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IRS Taxation of Employer Owned Life Insurance

Employer-owned life insurance policies issued after August 17, 2016 are subject to taxation by the IRS unless they qualify for an exception and meet notice and consent requirements.

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Alabama Sales Tax and Online Companies

More and more consumers are buying all kinds of stuff online--over the internet from companies such as Amazon.  Many of these sales transactions occur without the payment of sales taxes, as the selling company likely has no physical presence in the state of the purchaser.   Many brick-and-mortar companies argued that they were at a disadvantage as they were forced to compel customers to pay more (often times 8% or more) to cover the state sales tax.  

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Obamacare's "Cadillac Tax"

The "Cadillac Tax" is a 40% penalty (excise tax) on health insurance plans and a provision of Obamacare that takes effect on January 1, 2018. On that date, employers who provide insurance plans will get hit with a 40% excise tax on insurance premiums above $10,200 for an individual or $27,500 for a family plan.  It is estimated that in 8-10  years most health insurance plans offered by employers will be subject to the tax.

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IRS--Potential Tax on Employer On-Site Meals

The idea that there’s no such thing as a free lunch could eventually ring true for employees who get complimentary meals at work, as the Internal Revenue Service and Department of the Treasury have taken a step closer to potentially taxing such meals. Last year, the IRS suggested in its Priority Guidance Plan that it was exploring modifying sections of the Tax Code concerning employer-provided meals that it believed were problematic.

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Payroll Tax--Trust Fund Penalty

The trust fund recovery penalty allows the IRS to collect the unpaid withholding taxes from the assets of the owners and operators of businesses. It penalizes those who had control over the decision to divert the payroll money from the IRS to other creditors of the business. The trust fund recovery penalty is equal to the income taxes, social security taxes, and Medicare taxes withheld from employee paychecks. 

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