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Direct Deposit or Pay Card? The Best Option for Your Small Business

As a small business owner, you have the freedom to choose how to pay your employees. And with so many options, it can be difficult to make a decision. Two popular payment options for employers include direct deposit and payroll cards. Before choosing between paying employees with direct deposit or pay card, weigh the pros and cons of each.

The Return of the Social Security No-match Letter: What You Need to Know

Verifying your employees are authorized to work in the United States is one step of the new hire paperwork process. You must gather your employees’ names and Social Security numbers (SSNs) so you can fill out essential documents like payroll reports. But if an employee’s SSN and name don’t match the Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) records, you may receive a Social Security no-match letter.

The SSA began mailing no-match letters in March of 2019. However, SSN no-match letters aren’t exactly brand new. The SSA used the letters before the government put an end to them in 2012. And now, they’re back.

How to Prorate Salary in 4 Steps

Hiring salaried employees can eliminate some of the guesswork out of wage calculations. Typically, an employee earning a salary receives the same amount each pay period. But, what happens when an employee uses an unpaid day of work? In these situations, you must know how to prorate salary.

8 Steps to Follow When Becoming an Employer

Hiring your first employee is a huge milestone for you and your business. However, becoming an employer comes with many additional responsibilities. If you’re ready to become an employer, you must know which steps to follow.

Can Employers Make Direct Deposit Mandatory?

Many employees—82% of them, to be exact—receive their wages via direct deposit. When you are deciding how to pay your employees, direct deposit likely comes to mind. However, not all employees want to receive their wages through direct deposit. Can you require mandatory direct deposit?

9 IRS Payroll Forms for Small Business

As an employer, one of the biggest responsibilities you have is knowing which payroll forms to fill out. With so many forms out there, it can be difficult to know which apply to your business. Learn which IRS payroll forms your small business must file, due dates, and where to send each form.

What Is Mileage Reimbursement, and How Does it Work?

As a business owner, running errands is inevitable. But sometimes, you are too busy to make the run yourself. You might send an employee to pick up something or handle a task for you. If you find yourself counting on employees to use their personal cars for business, consider offering mileage reimbursement. So, what is mileage reimbursement?

Your 1095-C Form Obligations, Explained

Do employers have to offer health insurance? Sometimes. And if you are required to offer health insurance, you need to send a 1095-C form to all full-time employees.

If you’re unfamiliar with Form 1095-C and employer-sponsored health insurance requirements, you likely have questions like:

  • What is a 1095-C form?
  • How do I fill it out?
  • When is Form 1095-C due?
  • Where do I send it?
  • What if I make a mistake?

Read on to get the answers to these questions and any other Form 1095-C inquiries you have.

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

In 2018, the IRS adjusted income tax withholding tables to reflect the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The IRS released changes to the income tax brackets for 2019.

When you have employees, you need to stay on top of changing employment tax rates. Rates impact the amount of money you withhold from employee wages. Are you familiar with the 2019 income tax withholding tables?

Below, you will first find information about how withholding tables work. Then, you can learn about changes to the federal income tax withholding tables.  

4 Tips for Negotiating Salary Increase With Potential Employees

Bringing on top talent is tough. With nearly 3.5 million employees quitting their jobs per month, you might notice more candidates negotiating salary increase. Why? Because they can. Job seekers aren’t afraid to explore other options if you can’t provide the salary or benefits they want.

Salary raise negotiation might make the difference between a valuable candidate working for you or moving on elsewhere.

You don’t have to be a lawyer or arbitrator to successfully know how to negotiate an increase in salary. But, you do have to do your research, be willing to work with the candidate, and know where to draw the line.

Direct Deposit or Pay Card? The Best Option for Your Small Business

As a small business owner, you have the freedom to choose how to pay your employees. And with so many options, it can be difficult to make a decision. Two popular payment options for employers include direct deposit and payroll cards. Before choosing between paying employees with direct deposit or pay card, weigh the pros and cons of each.

The Return of the Social Security No-match Letter: What You Need to Know

Verifying your employees are authorized to work in the United States is one step of the new hire paperwork process. You must gather your employees’ names and Social Security numbers (SSNs) so you can fill out essential documents like payroll reports. But if an employee’s SSN and name don’t match the Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) records, you may receive a Social Security no-match letter.

The SSA began mailing no-match letters in March of 2019. However, SSN no-match letters aren’t exactly brand new. The SSA used the letters before the government put an end to them in 2012. And now, they’re back.

How to Prorate Salary in 4 Steps

Hiring salaried employees can eliminate some of the guesswork out of wage calculations. Typically, an employee earning a salary receives the same amount each pay period. But, what happens when an employee uses an unpaid day of work? In these situations, you must know how to prorate salary.

8 Steps to Follow When Becoming an Employer

Hiring your first employee is a huge milestone for you and your business. However, becoming an employer comes with many additional responsibilities. If you’re ready to become an employer, you must know which steps to follow.

Can Employers Make Direct Deposit Mandatory?

Many employees—82% of them, to be exact—receive their wages via direct deposit. When you are deciding how to pay your employees, direct deposit likely comes to mind. However, not all employees want to receive their wages through direct deposit. Can you require mandatory direct deposit?

9 IRS Payroll Forms for Small Business

As an employer, one of the biggest responsibilities you have is knowing which payroll forms to fill out. With so many forms out there, it can be difficult to know which apply to your business. Learn which IRS payroll forms your small business must file, due dates, and where to send each form.

What Is Mileage Reimbursement, and How Does it Work?

As a business owner, running errands is inevitable. But sometimes, you are too busy to make the run yourself. You might send an employee to pick up something or handle a task for you. If you find yourself counting on employees to use their personal cars for business, consider offering mileage reimbursement. So, what is mileage reimbursement?

Your 1095-C Form Obligations, Explained

Do employers have to offer health insurance? Sometimes. And if you are required to offer health insurance, you need to send a 1095-C form to all full-time employees.

If you’re unfamiliar with Form 1095-C and employer-sponsored health insurance requirements, you likely have questions like:

  • What is a 1095-C form?
  • How do I fill it out?
  • When is Form 1095-C due?
  • Where do I send it?
  • What if I make a mistake?

Read on to get the answers to these questions and any other Form 1095-C inquiries you have.

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

In 2018, the IRS adjusted income tax withholding tables to reflect the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The IRS released changes to the income tax brackets for 2019.

When you have employees, you need to stay on top of changing employment tax rates. Rates impact the amount of money you withhold from employee wages. Are you familiar with the 2019 income tax withholding tables?

Below, you will first find information about how withholding tables work. Then, you can learn about changes to the federal income tax withholding tables.  

4 Tips for Negotiating Salary Increase With Potential Employees

Bringing on top talent is tough. With nearly 3.5 million employees quitting their jobs per month, you might notice more candidates negotiating salary increase. Why? Because they can. Job seekers aren’t afraid to explore other options if you can’t provide the salary or benefits they want.

Salary raise negotiation might make the difference between a valuable candidate working for you or moving on elsewhere.

You don’t have to be a lawyer or arbitrator to successfully know how to negotiate an increase in salary. But, you do have to do your research, be willing to work with the candidate, and know where to draw the line.