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The Payroll Professional and the Pandemic: Helping Employees, Mitigating Risk, and Finding Savings Opportunities

The Payroll Professional and the Pandemic: Helping Employees, Mitigating Risk, and Finding Savings Opportunities

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The Payroll Professional and the Pandemic: Helping Employees, Mitigating Risk, and Finding Savings Opportunities

Live Webinar: Thursday, December 10, 2020

1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern / 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pacific


WEBINAR SNAPSHOT: This seminar provides a high-level overview of the health and welfare and pension plan issues that employers face during restructuring.



To navigate the IRS’s strict requirements on documentation and retention, it is critical to know what to report and what’s taxable with regards to fringe benefits. Knowing how to handle fringe benefits can be complicated, especially in an area that changes on an annual basis. In general, fringe benefits must be included and reported as part of employee pay, but there are many exclusions.

This session will discuss opportunities payroll professionals and their employers have to financially assist employees during the pandemic, identify potential compliance issues related to remote work arrangements, and recognize tax credit opportunities provided by legislation passed in response to the pandemic. 

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Employee and Employer Tax Deferral
  • Qualified Disaster Relief Payments
  • Supplemental Unemployment Benefit Plans
  • Work from Home Tax Withholding Considerations
  • COVID-19 Tax Credits
  • Adapt to changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and the CARES Act
  • Identify whether a given a fringe benefit is taxable to employees

About Your Presenter

Michael K. Mahoney

Michael K. Mahoney
Shareholder
Ogletree Deakins

Mr. Mahoney is a member of the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice Group and the Chair of the Payroll Tax and Fringe Benefits Subgroup. He focuses on employment tax matters at both the federal and state levels and strategic tax issues for a global workforce.

Mike advises employers on a multitude of fringe benefit issues including the requirements for exclusion from income. He routinely assists clients in the resolution of payroll audits, working with federal and state authorities to reduce assessments on behalf of employers. In performing due diligence, he provides counsel through mergers and acquisitions to identify and quantify exposure resulting from, among other items, worker misclassification and accountable expense plan failures. He navigates employers through risk mitigation strategies during integration following an acquisition or merger, including the Voluntary Classification Settlement Program.

Mike provides guidance to employers regarding the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, including reporting obligations. He also facilitates the resolution of Affordable Care Act Shared Responsibility Payment Assessments sought by the IRS through 226J Letters, as well as penalties that may be assessed for incorrect or late filings.

Mike provides counsel to numerous multi-national clients with respect to employee and employer tax issues arising from inbound or outbound short-term travel, long-term assignments, and permanent transfers. Such assistance includes the interpretation of international tax treaties, advising on opportunities to utilize totalization agreements, and providing holistic solutions to employers addressing tax obligations for various visa holders.

Mike also instructs employers on their U.S. state and federal tax obligations for employees traveling internationally or interstate, including the identification of compliance and reporting requirements such as Forms 8233, 1042-S, W-2, 941, 940 and state equivalents.