The Payroll Blog

News, tips, and advice for small business owners

  • How to Handle a Household Employee Transition

    May 13

    There may come a time when you need to terminate a household employee.

  • 5 Effective Small Business Hiring Tips

    May 8

    As a small business owner, hiring for your small business can sometimes be intimidating, especially if you are getting ready to make your first hire.

  • The Differences Between a Nanny and a Babysitter

    May 6

    When looking for childcare, you may be confused about the difference between hiring a babysitter and hiring a nanny.

  • 4 Ways to Increase Work From Home Productivity

    May 3

    Working from home certainly has its benefits – flexibility, saving time by not commuting, and increased work/life balance, to name a few.

  • 3 Things to Do With Your Nanny on Day One

    May 1

    You’ve taken the time to interview nanny candidates, extend an offer, and formally bring the right person on board.

  • 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 To Run Your 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. 

  • 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

    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.” 

  • 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

    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.