2015 CheckMark Payroll, MultiLedger and 1099 Software Feedback
We hope you are enjoying the robust new features of the new software programs this year. Our CheckMark Payroll Software in particular enjoyed a healthy boost of features based on your feedback. MultiLedger and 1099 Software weren’t far behind. Please let us know your thoughts on these new features and what you’d like to see for 2015.
| Online HR TrialHR compliance is an often forgotten area in business, however if you aren’t up-to-date, then things can get ugly. The Online HR Support Center can serve as a virtual HR department, or if you already have something or someone in place, it can be an excellent resource. This handy tool is filled with all sorts of great resources including:
Want to try it out? Request a demo! If you decide to purchase, this handy resource is just $60/year!
Tips from the Support Team
Top Questions of the Quarter
How do I comply with the new Reporting of Employer Sponsored Health Care on my W2s?
Check out what to do here.
How do I file my W-2s electronically?
Before you can send the file you create in Payroll, you need to go to the Social Security Administration website and get registered to file electronically: http://www.ssa.gov/employer/
After you register, it takes 5-7 days for the SSA to send you your USER ID # you’ll need to file. Once that is received, you can setup payroll to create the file.
Once this screen is complete, click OK. Next, click on the “Text File” button at the top left of the window and save this file to a location where you can easily find it. Leave the name of the file as W2Report.txt. Once this is done, you can login on the http://www.ssa.gov/employer/ and follow the SSA instructions to submit the file.
A Word from our CEO
We hope your holiday season and New Year was filled with countless moments of laughter and joy (and business success!). Now is the time many begin again to focus on their business by preparing for growth for 2015 along with preparing for the upcoming tax season. With this year’s program updates, our Payroll and 1099 Software were able to take into consideration many of your requests for ease-of-use and additional functionality. With our enhanced software development team, we look to further develop some of those long-standing software requests for a bigger and brighter future with CheckMark, Inc.
As always, if you are looking to change things up for your business, our Payroll Services is becoming quite a popular option for those looking for a less hands-on option.
If you have any feedback, positive or negative, or suggestions for the future, please do send them our way. Even if we are unable to implement them in the next year’s version, we do take them into account for the short, medium and long term of our product planning.
President and CEO
The Holiday season has arrived! For many businesses this is a very busy time of year. After the busy holiday season comes every’e favorite: tax season (sarcasm). Dealing with your businesses taxes is unavoidable but running your W-2s and W-3s does NOT have to take up much of your time at all. Whether you want to use preprinted forms, use a blank form method, or e-file your W-2s, follow our straightforward guide on how to run your W-2s and which forms you should order now to make your January a little less stressful.
Guide: Processing W-2s & W-3s
The Health Insurance Marketplace (aka State Health Exchanges) opened November 15th for individuals to enroll in non-employer sponsored plans for 2015. Why might a small business care about this date?
Ease of signing up for a SHOP plan- small businesses wanting to purchase plans for their employees on the exchange can sign up any month, but in order to qualify, 70% or more of employees have to sign up. If you can’t meet that 70% threshold, than you flat-out don’t qualify. However, November 15th marks a one month window where you can enroll in a SHOP plan with less than 70% of full-time employees partaking. During this window is definitely a prime-time to investigate if you are considering a group health plan this next year and aren’t sure if you’ll meet the 70% sign up rate.
Online SHOP enrollment launch (finally!)- last year due to difficulties, the online portion of SHOP wasn’t launched, but it finally has! Forget the paper form headache from last year and browse the online exchange with much more ease. Check out what’s available in your state!
If you are ready to enhance your current HR set up, consider CheckMark’s Online HR Support Center to boost your current HR department with extra resources and stay up-to-date on ever changing regulations.
It seems like the holiday season comes out of nowhere and for many businesses, it is also the busiest time of year. With year end, we all know tax season is looming. We have been getting some common questions with how CheckMark Payroll works with year end now that each year is a separate application.
With your 2014 Payroll, you should have already downloaded your patch containing W-2s and W-3s. Once the IRS releases the 940 Form, we’ll have another patch come out for that to update you 2014 Payroll. So, in short, keep using that 2014 like usual and use it to process your year-end forms.
The 2015 Payroll is available currently for purchase. What are the advantages of purchasing now? While it’s not critical to purchase and download now, you can take comfort that if you get in a pickle, it’ll be quicker for tech support to get you the help you need and you can focus on enjoying the holiday season instead of stressing over payroll. Once you are ready to run that first payroll in 2015, when you open the 2015 Payroll, it’ll ask if you’d like to bring over the company data. Once you bring that over, you’ll be good to go for 2015. A Basic Tech Support plan (up to 30 minutes) is included with your update.
MultiLedger 7.7 contains the 2014 1099-MISC, so if you are needing that, you’ll want to be sure to get that updated. A Basic Tech Support plan (up to 30 minutes) is included with your update.
2014 1099 Software is pretty explanatory- it contains the 2014 forms. The ones included are 1099-MISC, -INT, -DIV, -S, & -R. If you are wanting to e-file for the first time, make sure you request your IRS Transmittal Code well in advance! It can take awhile. Save yourself the headache and apply early. Tech support is included with CheckMark 1099 Software for free.
