No Employer Social Security Tax on Previously Unemployed New Hires in 2010

On March 18, President Obama signed the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE Act). The HIRE Act creates:

1. A limited social security tax “holiday” for the employer share of social security tax on wages paid to a previously unemployed new hire, and

2. A separate business tax credit of up to $1,000 if the employee is employed for at least 52 weeks The aim of the Act is to free up funds for employers to hire individuals who have been out of work to further stimulate the recovering economy.

Read our full description and rules of these incentives here. Consider your new hires, if you find that any employee can be considered a “qualified employee”, you may recover any employer social security tax paid on their wages from the pay date of March 19, 2010 to the present and on going for wages paid until December 31, 2010.

Use Form W-11 to confirm that the employee is a “qualified employee” under the HIRE Act. Forward the W-11 to the payroll office and we will recover the employer social security tax you paid for the period covering his first paycheck dated March 19th or after, through to the last paycheck paid. We will then credit your invoice once your payroll tax deposit has been calculated and submitted with this reduction.

We will continue to have the employer social security tax calculated and billed, but you will receive a credit for the social security tax on the same invoice until the pay date before or on December 31, 2010.

The same rules apply to any new hire from this date through December 31, 2010.


> HIRE Act of 2010 Description
> Form W-11

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