Small Business Payroll Services

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I see plenty of room for improvement is small business payroll processing. About 2 in 5 of all small businesses eventually wind up with problems and penalties due to payroll tax errors. The issue can usually be avoided by ensuring that service is provided by a reputable payroll service that is supervised by a responsible […]

Save money on small business payroll processing by removing bundled fees

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A no-load approach to small business payroll In the “old days”, small business payroll services were priced based on a formula that was a bit complex. Factors like frequency of payroll, number of employees, type of pay, benefits, and local taxes all factored into the cost. Year-end ad ancillary services were typically priced separately. To me, […]

Avoid payroll tax penalties!

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A small nonprofit company owes almost $1,000 in tax penalties for the second time in 3 years because of lack of coordination between their accountant and their payroll services. They hired their payroll service directly without involving the accountant; that was the underlying problem. When the payroll service contract ended, so did their work and […]

Sample professional payroll service agreement

Posted 3 CommentsPosted in Accounting, Small Business, Taxes

What do you get when you hire a professional accountant to handle your payroll accounting and wage tax issues? This is certainly a fair question since the level of service seems to vary widely between providers. Some payroll service providers, I understand, do not even put the details of their services in writing. The professional […]

Who is responsible when the payroll service screws up?

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A new legal case might give some insight to responsibility for compliance with the maze of federal, state and local laws controlling electronic banking and payroll transactions Most small businesses that pay employees or contractors use a third-party payroll accounting service to handle the required record-keeping and tax payment transactions. These services are inexpensive, typically […]

How much does payroll service cost for a very small business?

Posted 3 CommentsPosted in Accounting, Small Business

How much does payroll service cost for a very small business? This is a simple question without a simple answer. As we might suspect, the answer is wrapped up in the details. 1. Service contract – Who pays penalties for screw-ups and responding to an audit? How reliable is the provider’s assurance? Keep in mind that a […]

Update on Gig Workers

Posted Leave a commentPosted in News and Politics, Payroll, Small Business, Tax Planning

The evolving saga of “employee vs contractor”, from the small business employer’s perspective, means that you should  revisit the conversation for business planning purposes now. Background In case you’ve been so engrossed with other headlines that you haven’t read any business news: the world of independent contractors, so-called “gig workers” is facing rapid and dramatic […]

Fast paced change brings 2020 opportunities to small businesses

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After some tweeking (thanks to my peers for the crowd-sourced feedback!) this is the version of the email message that will be used this week: Dear _ : This past year brought more changes for small business owners than any other year in the past generation. This means new opportunities to save money but also […]

Taxes for ministers: Summary of federal income tax planning issues

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Planning the federal income tax treatment for ministers1 must consider several topics that are unique to ministers. Employee status A minister is considered an employee under the common law rules and yet payments for services as a minister are considered income from self employment pursuant to IRC §§ 1402(c ) and 3121(b)(8). This is the […]