Wednesday, August 15, 2007

IRS Clarifies: New Rule Will Not Punish Teachers

The IRS recently put out a release to clear up some ongoing confusion about the effects of a recent law change to the IRS’s deferred-compensation rules. They reassured teachers and other school employees that new deferred-compensation rules will not affect the way their pay is taxed during the upcoming school year. Under the law teachers and other employees are given an annualization election – meaning they are allowed to choose between being paid only during the school year and being paid over a 12-month period. Therefore if they choose the 12-month period, they are deferring part of their income from one year to the next. However, the IRS clarified that the new rules will not be applied to annualization elections for school years beginning before Jan. 1, 2008, so school districts and teachers will have time to make any changes that are needed.

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