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.

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April 20, 2017
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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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March 28, 2017
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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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March 20, 2017
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How are Payroll Taxes Calculated? – Federal Income Taxable Wages

Mark Twain once asked, “What is the difference between a taxidermist and a tax collector?”  His answer, “The taxidermist only takes your skin.” Sometimes, it can feel like we’re slowly being skinned as we see our precious earnings taken away in payroll taxes. How do we know that the amount taken for federal withholding is […]

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March 2, 2017
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What are the rules for giving employees their pay stubs?

Common questions from employers and HR admin include: “Do I have to provide a paper pay stub to my employee?,” and “What information is required on a paystub?” Ready for a paperless payroll solution? Check out our paperless payroll software platform. Are there Federal Pay Stub Guidelines? Many employers look to federal laws to answer […]

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February 8, 2017
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W-2 Email Scam Continues to Affect Businesses

Businesses’ HR and payroll departments are the targets of a W-2 email scam, according to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).    The IRS reissued a warning about a W-2 email scam that is targeting payroll and human resources (HR) departments. It’s critical that payroll and HR officials double-check all unusual and executive-level requests for lists […]

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February 1, 2017
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Hiring an independent contractor: what forms do I need?

In my last blog post, I wrote about the important first step of determining a worker’s status. Once you’ve hired an independent contractor, there are some important considerations to ensure your payroll processes are up-to-date. Here are some important independent contractor forms that businesses should have on file:  Form W-9 Form W-9, the Request for Taxpayer […]