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What the End of the PA-NJ Tax Agreement Means For You

October 18, 2016 | posted by Ren Cicalese III, CPA, MST
Pa NJ reciprocity tax agreement
Note: As of November 22, 2016, Governor Christie elected not to move forward with ending the PA-NJ Tax agreement.   In early September 2016, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced that he would be ending a nearly four-decade old tax agreement with Pennsylvania. Under this agreement, New Jerseyans and Pennsylvanians working across state lines were […]
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Payroll and Penalties

October 3, 2016 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Avoid IRS penalties and fees for late or inaccurate payroll
As tax season makes its annual debut, it’s important to review your payroll procedures in order to ensure the most accurate reporting possible, as late or inaccurate payroll submissions are often met with swift and devastating penalties from the IRS. You can avoid payroll tax penalties altogether by paying your dues on time and in […]
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Employee Handbook 101: Is Yours Up to Par?

September 28, 2016 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Abacus Payroll Employee Handbooks
A comprehensive and well-written employee handbook can be the first line of defense when it comes to protecting your company from litigation claims, in addition to spelling out in positive terms your company’s policies to employees. Your employee handbook, though, doesn’t have to be as dull and redundant as some believe and if prepared properly can […]
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Understanding Self-Employment Tax

August 17, 2016 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Self Employment Tax How To
From the outside looking in, self-employment is a pretty attractive prospect: you get to choose your own hours, your office attire can be something as casual as PJs, and your bed and desk can be one and the same. While there are many incentives, these aspects of self-employment fall flat when tax season rolls around. […]
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What Can Your Team Learn from the Olympics?

August 12, 2016 | posted by Abacus Payroll
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As you are no doubt aware, the 2016 Olympic Games are in full swing. Far from pertaining only to athletes and sports enthusiasts, the Olympics stand for everything the business world holds dear: professionalism, integrity, and sheer, unadulterated talent. Surprisingly, you can learn a lot about your workforce and team from comparing the Olympics and […]
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Workplace Wellness Programs

July 18, 2016 | posted by Abacus Payroll
workplace wellness programs all about
As incentives become routine installments in companies’ hiring strategies, the lack of workplace wellness programs is quickly becoming a deal-breaker. A workplace wellness program doesn’t have to be a complicated overhaul of your current business model—all you need to do is provide your employees with healthy options to facilitate their personal health and happiness.   […]
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Should You Consider an Employee Referral Policy?

June 23, 2016 | posted by Abacus Payroll
new employee referral programs
Your employees’ good word should, ideally, mean as much to you as an official application or referral, so why not implement an employee referral policy or program? Although traditional recruiting methods should make up the bulk of your hiring, you certainly have some incentive to consider using referral bonuses or rewards in exchange for your […]
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Leave Policies and the Law: Creating a Vacation Time Policy

June 9, 2016 | posted by Abacus Payroll
create a nj payroll vacation policy for small business employees
Aloha PTO! July is the most popular month for American workers to request vacation days off from work. Be prepared with a thorough and legal vacation time policy.   While it’s not federally-mandated, vacation time is a huge incentive for most employees. Without one, you run the risk of losing potential hires to other companies […]
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WEBINAR – Importance of Employee Handbooks

June 6, 2016 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Abacus Payroll, Inc. and Alloy Silverstein announce our upcoming webinar session on the importance of employee handbooks for your small business.   Date: Thursday, June 30, 2016   Time: 1:00 PM ET / 10:00 AM PT   Register: Click Here     An employee handbook is a powerful tool to communicate your organization’s values. And […]
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Establishing a Pay or Salary Raise Budget for Your Business

June 1, 2016 | posted by Abacus Payroll
payroll success setting a pay raise budget
Whether you need to plan employee raises in order to comply with the new overtime rules, or if implementing annual salary increases is part of your company’s compensation package, the following will advise you to think strategically about these higher labor costs your business is expecting to incur.   After a year of successful business […]
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