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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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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 […]

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January 19, 2017
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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 […]