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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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What is a section 125 plan?

What Is a Section 125 Plan?

Offering competitive benefits attracts, satisfies, and retains top talent. In fact, 80% of employees would choose benefits over a pay raise. When you dive into different small business employee benefits, you might consider section 125 plans. Section 125 plans give your employees the power to choose from different benefits. Learn what a section 125 plan […]

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Learn the many definitions of a highly compensated employee.

Who Is a Highly Compensated Employee?

Do you have highly paid employees? Even if you don’t, you might have workers who are considered highly compensated employees. Or, you might be considered a highly compensated employee. Find out if you or any of your employees are highly compensated employees. And, learn what highly compensated employees mean for your payroll.

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Learn gross up calculations for payroll.

What Is a Tax Gross up for Payroll?

There might be a time you want to pay an employee a specific amount. But, once you factor in taxes, that amount gets smaller. So how can you give an employee a certain net pay? Gross up for taxes.

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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. This includes your payroll. At the end and beginning of each year, there are certain payroll requirements you must complete. With so many tasks to complete, it’s easy to forget some. That’s why you should use […]

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Use mileage reimbursement to pay employees for work travel with their personal vehicles.

What You Need to Know About Mileage Reimbursement

Running business errands is sometimes unavoidable. As a small business owner, you don’t always have the time to run errands yourself. Maybe you need to get more supplies or pick up food for a client meeting. Your employees can be helpful in situations like these. Do you provide company cars to each of your employees? […]

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Picture of push pins in calendar begging the question, what is a lookback period?

What Is a Lookback Period for Forms 941 and 944?

Do you know how often you need to pay Social Security, Medicare, and federal income taxes? Use the lookback period to find out.

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Do you have to give your employees jury duty pay?

Do Employers Have to Give Pay for Jury Duty Leave?

When an employee is called to serve on a jury, it can be a strain on your business. You might need to adjust schedules to fill the employee’s absence. Product creation or services might be disrupted. When your employee is fulfilling their civic duty, your business doesn’t stop. But, when an employee is on jury […]

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What Is Per Diem?

When employees incur travel-related business expenses, you might consider covering their costs. You can reimburse employees for expenses by giving them per diem pay. What is per diem pay?  

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A payroll register includes employee pay and deductions.

What Is a Payroll Register?

When you run payroll, there’s a lot of information to keep track of: gross pay, net pay, taxes, deductions, and so on. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was an easy way to see all this information at once for all your employees? You can with a payroll register.

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Find out what employers need to know about workers' compensation.

What Is Workers’ Compensation Insurance?

No matter what type of business you run, there’s a chance employees could get hurt or sick. They might slip on a wet floor, fall off a ladder, cut themselves with a blade, or get in a car accident while running a business errand. Because your employees can become hurt or sick in numerous ways, […]

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