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IRS Issues New Withholding Guidelines for Payroll Taxes

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued the new (percentage method) payroll withholding tables for 2018 along with notification that the W-4 Form is in the process of being updated to reflect the new tax law. For the moment, no new form is required and employers should retain the existing forms for all employees. In addition to recalculating the new payroll tax deduction, there are a several other changes for employers to consider. (more…)

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How to Stay on the Path to the Most Successful Year Ever

How is the year looking for you so far? It kind of goes along with the way of resolutions that we start the year with high hopes and ambitions, but once we get back to the daily grind, well, it gets ground away. All of us here at The Payroll Department want you to know that there are some steps you can take to put you back on the path of making this year the best one ever. (more…)

Posted in: Operating a Small Business, Payroll

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Is It Time Your Business Hired a Bookkeeper?

As a small business owner, are you handling your production, marketing, administration, and bookkeeping on your own? Doing it all yourself is one of the biggest mistakes that many entrepreneurs make when running a business. (more…)

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4 Issues to Consider Before You Hire Employees

Is your small business finally taking off to the point where you need to hire employees? While this can be an exciting next step for any entrepreneur, it can also be a nerve-wracking change. After all, you’ll be delegating some business tasks you normally do. Plus, you’ll now being taking on the role of employer. (more…)

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Do You Know the Difference Between Payroll Expense and Cost of Labor?

Did you know that the cost of labor can be one of the largest expenses a small business can have? It’s second only to the cost of real estate, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Depending upon the industry you’re in, labor costs can range from 10% to 30% – or more. For your small business, your labor costs can quickly eat up your earnings if they’re not monitored and adjusted accordingly.

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Worried about the Changes in Payroll Taxes?

At this particular moment in time, it doesn’t matter which side you fall on for the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed in late December, 2017, it will have an impact on both your personal finances and your business’s financial situation.

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Posted in: IRS and Tax forms, Operating a Small Business, Payroll, Payroll Taxes

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Labor Law Poster Changes

Employers in all states must make sure that their state labor law posters are up-to-date on a regular basis.  Here are a few state changes and their effective dates:

  • Minimum wage increases effective 1/1/18, for Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri,​Montana, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and Washington.
  • Minimum wage increase effective 12/31/17 for New York.
  • Transgender rights and discrimination laws in California effective 1/1/18.
  • OSHA laws effective 1/1/18, and wage and hour laws effective 7/10/17, in Hawaii.
  • Rules to be Observed by Employers in Nevada effective 7/1/17.
  • Wage and Hour Notice to Employees in North Carolina, effective 12/31/17.
  • Reasonable Accommodations for Pregnancy in Vermont, effective 1/1/18.

All employers in these states should check their state employment law posters to make sure that they are up-to-date with the new laws effective immediately.  For additional information on these new updates, please contact us at www.newfocushr.com

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New Pass-Through Deduction: How It Will Affect Your Business

You’ve probably heard about the new tax law – the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA)– signed in late December 2017. If you’re a business owner, you’re likely wondering how the new law will affect your business taxes. One of the most significant and complex changes to the law deals with pass-through businesses and the pass-through deduction. (more…)

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Discover How to Help Your Small Town Business Thrive

Running a business in small town can be very different than owning a business in a big city. You may have less competition in your market, but if your competitors have been around longer, they likely already have long-standing customer relationships. However, there are advantages to having a small town business, such as the ability to experiment more with your products and services, and the capacity to stand out, so you can make a bigger impact. (more…)

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Advance and Arrears: Understanding the Differences Means Good Business Decisions

Something that comes along with all the conversation about the gig economy trend is the issue of billing and payment. There are basically two ways to get paid – in advance or in arrears. While just about everyone understands the idea of getting paid “in advance,” not everyone understands what “arrears” is and how billing in arrears works. There is the stigma that arrears is bad. There is a reason for that. But understanding the differences is important for the financial success of small businesses. (more…)

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