Sessions Payroll’s Failure To Report Income – Affecting Stand-ins in the U.S.

By | 2015-06-16T10:26:48+00:00 June 3rd, 2015|In the News, Lessons, Product Reviews, Recommendations, Stories, Tips|5 Comments

Have you worked as stand-in on a film or television set in the U.S.? If so, chances are you’ve been paid for work by Sessions Payroll. It has recently been discovered that Sessions Payroll has failed to report employee income to Social Security and the IRS.

What Is Sessions Payroll?

Sessions Payroll is a company that provides payroll services for film and television productions. Stand-ins and background actors who work on productions that use Sessions Payroll receive their pay checks and W-2’s from this company. Other names shown on W-2’s from Sessions Payroll include:

  • Firsthand Productions Inc.
  • RE Productions
  • Century Employer Organization LLC
  • Vast c/o Sessions
  • Tri-State c/o Sessions or Tristate Sessions

What Is the Problem?

A number of SAG-AFTRA members who have checked their records have found that their Sessions Payroll wages are missing from their Social Security records and IRS records. They have also found that their Sessions Payroll wages totals on their AFTRA H&R record are lower than the amount of actual pensionable wages they earned.

What Are the Implications?

If these records are incorrect, your retirement benefits and eligibility for health insurance and pension could be affected.

If you don’t get credit for all the money you’ve earned in your working years, you could receive lower payouts when you begin collecting Social Security benefits and pension payments.

You would not have been notified of this error by Social Security or by the IRS if your Sessions Payroll earnings were not reported.

What Should You Do?

Guide Front Page

A guide has been written to raise awareness of this serious issue with Sessions Payroll.

The Guide About Sessions Payroll’s Failure to Report Employee Income provides information about how to check your records, what to look for to find out if you have a discrepancy in your records, and how to get your records corrected.

View and download the guide here:

Or click here to download the guide directly.

More Information

The topic of Sessions Payroll reporting issues is covered in Episode 11 of The Acting Income Podcast.

Click here to listen to Episode 11 of The Acting Income Podcast.

Have you had a problem with Sessions Payroll? Have you received a W-2 from Sessions Payroll with a different name shown on it other than the ones listed above? If so, comment below.

About the Author:

Sara DeRosa (Senior Contributor, Stand-In Central) has worked as an actor and a stand-in on numerous television and film sets in New York City. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA and a graduate of the two-year conservatory program at The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. Sara has been featured as an unsung hero on Entertainment Tonight and in the ELLE Magazine Women In Hollywood issue for her stand-in work. Sara loves living in New York City, and her favorite sets she has worked on are Madam Secretary, Gossip Girl, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2.


  1. SANDY MEYERS June 5, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    Nice little article. I’ve been an extra there too. So where is your proof? All you say is, “A number of SAG-AFTRA people have reported the same.” Where is that reported and what are you asking people to do?

  2. Ben Hauck, Editor June 6, 2015 at 7:38 am

    Hi Sandy,

    A great question. I’m one of the people this issue affected. Sara explains in the podcast episode more about the issue. I’d recommend checking to see whether it affects you. For most people it takes just a few minutes to check to see whether it could. A trip to the Social Security office will verify whether it does.


  3. Hannah December 1, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Hannah Sawyer,

    I have worked in New York for some of the company’s listed on Stand In Central, I had an issue with my W2 in 2013 and the explanation I received was the W2 company had an issues with the upload to Social Security. I called the company I worked for and they were very quick to correct the W2 problem, I have not had any problems with any of my wages or taxes being reported in any other years.


  4. Ben Hauck, Editor December 1, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    Hi Hannah,

    Thank you for reading and for your comment. The above post deals with wage reporting, not issues with W-2s. The issue is whether your wages were reported to the IRS, and then subsequently reported by the IRS to the Social Security Administration.

    When you look at your Social Security Earnings Record, all is likely fine with respect to the above if all of your Sessions-related wages were reported each year you worked on a Sessions job. If your Sessions wages are missing, there is reason to investigate to ensure your Social Security Earnings Record is up to date and includes Sessions wages. For instructions on how to do that, listen to the podcast episode and/or download the guide.

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