Overview: Fringe benefits, such as health benefits, company cars, commuter transportation benefits and educational assistance plans, just to name a few, are the icing on the cake in attracting and retaining high quality employees. In this heavily regulated area, however, employers must stay abreast of frequent payroll tax law changes to prevent an otherwise tax-free fringe benefit from becoming fully taxable. Employers must also look out for changes to the special payroll tax rules that apply to other common types of payments such bonuses, severance pay and back pay.
Author: Rena Pirsos, JD, Legal Editor
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