Payroll & Taxes

  • 5 Payroll Mistakes to Avoid in 2019

    February 18

    With 2019 in full swing, there’s no better time than now to review your payroll system to ensure that everything is in good working order.

  • Small Business News

    February 8

    As a small business owner, it can be hard to stay on top of current news between everything you’re juggling. With tax season in full swing, a potential government shutdown approaching, you probably have a lot of questions about what you should be doing. This week, we rounded up some articles that cover these important topics and will get you prepared for tax season and what to do in case another shutdown happens.

  • The Early Bird Gets the Refund - 4 Reasons to File Your Taxes Early

    February 4

    With W2’s out the door and tax season officially in full swing, you’re either ready to file your tax return and potentially get a refund or you’re looking at the calendar determining just how long you can put off this tax task. Did you know, besides getting your potential refund faster, there are actually several benefits to filing your taxes early?

  • Differences between bi-weekly and semi-monthly payrolls

    February 1

    When setting up payroll for your small business, one of the things you'll have to set up is a payroll schedule. Depending on where you live, your state may make this decision for you and provide guidelines for the type of payroll schedule you need to follow. Other states leave the choice up to business owners to decide. The four payroll schedules are: weekly, bi-weekly, semi-monthly, and monthly. Most confusion comes with understanding bi-weekly and semi-monthly payroll schedules becasue they seem very similar. However, there are a few differences you should know. 

  • Things Your Accountant Wants You to Know For Tax Season

    January 24

    According to Investopieda, “tax season is the time period between January 1 and April 15 of each year when individual taxpayers traditionally prepare financial statements and reports for the previous year”.  Experts are planning for this year to be even more complicated because it is the first tax year under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that was announced in 2018. Unless you love number crunching, chances are you don’t look forward to this time of year. From gathering receipts for eligible tax deductions, to collecting any necessary W2’s or 1099s, getting ready to do your taxes isn’t usually an enjoyable task. As a small business owner, things can get complicated fast, and it can be easy to make mistakes that could wind up costing you a lot in fines.

  • Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA): 10 Things to Be Aware Of

    January 21

    Understanding the true cost of an employee can be confusing. After all, it’s not just an employee’s wages that business owners have to account for. There are also payroll taxes, benefits, and other associated costs that need to be considered.

  • What to Expect in 2019

    December 26

    As a small business owner, processing payroll is just one item on your to-do list, but ever-changing regulations and tax code updates can make it the most time-consuming task in a given week. These tax updates occur at the federal, state, and local levels, and depending on where your business is based and where your employees live, some small businesses have it tougher than others. We’ve started this monthly series to focus on state-specific tax considerations, to help you keep up with what’s changing around you.

  • Tax Changes to Expect in 2019 (Part 2)

    December 20

    When it comes to tax season, you’re likely crossing your fingers that a big refund is coming your way—but it’s important to get things in order now to help anticipate what your final tax liability will be. This year, it is suggested that people may owe more due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) signed into law last year. When the TCJA was enacted, it came with talking points that suggested many taxpayers would see a tax break as a result. But actually seeing this promised tax cut depends on the withholding allowance you have on file with your employer.  The TCJA also impacted itemized deductions and what can be claimed as tax-exempt.

  • 5 Payroll FAQs for 2019

    December 18

    Ready or not, 2019 is just a couple of weeks away. As a small business owner, the new year is an important time to set your business up for success, which includes evaluating payroll. While it is possible to put your payroll on cruise control with our Auto Payroll feature, you can’t set and forget payroll forever. Each year, certain information will have to be evaluated for accuracy. Because you’re busy prepping all of the things for year-end, we gathered a list of a frequently asked questions related to your 2019 payroll.

  • How Much Federal Tax is Taken Out of my Paycheck (2018)

    December 13

    Income taxes are top of mind right now, as we've all completed (or, are hopefully close to completing) the task of filing our returns to the IRS.

  • Tax Changes to Expect in 2019 (Part 1)

    December 10

    With just a few weeks until 2019, it’s important to get prepared for the new year. Even though it’s only December, it’s never too early to start thinking about tax season. If you’re wondering what you should know and the proposed tax brackets and numbers for 2019, we’ve got you covered.

  • How Do I Calculate Payroll Taxes? (2018)

    December 6

    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 a Payroll Provider Can Help With Year-End Tasks

    December 5

    Year-end can be a stressful time: from holiday celebrations to wrapping up the books on your small business, you are likely a tired small business owner who is looking for a break. The good news is, when it comes to year-end there are plenty of ways to ask for help, especially if you have a payroll provider doing the heavy lifting on your payroll and taxes.

  • Updated: 5 Tips for Managing Payroll & Year-End Processes Over the Holidays

    December 3

    The end of the year is a busy time for small business owners as they juggle seasonal employees, project deadlines and final sales pushes while also beginning the process of closing the books for the year – while also taking time out for their own holiday celebrations.

  • California Payroll Taxes

    November 28

    As a small business owner, processing payroll is just one item on your to-do list, but ever-changing regulations and tax code updates can make it the most time-consuming task in a given week. These tax updates occur at the federal, state, and local levels, and depending on where your business is based and where your employees live, some small businesses have it tougher than others. We’ve started this monthly series to focus on state-specific tax considerations, to help you keep up with what’s changing around you.

  • Texas

    October 31

    As a small business owner, processing payroll is just one item on your to-do list, but ever-changing regulations and tax code updates can make it the most time-consuming task in a given week. These tax updates occur at the federal, state, and local levels, and depending on where your business is based and where your employees live, some small businesses have it tougher than others. We’ve started this monthly series to focus on state-specific tax considerations, to help you keep up with what’s changing around you.

  • Put Your Payroll on Cruise Control

    October 25

    Most people don’t associate the process of running payroll with the concept of “flexibility.” But at SurePayroll, where our focus is entirely on small business payroll, we recognize that flexibility is not a nice-to-have for small business owners, it’s a need-to-have in all aspects of their professional lives.

  • Preparing for Year-End

    October 8

    As a small business owner, year-end likely means more than just celebrating the holidays. While you’ll probably still be shopping for those last-minute presents, spending time with family and friends, and making your resolutions, there’s still work to be done.

  • Florida

    September 26

    As a small business owner, processing payroll is just one item on your to-do list, but ever-changing regulations and tax code updates can make it the most time-consuming task in a given week. These tax updates occur at the federal, state, and local levels, and depending on where your business is based and where your employees live, some small businesses have it tougher than others. We’ve started this monthly series to focus on state-specific tax considerations, to help you keep up with what’s changing around you.

  • Payroll Scheduling: Do you set the schedule or does your state?

    September 24

    Payday is a day that all workers look forward to. As a small business owner, are you aware of the different ways you can run payroll and the schedules that exist? With weekly, bi-weekly, semi-monthly and monthly options you may be overwhelmed with which schedule to choose. However, in some cases, that choice is made for you depending on what state you live in. Here’s what you need to know when setting up a payroll schedule.