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Remember: W-2s Due January 31 to IRS

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reminds employers and other businesses of the January 31 filing deadline that now applies to filing Form W-2 wage statements and independent contractor forms.

Under the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act, employers are now required to file their copies of Form W-2 and Form W-3 with the Social Security Administration by January 31. The January 31 filing deadline also applies to certain Forms 1099-MISCreporting non-employee compensation such as payments to independent contractors.

In the past, employers typically had until the end of February, if filing on paper, or the end of March, if filing electronically, to submit their copies of these forms. The accelerated filing date started last year and is aimed at making it easier for the IRS to spot errors on taxpayer returns, verify legitimate returns, and prevent fraud.

Note that an extension of time to file Forms W-2 is no longer automatic. The IRS only grants extensions for very specific reasons, and only one 30-day extension to file Form W-2 is available. If an extension is necessary, a Form 8809 must be completed as soon as you know an extension is necessary but no later than January 31.

Failure to file these forms correctly and timely may result in penalties.

As always, employers are also required to distribute copies of the Form W-2 to their employees on January 31.

Act now to get ready for the filing season by making sure that:

  • Your company’s account information is current and active with the Social Security Administration.
  • You have correct employee information.
  • You have enough copies of the forms you will need, if you use paper forms. Consider the advantages of filing your forms electronically (accuracy, speed, convenience).




Staff contact: Gail Cecchettini Whaley

Advocacy – California Chamber of Commerce

RELEASE: Assemblymember Rodriguez’s Legislative Package Crosses Significant Milestone

Assemblymember Rodriguez’s Legislative Package Crosses Significant Milestone

(SACRAMENTO)- Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona) achieved several legislative victories this week, moving the majority of his legislative package through the State Assembly. Tackling difficult issues, including veteran homelessness, worker rights, college affordability, DMV wait times, and autonomous vehicle safety, Assemblymember Rodriguez has received large support from constituents and Californians alike.

“I am proud to bring my 30 years of experience as an Emergency Medical Technician and public safety advocacy to the State Capitol. This has helped guide me in putting forward a common sense legislative package that works to level the playing field for everyone, improve public safety, and provide relief to the middle class. None of this is possible without the involvement, feedback, and support of my constituents,” said Rodriguez on Thursday.

Bills moving to the State Senate include:
· AB-85 General assistance: employable veterans. Would extend General Assistance benefits provided by counties to honorable discharged veterans who meet specified requirements for up to 12 months in a calendar year.
· AB-263 Emergency medical services workers. “The EMS Workers Bill of Rights” seeks to improve working conditions of private sector EMS workers by seeking adequate rest and meal breaks, and violence in the workplace that these people face on a daily basis.
· AB-301 Driver’s license: examination requirements: certificate of driving skill. This bill will reduce the backlog of commercial Drivers Licenses tests at the DMV.
· AB-623 Autonomous vehicle testing: accident reporting. Will require accidents involving self-driving vehicles resulting in injury or death to be reported within 24 hours and allowed for the testing permit to be revoked if the technology is deemed unsafe.
· AB-990 CSU and UC: estimates of off-campus housing costs. It’s time that students and parents have accurate and reliable information for the cost of off-campus housing at UCs and CSUs.
· AB-1102 Health facilities: whistleblower protections. This critical measure would protect patient safety and nurses by increasing penalties on persons who willfully violate the patient and health worker whistleblower protection law.

Additional information on legislation can be found at www.a52.asmdc.org.

Assemblymember Rodriguez (Twitter) represents the 52nd Assembly District which includes the cities of Chino, Montclair, Ontario, Pomona and portions of unincorporated Fontana. He is Chair of The Assembly Committee on Public Employees, Retirement, and Social Security.


2017 Legislative Luncheon Panel Announcement

Please join us on April 21 to participate in this special event featuring legislators and policy makers representing your business and the community!

Participating Panelists
Congresswoman Norma Torres
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones
Senator Connie Leyva
Assemblyman Freddie Rodriguez
City of Pomona Mayor Tim Sandoval
* With special guest LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis



Join the Chamber for an adventure to China


Tri-City Mental Health Tip – What does Mental Illness mean?

What does Mental Illness mean?

Mental illness is a condition that affects a person’s mood, thinking and behavior. It is a term that is often misunderstood. For some, it invokes images of severe cases such as schizophrenia. In reality, schizophrenia accounts for less than 1% of the mental illnesses in the United States.* Depression and anxiety are the two most common mental illnesses likely to be found in the workforce.

Similar to a physical illness, such as diabetes or asthma, mental illness can be episodic. This means people will have periods when they are motivated and highly productive, as well as times when they are not feeling well and functioning at a lower capacity. Mental illnesses are more likely to occur during times of high stress or uncertainty, so reducing stress in the workplace can be a big part of managing these conditions.

Suggested Action – Tips to reduce stress in the workplace:

1. Ensure employees have clearly defined roles and responsibilities.

2. Provide positive feedback often so staff know they are delivering what is expected of them.

3. Keep employees informed about upcoming changes to their department or to the organization.

4. Eat lunch with your co-workers. Interesting article on the benefits of eating lunch together. http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/articles/2016-02-03/3-reasons-to-eat-lunch-with-your-co-workers

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

Hellen Keller

* www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org


Employers Required to E-File Paperwork with Employment Development Department

Beginning January 1, 2017, employers with 10 or more employees will be required to electronically submit employment tax returns, wage reports, and payroll tax deposits to the Employment Development Department (EDD).

***This requirement will expand to all employers beginning January 1, 2018.


Big Yellow Bus Program – LA County Fair

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Help Students in your community enjoy a day full of learning and fun at the LA County Fair and other year-round opportunities, courtesy of The Learning Centers at Fairplex! We invite you to join us and help make a difference in the lives of students in our community by joining the Big Yellow Bus Partnership Program. On average it costs $5.oo to bring one student on an educational field trip to the LA County Fair to experience an unforgettable hands-on opportunity found nowhere else.

Here are the top 5 reasons you should become a partner today!

1. 100% of all funds raised go toward providing transportation.
2. All students, teachers and chaperones attending FairKids enjoy FREE admission and parking.
3. Students enjoy 15 hands-on instructional exhibitions not found anywhere else in Southern California.
4. The educational exhibitions are aligned with California State Standards and count as a day of learning.
5. You can designate your donation to the community of your choice, providing a direct benefit to local students.

Click Here to Make a Difference!

Cal Chamber Releases 2016 Midyear Employment Law Update

The California Chamber of Commerce has released a new white paper that explains important changes to employment law. It’s already been a busy 2016 for employers, with lots of action from the California Legislature, federal and state agencies, local governments and the courts.

Click Here for full article…

Say Hello to Summer

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It’s that time again!!! Check out Chaffey Federal Credit Union’s “Great RV & Vacation Loan Event”

Click Here to Start Summer Fun!

Be a Mentor and Change a Life

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Meet new people, build your network, have fun, change your community and support an at-risk youth!

Click here to change someones life!