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Updating Your W-4 Form: When and Why?

October 26, 2015 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Abacus Payroll W-4 Form
The IRS W-4 Form tells an employer how much to withhold from each paycheck to pay your taxes each Tax Day. You can adjust this amount, which can increase or reduce the amount of a refund you receive the following year.   IRS W-4 Forms tell employers how much in taxes to withhold from employees’ […]
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11 Ways to Cut Small Business Costs

October 21, 2015 | posted by Abacus Payroll
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Little adjustments to small business operations can make a big difference where it counts – the bottom line. But how can you make significant changes that impact your business’s bank account, without affecting the level of service or quality of product you provide? These cost-cutting suggestions are internal, back-end, and won’t have much effect on […]
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Wage Garnishments: What You Need to Know

October 12, 2015 | posted by Abacus Payroll
What you need to know about Wage Garnishments
If you own a company or manage employees, chances are good that you’ve heard of wage garnishments. A wage garnishment is when a court order authorizes an entity to hold a certain percentage of an employee’s paycheck. An organization or individual to whom the employee owes a debt then receives that portion. Essentially, the idea […]
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Small Business Payroll: Compensation of Terminated Employees

September 22, 2015 | posted by Abacus Payroll
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If you’re a small business owner facing the decision to let an employee go, make sure you are aware of the proper way to handle their compensation, benefits, and other payroll matters.     The laws surrounding the compensation of terminated employees are tricky business. Laws vary widely between states, federal guidelines don’t exist in […]
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4 Benefits of Electronic Timekeeping

September 10, 2015 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Benefits of Electronic Timekeeping Payroll Salary Wages
Time clocks are a necessary evil in the world of effective business. They provide an incomplete answer to a complex issue: how do you accurately and efficiently track employees and their tasks without impeding their progress and costing yourself valuable time and money in the process?   Enter digital timekeeping software and apps. Based on […]
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Should I Allow My Employees to Work from Home?

September 4, 2015 | posted by Ren Cicalese III, CPA, MST
Payroll FAQ: Allowing employees to work from home
  Technology is changing the workplace. Twenty years ago, most small businesses required employees to commute to an office for an eight-hour workday. With advances such as cloud computing and high-speed internet, small businesses have more options. In fact, many small businesses are now permitting their employees to work from home via telecommuting.     […]
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What Your Small Business Needs to Know about Hiring an Intern

August 26, 2015 | posted by Abacus Payroll
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As a small business owner, labor costs likely account for one of the largest portions of your profit, so finding ways to get around that investment always sounds appealing. Does hiring an unpaid intern seem like a great way to do just that? The problem is, without meeting the qualifications the Fair Labor Standards Act […]
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Can I Use Spanish I-9 Forms When Managing My Farm’s Payroll?

August 6, 2015 | posted by Abacus Payroll
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Though many websites offer downloadable or online I-9 forms in Spanish as well as in English, the IRS only validates the Spanish version of the form for Puerto Rican citizens, and the IRS requires the English version of the forms from residents of any other U.S. state or territory. Unfortunately, many farm owners make the […]
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How to Know if the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Applies to Your Business

July 27, 2015 | posted by Christopher Cicalese, CPA
As your small business ramps up and you hire more employees, you may be subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which designates rules regarding minimum wage, child labor, overtime pay, employee leave, and more. While you don’t want to be a tyrant of an employer who demands unrealistic hours for less-than-standard pay, it […]
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3 Areas to Assess in a Midyear Payroll Review

July 15, 2015 | posted by Abacus Payroll
It’s hard to believe we are already more than halfway through 2015. While June and July can be slower months for business, it’s an opportune time to assess your company’s processes and perform a midyear payroll review.     Following are three actions a business owner, HR specialist, or payroll processor should assess before any […]
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