QSub Is Employer

The IRS issued final regulations under which qualified subchapter S subsidiaries (QSubs) and other disregarded entities—rather than the entities’ owners—are responsible for reporting and paying employment taxes. The rules represent a change from temporary provisions of Notice 99-6, under which either the entities or their owners could be regarded as the employer for purposes of reporting and paying employment taxes. The final regulations, issued as Treasury Decision 9356, also designate disregarded entities as responsible for some excise taxes and clarify that an owner of a disregarded entity treated as a sole proprietorship is subject to self-employment taxes. The employment tax provisions apply to wages paid on or after Jan. 1, 2009.


News quiz: College debt, stolen identities, and retirement planning

See how much you know about these developments and others in the Journal of Accountancy news quiz.


Preventing and detecting fraud at not-for-profits

Organizations in all industries must deal with the potential for fraud to occur, and design controls to prevent and detect it. Environment, policies, and controls can help organizations steer clear of problems.


The dangers of dabbling

To meet evolving marketplace needs, CPAs often look to diversify their service offerings. Firms can mitigate the risk of experiencing competency-related professional liability claims by implementing these basic steps.