Way back at the end of February we wrote about the new payroll tax withholding guidelinesissued by the IRS. Since that time, the IRS has issued a new Form W-4, more information, and calculators that can help in determining payroll tax amounts to be withheld. Because of the sweeping changes in other parts of the tax law, the IRS is encouraging employees to be proactive – and are even providing some tools to do that. (more…)
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Offering an internship is one of the best things a company can do—both for their own interest, as well as for the community at large. The intern benefits by receiving real-world work experience for their career and interests, and the business gets a helping hand. But sometimes, that line between intern and employee can get a little fuzzy. (more…)
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…)
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.
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.
One of the beautiful things about small businesses is that everyone in the organization becomes like family. There is a closeness that develops that is both comforting – and maybe distressing, too. When one member of your team is experiencing hard times, it can be difficult to maintain a professional distance. For instance, what would you do as a small business owner if one of your employees came to you asking for a payroll advance? (more…)
Way back in 2015, we wrote a blog about the Pros and Cons of Hiring Contractors vs. Employees. In this article we shared that experts predicted by 2020 contractor workers or freelancers would make up half of the full-time workforce. This trend, now commonly referred to as the “Gig Economy” is on track to meet that prediction by 2020 or before. Are you on board? (more…)
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If you’re a small business owner and you have employees, you must do payroll. It’s a given. You can’t get out of it. Your employees expect to be paid for their work. However, that doesn’t mean YOU have to do your own payroll. You can outsource your payroll to a payroll service provider like The Payroll Department. But many small business owners won’t subcontract their payroll, because they believe all these myths about outsourcing payroll that they hear from other people. (more…)
As a small business owner, you know all about your products or services. You’re the expert. However, when it comes to payroll, you may be an amateur with a limited understanding about compensation and taxes. Nevertheless, you may be trying to handle your company’s payroll on your own. Or, maybe you’ve realized you just don’t have the know-how to tackle your company’s payroll, so you’ve hired an employee or a payroll services like The Payroll Department to handle your company’s payroll for you. (more…)
When you think about rewarding employees, do you tend to consider only monetary rewards? Do you imagine that your choices for incentives only include raises and bonuses? Many small business owners tend to focus strictly on the monetary rewards, but actually there are other ways that you can give employees a lift. (more…)