FYI: The voluntary program for Professional Employer Organizations to become certified is now open. A professional employer organization, sometimes referred to as an employee leasing company, is an organization that enters into an agreement with a client to perform some or all of the federal employment tax withholding, reporting, and payment functions related to workers performing services for the client.
The Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 required the IRS to establish a voluntary certification program for Professional Employer Organizations. Since the law’s enactment, the IRS has worked steadily to identify and define the policy, procedural and information system changes necessary to meet the many complex requirements of the law.
To become and remain certified under the new program, PEOs must meet tax status, background, experience, business location, financial reporting, bonding and other requirements.
More information on the CPEO program is available on IRS.gov.
Jennifer Henrie-Brown, ID #1000247447
Stakeholder Liaison Specialist
Communications Stakeholder Outreach
Work cell phone: 510-926-0175