Tax Department Quarterly Announcements

Overview

This page contains information about programs and services that can benefit your business.

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3rd Quarter 2018

Verify Employee Names and Social Security Numbers (SSNs)

Employers should verify employee information because correct names and SSNs:

  • Are the keys to the successful processing of your wage report submission;
  • Result in more accurate wage reports;
  • Save processing costs;
  • Reduce the number of potential wage investigations by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC); and
  • Allows TWC to give the proper credit to your employees' earnings record, which will be valuable information in timely handling of any current or future unemployment claims.

Verification Methods:

For information about Online Verification of SSNs:
Visit the Social Security Administration website

For Telephone Verification of SSNs
Call: 800-772-6270

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2nd Quarter 2018

Electronic Payments

Employers are required to pay quarterly UI taxes electronically.

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) offers three electronic methods for payment of unemployment taxes:

  • Automated Clearing House (ACH) debit from a bank account
  • Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)
  • Credit Card

Online payments are quick, easy and secure through the Unemployment Tax Services or TEXNET Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) systems.

The Unemployment Tax Services system allows payment by ACH debit and credit card. Payment using ACH debit is free.

Find more information about the TWC electronic payment options.

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1st Quarter 2018

Recruiting and Hiring Resources

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is working with Texas employers with the goal of helping individuals become gainfully employed. TWC is encouraging Texas employers to use the reemployment services available to them at no cost.

Recruiting & Hiring Resources

Find out how to post a job, review résumés, recruit potential employees, learn about current employment programs, and identify potential tax credits and hiring incentives.

Texas HireAbility

Find out about the benefits of hiring people with disabilities and the contributions of people with disabilities in the workforce.

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4th Quarter 2017

Notice to Employers

In accordance with Texas Labor Code 104.004 (a) and HB 2360 passed during the 81st Texas Legislative Regular Session, employers (a person who employs 1 or more employees) must notify all of their employees (an individual who is employed by an employer for compensation) of the federal earned income tax credit (EITC) general eligibility requirements, no later than March 1 of each year.  The EITC is a refundable federal income tax credit for low-to-moderate income working individuals and families.

How may an Employer provide notice to its employees?

  1. In person;
  2. Electronically at the employee’s last known e-mail address;
  3. Through a flyer included, in writing or electronically, as a payroll stuffer; or
  4. By mailing the information to the employee at the employee’s last known address by United States first class mail.

Employers may use IRS Notice 797, or a written statement with the same wording as IRS Notice 797 when notifying employees. IRS – Notice 797 provides employees with the basic information for EITC. For more information and guidelines visit: http://www.eitc.irs.gov/Partner-Toolkit/employer.

There are several websites created to assist employees with additional information, eligibility requirements, general overview and income guidelines for EITC.

For more information, go to: https://www.eitc.irs.gov/   or  http://www.twc.state.tx.us/welref/wrjseek.html.

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