How to do Payroll for a Small Business – The Ultimate Guide

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Payroll is an essential component of every business, large and small. Once you have made the decision to hire your first employee or employees, it is inevitable that you know how to do payroll properly. However, the truth of the matter is, payroll processing is not as straightforward as you may wish it is. It comes with multiple components such as tax calculations and deductions. Proper processing of the payroll requires a sound understanding of all applicable Federal and State tax laws. All these can make your head spin while shifting your focus from what really matters – growing your business.

To get the burden off your shoulders, we have put together the following guide to help you understand how to do payroll and identify an intuitive payroll system for your small business. The guide comes with payroll’s best practices that will help any small or medium business make important decisions in critical areas like choosing the right payroll processing method, timekeeping system, payment method, understanding and filing payroll tax forms among other features. Continue reading

How Much Does Payroll Software Cost?

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Payroll software is vital for any small business who wishes to expand and grow. However, there can often be some confusion over the payroll software cost. We want to ensure that you don’t miss out, so keep reading to find out exactly how much your payroll software should cost you.

There are a number of different factors which affect the pricing of payroll software. Different providers offer different pricing models, but many share some features in common. For example, some may charge monthly based on the number of employees, whilst others charge every time you process the payroll. In this article, we will aim to discover how much your payroll software should cost by comparing the different costs that are incurred with payroll software. Continue reading

How to Choose the Best Payroll Software for Small Business

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When it comes to choosing the best payroll software for small business, it can often feel like a daunting task. Unless you have experience, the thought of finding the best payroll software can seem intimidating, stressful and time-consuming.

If you’ve taken the decision to better focus your time on running your business, rather than deal with complicated spreadsheets and manual processes, then you’ve made the right choice. However, when it comes to choosing the best payroll software for small businesses, it’s important you find the right one. To help you with this process, we’ve put together a useful guide highlighting all the important qualities and factors that your payroll software should contain. Continue reading

Top 12 Advantages and Benefits of Using Payroll Software

Benefits of Using Payroll Software

Running a small business isn’t easy. When you are responsible for everything from the success of the sales force, to the efficiency of the back office, it can often feel overwhelming. But, it doesn’t need to be this way. There are times when smart delegation and strategic decision making can improve your business and allow you to get more done. The management of your payroll is a classic example.

You could handle the payroll process yourself, or delegate the task to an accountant, bookkeeper or a trusted employee. But, regardless of who is in charge of the payroll, there are numerous benefits of using payroll software to get it done. Continue reading

Why Doing Your Payroll by Hand Is Way Too Risky?

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Doing payroll by hand is, to say the least, outdated and simply no match to the more modern approaches. Going down the manual route will most likely do more damage than good to your business. Here’s how:

Calculation errors—doing calculations by hand is often prone to an error here or there, which could result in paying employees the wrong amount, or unknowingly withholding taxes.

Time-consuming—manual payroll calculation can waste a lot of your time, which you could otherwise spend growing your business.

Loss of information—it’s easy to lose your information, as the papers you use could either get damaged or misplaced. Payroll information saved on your computer isn’t totally safe either, with threats such as viruses and hackers, or even hardware failure of the computer.

Outdated taxes—tax rates are constantly getting updated; when you do payroll by hand, there’s quite the likelihood that you’ll use out-of-date tax rates. Missing a single update will cause you to accidentally withhold and pay out the wrong amounts, incurring penalties as a result.

Wrong figures—having your payroll numbers (tax rates, time cards, etc.) all over the place make manual payroll calculation quite a headache. Each time you update a number on one document, you must not forget to also update all other documents, or your calculations will be off.

Time constraints—if you decide to do payroll by hand, it’s important that you plan well ahead of time or risk running out of time and consequently handing out your paychecks late.

Here’s another payroll option to consider: hiring a payroll services company.

If you’d rather focus on improving or growing your business, hiring CheckMark payroll services may be the perfect option for you. This is much more convenient than doing payroll by hand for two main reasons: first, it saves you plenty of valuable time, and secondly, with professionals handling the work, you can always rest assured that your payroll will be done accurately and on time, every time.

 

1099 Deadlines, Penalties & State Filing Requirements for 2018

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As the end of January approaches, it is important for all the employers to prepare and issue 1099s to the recipients, and file them to IRS responsibly without any delay.

1099 tax form, referred to as “Information Returns,” should be send by the company to the independent contractors if it paid more than $600 to them in 2017. Since there are many types of 1099 forms, the common forms are 1099-MISC, 1099-INT, 1099-S, 1099-C, 1099 B, 1099-R and 1099-DIV.

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How to File 1099 MISC for Independent Contractor

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Wondering how to file 1099 MISC? Filing 1099s is pretty straightforward if you know how to do it correctly i.e. according to the guidelines prescribed by the IRS. However, for your convenience, we have created this resourceful guide, which will show you exactly how to file 1099 MISC for independent contractors.

Table of Contents

What is Form 1099 MISC?
What are the Different 1099 Tax Forms?
Who is an Independent Contractor?
Do You Really Need to File 1099 MISC This Year?
Parts of 1099 MISC Forms
How to Fill Out 1099 Form?
Sample 1099 MISC Form
1099 MISC Form Filing Deadlines
Penalties for Late Filing
How to Save Time & Money Filing 1099 MISC?
What Not to Report on Form 1099 MISC?
1099 Tax Tips for Employers

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5 Reasons to Update Your CheckMark Payroll Software Now!

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Every year payroll processing becomes more complicated with revised tax tables and new requirements from the IRS.  To pay your employees on time and ensure that taxes are filed accurately it is critical that you maintain up-to-date payroll software. Continue reading

6 Important Things You Need To Know About Your Paycheck

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This blog is a part of our educational campaign on the occasion of National Payroll Week. In this blog, we will try to help you understand the basics of paycheck i.e. benefits, deductions, check, and direct deposit.

Overview

  1. What is a Paycheck?
  2. Difference between Gross Pay and Net Pay
  3. Deductions and Benefits
  4. Paycheck
  5. Direct Deposit
  6. Check

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