About Mike Kappel

Mike Kappel, serial entrepreneur and CEO of Patriot Software, offers payroll advice from more than 20 years of experience to small business owners.

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End the Year Right With This Year-end Payroll Checklist

One year is ending and another is beginning. It’s a time for wrapping tasks up and starting new things—including your payroll. At the end and beginning of each year, there are certain payroll requirements you must complete. To help you stay on top of your responsibilities, use a year-end payroll checklist.

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With This Guide, You’ll Be a Reference Check Pro in No Time

As an employer, you’re responsible for going through the hiring process and finding top-notch employees who fit in with your work culture. But to do that, you have to do a little homework. Many businesses use a reference check to dive deeper into an applicant’s employment past and find out if they’re fit for the […]

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You must pay self-employment tax if you are self-employed.

What Is Self-employment Tax?

Are you self-employed? If so, you better keep reading. Self-employed individuals must pay a unique payroll tax called self-employment tax. What is self-employment tax?

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How to Do a Background Check: 6 Steps for Due Diligence When Hiring Employees

According to one source, 96% of employers conduct at least one type of background screening. If you’re like many business owners, you likely want to do your due diligence before making any hiring decisions. Otherwise, you could be left with some rotten apples and wasted time. If you haven’t already, jump on the background check […]

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How Familiar Are You With Federal Legal Holidays?

As a small business owner, your doors likely aren’t open 24/7. And if you’re like most businesses, you might be closed on federal legal holidays like Thanksgiving or Christmas. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average full-time employee receives approximately 7.6 paid holidays annually.

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Pre-employment Questionnaire: How to Successfully Weed Out Unqualified Applicants

Sorting through applicants is no easy task. It takes a lot of time, energy, and patience.

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How to Hire Employees Who Are the Best of the Best

Do you know how to hire employees? What all goes into the hiring process? For starters … a lot. Too much for one regular article to cover, which is why I’ve written this mega article.

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A Detailed Overview of Federal, State, and Local Minimum Wage Law

When it comes to setting employee salaries or wages, you can’t pay any amount you want. You must follow minimum wage law.

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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 […]

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When Do You Need to Provide On-call Pay?

Some businesses need on-call employees. But if you require employees to be available when they’re not working, should you pay them? Whether or not you must provide on-call pay depends on a few factors.

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