Overview: The most important payroll process for all employers is undoubtedly withholding for federal, state and local income and employment taxes and timely remitting the amounts collected to the appropriate government agencies. In turn, proper withholding leads to correct employee paychecks, and timely remitting of withheld taxes avoids serious employer penalties.
The income and employment tax withholding process requires an employer to understand:
Author: Rena Pirsos, JD, Legal Editor
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An explanation of the process of payroll withholding of federal, state and local income taxes and Social Security and Medicare (FICA) taxes.