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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Accounting by Lita Epstein, Shellie L. Moore

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Filing Government Forms

Your first responsibility as an employer in the United States is to be sure the person is a United States citizen or has the right to work in the United States and has a Social Security number. You can use a driver’s license or birth certificate in addition to the Social Security card as proof of citizenship. Be sure to make a copy of these two items and put them in the employee’s file. That’s just the beginning of the paperwork for new employees. You also need to make sure that a W-4, an I-9, and possibly a W-5 form are filled out. You can find many of these forms in Appendix B.

Completing a W-4

All employees must fill out a W-4 or “Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate.” You’ve probably filled out many of ...

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