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5 Common Payroll Mistakes Business Owners Make

November 10, 2015 | posted by Abacus Payroll
5 Common Payroll Mistakes
Statistics reveal that nearly 40 percent of small businesses experience an average of $845 a year in IRS penalties due to preventable payroll processing or tax management mistakes. Not surprisingly, many of those errors result from small mishaps and minor mistakes that add up to very expensive issues.   Here are some of the most […]
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When to Say Goodbye to Your Current Payroll Provider

November 3, 2015 | posted by David Evans, CPA
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Payroll is a must-have for most businesses, but payroll providers are not one-size-fits-all. Whether payroll is an in-house function, or you elect to outsource your payroll, make sure your process is efficient and keeps you compliant with all FLSA, IRS, state, local, and other payroll tax laws.   Take a look at your current outsourced […]
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Updating Your W-4 Form: When and Why?

October 26, 2015 | posted by Abacus Payroll
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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
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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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