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Small Business Payroll Guide

From Healthcare reform and technology developments to HR issues facing small businesses just like yours , let us keep you up-to-date on all things payroll.

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Why You Need To Review Your Pay Stubs

September 8, 2021 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Ending a job? Starting a new one? Working remotely? Perhaps you’ve moved, or your number of dependents has changed. On the flip side, your employer might have changed payroll companies. These are just a few reasons it’s important to check every time you get paid. Pay stubs not only detail what you have earned, they […]
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Manage Your Business’s Unemployment Taxes

August 24, 2021 | posted by Abacus Payroll
As a business owner, you’re required to pay three different types of payroll taxes. FICA (Federal Insurance Contributions Act) is the tax used to fund Social Security and Medicare programs. FUTA (Federal Unemployment Tax Act). Employers pay this federal tax to provide unemployment benefits to laid-off workers. SUTA (State Unemployment Tax Act). State governments also […]
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Unique Employee Benefits to Differentiate Your Business

August 10, 2021 | posted by Abacus Payroll
A recent survey by the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) found that many companies are struggling to attract and retain qualified workers. While some businesses have countered this shortage of workers by raising hourly rates to record levels according to the NFIB, other businesses don’t have the financial flexibility to do this. If you’re […]
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Security Alert: New Direct Deposit Fraud On The Rise

July 27, 2021 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Email phishing attempts are not new. Fraudsters are only getting more creative and convincing. Abacus Payroll, Inc. urges clients and small businesses to be extra diligent in reviewing employee bank change requests because identity spoofing and direct deposit diversion attempts are becoming all too common. What is direct deposit diversion? Fraudsters impersonate an employee by […]
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Employee Records: What, When, and Where to Keep

July 20, 2021 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Keeping employee payroll files organized is important should you need to easily pull up their information. There are certain laws governing what records to keep, how long to hold on to them, and who should see them. We provide a few tips to help business owners with this tedious task. Create a Separate File for […]
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Seasonal Employers and Foreign Student Workers

June 22, 2021 | posted by Abacus Payroll
If you are a seasonal employer, you are probably used to the difficult process of determining how much federal income tax to withhold from the wages paid to a nonresident alien employee working in the United States. Going through the following steps will help employers figure out this tedious tax calculation. Step 1: Determine W-4 […]
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Be Alert to Unemployment Compensation Thieves

May 26, 2021 | posted by Abacus Payroll
More than 40 million Americans filing unemployment claims since last March has given identity thieves a new avenue for taking your money – filing fraudulent unemployment compensation claims. What is unemployment compensation fraud? The identity thief poses as an unemployed worker filing for benefits by creating an online account with a state’s unemployment compensation insurance […]
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WEBINAR – Simplifying Seasonal Payroll

May 7, 2021 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Abacus Payroll, Inc. and Alloy Silverstein announce our upcoming webinar on simplifying payroll for seasonal employers with tips for agricultural, shore, and seasonal businesses. Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2021 Time: 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM Register: Click Here Simplifying Payroll for Seasonal Employers: Tips for Agricultural, Shore, and Seasonal Businesses Alloy Silverstein and Abacus Payroll are […]
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Don’t Leave Money on the Table: Apply Now for The Restaurant Revitalization Fund

April 30, 2021 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Restaurant Revitalization Fund Grant Application for Small Food and Beverage Businesses
The following information is derived from our affiliate company, Alloy Silverstein. The American Rescue Plan Act set aside $28.6 billion in grants to aid struggling restaurants and other food and beverage businesses amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Abacus Payroll’s affiliate CPA firm, Alloy Silverstein, can help restaurant business owners complete their application for best chances to […]
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COVID-19 and Your Employees: Can You Require Vaccination?

April 27, 2021 | posted by Abacus Payroll
As of April 2021, many adult Americans are finally eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination. To keep employees and customers safe, employers may be wondering: Can I require my employees to be vaccinated? It is a little more complicated than a simple yes or no answer. While it is a personal health issue, federal and state […]
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