Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The IRS is Asking for Comments---Are You Giving Them?

In my news bulletin for my subscribers and on my Facebook page today I covered the announcement by the IRS that they are seeking comments on the Form W-11.  The Form W-11, Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act Employee Affidavit was created to be used as a template for employers who must collect affidavits from qualifying employees.  It was for the convenience of the employer only and the form is not submitted.  So the IRS wants to know how the form is working. This type of request for comments is very common for the IRS and payroll is not taking full advantage of the opportunity to be heard.

Payroll professionals need to take the time to respond to these comment requests.  Even if you like the form and can only write a few lines.  The more the IRS hears from individual payroll professionals the more credibility we will have with them and that upgrades our profession. Generally, most of the time the IRS will hear from attorneys or similar agents of employers, or organizations such as the APA.  But what we really should be doing is not relying on the American Payroll Association to give "their" opinion on what payroll likes but give our own opinion.

Our opinions are valuable and they need to be heard.  But they can't be heard unless we take the time to submit them.   So let the IRS know how you feel about Form W-11.  Send your comments by October 12th to:  Gerald Shields, Internal Revenue Service, Room 6129, 1111 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20224.

I will be posting my comments that I send to the IRS on this subject in a couple of weeks.  Post yours here as well so we can all read them and get inspired to send ours in.

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