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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]