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Remote and Mobile Worker Relief Act of 2020

As many medical professionals cross state lines to enter and help critical areas hit by COVID-19, payroll professionals can’t help but ask, “are they going to be hit with unexpected state income taxes?” On June 18, 2020, U.S. Senators John Thune and Sherrod Brown introduced S. 3995, the Remote and Mobile Worker Relief Act of 2020.

The IRS is Not Immune to COVID-19

As IRS employees return to work, they are returning to piles of mail. As they send out notices that were printed before stay-at-home orders were set in place, taxpayers should be prepared.

A Sign of the Times: New York Income Taxes

Non-resident income taxes are not the majority of income taxes in many states, however, others rely heavily on them.

The IRS' New Tax Withholding Estimator

On August 6, 2019, the IRS launched a new Tax Withholding Estimator to help taxpayers determine the correct amount of tax that should be withheld from their paycheck this year. We must say this Estimator is a significant improvement compared to the previous one!

The Fed Board Delays the ACH Network’s New Proposal

Same-day ACH processing has been delayed to March 19, 2021.

Oregon Releases New Payroll System

The State of Oregon Employment Department will be releasing the Oregon Payroll Reporting System later this year.

Six Mistakes Small Businesses Make When It Comes to Payroll

Here are some of the most common payroll mistakes and techniques to avoid them.

Unique Cases for Paycards

A paycard is a prepaid payroll card that acts like a debit card in lieu of traditional pay methods. Consider highlighting these ideas when presenting the option of paycards.

Make Payroll Day Easier with These Nine Tips

The day you process payroll is stressful - but it doesn't have to be with these nine tips to make it easier.

Capped Wages vs. Maximum Wage

Capped wages are a limit on a employee's salary enforced by the government, while maximum wage is a wage ceiling imposed on how much an employee can earn in a given pay cycle.

What Happens When You Pay an Employee Incorrectly

Underpaying an employee can result in legal action by the employee, while an employer is entitled to regain wages after overpaying an employee.

What States Tax Social Security Benefits and More

Social Security benefits are subject to taxes in certain states, and not subject to taxes in others.

How to Calculate Your Employee's Paychecks by Hand

Manually calculating payroll is an option for some employers - especially small businesses - and involves easy math.

Why Location Accuracy is Important in Your Offering

Location accuracy improves compliance, preventing audits and saving you thousands of dollars every year and is achieved through geocoding processes.

Wage Bracket Method v Percentage Method for Withholding

The most common methods to determine an employee's withholding from a paycheck are the wage bracket method and the percentage method - all based on what your employees enter on their W-4s.

Important Information Regarding Form W-4 for 2018

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act suspended personal exemptions for the Federal W-4.

Busting Four Paycard Myths

Paycards are shrouded with rumors and myths, but they're not all true.

New Oregon Payroll Tax Takes Effect in July 2018

With this passage of Keep Oregon Moving comes a new statewide payroll tax that goes into effect July 1, 2018.

Three Common Types Of Payroll Fraud

Payroll fraud is real and can happen in various forms, like employee misclassification, ghost employees, and timesheet fraud.

What Is A Highly Compensated Employee?

A highly compensated employee is an employee who owns at least 5% of shares in a company and earns more than $100,000 per year.

Year End Tips For Payroll Professionals

The end of the year for payroll professionals can be a crazy time, which is why it's best to be prepared.

How Minimum Wage Increases Affect Consumers

Minimum wage increases affect workers, but they also affect the costs of goods, which can harm some consumers.

Taxable Wages vs Subject Wages

Taxable wages are all payments made to workers that are subject to local, state, and federal taxes while subject wages are deductions with special tax treatments.

Inclement Weather and Its Impact on Payroll

When the weather is truly bad - major disaster level - payroll can be affected as offices and workers are turned away from work at weeks' time.

What Are Your State's Pay Day Frequency Requirements?

Forty-seven of the 50 states in America have a policy on pay day frequencies.

Famous Payroll Blunders

Payroll mistakes happen and sometimes they're large - like payroll managers embezzling money or studios not paying their interns.

What Happens When You Enter Incorrect W-4 Information

Errors on a W-4 can lead to under or overwithholding, which can be problematic for the payroll department.

The History of Payroll Tax [Infographic]

The history of the payroll tax dates back to the Revenue Act of 1861. Payroll taxes continue to evolve today.

Gross Income Defined

For workers, gross income is all their wages before taxes are taken out. For businesses, gross income the amount of revenues that exceed the costs of goods sold.

Eight Common Payroll Errors Companies Make

Payroll mistakes, such as not issuing 1099s to vendors, misclassifying employees, and not running payroll on time happen to everyone.

Eleven Steps to Setting Up Your Payroll

Starting a new business means setting up payroll - here are the steps you need to take in order to have a successful operation.

The Breakdown of Local and State Ohio Taxes

Ohio has some of the most complicated local taxes in the country - including JEDD, JEDz, and more.

How to Pay Interim Employees

Paying interim employees, either exempt or nonexempt can be complicated.

A Deeper Look At Reciprocity Agreements

A deeper look at reciprocity agreements will illustrate just how complicated payroll taxes can be for tax professionals.

The Growing Popularity of Prepaid Payroll Cards

Prepaid payroll cards, the new substitute to direct deposit and paper checks, are not only reaching a larger range of employees, but also saving businesses and banks large sums of money.

Top Earning (And Top Taxed) Athletes

For athletes across the world, the more salary and endorsements, the bigger the tax liabilities.

What The Biggest Payroll Means For The Cleveland Cavaliers and The City

After payroll and other expenses, the team collected a total revenue of $233 million in the 2016 season. With the largest payroll in the league, comes some of the most impressive salaries, as well.

What are the FPC and CPP?

There are two credentials a professional can earn to advance their careers through the American Payroll Association (APA) - the Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) and the Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) certification.

Invalid and Questionable W-4s

Invalid and questionable W-4s can cause costly problems for employers.

How and When To Deposit Employment Taxes

As all payroll professionals know, federal income tax withheld must be deposited at the employee and employer level for social security and Medicare.

Three Conversations PEOs Must Have With Their Clients About Wages

PEOs should address wage information with their clients.

Payroll 101: The Beginner's Guide to Payroll Taxes and Forms

Understanding payroll taxes and forms can be vital in staying compliant.

Form 1099? What's That?

One of the most important tax and payroll issues a company has to address is who falls under the category of “employee” and who falls under “independent contractor”.

Recounting the Journey of the Federal Minimum Wage

The minimum wage is a wage floor designed to ensure equitable payment to employees, regardless of the free-market equilibrium wage.

Breaking Down The Earned Income Tax Credit

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a tax credit provided to help offset the basic living expenses (including FICA taxes) of low income employees.

Fast Facts on the European Union's Bonus Caps

Although the media’s focus has been centralized on social policy issues, this legislation undoubtedly played a major role in Brexit –enabling the U.K.’s financial freedom.

How the Dodd-Frank Act Addresses Bonuses

The Dodd-Frank Act - put in place after the 2008 recession - has had an impact on employee bonuses and other payroll aspects.

Different Types of Bonuses and How to Tax Them

There are many different types of bonuses in the world of payroll. Not all bonuses are taxed the same.

What Happens When An Employee is Misclassified?

Most often a misclassified worker is the one who alerts either his or her state Department of Labor or the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).

How the “Independent Worker” Will Modernize Paystubs

How do you pay independent workers, such as Uber drivers and AirBnB hosts? The answer is more complicated than you may think.

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