Tax Levies and Creditor Garnishments: What Payroll Must Know to Stay in Compliance

Instructor: Vicki M. Lambert
Product ID: 703781
  • Duration: 90 Min

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Tax levies and creditor garnishments can be some of the most complex tasks required of any payroll department. If garnishments are not handled precisely, you may have to face heavy fines for non-compliance. Courts, federal and state regulations, bureaucracies, lawyers and a multitude of other factors can complicate even the most basic procedures.

Course "Tax Levies and Creditor Garnishments: What Payroll Must Know to Stay in Compliance" has been pre-approved by HRCI as eligible for 1.5 credits towards a participant's recertification upon full completion.
“The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the program”.

Why Should You Attend:

This webinar will concentrate on processing garnishments other than child support in the payroll department. It will cover:

  • Federal rules for creditor garnishments
  • IRS rules for federal tax levies
  • Various aspects of state tax levies
  • Key points for processing state creditor garnishments
  • How to handle voluntary wage assignments such as payday loans and student loans
  • Best practices for reconciling and processing the garnishments in the payroll department

Sample memos for communicating with employees concerning garnishments will be presented as well. The instructor will take attendees through a step-by-step math calculation for tax levies and creditor garnishments. Further, the IRS Form 668-W will be reviewed.

Areas Covered in the Webinar:

  • How to define the various types of tax levies and creditor garnishments
  • The federal requirements a payroll department must know about each type of garnishment
  • How state requirements affect garnishments
  • How to handle terminated employees in regard to garnishments
  • How to determine the withholding under a federal tax levy
  • Deducting the proper amounts for student loans and creditor garnishments
  • What rules are followed when it comes to state tax levies—and it may not be the CCPA
  • Best practices for communicating with employees and issuing parties
  • How to calculate the withholding and prioritize the order of distribution when an employee has more than one type of garnishment
  • What to do with ‘payday loans’ or what are known as voluntary wage assignments for creditors
  • Best practices for processing garnishments in the payroll department

Who Will Benefit:

  • Payroll professionals
  • Human Resources
  • Accounting Personnel
  • Business Owners
  • Lawmakers
  • Attorneys
  • Any individual or entity that must deal with writing procedures for their department

Instructor Profile:

Vicki M. Lambert, CPP, is president and academic director of The Payroll Advisor™ a firm specializing in training payroll professionals. With over three decades of hands-on experience in all facets of payroll functions as well as over 20 years as a trainer and author, Ms. Lambert is a sought-after and respected voice in the practice and management of payroll issues. She has conducted open market training seminars on payroll issues across the United States as well as served as an in-house trainer for businesses such as Sun Microsystems, Fox Studios, Disney, County of Riverside, and the City of Hesperia. Ms. Lambert currently produces and presents payroll related audio seminars, webinars and webcasts for clients, APA chapters and business groups throughout the country.

Ms. Lambert is an adjunct faculty member at Brandman University in Southern California and is the creator of and instructor for their Practical Payroll Online program, which is approved for recertification hours by the APA.

Topic Background:

The reality is that people and entities involved in tax levies and other types of creditor garnishments expect action from the payroll department. Payroll must understand all the laws that apply towards processing these types of garnishments. It is sometimes even up to the payroll department to catch and correct any errors that have been made by anyone else along the way. Precise and accurate compliance with garnishment regulation can help to reduce or eliminate the emotional and financial toll that can result from these unfortunate situations as well stave off any penalties that may result if processed incorrectly.

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