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IRS OUTLINES PROCESS FOR PEOS TO BE CERTIFIED

Being certified by the IRS as a certified professional employer organization, or CPEO, has certain federal employment tax consequences for both the CPEO and its clients.  The revenue procedure describes the process by which a person applies for certification as a CPEO and the requirements a person must satisfy in order to become a CPEO.

Under the revenue procedure, interested applicants will be able to apply electronically (paper applications will not be accepted) and submit supporting documents through a new online system. As authorized by law, a $1,000 application fee must be paid using Pay.gov. The revenue procedure also includes detailed information on bond, financial audit and other requirements.

The IRS said the new online application system will be accessible on IRS.gov in the coming weeks, and the IRS will be ready to accept application materials beginning on July 1, 2016. The effective date of certification for an applicant that submits a complete and accurate application before Sept. 1, 2016, and is certified will be Jan. 1, 2017, even in situations where the certification letter is not issued until after that date. The IRS will publish a list of CPEOs on its website, and the list will be updated quarterly.

The IRS said it also welcomes public comment on the revenue procedure. Details on submitting comments can be found in the revenue procedure, posted on IRS.gov.

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