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Small Businesses: Get the Lowdown on Paid Sick Leave in Philadelphia

April 1, 2015 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Paid Sick Leave in Philadelphia
Paid sick leave in Philadelphia comes into effect on May 13 2015. We give small businesses the low down a well as tips for staying compliant.
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Top 5 Small Business Tax Deductions in 2015

March 16, 2015 | posted by Ren Cicalese III, CPA, MST
Small Business Tax Deduction
Taxes are a burden on a growing small business. Many small businesses take a simplistic view on their taxes – they want to know what they owe and pay it as soon as possible. Here are the top 5 tax deductions small businesses should consider in 2015.
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What you need to know about the Affordable Care Act’s Employer Shared Responsibility

March 12, 2015 | posted by Christopher Cicalese, CPA
Employer shared responsibility
Alloy Silverstein’s Chris Cicalese gives small business owners a summary of key things they need to know about Employer Shared Responsibility and Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) in 2015.   What is Employer Shared Responsibility (ESR) and Who Does it Impact? Starting in 2015, employers (for-profit, nonprofit, and government entities) with 100 or more full-time employees, […]
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Ban the Box is coming to New Jersey. Are you ready?

February 13, 2015 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Ban The Box NJ
March 1, 2015 marks the start of NJ’s “Opportunity to Compete Act.” Know how this law affects you as an employer and what changes need to be made to your hiring process ASAP.   New Jersey will be joining Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Rhode Island, and a number of cities in implementing the “Ban the […]
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Small Business Payroll: Setting employee pay

January 21, 2015 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Employee pay
Bringing on a new employee and not sure how much you should pay them? Abacus Payroll’s Owen Hoxie explains how small businesses can approach employee pay structures.
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Independent Contractor or Employee?

December 1, 2014 | posted by Julie Strohlein, CPA
Independent contractors vs employees
What are the differences between independent contractors and employees? Improperly classifying workers as independent contractors when they are actually employees can create a myriad of problems with various federal and state agencies. Employment taxes due to both the IRS and the state governments are a primary concern, but there may also be insurance or labor […]
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Payroll FAQs

May 28, 2014 | posted by Abacus Payroll
What is your payroll FAQ about? Federal Taxes Q: As an employer, what are my federal payroll tax responsibilities for 2014? A: The current FICA rates require a 6.2% Social Security tax and 1.45% Medicare tax (and a 0.9% Medicare surtax for incomes exceeding $200,000) to be withheld from each employee’s paycheck. The employer’s match […]
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Outsource payroll: Top 4 things to Consider

May 28, 2014 | posted by Ren Cicalese
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Consider These Four Key Areas When Making Your Decision to Outsource Payroll. Ask almost any business owner and they’ll agree there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to manage daily business operations, customers, employees and still actually do the work you’re in business to do.  One way to tackle the overload is to outsource […]
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Payroll Tips for Hiring Temporary Workers

May 28, 2014 | posted by Abacus Payroll
temp workers
What to keep in mind when hiring temporary workers Holidays and seasonal changes can affect your payroll size so make sure you stay on top of your employer duties year-round . Just as retailers hire more help before the winter holidays, tourist attractions ramp up staff to prepare for the summer months, and farmers man their […]
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Leveraging the Cloud for Small Business

May 28, 2014 | posted by David Evans, CPA
Technology in the hands
What is “The Cloud” and How Can it Help My Small Business? The race is on for the paperless office.  Is your business ready? “The Cloud” is a term that gets tossed around a lot in today’s media. But do you really understand what it is and its capabilities? Is there a physical state of […]
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