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Anatomy of a Paycheck: What to Deduct and Why

March 25, 2016 | posted by Abacus Payroll
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Though tax and paycheck deductions are a routine part of any payroll process, employers and employees alike tend to question what, exactly, goes into the deduction formula. We all start out with a gross pay amount, but just how do payroll managers arrive at the net pay for each paycheck?   As an employer, there […]
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Your Small Business Can’t Afford to Ignore Cyber Security

March 3, 2016 | posted by Abacus Payroll
There have been quite a few big brand name data breaches and I.T. security failings in the news lately. However, don’t think your organization is excluded because small businesses actually have more of a risk of becoming a victim. It is very important to take these cyber security threats seriously, instill precautionary measures within your […]
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Pros and Cons of Shared Office Space for Startups

March 1, 2016 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Payroll for Startups Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses
Shared workspaces, co-working, startup incubator, communal meeting space, temporary offices, bring-your-own-business — Shared office space goes by many different names, but the concept is essentially the same. If you don’t have the funds and resources to rent a business location, there are popular companies today that allow you to share an office or a conference […]
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Leap Year 2016: Does an Extra Day Affect Payroll?

February 4, 2016 | posted by Abacus Payroll
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2016 is another Leap Year. How does adding February 29 to the calendar affect payroll, pay day, paychecks, and more at your small business? Read on to find out.     Despite the leap year’s clockwork appearance every four years, employers always seem to struggle with the idea of an extra day on payroll. For […]
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Always on the Menu: Restaurant Payroll Challenges

January 28, 2016 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Restaurant Payroll Tips
When you dream of opening a restaurant, running payroll isn’t always the first concern. However, restaurant payroll has it’s own challenges and obstacles that employers need to be aware of.     The restaurant scene can be chaotic at best. Even if you forget the factor of newly trained employees and the resulting record errors, […]
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Overtime Pay Facts

January 19, 2016 | posted by Abacus Payroll
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Overtime is easily one of the biggest logistical nightmares that employers face. Between tax ramifications, employee classifications, and payroll balancing, you have a lot on your plate when you sit down to calculate overtime. Amidst the chaos of an altered workweek, it can be hard to keep track of the factors involved.   Here are […]
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Local Income Tax: What is it?

December 29, 2015 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Payroll - Local Income Taxes
Local income tax may seem like the proverbial salt in the wound left by normal taxes, but like it or not, it’s becoming increasingly common. Based on the county or area in which one lives, local income tax is often quite low—ranging from about one to three percent of an individual’s income—and it can serve […]
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The Ins and Outs of Payroll Frequency

December 18, 2015 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Payroll Frequency - Abacus Payroll NJ
One of the biggest mysteries in payroll management is frequency. While you design the system that works for your company, you have to consider how often you want to pay your employees, what the perks and drawbacks are of each method, and the tax implications resulting from each design. The following is a basic breakdown […]
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How to Pay Freelancers

December 9, 2015 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Payroll How to Pay Freelancers
As an employer, there may come a time when you decide to hire a third party to take care of an independent or extraneous project. Freelancers or independent contractors often provide a cost-effective, short-term solution to an otherwise costly problem, but paying them can be tricky. While it may be tempting to go off the […]
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Payroll 101: Handling Finances When Starting A Business

December 1, 2015 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Start up hiring payroll basics
A great idea or opportunity came along and now your dream of starting a business is becoming a reality. Before you start getting products on the shelves, you need to hire a motivated, reliable team. And before you hire your team, you need to understand the basics of payroll.     Taking care of other […]
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