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CARES Act Payroll Tax Deferral: What You Need to Know

by Tim AustinMay 5, 2020 4:41 PM

In response to the economic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020. Among many different types of loans and incentives, the CARES Act introduced tax relief for businesses in the form of payroll tax credits, enhanced net operating loss (NOL) deductions, and payroll tax deferment. However, the payroll tax deferral section of the CARES Act raised several questions for small and medium-sized businesses, especially those that received loans from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

To help answer these questions, the IRS released guidance on April 10, 2020, regarding payroll tax deferrals. Here’s what business owners need to know when it comes to paying taxes on social security this year.

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Coronavirus Relief: Who is Eligible for Small Business Loans from the CARES Act?

by Tim AustinApril 3, 2020 12:00 PM

As the Coronavirus impacts businesses everywhere, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide some financial support during difficult times. The $2 trillion Coronavirus stimulus package contains a $349 billion lending program for small businesses, along with other means of relief.

For small business owners, this news provides a form of respite in a difficult time. Of course, now these employers may ask how these loans work and whether they can access them. Read on to find out if your business can apply for a loan and how they impact your operations.

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DOL Issues Final Rule on Overtime Pay: How to Determine Eligible Employees and Calculate the Regular Rate

by Tim AustinMarch 9, 2020 8:00 AM

After years of proposed changes to overtime laws, the Department of Labor (DOL)’s new updates finally went into effect at the beginning of 2020. The new salary levels make roughly 1.3 million more workers eligible for overtime pay. This news means business owners across the country may have some work to do to keep up with these changes.

While the new standard salary level is a notable difference, it’s not the only change the DOL made. The department also revised rules for highly-compensated employees, regulations on overtime pay calculations, and other crucial details. To help, we broke down exactly what the DOL changed to help you know where your business stands and what you should do next.

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How to Handle Payroll For Out-of-State Employees

by Tim AustinFebruary 17, 2020 8:00 AM

It’s already difficult to manage payroll for a small business, but it can get even trickier if you have employees who work out of state. Whether you have remote employees, live near a border, or have any other reason for an employee to complete their work in a different state, there are certain rules set by the Department of Labor (DOL) and other federal and state agencies that you need to follow when handling payroll for those workers.

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The Impact of New Jersey’s Wage Theft Law on Small Business Owners

by Makenzie RizzoJanuary 9, 2020 8:00 AM

After some big changes in 2019, it’s apparent that New Jersey takes wage theft very seriously. The state adopted the new Wage Theft Act (WTA) and amended its Wage and Hour Law back on Aug. 6, 2019, giving it some some of the toughest laws in the nation regarding wage and hour enforcement.

The new WTA has a direct impact on business owners in New Jersey, but it’s important for those outside the state to be aware of the updates as well. The Garden State is a common testing ground for legislative changes, so other states may adopt similar laws over time. As such, let’s break down exactly what New Jersey’s wage and hour enforcement laws mean for business owners (and what they can do to avoid issues).

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Holiday Pay: How it Works and What it Means for Your Business

by Tim AustinNovember 27, 2019 8:00 AM

The holidays are typically a time of joy and celebration, but they also require business owners to make some additional considerations about holiday pay. This type of pay makes it possible for employees to stay home for a selection of holidays and still get paid for those days. However, this benefit isn’t always a guarantee depending on the needs of your business. 

Are you unsure about how to handle holiday pay for your business? We broke down some common holiday pay questions to help you determine how holiday pay can affect your business and the best plan of action for your specific situation.

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How Often Should You Pay Employees?

by Tim AustinJune 19, 2019 8:27 AM

Determining pay frequency can be challenging for business owners. While most employees prefer to be paid more often, a higher pay frequency can cost employers. Not to mention, there are federal and state laws that set standards for how employees are paid. That’s why exploring the different pay period options and federal and state payday laws is critical to help you choose the right pay frequency for your business and employees.

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A Guide to Payroll Records Management

by Tim AustinMay 23, 2019 3:25 PM

Payroll management is no simple task. Regardless of whether your workforce is 50 strong or you can count the number of employees on two hands, there are lots of employees and documents to keep track of and failure to do so could result in serious penalties and fines. To help, we’ve put together a guide for better managing payroll records.

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How to Calculate Payroll and Income Tax Deductions

by Tim AustinApril 15, 2019 8:00 AM

As an employer, you have a responsibility to handle every step of your business’ payroll. One of the more notable steps is handling the tax deductions that are withheld from every employee’s gross wages. To help, we’ve put together some pointers on how you can calculate the various deductions found on each paycheck.

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Department of Labor Proposes Increase to Wage Threshold: What it Means for Small Business Owners

by Tim AustinApril 8, 2019 8:00 AM

The Department of Labor announced a proposal in early March to change the salary-level threshold for white-collar exemptions. This move comes more than two years after a federal judge blocked another attempt to update the threshold for overtime eligibility, although the details of the proposal differ from the 2016 proposal.

The current salary-level threshold for white-collar exemptions is $23,600 annually, which equates to $455 per week. The DoL’s new proposal seeks to increase the threshold to $35,308 annually ($679 per week) – nearly halfway to the DoL’s 2016 target threshold of $47,476 ($913 per week).

While the new proposal is notably lower than the blocked attempt, it still marks a nearly 50 percent increase from the current wage threshold. As a result, the DoL “estimates that 1.1 million currently exempt employees who earn at least $455 per week but less than the proposed standard salary level of $679 per week would, without some intervening action by their employers, become eligible for overtime.” That’s a notable change that can have a direct impact on your employee’s compensation.

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