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Payroll

Understanding your W2 forms

January 8, 2018

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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Minimum Wage Increases

December 19, 2017

Minimum Wage Increases Going Into Effect for California, Washington, New York, & More

Minimum wages are set to increase across a variety of states and jurisdictions in the new year. Arizona, California, and Washington will all see minimum wage increases on January 1, 2018, while New York will go into effect on December 31, 2017. Read on for further information on minimum wage increases in these states, and […]

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Understanding your W2 forms

November 20, 2017

LLC, C Corp or S Corp? How to Decide the Best Business Structure for You

There are so many exciting things that come with starting a business. While it can seem overwhelming at first, there’s a lot of joy to be had in bringing your hard work to life. As I wrote about previously, one of the first steps in getting a business off of the ground is to obtain an […]

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November 7, 2017

Zenefits Payroll: Now Available in 47 States and The District of Columbia

Zenefits Payroll makes running payroll effortless – and now it’s available to businesses in 47 states and the District of Columbia. Here’s what makes Zenefits Payroll different: Radically efficient: Anything you choose to manage on Zenefits – HR, benefits, hours, vacation – flows into Zenefits Payroll automatically, keeping your earnings, deductions, and taxes up-to-date without you lifting […]

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Understanding your W2 forms

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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September 29, 2017

Introducing Zenefits Pay Connect

As a platform that’s built to empower people, Zenefits delivers a best in class employee experience to your team–regardless of role, department and experience level. At SHIFT, Zenefits’ first ever Culture Conference, we revealed how we’re architecting workplace software of the future that gives your employees the tools they need to be successful (both in […]

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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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August 9, 2017

Introducing James Brown, The Godfather of Payroll Tax Compliance

When you think of the Godfather, what comes to mind? Actually, wait…err..that’s not the image we’re trying to invoke. But one of a figure of authority? Now that’s the notion we’re channeling. Cue James Brown, the Godfather of Zenefits Payroll. In the office, James is a boss when it comes to everything tax related. Have […]

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May 23, 2017

Zenefits Payroll: Now Available in GA & IL

We’re pleased to announce that businesses in Georgia and Illinois will be able to sign up for Zenefits Payroll software in June for July start dates. Our payroll service – which is also available in California, Texas, Florida, Washington, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Arizona, and Colorado – connects to your HR, benefits, time off, […]

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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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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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