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An online software application that checks the accuracy of Forms W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, and W-2c for corrections was updated to aid employers in year-end payroll processing, a Social Security Administration official said Nov. 6.
The update included combining AccuWage and AccuW2C, which had been two separate applications, as the latest version of AccuWage, said Tom Bricker, program analyst and project manager at the SSA. Bricker's comments came during a monthly payroll industry teleconference held by the Internal Revenue Service.
In previous years, employers downloaded each application separately, Bricker said. While the AccuWage 2014 application was issued in two phases, on Aug. 25 and Oct. 27, the SSA plans to issue AccuWage 2015 in September without an additional release phase, he said.
Electronic software for filing 2014 Forms W-2 is to be available Dec. 8, Bricker said. Processing the forms is to start in mid- to late January, he said. The use of AccuWage is key for employer reviews of W-2 files before submitting them to the SSA, he said.
As part of a program redesign, which Bricker said would enable the SSA to process files in less than 24 hours, a set of W-2 reports would be rejected for errors in Medicare and Social Security wages and tips on just one W-2. Employers would be unable to contact SSA officials and request that the file be deleted, he said.
“We will be processing it very quickly,” Bricker said.
The version of Publication 509, Tax Calendars, that the Internal Revenue Service released Oct. 29 had two errors that were corrected for a rerelease posted Nov. 10.
The corrections were made on page 11 for Table 2, Due Dates for Electronic Funds Transfer of Taxes for 2015 Under the Semiweekly Rule, an IRS official said during the teleconference. The due date for deposits for the period from April 11 to 14 is April 20. The due date for deposits for the period from July 1 to 3 is July 8.
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