The Payroll Blog

News, tips, and advice for small business owners

  • 5 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Payroll Provider

    April 23

    Payroll mistakes can happen faster than you think and are often expensive and time-consuming to fix. Using a  payroll service is the first step toward minimizing financial risk and taking back control of your schedule—but not all payroll services are created equal.

  • What is FICA Tax? (And Why Do I Have to Pay It?)

    April 17

    As an employer, you’re responsible for collecting, paying, and reporting certain federal and state employment taxes for your employees. These taxes, which are withheld from your employees’ paychecks, include Social Security and Medicare taxes

  • How Do I Calculate Payroll Taxes? (2019)

    April 16

    Payroll taxes are federal, state and local taxes withheld from an employee's paycheck by the employer. These taxes consist of income taxes, unemployment taxes, and deductions for Social Security and Medicare taxes, the last of which are often referred to as "the payroll tax."

  • How Dental Practice Growth Affects Payroll

    April 15

    In life, we tend to be very focused on growing and evolving on both personal and global matters. From looking to grow a specific skill set or picking up a new hobby, to evolving technology and coming up with new environmentally friendly options, growth is always present in our lives.

  • Getting Paid Under The Table: Is It Illegal to Pay Employees Cash?

    April 10

    For many, paying employees cash seems like the easiest way to handle things. However, while it may seem easier, in the long run if you get caught by the IRS, it's going to be difficult to deal with. 

  • 3 Things to Expect From Your Nanny Payroll Provider

    April 9

    Hiring a nanny is a big decision, as it will impact your personal life and finances in several ways.

  • How to Market Your Dental Practice

    April 8

    As a dentist, you know that people need the services you offer, but you may be struggling to reach them effectively.

  • How Do I Run My Own Payroll?

    April 4

    As a small business owner, hiring your first employee means that it's time to implement a payroll process.

  • Do You Need a Payroll Service for Your Dental Practice?

    April 1

    As a dentist, finding the time to calculate payroll can be difficult when you’re juggling patients, employees, your overall practice, and your life outside of the office. 

  • How to Complete Form 941 in 5 Simple Steps

    March 28

    As a small business, you have a long to-do list. Completing tax forms is probably not at the top. However, you should understand what tax forms apply to your business or else you could face steep IRS penalties. But, how can you keep up with so many forms with nonsensical names such as W-2, W-4, 1099 or 941?

  • 5 Things to Include in Your Nanny Contract

    March 26

    Choosing to hire a nanny involves a lot of steps. Once you hire a nanny, one of your first steps should be creating a contract to ensure that you and your nanny are on the same page about how this position is expected to run. As you build a contract for you and your nanny to sign, there are some details you’ll never forget to ask. 

  • 5 Smart Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund

    March 20

    While filing taxes can be a painful, time-consuming task, one thing that people don’t get mad about during tax season is receiving a refund. 

  • How to Protect Your Small Business from Payroll Fraud

    March 18

    As a small business owner, you know that running payroll is a complicated task. With the fear of entering incorrect information and mistakes that lead to hefty fines, it’s a smart move to get some help and outsource your payroll. 

  • Background Checks and Employee Screening for Your Nanny

    March 13

    When choosing to hire a nanny or another household employee, there are many steps involved. The first beginning with who you are going to bring into your home, which is a decision you don’t want to take lightly. While you should be conducting interviews and asking for referrals, you will want to take things a step further by purchasing a background check for your potential household employee. People can say anything about their skills, experience, and behaviors, but you can’t always trust that.

  • What are Wage Garnishments?

    March 11

    As a small business owner, one of the topics you may come across while calculating payroll is wage garnishments. A wage garnishment is “any legal or equitable procedure where an employer withholds some portion of a person's earnings for the payment of debt.” Understanding wage garnishments are vital because there are specific rules you need to follow when it comes to processing payroll.

  • How to Update Your 401(k) Plan in 2019

    March 8

    As a small business owner, offering a 401(k) plan for your employees is one of the best benefits you can offer. While saving for retirement is something your employees know they should be doing, they may not actually be participating in your 401(k) plan. If low 401(k) participation is a problem for your small business, download the recording for our webinar, 6 Ways to Improve and Update Your Retirement Plan in 2019, to learn how to get your employees invested.  

  • Should You File a Tax Extension?

    March 7

    Tax season tends to be a time of the year that individuals, and small business owners, don’t look forward to. Taxes can be confusing, mistakes are costly, and making sure you have all the proper paperwork can be time-consuming. While applying for an extension may be an option, you will want to be fully aware of the process, and advantages and disadvantages, before doing so.

  • SurePayroll Wins 11th Straight Stevie Award for Customer Service

    March 6

    We’re ridiculously proud of our Customer Service team today for winning their 11th straight Stevie Award, garnering a Gold for 2019 Contact Center of the Year for Financial Services in the 16th Annual American Business Awards®. 

  • What's the Cost of Losing an Employee?

    March 4

    There is no better feeling than bringing a new employee into your company. You’re positive that he or she will have a huge impact on productivity, efficiency, and of course, your bottom line.

  • How Do I Choose a Legal Structure for My Small Business?

    February 20

    When starting a small business, there are many things that you are going to have to consider and important decisions you’ll have to make in order to get your business up and running. One of these decisions that you won’t want to take lightly is choosing a legal structure. As a small business owner, there are several options to choose from, with pros and cons for each depending on your business goals.