Payroll Management

Ineffective payroll management and shoddy payroll systems can result in personal liability (including JAIL TIME) for non-compliance.

Business Management Daily helps our readers with information on payroll processing and tips on timesheets that will help you to implement payroll programs that pay off.

As part of an economic stimulus effort, the withholding rate in 2011 for the employee’s share of the Social Security tax was reduced from the usual 6.2% to 4.2%. Will Congress agree to extend the 4.2% rate through 2012?
Employers that have a noncompensatory business purpose for providing cell phones or related equipment—that includes smartphones and personal digital assistants—to employees may treat their business use as a tax-free working condition fringe benefit and their personal use as a tax-free de mini­mis fringe benefit.
States, which need to repay the federal loans they took out to pay regular unemployment benefits, are slapping tax surcharges on experience-rated em­­ployers. But if you’re willing to budget just a little bit more to pay so-called voluntary contributions, you may actually come out ahead.
If dealing with year-end 2011 hasn’t caused enough anxiety, lurking just around the corner is W-2 reporting of employees’ health benefits. If you’ll be filing at least 250 W-2s for 2012 and don’t have a self-insured plan that’s not subject to COBRA, you’re on the hook for health care reporting, beginning next year.
Q. How do I set up a simple time sheet in Excel?
Regulations have re­­stored the FICA/FUTA exemptions for employing family members and members of religious orders in LLCs and other disregarded entities that didn’t elect to be treated as corporations for federal payroll tax purposes. The regs became effective Nov. 1, 2011, but you may apply them to wages paid beginning Jan. 1, 2009.
Winter isn’t a challenging season just because of the lousy weather. It’s tough on payroll staff, who must ensure that the company’s pay policies jibe with the Fair Labor Standards Act when employees leave early, arrive late or just stay home because of snow. Here are the rules for nonexempts and exempts.
Every year, the IRS releases its Priority Guidance Plan, also known as the business plan. It’s no surprise that the IRS is devoting a considerable amount of time to issuing guidance related to Payroll’s continuing role in health care reform.
You can enjoy the company’s holiday bash even more after you get through these year-end payroll duties:
Since 2008, states have borrowed heavily from the federal government to pay regular unemployment benefits. Bad: Employers in states that fail to pay back those loans within two years can’t take the full 5.4% FUTA credit. Credit reduction states for 2011 FUTA taxes have now been identified.