Tax Department Quarterly Announcements

Overview

This page contains information about programs and services that can benefit your business.

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1st Quarter 2018

Recruiting and Hiring Resources

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is working with Texas employers with the goal of helping individuals become gainfully employed. TWC is encouraging Texas employers to use the reemployment services available to them at no cost.

Recruiting & Hiring Resources

Find out how to post a job, review résumés, recruit potential employees, learn about current employment programs, and identify potential tax credits and hiring incentives.

Texas HireAbility

Find out about the benefits of hiring people with disabilities and the contributions of people with disabilities in the workforce.

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4th Quarter 2017

Notice to Employers

In accordance with Texas Labor Code 104.004 (a) and HB 2360 passed during the 81st Texas Legislative Regular Session, employers (a person who employs 1 or more employees) must notify all of their employees (an individual who is employed by an employer for compensation) of the federal earned income tax credit (EITC) general eligibility requirements, no later than March 1 of each year.  The EITC is a refundable federal income tax credit for low-to-moderate income working individuals and families.

How may an Employer provide notice to its employees?

  1. In person;
  2. Electronically at the employee’s last known e-mail address;
  3. Through a flyer included, in writing or electronically, as a payroll stuffer; or
  4. By mailing the information to the employee at the employee’s last known address by United States first class mail.

Employers may use IRS Notice 797, or a written statement with the same wording as IRS Notice 797 when notifying employees. IRS – Notice 797 provides employees with the basic information for EITC. For more information and guidelines visit: http://www.eitc.irs.gov/Partner-Toolkit/employer.

There are several websites created to assist employees with additional information, eligibility requirements, general overview and income guidelines for EITC.

For more information, go to: https://www.eitc.irs.gov/   or  http://www.twc.state.tx.us/welref/wrjseek.html.

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3rd Quarter 2017

Have You Sold Your Business?

The Texas Unemployment Compensation Act requires that the Texas Workforce Commission investigate and potentially establish new tax accounts for employers who purchase an active business with employees. Please notify the Commission when you sell your business. This is easily accomplished using the Unemployment Tax Services System when you close your Tax account.  For your convenience, the link to UTS is:  http://www.twc.state.tx.us/businesses/unemployment-tax-services

If you would like to discuss this topic, please use the attached link to find your local tax representative:  http://www.twc.state.tx.us/unemployment-tax-contact-information#Tax_Department.

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2nd Quarter 2017

Required Workplace Posters are Free of Charge

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) encourages employers to review the workplace poster requirements in Texas and to be sure that all posters are up-to-date and displayed correctly. TWC also urges all employers to be aware of solicitors who may try to coerce employers to purchase required workplace posters from them.

Employers do not need to purchase these posters from private vendors.  Government-issued compliance posters do not have to be laminated to satisfy an employer’s regulatory obligation. Employers should never be pressured into paying for a free government service.  The number of workplace compliance posters required to be displayed can vary from one employer to another.

Employers can obtain state and federal posters free of charge directly from:
TWC at http://www.twc.state.tx.us/businesses/posters-workplace
U.S. Department of Labor at https://www.dol.gov/general/topics/posters/

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