Matthew Keller

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Matthew Keller

Matthew Keller is a Senior Payroll Specialist at Zenefits who authors our "Money Matters" column. With 20+ years of experience in payroll and accounting, Matt wants to help customers navigate frequent law changes, taxes, and more.

October 6, 2017

Understanding Employer Identification Numbers (EINs) & How to Tackle Making Changes

Whether you’re building a business for the first or seasoned by years of experience, there are a myriad of terms to know when it comes to remain in compliance. Whether you’re brushing up on your knowledge or navigating employer waters for the first time, we’re here to break down complex processes to make kicking off […]

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State Income Taxes: Calculating Payroll - Money Matters

September 7, 2017

Alleviating Year End Payroll Stress with the Special Accounting Rule

Use the Special Accounting Rule to relieve future Year End Stress As we find ourselves rounding the curve into the latter half of 2017, it’s the ideal time to start forecasting for the many to-dos that come with the quickly approaching year’s end. While the final calendar months are laden with fun, it also comes […]

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July 10, 2017

How are Payroll Taxes Calculated? – State Disability Insurance

In my recent posts, we’ve discussed how payroll taxes are calculated across many different areas; state income taxes, social security and medicare taxes, federal income tax withholding and more. Today we’ll dive into state disability insurance (SDI) and how it is calculated. The five states listed below are the five that have a form of […]

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State Income Taxes: Calculating Payroll - Money Matters

May 11, 2017

How are Payroll Taxes Calculated? – State Income Taxes

Previously, we reviewed how federal income taxes were calculated. State income taxes, with a few exceptions, are calculated very similarly to federal income taxes. But there are some states that have no state income tax at all. Which States Don’t Have State Income Tax? There are nine states where you will not see state income […]

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April 20, 2017

How are Payroll Taxes Calculated? – Social Security and Medicare

In my previous blogs, we discussed how to calculate federal income tax. Some other big amounts that come out of our paychecks are for Social Security and Medicare taxes. How are Social Security taxes calculated in payroll? What wages are taxed for Social Security and Medicare? Social Security and Medicare taxes go hand in hand. […]

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State Income Taxes: Calculating Payroll - Money Matters

March 28, 2017

How are Payroll Taxes Calculated? – Federal Income Tax Withholding

In my previous blog we looked at the best methods for determining our federal income taxable wages. Now that we know our taxable wages, we’re ready to calculate the federal income tax withholding. Federal Income Tax Withholding is an Estimate The first thing to remember is that federal income tax withholding is an estimate. Its […]

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