Question: I have 4 separate businesses with 4 payrolls, 4 de-6, 4 tax returns. Each have 20 ft ee’s. Am I considered over 50 or under 50 for penalty sake?
Answer: Yes. Long-standing ERISA rules require that all employees of commonly controlled businesses be treated as employees of a single business. View IRS Publication for further definition of controlled businesses.
Thanks to CAHBA agents David Brabender (Sacramento) and Ted Ruiz (San Dimas) for providing the correct answer.