Thursday, April 8, 2010

IRS Posts Employer Q&A re Tax Benefits for Certain Employers

Following the recent enactment of the HIRE Act, the IRS has posted on its website [] a set of questions and answers for employers that stand to benefit from some of the Act's new provisions by hiring certain qualified employees. The introductory text reads as follows, and is accompanied by links to IRS Q&As, News releases related to the HIRE Act, and References/Related Topics.
"Under the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act, enacted March 18, 2010, two new tax benefits are available to employers who hire certain previously unemployed workers (“qualified employees”).

The first, referred to as the payroll tax exemption, provides employers with an exemption from the employer’s 6.2 percent share of social security tax on wages paid to qualifying employees, effective for wages paid from March 19, 2010 through December 31, 2010.

In addition, for each qualified employee retained for at least 52 consecutive weeks, businesses will also be eligible for a general business tax credit, referred to as the new hire retention credit, of 6.2 percent of wages paid to the qualified employee over the 52 week period, up to a maximum credit of $1,000."
Well worth a visit.

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