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.

Understanding your W2 forms

March 20, 2017

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

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

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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January 19, 2017

New Worker: Employee or Independent Contractor?

As businesses grow, staffing needs increase. Should an organization hire an employee or independent contractor? To answer this question on small business compliance, we’ve created a three-part blog series on classifying employees. First, we’ll look at how to apply the common law test to avoid negative tax consequences.   There are important distinctions between an […]

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January 13, 2017

Dormant Taxes From 2016: They’re Back…

Much like a villain in a slasher movie, some taxes just won’t die. It’s when you think you’re safe, when you’ve forgotten about them, that they pop up again. So, don’t be surprised when you see dormant taxes appear on your first paychecks of 2017. Social Security If you made over $118,500, your last checks […]

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January 5, 2017

Your W-2 – An Accurate Reflection of You?

While it may be tradition to toast the year goodbye with an eggnog, may I suggest another year-end tradition that can make your new year more efficient and stress free? As we say goodbye to 2016, it’s a great idea to review your personal payroll information, which is used to generate form W-2. Form W-2 […]

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