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Avoid Liabilities-Perfect your Understanding of Payroll Tax Withholding

Understanding of Payroll Tax Withholding

1.5 Credits


Subject Area


Webinar Qualifies For

1.5 CPE credit of Taxes for all CPAs

1 CE credit of Federal Tax for Enrolled Agents ( IRS Approved : GEHNZ ) (Approval No. GEHNZ-T-00486-21-S)

1 CE credit of Federal Tax Subjects for California Tax Professionals (CTEC Approved - 6273) (Approval No. 6273-CE-0486)

1 CE credit of Annual Filing Season program (AFSP)( IRS Approved : GEHNZ )

1.5 PDC credit for SHRM Certified Professionals (Approval No. 21-ZYG44)

1.5 RCH credit for HRCI Certified Professionals (Approval No. 559157)

1 CE credit of Federal Tax for Oregon Tax Preparers (Approval No. GEHNZ-T-00486-21-S)

1 CE credit of Federal Tax for Maryland Tax Preparers (Approval No. GEHNZ-T-00486-21-S)

1.5 General Educational credit for Tax Professionals / Bookkeepers / Accountants

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  • Federal Tax Withholding Calculations and Payments
    3 mins
  • Determining how often to pay your federal withholding
    21 mins
  • What happens if my liability increases
    29 mins
  • Reporting of State Taxes/Payments
    41 mins
  • Understanding SUTA Wage Bases
    58 mins

Course Description

Understanding payroll taxes is difficult. There remain many questions that some do not get clarity into. For instance: 

  • How do I know how much to withhold?  
  • How often do I pay?  
  • Which taxes do I withhold?  

Taxes are complex and making sure you are in compliance is very important. This is money that you are withholding from an employee’s wages and there are serious consequences for not paying these taxes.  Fines and penalties can be assessed for companies who fail to pay taxes properly to the extent that their business can be shut down.

As businesses grow and expand their liabilities can change. This often results in changes to how often they must pay. Not understanding this and knowing the rules of when to pay your taxes will result in notices and possible liens against your business. Laws constantly change and keeping up on payroll laws can be daunting.  

Attending this CE webinar will give you the basic knowledge of what to look for, where to find information, and how to keep in compliance. The CPE webinar will provide a better understanding of payroll taxes and how to avoid liabilities. Details of how to calculate taxes and what reports are required will be discussed along with how often they must be paid. 

Whether you are new to processing payroll taxes or you are the Owner trying to understand more about what you are paying you will want to attend and get a better understanding of the ins and outs of payroll tax withholding.

Key topics included in the CPE webinar on payroll taxes are as follows:

I. Types of Payroll Taxes

  1. Federal Income Tax Withholding
  2. FICA and Medicare Taxes
  3. Additional Medicare Tax Withholding
  4. State Taxes
  5. Local Taxes
  6. Unemployment Taxes-Both State and Federal

II. Federal Tax Withholding Calculations/Payments

  1. How to calculate federal tax withholding
  2. How to determine how often to pay/report
  3. What happens if my liability increases
  4. 100,000 liability rule

III. Reporting of Federal Taxes-Withholding and Unemployment

  1. Form 941
  2. Form 941X-Amended Return
  3. Form 940
  4. W-2 and W-3

IV. Reporting of State Taxes/Payments

  1. Information on calculating State withholding
  2. How often do I withhold and pay
  3. Liability increases

V. Local Taxes

  1. How to determine if there are local taxes
  2. Who/where do I pay them
  3. Am I obligated to withhold for non-residents
  4. Employer tax responsibilities/reporting

VI. State Unemployment Taxes

  1. Determining What State I pay taxes to
  2. Understanding Wage Bases
  3. State Reporting
  4. How/When to file

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Learning Objectives

  • To explore what taxes must be withheld from employees.
  • To develop understanding of employer taxes and your responsibilities.
  • To identify factors to watch for when liabilities increase.
  • To explore how to adjust payments to avoid fines and penalties for increased liabilities.
  • To recognize reports to file along with when and where to file them.

Who Should Attend?

  • Accountant
  • California Registered Tax Professional
  • Certified Payroll Manager
  • Compliance Officers
  • CPA (Industry)
  • CPA - Mid Size Firm
  • CPA - Small Firm
  • HR Professionals
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Maryland Tax Preparers
  • Oregon Tax Preparers
  • Payroll Compliance Practitioner
  • Tax Accountant (Industry)
  • Tax Attorney
  • Tax Director (Industry)
  • Tax Firm
  • Tax Managers
  • Tax Practitioners
  • Tax Preparer
  • Tax Professionals
  • Tax Pros
  • Young CPA