Category

Payroll

For Tip Credit, Employers Must be Transparent with Employees

By Employment Law, Payroll

Employers with employees who receive part of their compensation in the form of tips must provide oral or written notice to their employees that they are taking a tip credit. With the understanding that most tipped employees make up the difference of the minimum wage of $7.25/hour through tips, employers are allowed to use the “tip credit” to pay employees $2.13/hour. An employer who fails to provide the required information to their employee cannot use…

Read More

Thinking of Starting a New Business? MarathonHR Can Help in More Ways than One

By Benefits & Insurance, Payroll, Policies and Procedures, Productivity

As entrepreneurialism is trending, it’s an exciting time for small to medium sized businesses (SMBs). Due to the present economic climate, many professionals are leaving large companies to start their own. Whether it’s a new client opening their first business or an existing client opening their second or third, we’re seeing a resurgence of startups in just the last few months. But with the thrill of opening one’s own doors also comes a whole host…

Read More

New IRS Guidance Allows for a Payroll Tax Holiday: Should Your Employees Participate?

By Employment News, Payroll, Withholding Taxes

  The IRS issued Notice 2020-65 on August 28, allowing employers to suspend withholding of employees’ Social Security payroll taxes as part of COVID-19 relief. The IRS is essentially giving employees a loan to try and help them through a tough period but it remains to be seen whether those employees who often live paycheck to paycheck will be able to afford to repay the loan, through a doubling of their payroll deductions next spring….

Read More

What You Need to Know About Filing Yet Another New Form 941 for Q3

By Payroll, Withholding Taxes

The IRS plans to publish the newest version of the Form 941-X in late September. The new Form will allow for corrections to the new lines added to the Quarter 2 Form 941 and allow for reporting related to the new Payroll Tax Holiday. Juggling the multitude of changes in these forms in 2020 is proving difficult for employers. While we’re waiting for the final version of the new forms to be published, it’s critical…

Read More

Visible Changes in Form 941 due to CARES, FFCRA and EFMLA

By FMLA, Payroll, Sick Leave, Withholding Taxes

Required filings of IRS Form 941 looked a little bit different for employers this quarter due to changes in Form 941 for COVID-19 related employment tax creds and other tax relief. IRS Form 941 is the employer’s quarterly payroll tax report. Forms are due on the last day of the month following the end of the quarter meaning that forms submitted on July 31, 2020, were the first to reflect tax changes made as part…

Read More

Payroll Protection is the Next Big Thing

By News, Payroll

While government and financial institutions prepare to implement the stimulus package, businesses should be getting ready to apply for a Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loan. We wanted to share some resources that are helpful to review in order to understand what you will need to do next regarding payroll protection for employees. Check out the U.S. Chamber’s guide to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Watch this webinar replay of the…

Read More

Understanding How to Complete the New W-4 Form

By Employment News, Hiring, News, Payroll, Recordkeeping

The IRS introduced a new W-4 form effective January 1, 2020 that eliminated withholding allowances. The form was redesigned to allow taxpayers to make their own calculations, especially when taking into account multiple sources of income. Employees who have furnished Form W-4 in any year before 2020 are not required to furnish a new form merely because of the redesign. However, with many employees surprised with either large tax bills or large refunds last year,…

Read More

It’s W-2 Season! The Deadline is January 31

By Payroll, Withholding Taxes

Anyone who works at a job for a living is likely familiar with the W-2 that arrives in the mail and that must accompany their tax returns. We thought it would be useful to provide a quick review of this essential IRS form – its purpose and employer responsibilities for distributing it. The purpose of the W-2 The W-2 tax form is also known as a Wage and Tax Statement. It shows the amount of…

Read More

Summer Interns – What Compensation Does the Law Mandate?

By Affordable Care Act, Best Practices, Employment Law, Hiring, Interns, Payroll, Policies and Procedures

If you are hiring – or have hired – summer interns, are you up to date on how you need to compensate them, if at all? Traditionally, most interns worked over the summer for the experience and to build their resumes. However, unpaid internships have come under more scrutiny in recent years, not only regarding wages but also for potential benefit eligibility under the Affordable Care Act. Historical guidance, as reflected in the Department of…

Read More

Engaged to be Waiting, or Waiting to be Engaged?

By Best Practices, Employment Law, Payroll, Policies and Procedures

One of the most common questions for employers determining compensable time is how to handle on-call situations. If an employee is on-call, is he or she eligible to be paid for the on-call time? The answer lies in the restrictions the employer places upon the worker during the on-call period. To make this determination, there are two key questions that employers should consider. 1. Does the employer control the location where employees must wait? Per…

Read More