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where are your payroll taxes going?

September 4, 2018

Where Do Your Payroll Taxes Go?

Today marks the start of National Payroll Week! To do our best to honor one of our favorite topics around, we want to dedicate this week to answering common payroll questions. To kick us off– have you ever wondered how the payroll taxes you deduct and match from employee’s salaries are allocated? Where does the […]

lookback period on a planner

July 26, 2018

What is a Lookback Period?

Taxes. For many small businesses, keeping up with the laws and regulations surrounding taxes – especially employer payroll taxes – is an ongoing challenge. Navigating applicable tax codes can be nearly a full-time job. As you strive to stay current with evolving legislation and payments that need to be made, there’s yet another aspect of tax […]


July 26, 2018

How to Get Reimbursing Employee Expenses Right

Business expenses are often paid for by employees, then reimbursed by the company. These reimbursements have can have significant tax implications for the company and the staff member, so making sure you have a comprehensive reimbursement plan in place is important. Continue reading for how to go about reimbursing employee expenses correctly.  Creating a Reimbursement Policy […]


July 20, 2018

Decoding Federal Payroll Tax

Everyone remembers the excitement of getting their first check only to wonder where all the money went. Taxes can take a generous portion of a person’s earnings, and federal payroll tax can be difficult to figure out. The Federal Insurance Contributions Act, or FICA, is a federal law that requires three different taxes to be […]

paperless payroll

July 18, 2018

Should Your Payroll Go Paperless? Pros and Cons of Paperless Payroll

The first known payroll records were carved out on tablets – clay, not electronic – as far back as 7000 AD. And clerks and treasurers from 5th century Greece kept chiseled accounts of payment entries and financial records, much like HRIS and payroll record-keeping systems do today. Fast-forward to the 1950s, when computerization entered the […]

map of the minimum wage changes

July 17, 2018

Here are the 2018 Minimum Wage Changes for Small Businesses

On July 1st of this year, nineteen minimum wage increases occurred across the United States and your company might be affected. In total, two states, the District of Columbia, and sixteen other localities were impacted by these changes and for many, this is just the first of several increases that are scheduled to be implemented […]

stack of money for compenasation plan

July 12, 2018

When Creating the Perfect Compensation Plan Salary is Just the Beginning

Crafting or updating a compensation plan can be daunting for small to midsized business, but whether you have one or not, it’s important to align with prevailing conditions. To attract and retain talent in a tight applicant market, it’s crucial to create a structured compensation strategy or update your current plan to meet demand. What […]

stack of payroll taxes

June 18, 2018

A Reference Guide to Employer Payroll Taxes for Small Businesses

For business, payroll taxes are a constant, regardless of how your revenue ebbs and flows. For everyone receiving a paycheck, you need to properly calculate and pay employee/employer deductions in a timely manner to stay ahead of the IRS. Businesses must submit payments for withholding taxes either monthly or semi-monthly, depending on the size of […]

best payroll schedule for your business

June 7, 2018

Why Choosing a Payroll Schedule Isn’t So Simple

While many are familiar with a bi-monthly pay schedule — typically on the first and fifteenth of the month — there are actually a few ways to structure a payroll schedule. Like most decisions business owners make, the way you structure your small business payroll schedule depends most on your small business needs and the […]

female employee

April 10, 2018

How Did We Get Here? Solving the Gender Wage Gap in 2018

According to 2017 legislation, this April marks the deadline for all UK companies with over 250 employees to release their wage data to the public. The #PayMeToo movement is well underway, and while it’s past due, it’s finally making visible progress. Without similar legislation keeping US businesses transparent, we’re here to offer some insights and […]

Understanding your W2 forms

January 31, 2018

How Does the New Tax Overhaul Impact Payroll and Your Paycheck?

The sweeping tax bill (H.R. 1) signed into law by President Donald Trump on December 22, 2017, will impact almost every area of taxation, including corporations, pass-through businesses, and individuals. How will the tax bill impact payroll and your paycheck? Employers and employees can expect to see changes to wage withholding in 2018 because of […]

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 […]