Health Benefit Mandates and Income Tax Withholding Extensions

Following are some changes relevant to businesses and independent consultants. The information has been provided by Paychex.

NEW YORK

Health Benefit Mandates—Effective Nov. 1, 2012, certain insured group health plans must provide coverage for screening, diagnosis, and treatment of autism spectrum disorders.

Income Tax Withholding—Filing deadlines for certain business taxes and payments, such as quarterly withholding tax, due on or after Oct. 29, 2011, and before Nov. 16, 2011, are extended to Nov. 16, 2011, for victims of the Oct. 29, 2011, snowstorm, the Department of Taxation and Finance said Oct. 31. The extensions are granted to businesses and tax preparers directly affected by the storm in counties in which a State Disaster Emergency has been declared. There are no extensions for withholding payments required to be made using Form NYS-1, Return of Tax Withheld or any payments required to be made through the PrompTax system.

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