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REPAYMENT OF WAGES

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Client was paid a $15k signing bonus in 2019 and will be asked to return that money in 2020.

Once client repays the bonus will the employer release a revised W2 for 2019 or will it lower the W2 for 2020?

 

Thank you in advance! hope everyone is safe out there!

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Level 15

They wouldnt correct the 2019 W2, the repayment didnt happen in 2019.


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So you think they will lower the W2 for 2020?

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Level 15

I personally havent run across this situation, but this article in TurboTax explains the different ways it may happen.  You may want to ask the employer what to expect.

https://ttlc.intuit.com/community/taxes/discussion/repayment-of-signing-bonus-in-subsequent-year/00/...


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Level 8

The employee should REQUEST that his employer 'dock' his pay this year in the amount of the repayment.

If the Employer will not, then the employee reports the repayment on Sch A line 16 in 2019 or 2020 and is generally screwed).

See Pub 17 on Repayments

If the amount you repaid was more than $3,000, you can deduct the repayment as an other itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 16, if you included the income under a claim of right. This means that at the time you included the income, it appeared that you had an unrestricted right to it. However, you can choose to take a credit for the year of repayment. Figure your tax under both methods and compare the results. Use the method (deduction or credit) that results in less tax.

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Level 11

Research Claim of Right Doctrine Sec 1341

 

https://www.irs.gov/irm/part21/irm_21-006-006r