As the year-end closes, support gets more and more backed up. Our team is committed to taking the time to take care of each and every individual, and we promise it’ll be worth the wait. The quickest way to get tech support is to request it online here. You’ll pop directly into the queue and they’ll get back to you as quickly as possible! We hope that this helps clear up any of those basic questions…with updates only happening annually, it’s easy to forget!
Running 1099s for the tax season is very costly for many businesses both in time and money. At CheckMark, we have a very slick and fast 1099 Software that runs UNLIMITED companies and recipients. Many software and service options charge you per 1099 run, which can really add up, in contrast, we like to keep things simple around here. CheckMark 1099 Software can handle 1099 -MISC, -INT, -DIV, -S & -R forms, with the print version running only $69 and the e-file version running $139 (also can print!).
The simple interface of the main screen allows you to toggle between companies, recipients, and 1099 types with the speed of a cheetah.
It takes seconds to import your data, and minutes to be ready to print or e-file. No more headaches or hassle. Treat yourself this tax season. Check out the free demo today, or order the print version or e-file version and download in minutes.
Screens look similar to the 1099 forms for ease of use.
The 2014 U.S. Bank Small Business Annual Report Survey was full of optimism and positive future outlook. With only 34% of small business owners feeling like we’re still in a recession and 70% of small business owners feeling like they are in good financial help, the future is bright! The larger businesses show the most indication of growth, while some of the smaller businesses may need a boost. Exit planning for 2014 is also on the rise for women and large business owners.
The top concerns of these small business owners are:
- The Federal deficit and debt
As a small business owner you might have different feelings about these conclusions- please share! Do you feel optimistic about future business? What are your biggest business worries? Do you consider yourself to be technologically forward?
|4th Quarter Newsletter 2014|
A Word from Our CEO
Year end is back again! Our 30th anniversary year is flying by. We look forward to many more!
2014 has been a year of change for CheckMark, Inc. and we have a lot of surprises up our sleeves in the upcoming years. In the meantime, I believe you’ll be impressed with the rich, additional features of Payroll for 2015, along with additional changes for MultiLedger and 1099, available now.
As always, we love your feedback and seek to make this the best software for small business owners on the market at the most affordable price.
President and CEO
In Case You Missed It: 2015 Software New Features
CheckMark 1099 Software
Payroll Software versus Service
Choosing between Payroll Software and Payroll Services is a tough choice every business owner has to face at some point. There are three main methods of running payroll for the small business owner: manually, a DIY software, or a payroll service. While running payroll manually is not recommended, payroll software and payroll services each hold their own pros and cons making your payroll processing method a personal business choice:
Payroll Software Pros:
Payroll Software Cons:
Payroll Service Pro:
Payroll Service Cons:
If you are going back and forth between Payroll Software or Payroll Service, give us a call at 800-444-9922 and we are happy to help you with that decision!
Order Forms in the Mail
Order forms for 2015 went out last week so you should be expecting them at any time now. You are always able to order online, download and mail in our online order form, order over the phone at 800-444-9922, or wait for your mailed order form to arrive. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
CheckMark’s Services Revisited
Looking for change in 2015? Outsourcing services can be a huge time saver and ultimately can save you money. CheckMark offers customizable Payroll Services run by a certified payroll specialist assigned to you. We also have a multitude of Time Clock options and our Online HR Center to keep you in compliance with regulations. Request a FREE demo today!
|Tips From Our Support Team
Top Tips of the Quarter
Watch for End of Year Patches for Tax Forms
Keep an eye out for patches soon to come. They will update the 940 and the W2/W3’s. Remember instructions on printing your W2/W3’s can be found under the help menu of your program. Always look at your forms and make sure everything seems correct before mailing out.
New computer? Let us know!
Needing to update your computer? Just let us know and we can send you your CheckMark program installers. We can also assist you with migrating your data from the old computer to the new. Call 800-444-9922 or email us at email@example.com and we are happy to help!
We recently read the 2014 Payroll Software Small Business BuyerView by payroll technology reviewer Software Advice and wanted to share some of the interesting findings and how CheckMark Payroll can help address common concerns of buyers. According to the survey, 67% of small business buyers are seeking to replace their current solution, with a majority using a software solution currently. Commonly, tax liability and the sheer complexity of payroll drive small businesses to get help!
By changing their solution, 31% of small businesses hope to improve the organization and efficiency of their business. Many are unhappy with their current offering and feel they need more features or services. Some seek more robust features like reporting or integration with other software modules like HR.
As far as features go, top requests are self service (31%) and reporting (33%). 401(k), insurance tracking, and direct deposit also made the list.
CheckMark Payroll has the needs of small business owners at the center of its decision making with our software. Our Payroll Software is full of dozens of easy-to-read reports, ability to export to other programs like accounting, ability to import hours from different time clock solutions, and ability to do direct deposit. We offer a variety of other programs that work well with CheckMark Payroll like our MultiLedger Integrated Accounting Software, 1099 Software, online HR, and a plethora of time clock solutions. Running unlimited companies with unlimited employees means that our software and other programs are already set up to grow with you and your company. And with all our tech support located right here in beautiful Colorado, you get expert service when you need it!