Tax Department Quarterly Announcements

Overview

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

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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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3rd Quarter 2016

Services and Programs Available to Texas Employers

The Texas Workforce Commission’s (TWC) website located at http://www.twc.state.tx.us/ contains information on services and programs you as an employer can use to help make your business and your workers more successful.

Available services and programs include:

WorkInTexas.com: your Human Resource partner offering no cost services including job posting and advanced job matching to help you quickly find the best candidate.

The TWC Skills for Veterans initiative addresses the unique challenges and training needs of post-9/11 veterans entering the Texas workforce.

The child care program subsidizes child care for low-income families, promoting long-term self-sufficiency by enabling parents to work or attend workforce training or education activities.

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2nd Quarter 2016

Worker Misclassification

Misclassification of workers as independent contractors is a serious issue in Texas as it is across the United States. Most sources agree that while some businesses misclassify their workers as independent contractors in error, often businesses misclassify their workers intentionally in order to reduce labor costs and to avoid paying state and federal taxes.

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) actively works with Texas businesses to reduce the impact of worker misclassification on all Texas employers. If you have questions about worker classification or if you know of a potential misclassified worker situation, we want to hear from you.

The Tax Department of TWC is also available to meet with business groups and employer organizations to provide information on how to properly classify workers.

To report misclassification or to schedule a Tax presentation, please contact us at: TaxTEU@twc.state.tx.us

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