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Who's the Employer?

Answers are provided by S. Derrin Watson, JD, APM

Third Edition of 'Who's The Employer' Book Coming Soon

(Posted July 8, 2002)

Question 210: You've mentioned several times that you are working on a third edition of your book, Who's the Employer. When will it be available? Will it be available electronically?

Answer: There's a curse that befalls authors and software developers when they announce a date by which something will be ready. Gremlins pop out of nowhere to make sure the project will be delayed or to guarantee that those involved will have no sleep prior to completion.

But, I'll risk the curse.

I expect to have the third edition of Who's the Employer available before October 27, 2002. It's going to be a MAJOR update.

  • Of course, it will include complete coverage of Rev. Proc. 2002-21.
  • I'm adding a chapter, full of examples, on handling multiple employer plans.
  • There are over 100 new examples.
  • I'll be adding references to this column so you can tie the two together.
  • I've expanded coverage of issues relating to entities and self-employed individuals.
Yes, in response to many requests, I will make this version available electronically. You can buy it three ways:

  • Web access for regularly updated coverage, available any time, any where.
  • Fully searchable CD-ROM (with downloadable updates)
  • A print edition for the purists out there.
One of the reasons I hold off mentioning a new edition is that sales of the old edition plummet, not surprisingly. But I'm down to about 40 copies of the second edition and so I'm offering some specials:

If you want the second edition, I've reduced the price. Click here to order.

Better still, you can pre-order the third edition now at a 20% discount. If you do, I'll throw in a copy of the second edition, while supplies last, for $20 plus shipping. (McWatson's favorites for the thrifty shopper: Pre-order CD or web access to the third edition and add the print version of the second edition. You'll have the convenience of a print volume with the up-to-date speed of electronic for less than the price of one format alone if you wait until after August 31, 2002.)

Naturally, you'll get the biggest savings if you order all three formats. I've priced things so it is economical to have both print and electronic access to Who's the Employer, the "bible" of controlled group, affiliated service group, aggregation and leased employee issues. But do it now because this pre-order offer will be available for a very limited time.

Incidentally, if there's something you've been dieing to see in Who's the Employer, drop me a note. I'm delighted to hear anything that would make the book more useful for my readers.

Important notice:

Answers are provided as general guidance on the subjects covered in the question and are not provided as legal advice to the questioner or to readers. Any legal issues should be reviewed by your legal counsel to apply the law to the particular facts of this and similar situations.

The law in this area changes frequently. Answers are believed to be correct as of the posting dates shown. The completeness or accuracy of a particular answer may be affected by changes in the law (statutes, regulations, rulings, court decisions, etc.) that occur after the date on which a particular Q&A is posted.

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