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Treasury, IRS guidance on reporting qualified sick & family leave wages

AAFCPAs would like make clients aware that the Treasury Department and the IRS issued guidance to employers about reporting on Form W-2 the amount of qualified sick and family leave wages paid to employees for leave taken in 2021. The notice provides guidance under recent legislation, including: the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), as amended by the COVID-Related Tax Relief Act of 2020, and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

Employers will be required to report these amounts to employees either on Form W-2, Box 14, or in a separate statement provided with the Form W-2. The guidance provides employers with model language to use as part of the Instructions for Employee for the Form W-2 or on the separate statement provided with the Form W-2.

The wage amount that the notice requires employers to report on Form W-2 will provide employees who are also self-employed with the information necessary to determine the amount of any sick and family leave equivalent credits they may claim in their self-employed capacities.

In July 2020, the IRS issued Notice 2020-54, which provided guidance regarding W-2 reporting of qualified sick leave and family leave under FFCRA for wages paid to employees for leave taken in 2020.

AAFCPAs continues to closely monitor guidance related to the employee retention credit and will provide additional information as needed.

If you have any questions, please contact Brittany Besler, MBA, CPA, Esq. at 774.512.9001, bbesler@nullaafcpa.com; or your AAFCPAs Tax Partner.