Form W-2 Gets Code for Stock Options

The IRS announced that employers will use a new code in box 12 of the 2001 form W-2. Box 12 states the amount of benefits includable as wages on which the employee’s share of taxes has been paid. Code V will identify the amount of compensation related to the exercise of employer-provided nonstatutory stock options that are included in box 1—wages, tips and other compensation; box 3—Social Security wages (up to the SS wage base); and box 5—Medicare wages and tips. Currently, the IRS does not require employers to separately identify any taxable fringe benefits that are included in box 1.


6 key areas of change for accountants and auditors

New accounting standards on revenue recognition, leases, and credit losses present implementation challenges. This independently-written report identifies the hurdles that accounting professionals face and provides tips for overcoming the challenges.


How tax reform will impact individual taxpayers

Amy Wang, a CPA who is a senior technical manager for tax advocacy at the AICPA, answers to some of the most common questions on how the new tax reform law will impact individual taxpayers.