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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 […]

Employee Leave of Absence (LOA)

February 17, 2017

Everything You Need to Know About Employee Leave

Employee leave of absence (LOA) is always a timely topic for human resources (HR) professionals. It’s one of those topics that can be addressed with the help of payroll software, but it also requires an understanding of the legal requirements. Keeping track of all these types of leaves, as well as knowing what is required of you, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

Minimum Wage Increases

January 6, 2017

Minimum Wage Increases for 4.4 Million Workers in 2017

As we entered 2017, some 4.4 million workers across the country were celebrating pay increases in addition to a new year, according to the Economic Policy Institute. The celebrations come as a result of minimum wage increases that went into effect on January 1st in 19 states, including California, Washington, and New York. There were also […]


December 20, 2016

Why You Should Consider Offering a 401(k) Plan in 2017

If you’re like most, the final days of December have us thinking of all things 2017 and how we can make personal improvements in the new year. In addition to goal setting around ever-popular wellness, financial health often tops many resolution lists. After spending more than we traditionally do on gifts, outings and events, January […]


December 20, 2016

How to Set Up an Equity & Stock Option Plan in 2017

This is a guest post by James Seely of eShares. As the end of 2016 quickly approaches, 2017 sits on the horizon, offering the new year as a blank canvas to set up new programs for your employees. When growing your business, offering a financial perk like stock options or equity demonstrates to your team that […]

Zenefits Payroll Software

December 19, 2016

Zenefits Payroll Software: Now Available in TX, FL, and WA

We’re pleased to announce that businesses in Texas, Florida, and Washington can now join Zenefits Payroll software. Zenefits Payroll lets you manage your HR in one place and then automate the hard stuff. Because it connects to everything you manage on Zenefits – HR, benefits, time-tracking, time-off, compliance, etc. – any change you or your employees make […]

employee holidays

December 15, 2016

Federal Holidays in 2017: How to Set Up Your Employee Calendar

If we took a holiday, took some time to celebrate, would it be paid? When it comes to taking time off from work, employees first look to their employers to find out what holidays they observe. How does your company’s employee holiday calendar stack up? What’s Covered: Check Federal Labor Laws Depending on the type […]

Understanding your W2 forms

December 14, 2016

Holiday Bonuses Make Employees Jolly!

Payroll and tax considerations for year-end bonuses It’s officially the most wonderful time of the year, and in the workplace, the holidays often mean year-end or holiday employee bonuses. While this is a celebratory time, there are significant tax considerations for these earnings. Gift cards and awards also must be included in employee wages and it […]

payroll software

December 9, 2016

[Infographic] Zenefits Payroll Software: Payroll That Runs Itself

If you’re stuck running payroll the old-fashioned way, you probably spend hours doing tedious work. Whenever you manage hours or vacations, hire someone new, or have an employee who wants to change their deductions, that translates into lots of extra work that’s time-consuming and prone to error. But with payroll software, it doesn’t have to […]