The Payroll and Information Reporting Committee (PIRC) focuses on issues related to the electronic or paper-based filing of unemployment and withholding taxes and W-2s and 1099s. The committee provides a forum for discussion of issues of mutual concern between federal and state taxing authorities and member companies. Discussions include forms design, distribution, and approval; electronic filing; automated and manual return processing; and maximizing government compliance.

Key initiatives currently being addressed by the committee include:

  • Promoting support for batch electronic filing submissions
  • Encouraging the acceptance of substitute forms
  • Reducing the burden caused by excessive enrollment requirements

Recent projects directed by the committee include:

  • Redesign of Form W-2C, to allow for use with window envelopes
  • Development of 2-D barcode specifications for Forms W-2 and W-3
  • Promotion of earlier testing of 94x XML filings
  • Redesign of IRS QuickAlerts to improve payroll-related communications
  • Publication of electronic filing guidelines and form design standards
  • Monitoring and providing guidance on the development of new electronic filing systems
  • Development of specifications for the EFW2 RV record and EFW2C RCV record
  • Maintenance of a vendor ID list to simplify identification of the submitter or forms developer
A brochure for the Payroll and Information Reporting Committee can be found here.