Tax Department Quarterly Announcements

Overview

This page contains information about programs and services that can benefit your business.

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3rd Quarter 2017

Have You Sold Your Business?

The Texas Unemployment Compensation Act requires that the Texas Workforce Commission investigate and potentially establish new tax accounts for employers who purchase an active business with employees. Please notify the Commission when you sell your business. This is easily accomplished using the Unemployment Tax Services System when you close your Tax account.  For your convenience, the link to UTS is:  http://www.twc.state.tx.us/businesses/unemployment-tax-services

If you would like to discuss this topic, please use the attached link to find your local tax representative:  http://www.twc.state.tx.us/unemployment-tax-contact-information#Tax_Department.

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2nd Quarter 2017

Required Workplace Posters are Free of Charge

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) encourages employers to review the workplace poster requirements in Texas and to be sure that all posters are up-to-date and displayed correctly. TWC also urges all employers to be aware of solicitors who may try to coerce employers to purchase required workplace posters from them.

Employers do not need to purchase these posters from private vendors.  Government-issued compliance posters do not have to be laminated to satisfy an employer’s regulatory obligation. Employers should never be pressured into paying for a free government service.  The number of workplace compliance posters required to be displayed can vary from one employer to another.

Employers can obtain state and federal posters free of charge directly from:
TWCt http://www.twc.state.tx.us/businesses/posters-workplace
U.S. Department of Labor at https://www.dol.gov/general/topics/posters/

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1st Quarter 2017

Texas Business Conferences

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) invites employers, human resource professionals, business owners and managers to attend Texas Business Conferences sponsored by the Office of the Commissioner Representing Employers around the state. The conferences provide valuable information for employers and business owners concerning the legal issues associated with operating a business in Texas.

Employers receive practical, up-to-date information for operating a successful business and learn techniques to more effectively manage employees. Seminar topics include: Texas employment law and the basics of hiring; federal and Texas wage and hour laws; the unemployment claim and appeal process; independent contractors; and employee policy handbooks. Participants will receive the latest edition of the popular publication, Especially for Texas Employers, which addresses basic legal issues regarding hiring, wage and hour issues, and post-employment and work-separation policies.

You will  find conference dates, statewide locations and may  register online or download a registration form on the TWC web site at:
http://www.twc.state.tx.us/texas-business-conferences

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4th Quarter 2016

Notice to Employers

In accordance with Texas Labor Code 104.004 (a) and HB 2360 passed during the 81st Texas Legislative Regular Session, employers (a person who employs 1 or more employees) must notify all of their employees (an individual who is employed by an employer for compensation) of the federal earned income tax credit (EITC) general eligibility requirements, no later than March 1 of each year.  The EITC is a refundable federal income tax credit for low-to-moderate income working individuals and families.

How may an Employer provide notice to its employees?

  1. In person;
  2. Electronically at the employee’s last known e-mail address;
  3. Through a flyer included, in writing or electronically, as a payroll stuffer; or
  4. By mailing the information to the employee at the employee’s last known address by United States first class mail.

Employers may use IRS Notice 797, or a written statement with the same wording as IRS Notice 797 when notifying employees. IRS – Notice 797 provides employees with the basic information for EITC. For more information and guidelines visit: http://www.eitc.irs.gov/Partner-Toolkit/employer.

There are several websites created to assist employees with additional information, eligibility requirements, general overview and income guidelines for EITC.

For more information, go to: https://www.eitc.irs.gov/   or  http://www.twc.state.tx.us/welref/wrjseek.html.

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