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Employee Expense Reimbursements: Compliance Workshop
Business Management Daily, a division of Capitol Information Group, Inc, January 2011
The legal and financial risks of mishandling employee expense reimbursements have spiked in recent years. And the IRS is in the middle of a three-year audit crackdown on employment-tax issues.
Would your books survive an IRS spot-check? Do you know which reimbursements for employee expenses should be treated as expenses … and which as compensation?
If handled incorrectly, employee expense reimbursements can be disallowed as expenses, meaning they’d be considered compensation to employees. The result: an unhappy employee—and your company would be on the hook for the related payroll taxes and penalties.
You need to get it right every time. With Employee Expense Reimbursements: Compliance Workshop, you'll learn the most up-to-date rules and requirements for expense reimbursements. Plus, get an expert’s advice on the best practice for reporting and processing them.
Discover the answers to questions like:
- Which employee reimbursements should be treated as expenses and which as compensation?
- Which payments made to employees are subject to payroll tax?
- What are the most common reimbursement mistakes made by employers?
- Should you run expense reimbursements through payroll or accounts payable?
- When are per diems and advanced accounting used—and how do you account for them?
- What are the rules for accountable plans, and how do they apply to employee expense and travel reimbursements?
Bottom line: Spot the holes in your expense-reimbursement compliance before the IRS does. Get educated now on the new rules of employee expense reimbursements!
Mindy Harada is an employment tax specialist with more than 20 years of experience as an independent consultant, an employee of two of the Big Four accounting firms and as a payroll tax auditor with the state of California. Mindy is currently a director with PricewaterhouseCooper's Employment Tax practice. She is a frequent presenter around the country on employment tax and compensation issues.