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Summary of Federal Laws


Tax Issues Related to Employment


26 U.S.C. § 3401; 26 CFR 31.3121(a)(1)

The term wages is defined as all remuneration for services performed by an employee for his employer with certain enumerated exceptions. The name by which the remunerations for services is designated is immaterial. Remuneration is wages even though at the time paid the relationship of the employee and employer no longer exists.



IRS PPT on Additional Wages*(includes non cash compensation, moving expenses, etc. 

IRS Form W-2 

IRS Publication What is Taxable and Nontaxable Income?

IRS Counsel memorandum dated Oct. 22, 2008 (released July 2009) titled Income and Tax Consequences and Proper Reporting of Employment -Related Judgements and Settlements

ABA article on The Tax Consequences of Settling an Employment Claim

Impact of 2018 Tax Changes on Taxation of Employment Related Settlement Payments by General Counsel PC




updated 8-22-18 mlo