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Employee Bonuses 101

There is a lot to be aware of when it comes to bonuses. From who receives them to who signs the check, it’s important to establish a standard process that clearly outlines each and every step along the way. Small HR teams have a lot on their plate already, so bonus season can seem even more time consuming and chaotic. To help, we’ve compiled four essential elements to consider when setting up a bonus system.


The ‘Earning Ring of Fire’: Decoding Pay Types

Nearly every week of my payroll career, I’ve been asked by colleagues and clients about earnings and pay types. Not sure what any of that means? Let’s get technical. I’ll give you a crash course on earnings and a few tips on when it’s best to create new pay types.


Decoding Social Security Taxes

Have you ever wondered what this mysterious “Social Security” tax is, why we have to pay it, and why it has so many different names?


How to Manage Compensation Across State Lines

Opening an office in a new state is an exciting milestone—but it inevitably comes with a number of compliance hurdles. Arguably the most important of these—at least to your employees—is compensation. Many states have their own unique set of guidelines and regulations around payroll and taxation, so it’s important to be aware of these as you begin to hire or relocate employees to your new office location.


Decoding Tax Notices

Cold sweats, shortness of breath, indigestion—every business owner knows the feeling when a letter from the IRS arrives. Whether you’ve been in business for 100 days or 100 years, tax letters can be intimidating.


Law Makes it Easier to Leave PEOs

Better late than never. After nearly two years of delay from the IRS, employers can now take advantage of the Small Business Efficiency Act (SBEA), a law that makes it less expensive for companies to join or leave a PEO.

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How Bonuses Are Taxed by the IRS

Everyone loves a bonus. Though not all companies issue employee bonuses, they can be a great way to recognize hard work, dissuade high performers from leaving, or just to give everyone in the company a piece of the pie.


White House Considers Significant Payroll Tax Changes

A draft proposal from the Trump administration would significantly alter federal payroll taxes for U.S. workers. If implemented, the change would require lawmakers to come up with a new source of funding for Social Security.


Your 2017 Federal & State Tax Tool

It’s not the flashiest part of your job, but it’s core: payroll. Paying your people accurately is the bare minimum your employees expect—and unfortunately, it's also one of the hardest things to get right. For multistate employers especially, payroll tax compliance ranks as the hardest part of HR’s job.

IRS Relaxes 2016 ACA Deadlines, Penalties

While the June 30 deadline for electronically filing Affordable Care Act (ACA) reports has passed, the IRS has decided to give overdue filers some leniency—this time.