The IRS has issued guidance to employers about the presidential action to allow employers to defer certain payroll taxes. Notice 2020-65 was issued to implement President Trump’s executive memo signed Aug. 8. The deferral involves wages or compensation paid to an employee beginning Sept. 1, 2020, and ending Dec. 31, 2020, but only if the amount paid for a biweekly pay period is less than $4,000, or an equivalent amount in other pay periods. The guidance postpones the withholding and remittance of the employee share of Social Security tax until the period beginning Jan. 1, 2021, and ending April 30, 2021. Penalties, interest and additions to tax will begin to accrue on May 1, 2021.
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