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Essentials to Earning Work Opportunity Tax Credits

Posted by Grace Ferguson on Aug 17, 2016

Despite the declining unemployment rate, many veterans struggle to find jobs matching their education, skills and experience. In an effort to hire veterans and other individuals facing barriers to employment, the federal government established the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program – which rewards employers with a tax credit for each eligible new hire. Employers can reduce federal income tax by up to $9,600 per eligible hired employee, so it’s a good idea for employers to understand how the WOTC applies to their business.

In this Q & A, you will find relevant WOTC information, including target groups, eligibility requirements, how to calculate and claim credits, plus tips for getting the most out of the program.

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Topics: Employer Basics

Payroll Tax Rules for Employers

Posted by Grace Ferguson on Aug 10, 2016

The mazelike world of payroll taxes can be perplexing for employers. The key to breaking through the initial confusion is to identify the two categories of payroll taxes: employee taxes, which are withheld from employees’ wages; and employer taxes, which are the employer’s portion of taxes. Employee and employer taxes are imposed on federal, state and local levels – knowing which ones pertain to your business is an essential element of staying in compliance and avoiding payroll tax penalties.

This handy guide provides a basic understanding of payroll taxes, including withholding, remittance and reporting guidelines, plus important tips for employers who outsource payroll duties.

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Topics: Payroll, Employer Basics

Top 5 Ways to Keep Your Payroll Data Secure

Posted by Grace Ferguson on Jun 2, 2016

In 2014 payroll fraud comprised 10.2 percent of global occupational fraud cases, with organizations suffering a median loss of $50,000 per year.

Social Security numbers, addresses, wages, and bank account numbers are just some of the sensitive data you will find in a payroll department. Breaches in this data can be detrimental to your company’s reputation and financial standing; small businesses, especially, may never recover.

While you cannot stop criminals from attempting to steal your data, you can thwart their efforts by following these best practices for payroll data security.

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Topics: Payroll

Preparation Strategies for Upcoming DOL Overtime Rule

Posted by Grace Ferguson on May 5, 2016

Update May 18, 2016: The new overtime rule was announced today and takes effect December 1. The threshold is $47,476 and will be updated every three years. Incentive pay like bonuses can account for up to 10% of the threshold amount.

On March 14, 2014, President Barack Obama signed a memorandum, directing the U.S. Department of Labor to revise the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime protection rules. The DOL subsequently issued a proposed rule that would raise the annual salary for the overtime exemption from $23,660 to $50,440. The final rule is expected within days and the general consensus is that employers should start preparing for the change now as they may have 60 days to comply.

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Topics: Employer News

New Hire Packet Essentials

Posted by Inova Payroll on Apr 12, 2016

New employees want to feel like part of the team. What better way to welcome them than with a complete new hire packet that offers all the information employees need to get started with the company?

An essential onboarding item, your new hire packet will set expectations by covering your obligations as an employer and your new hire’s responsibilities as an employee. The contents of your new hire packet will vary depending on your state, number of employees, and industry.

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Topics: Employer Basics

Tip Reporting Cheat Sheet

Posted by Inova Payroll on Mar 24, 2016

Tip income represents special payroll and reporting challenges for restaurant employers. Underreporting of tip income triggers a two-fold effect: inadequate withholding of the employee’s share of taxes and underpayment of the employer’s portion. Still, that’s just one side of the tip reporting coin. On the other side are requirements you must meet, such as minimum wage, tax withholding and tip allocation.

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Topics: Employer Basics

Magic numbers: Employee counts and federal employer reporting

Posted by Melanie Crow on Feb 17, 2016

Growing your business means you’ve got a to-do list that multiplies, seemingly overnight. Let’s knock a few things off that list, with simple employer reporting guidelines based on employee counts and helpful links to corresponding forms. 

1+ employee(s) and payroll tax reporting

Congratulations! You’re on your way. Here are all the basic federal payroll tax forms you’ll need to file if you have one or more employees. You can also review the 2016 IRS document “Employer’s Tax Guide” – if you dare.

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Topics: Employer Basics

4 Big Changes Employers Should Have on Their Radar

Posted by Leigh-Ann Mosley on Oct 26, 2015

The fourth quarter is an important time for employers for a number of reasons. There are payroll schedule adjustments for holidays, bonus payrolls, year-end adjustments to accommodate fringe benefits, audits of employee data in preparation for W-2s, benefits plan reviews and open enrollment, and so much more. This year, adding to the usual hubbub, are executive and legislative changes for 2016, both enacted and proposed, that employers need to have on their radar now.

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Topics: Employer News

The Right Way to Evaluate Outsourcing Options

Posted by Melanie Crow on Aug 21, 2015

In the beginning of a business venture, entrepreneurs wear many hats. Business owners handle marketing, sales, operations, accounting and finance often single-handedly. As a business grows it is unrealistic to maintain that level of involvement in everything from long-term strategy to personally completing all the daily tasks that make a business hum.

That’s when you begin to carefully select individuals, experts in their areas with a heart for your company’s mission and goals, to form a team to take your business even further. Inevitably members of your team urge you to the realization that it makes sense to look at outsourcing a specific business function. And they’re right!

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Topics: Small Business

You’ve Hired Your First Employee: Don’t Skip the Essential Next Steps

Posted by Melanie Crow on Jul 22, 2015

Starting your own business is an exciting endeavor that requires, initiative, discipline and the ability to answer to naysayers without letting it steer you off course. When you feel that your business is ready to bring on its first employee, it can be a milestone worth celebrating but it can also be intimidating. You may wonder, “What information am I required to collect from an employee? What notices or information am I obligated to provide? What are the rules around paying workers?”

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Topics: Small Business

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