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An employer is a company, organization, or entity that hires and pays one or more employees a regular wage for work performed.
Employers are legally responsible to withhold and remit payroll taxes and other withholdings from their employee’s wages. Employers use Form W-4 to collect employee information for these filings, and are, in turn, required to provide each employee with a Form W-2 detailing their income, withholdings, and deductions for each calendar year in which they’re employed. Employers usually have complete control over the work that their employees perform, as well as how and where their work is to be performed.
In addition to withholding and remitting taxes on behalf of employees, employers are also required to pay additional employment taxes. An employer also has a number of obligations related to the health, safety, and wellbeing of employees — such as carrying workers’ compensation insurance in some jurisdictions.
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