IRS News Release  
October 19, 1995

IRS Publishes New
Federal-State Reference Guide

WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service has issued a special guide book for state and local government employers -- a single handy source of information on social security and Medicare coverage and employer tax-withholding requirements as they pertain to government employees. The "Federal-State Reference Guide" provides employers with reliable, consistent, and convenient help in understanding the current laws and regulations in these areas, which have changed considerably in the last 15 years.

A team of experts from the IRS, the Social Security Administration and the State of Colorado (Department of Labor and Employment) developed the guide, which includes information on determining worker status (employee vs. independent contractor), social security coverage, the role of the state social security coverage, and the respective responsibilities of the Social Security Administration and the IRS. In addition, the guide contains a glossary of terms and maps of SSA and IRS administrative divisions.

The IRS is delivering the guide to appropriate state, county and federal offices in October. Additional copies are available by calling the IRS toll-free at 1-800-829-3676 and asking for Publication 0963.

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