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Payroll Articles 2019 | Year in Review With Patriot Software

With so much payroll information and so little time, it can be difficult to keep up as a business owner. Luckily, Patriot’s payroll blog has the answers to your most-asked payroll-related questions.

Interested in seeing our most popular payroll articles from this year? Check out our top 10 most-read payroll articles 2019.

Top payroll articles 2019

Take a look at our top payroll articles from 2019 that captivated business owners across the nation.

1. Updates to the Income Tax Withholding Tables and What You Need to Know

As an employer, you’re responsible for staying on top of ever-changing payroll laws and tax rates.

Rates affect the amount of money you withhold from employee wages. And to make things even more confusing, rates can change from year to year.

If you want to remain compliant and withhold the correct amount from employee wages, you need to brush up on income tax withholding tables. This article gives you the scoop on how withholding tables work and the new changes made to the tables in 2019.

2. What Is Time and a Half?

Most of the time, your employees work their regular hours and therefore receive their regular rate of pay. But, what happens when they work additional hours, aka overtime?

When an employee works overtime hours, you must give them overtime pay. Overtime pay is time-and-a-half an employee’s regular rate of pay.

Read this article to learn the basics about time-and-a-half, including which employees are eligible for it and how to calculate time-and-a-half.

3. What Does it Mean When an Employee Is Tax Exempt?

Although it’s a rare unicorn, some employees can be tax-exempt. So… what does that mean for you as an employer?

If an employee is tax-exempt, you have to adjust the employee’s payroll to reflect the exemption. And, it’s your responsibility to not withhold federal income taxes from the exempt employee’s wages.

Use our article to discover who can be tax-exempt, your employer responsibilities, and how to know if an employee is exempt.

4. Final Paycheck Laws by State

When you terminate an employee, you’re responsible for giving the parting employee a final paycheck for their time worked.

Regardless of whether an employee quits or you fire them, you must provide them pay for hours worked. However, how and when you provide a final paycheck varies from state to state.

In this article, you’ll learn about paycheck laws state-by-state and general rules for termination pay. Be sure to check out our handy chart for your state’s final paycheck laws!

5. FSA vs. HSA: What’s the Difference?

Employers have the option of offering employees a variety of benefits. And depending on the benefits, employers can even get their own perks for offering them, such as a lower income tax liability.

Two plans that both you and your employees can benefit from are flexible spending accounts (FSA) and health savings accounts (HSA).

To get a grasp on the difference between FSA vs. HSA, read our article to find out how the two benefits differ and their advantages.

6. How to Calculate Net Pay

As you likely know by now, you’re responsible for withholding certain taxes and deductions from your employees’ pay. And after you do all of your withholding and deducting, your employee is left with their net pay.

Net pay is the pay that your employee receives after you withhold payroll deductions. And to calculate net pay, you need to know the employee’s gross pay and total deductions.

Find out the difference between gross pay vs. net pay, learn how to calculate net pay, see detailed examples, and more by reading this top article.

7. Don’t Forget to Collect State W-4 Forms from New Hires

Hiring new employees means collecting paperwork, verifying employment eligibility, and running payroll. You’re well-versed in Form W-4 and Form I-9. But, what about state W-4 forms? Have you heard of those?

State W-4s work similarly to the federal W-4 form. An employee uses a state W-4 form to claim withholding allowances from state income tax. Some states use their own version of the state W-4, while others use the federal Form W-4.

This article breaks down what is a state W-4 and gives you an easy-to-read, state-by-state chart.

8. How to Calculate a Raise

To retain your top employees, you might do things like create a welcoming work environment and show recognition and appreciation. But, these aren’t the only ways you can hold onto all-star employees. You can also retain employees by offering pay raises.

Read this article to learn why employee raises are important. And, get insight into how much a raise should be and how to calculate a raise when the time comes.

9. What Is Compensation?

Compensation is the total cash and non-cash payments that you give to your employees. You might think that only regular wages count as compensation. However, compensation includes many types of benefits and wages.

This article goes over the types of compensation you might have at your business and compensation regulations you must follow.

10. How to Calculate Overtime Pay for Salaried Employees

If you have nonexempt employees, you need to pay them overtime wages for any hours worked over 40 in a workweek. Nonexempt workers can either be salaried or hourly.

To pay said overtime wages, you need to know how to calculate overtime. Read this article to learn how to calculate overtime for your nonexempt salaried employees using two different methods.

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