Year-end is a busy time of year for HR and payroll professionals: along with their “normal” everyday duties, they have to deal with added challenges of open enrollment for benefits, getting W-2s distributed on time, and ACA 1095-C reporting. Fortunately, the IRS gave us an extension for providing 1095-Cs to employees so we get some breathing room on that one at least. We’ve put together some pertinent payroll year-end information for you – all in one spot!
Some important IRS deadlines:
- January 31, 2019:
- W-2s to employees and the SSA
- 1099s to vendors and the IRS
- March 4, 2019: 1095-Cs to employees (extended from 1/31/2019)
- April 1, 2019: ACA 1095-C and 1094-C E-filing deadline to IRS
Some important Microsoft Dynamics® GP release dates to remember:
- Mid-November: Microsoft Dynamics® GP 2015, 2016 and 2018 year-end update released - the GP 2018 update includes R2!
- Early December: Integrity Data GP HRP Product release for compatibility with:
- 2018 Year-End
- Dynamics GP 2018 R2
- These products will be available for download here
- Late December: 2019 Round 1 tax table update
- Mid-January: 2019 Round 2 tax update (details not yet available)
For our Dynamics GP customers, here is important information related to recent and upcoming releases:
- No update for Dynamics GP 2013: Time to upgrade!
- Dynamics GP 2018 R2 is included in the year-end release
- Dynamics GP 2015, 2016, 2018
- No W-2, W-4 or W-3 Form changes
- Minor changes to Payables forms 1099-DIV, 1096 and Payroll 1099-R (Pension)
- Affordable Care Act changes
- 1094-C ACA form - certification checkboxes moved
- Reminder: Microsoft WILL NOT support ACA e-filing for 2018 reporting
- Print W-2 on blank paper: GP 2016 R2 and Later Only
We recently did a webinar on Dynamics GP year-end activities. View the recording here.
Integrity Data ACA customers can rest assured that their ACA reporting solution is always up-to-date.
The ACA solution is now able to generate 1095-Cs for 2018. We’re ready to start on these forms when you are.
Lastly, payroll professionals have to deal with ensuring deduction amounts are correct for the new year; while also making sure the IRS limits are setup correctly in their payroll systems.
- The FICA Social Security wage limit is going to $132,900. This amount will be included with the year-end tax table updates from most payroll software vendors, including Microsoft Dynamics GP. Be sure you don’t apply this until you have completed your last payroll of 2018 and you have created your year-end W-2 file.
- Some important amounts for retirement limits are as follows:
- 2019 401(k), including Roth 401(k): $6,000 on amounts over $19,000
- 2019 SIMPLE IRA Catch-Up: $6,000 on amounts over $13,000
- 2019 Roth IRA: $1,000 on amounts over $6,000
- 2019 403(b): $6,000 on amounts over $56,000 (or 100% of includable compensation)
- Be sure to review shared maximums.
- The tax rates for imputed income of employer-paid life insurance are unchanged for the upcoming year.
- Remember, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has affected the taxability of many employer-provided fringe benefits. Make sure you are properly applying these new regulations.