 (Transmittal of Wage & Tax Statements) along with Copy A of all Forms W-2 issued in the previous year must be submitted to the Social Security Administration
- Form 941 for the fourth quarter of the previous year is due. This report includes information about Social Security, Medicare, and income tax withheld.
- Form 940 – Federal Unemployment Tax.
- EEO-1 Report Component 2 payroll data for 2017 & 2018 is due, If not previously reported. There are no plans for the EEOC to collect this payroll data for 2019 at this time.
- OSHA 300-A (Summary for the previous year) must be posted February 1 through April 30 19th
- Begin withholding income tax from the pay of any employee who claimed exemption from withholding in the previous year but didn’t give you a new Form W-4 to continue the exemption for this year.
- ALEs must file Forms 1094-C and 1095-C with the IRS. (March 31st if filing electronically)
- Employers with 250+ employees or employers with 20-249 employees in certain industries must electronically submit information from their OSHA 300-A log from the previous year to OSHA.
- Health Care reporting – Applicable Large Employers (ALE) must provide Form 1095-C (Employer Provided Health Insurance Offer & Coverage) to employees. For all other providers of minimum essential coverage, provide Form 1095-B to individuals.
- EEO-1 Report must be filed by employers with 100+ employees and employers with 50+ employees and a prime contract or first-tier subcontract amounting to $50,000 or more. (Demographic data only.)
- File Form 941 for the first quarter of the year.
- File Form 940 – Federal Unemployment Tax. Deposit taxed owed through March if more than $500.
- File Form 941 for the second quarter of the year.
Form 940 – Federal Unemployment Tax. Deposit taxed owed through June if more than $500.
- Form 5500 or Form 5500-EZ must be filed if you maintain an employee benefit plan, such as a group health insurance, pension plan, profit sharing plan, or stock bonus plan. If you use a fiscal year as your plan year, file the form by the last day of the seventh month after the plan year ends.
- PCORI fees are due for non-calendar year plans ending between January 1 and September 30, 2019.
- Vets-4212 must be submitted by all nonexempt Federal contractors and subcontractors with a contract or subcontract in the amount of $150,000 or more with any department or agency of the United States for the procurement of personal property or non-personal services.
- Plan Administrators must distribute Summary Annual Reports (SAR) to plan participants if Form 5500 was filed July 31. SAR must be furnished within 2 months after Form 5500 is filed.
- Notices of creditable coverage disclosures for Medicare Part D must be provided to eligible individuals before October 15.
- File Form 941 for the third quarter of the year.
- Form 940 – Federal Unemployment Tax. Deposit taxed owed through September if more than $500.
- Order new compliance poster for next year to ensure delivery before January 1.
- Open enrollment begins in the Health Insurance Marketplace (Exchange). Eligible individuals can enroll or renew enrollment for next year. Open enrollment in the federal Marketplace (www.healthcare.gov) is November 1 – December 15. State-run marketplaces may have longer enrollment periods.
- Review state minimum wage changes to ensure payrolls are ready to make adjustments to new minimum wage rates that become effective January 1.
- It is generally recommended that employers ask employees whose withholding allowances may change in the new year to complete a new Form W-4, which should be available on the IRS website in mid-December.
- Ask employees to update contact information.
- Distribute holiday schedule for next year.
- Distribute timetables for next year’s performance reviews.
- Download E-verify historic records no later than the 31st. E-verify only maintains records for the previous 10 years. Any records more than 10 years old will be deleted from the E-verify system.
- Employers should have gathered all the information necessary to determine whether or not they are an “applicable large employer” (ALE) in 2021. 2021 status is based on the number of employees each month in 2020.
- For employers with Section 125 plans, nondiscrimination testing must be completed on the last day of the plan year, which is December 31 for calendar-year plans. It’s recommended you do a pre-test by October 31 so that necessary adjustments can be made.
- ERISA plan sponsors who received MLR rebates on September 30 must pay the plan’s portion of the rebate amount (“plan assets”) to participants or use it for benefit improvements, or employer must establish a trust to hold the rebate as a plan asset.
- Make necessary updates to FSA, HAS, HRA, 401k contributions, etc. as IRS contribution limits may change from year to year.
OTHER TO DOs
Depositing Employment Taxes
- In general, you must deposit federal income tax withheld, and both the employer and employee social security and Medicare taxes.
- There are two deposit schedules, monthly and semi-weekly. Before the beginning of each calendar year, you must determine which of the two deposit schedules you are required to use.
- To determine your payment schedule, review Publication 15 for Forms 941, 944 and 945, or Publication 51 for Form 943.
- Deposits for FUTA Tax (Form 940) are required for the quarter within which the tax due exceeds $500. The tax must be deposited by the end of the month following the end of the quarter.
- You must use electronic funds transfer (EFTPS) to make all federal tax deposits.
- Must be provided when an employee is initially eligible and annually thereafter
- Must be provided when an employee/dependent is initially eligible for coverage AND must be included in the Summary Plan Description.
- There are also specific time frames when a qualifying event occurs that an employee/dependents must be notified. Generally, the employer has 30 days to notify the plan administrator of a qualifying event and the plan administrator has 14 days to notify the employee/dependents.
- Section 1 must be completed by the employee on the first day of hire.
- Section 2 must be completed by the employer (or employer representative) by the third day of the individual’s hire date.
Notice to Employees of Marketplace Coverage Options
- Must be provided to employees when they initially are eligible to enroll in group health insurance benefits and annually thereafter.
- There are two different notices available…one for those that offer group health insurance and one for those who do not.
- It’s recommended that harassment training for both employees and supervisors/managers be conducted annually. It’s also recommended that employers re-distribute their policies regarding harassment/discrimination at the same time. NOTE: Some states require harassment training on an annual or periodic basis for both managers/supervisors and employees.
- It’s recommended that employers review and make necessary revisions to their handbook each year. Many employers try to time this so that a new handbook or appropriate revised policies would be issued in time for the New Year.
- Ensure your company has a process for reporting work-related injuries/illnesses. Depending on the state in which you operate, employees have a specific timeframe in which to report work-related illnesses/injuries to the company. The company has a specific timeframe in which to report those illnesses/injuries to the workers’ compensation carrier. For example, in Florida employees have up to 30 days to report a work-related injury or illness and employers have 7 days from when they learn of the work-related injury/illness to report it to the workers’ compensation carrier.
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