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2015 Rates – 2016 Rates

TAX RELATED INFORMATION FOR CERTAIN 2015 ADJUSTMENTS AND 2016 TRANSACTIONS

Form 1099-MISC and related backup withholding for 2015 & 2016: Federal 1099-MISC Information Forms must be completed by February 1, 2016 for certain payments of $600 or more made during 2015 to individuals or unincorporated businesses and for all legal fees paid, whether the law practice is incorporated or not. Backup withholding for payees that provide no taxpayer identification number or an incorrect number is 28.0% for 2016, unchanged from 2015.

Employment Pay Rate Requirement For 2015 & 2016: Minimum Wage remains the same for 2016, unchanged from 2015:

  • Federal – effective 7/24/2009 $7.25 Per Hour
  • PA – effective 7/24/2009 $7.25 Per Hour
  • PA – effective 7/24/2009 $2.83 Per Hour with tips

New Hire Reporting for 2015 & 2016: Employers continue to be required to report to Pennsylvania all employees hired within 20 days of the hiring date, unchanged from 2015.

  • Social Security Tax 6.20% (.0620) for 2016, unchanged from 2015
  • Medicare Tax – 1.45% (.0145) for 2016, unchanged from 2015
  • Additional Medicare Tax – .90% (.0090) [Wages > $200,000] for 2016, unchanged from 2015
  • PA State Income Tax – 3.07% (.0307) for 2016, unchanged from 2015
  • PA State Unemployment Insurance – .07% (.0007) for 2016, unchanged from 2015
  • Federal Withholding on Employee Bonuses & Supplemental Pays if Aggregation Method Not Used – 28.00% (.2800) for 2016, unchanged from 2015

Tax Rates:  Employer: effective for 2015 & 2016:

  • Social Security Tax – 6.20% (.0620) for 2016, unchanged from 2015
  • Medicare Tax – 1.45% (.0145) for 2016, unchanged from 2015
  • Federal Unemployment Tax – 6.0% (.0600), less credit for contributions to state unemployment of up to 5.4% (.0540) if all state unemployment taxes paid in full and on time, for a net tax of .60% (.0060) for 2016, unchanged from 2015
  • PA Unemployment Tax – Rates vary by employer based on experience rate and range from  2.801% to 10.8937% for 2016

Taxable Wages: Employee: effective for 2015 & 2016:

  • Social Security Tax – $118,500 for 2016, unchanged from 2015
  • Medicare Tax – No Limit for 2016, unchanged from 2015
  • PA State Unemployment Insurance – No Limit for 2016, unchanged from 2015

Taxable Wages: Employer: effective for 2015 & 2016:

  • Social Security Tax – $118,500 for 2016, unchanged from 2015
  • Medicare Tax – No Limit for 2016, unchanged from 2015
  • PA Unemployment Tax – $ 9,500 for 2016, up from $9,000 for 2015 [Please note change]
  • Federal Unemployment Tax – $ 7,000 for 2016, unchanged from 2015 

Retirement Plans: 

  • The maximum allowable wage reduction contribution to a 401(k) plan is $18,000 for 2016, unchanged from 2015 for a traditional plan and $12,500 for 2016 for a simple plan, unchanged from 2015.
  • Employees age 50 or over may be eligible to make an additional “catch-up” contribution of up to $6,000 for 2016, unchanged from 2015 for a traditional plan, $3,000 for 2016, unchanged from 2015 for a simple plan and $1,000 for 2016 for an IRA, unchanged from 2015.
  • The maximum eligible compensation for qualified plans is $265,000 for 2016, unchanged from 2015.
  • The maximum contribution to defined contribution plans is the lesser of 25% of W-2 compensation or $53,000 per participant for 2016, unchanged from 2015.
  • The threshold amount for definition of Highly Compensated Employees is $120,000 for 2016, unchanged from 2015.
  • The threshold amount for definition of Key Employees in Top-Heavy Plans is $170,000 for 2016, unchanged from 2015.

Federal Standard Business Mileage Rate for 2015 & 2016: $0.54 for 2016, down from $0.575 for 2015. [Please note change]

Unclaimed Property for 2015 & 2016: Holders of unclaimed property (e.g. uncleared bank checks, unredeemed gift certificates, and accounts receivable credit balances which meet specific age requirements) are required to file an Annual Abandoned and Unclaimed Property Report to Pennsylvania by April 15 of the following year, unchanged from 2015.

Depreciation for 2015 & 2016:

  • Section 179 allows a $500,000 maximum deduction in 2015, unchanged from 2014, indexed for inflation beginning in 2016, for expense of newly acquired new or used tangible personal property for business use and certain eligible real property [eligible real property limitation is $250,000 of the total $500,000, limit removed beginning in 2016], with a deduction phase-out whenever the cost of section 179 property for the year exceeds $2,000,000 in 2015, unchanged from 2014, indexed for inflation beginning in 2016. The Section 179 tax deduction is limited to the aggregate income from the active conduct of trade or business by the taxpayer for the year of the deduction, as in prior years.
  • Special Bonus Depreciation for 2015 also allows an additional deduction of 50% of depreciable basis after section 179 depreciation and before regular depreciation for purchase of new equipment only and through 2017.

Minutes: When concluding 2015, be sure to update your company’s corporate minutes. If we can help you in this regard, please call.

Other Tax Changes: There are links to other federal and state tax law changes under the RESOURCES page of this information blog.

Please note that this list is not inclusive of all federal and Pennsylvania taxes to which any business may be subject, but only those certain selected taxes that are listed.  Readers are referred to their professional tax preparer to determine other taxes to which a particular business may be subject.

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