IRS Marks Small Business Week by Spotlighting Tax Benefits Available in 2011

by admin 18. May 2011 01:57

IRS Marks Small Business Week by Showcasing Tools, Resources; Spotlights Tax Benefits Available in 2011

During Small Business Week, May 16-20, the Internal Revenue Service encourages those who are self-employed or own a small business to take advantage of certain tax benefits and learn about IRS resources that can help them meet their federal tax obligations.

The Small Business Tax Center (www.irs.gov/smallbiz) has links to some of the most useful tools the IRS offers, including the Virtual Small Business Tax Workshop, a downloadable tax calendar, common forms and their instructions and help on everything from how to get an Employer Identification Number (EIN) online to how to engage with the IRS in the event of an audit.

The IRS is offering a free, 30-minute webinar called “Small Business Advantage” to show small business owners what’s available to them. The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, May 18 at 2 p.m. ET. To register and watch, visit IRS.gov and type “webinars” into the search box.

Source: http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=239507,00.html

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Florida Senate approves business tax cut that shrinks unemployment benefits

by admin 9. May 2011 08:50

Florida Republicans this weekend also succeeded in reducing their state’s unemployment benefits, sending a bill to Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) for his signature:

A bill that would establish some of the deepest and most far-reaching cuts in unemployment benefits in the nation is heading for the desk of Gov. Rick Scott…The legislation would cut maximum state benefits to 23 weeks from 26 when the jobless rate is 10.5 percent or higher. If lower, the maximum would decline on a sliding scale until bottoming at 12 weeks if the jobless rate was 5 percent or less.

Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, suggested her bill was a take-it-or-leave-it offer for the House, Gov. Rick Scott and the business lobbyists, all of whom have been pushing her to cap benefits at no more than 20 weeks.

“It encourages people to get back into the job market,” Detert said

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/05/03/2199530/florida-senate-approves-business.html#ixzz1LsopSV1e

 

 

 

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Main Changes of Year 2011 Payroll Tax Rate

by admin 22. April 2011 09:30

 

Followings are the main changes:

 

1) For Year 2011, the employee tax rate for social security is reduced to 4.2%. The employer tax rate for social security remains unchanged at 6.2%. (IRS asks that employers start using the new social security rate as soon as possible but not later than January 31, 2011.)

 

2) Federal payroll tax table changed

Click here to compare Year 2011 Federal tax tables and Year 2010 Federal tax tables

 

3) State table changed

IL, CO, HI, IN,ME, MD, MN, MO, NM, ND, OK, RI, VT published the new state tax tables.

 

Form 941 due date

by admin 12. April 2011 10:22

When To File Form 941, Employer's Quarterly Federal Tax Form

Your Form 941 is due by the last day of the month that follows the end of the quarter.

1. First Quarter:  January, February, March 

Quarter Ends: March 31

Form 941 is due: April 30

 

2. Second Quarter:  April, May, June 

Quarter Ends: June 30

Form 941 is due: July 31

 

3. Third Quarter:  July, August, September

Quarter Ends: September 30

Form 941 is due: October 31

 

4. Fourth Quarter:  October, November, December

Quarter Ends: December 31

Form 941 is due: January 31

America to have the highest corporate tax rate in April

by admin 16. March 2011 17:05

I just read this news from Yahoo News. 

America to have the highest corporate tax rate in April

The world’s superpower is about to lead the way in yet another realm. Next month, America is set to bear the distinction of having the highest corporate tax rate in the industrialized world.

According to a study by the Tax Foundation, America’s combined federal and state rate of 39.2 percent is only out paced by Japan’s rate of 39.5 percent – which Japan plans to lower next month. Without Japan in the lead, America’s 39.2 percent will render it the corporate tax rate leader in the developed world, aka the countries comprising the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

...

source: http://news.yahoo.com/s/dailycaller/20110316/pl_dailycaller/americatohavethehighestcorporatetaxrateinapril

Maybe that is the reason so many jobs went or are going abroad and I see so many "house on sale" signs in my community.

What is your feel after reading this news?

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What Is New Of Year 2011 Form 941?

by admin 15. March 2011 08:20

Form 941 (Year 2011) - Employer’s QUARTERLY Federal Tax Return

What’s New

Social security and Medicare tax for 2011.  The employee tax rate for social security is 4.2%. The employer tax rate for social security remains unchanged at 6.2%. The Medicare tax rate is 1.45% each for employers and employees.

Do not withhold or pay social security tax after an employee reaches $106,800 in social security wages for the year. There is no limit on the amount of wages subject to Medicare tax.

Section 3121(q) Notice and Demand - Tax due on unreported tips.  A new line has been added to Form 941 for reporting social security and Medicare taxes on unreported tips. An employer now reports the amount of the taxes shown on the Section 3121(q) Notice and Demand on line 5e of the employer’s Form 941 for the calendar quarter in which notice and demand is made. Previously, a section 3121(q) liability was reported on the line for “Current quarter’s adjustments for tips and group-term life insurance.”

Qualified employer’s social security tax exemption expired.  The qualified employer’s exemption for their share (6.2%) of social security tax on wages/tips paid to qualified employees expired on December 31, 2010.

COBRA premium assistance credit.  The credit for COBRA premium assistance payments applies to premiums paid for employees involuntarily terminated between September 1, 2008, and May 31, 2010, and to premiums paid for up to 15 months. See COBRA Premium Assistance Payments on page 7.

Advance payment of earned income credit (EIC).  The option of receiving advance payroll payments of EIC is no longer available after December 31, 2010. Individuals eligible for EIC in 2011 can still claim the credit when they file their federal income tax return. Individuals who received advance payments of EIC in 2010 must file a 2010 federal income tax return.

Federal tax deposits must be made by electronic funds transfer. Beginning January 1, 2011, you must use electronic funds transfer to make all federal tax deposits (such as deposits of employment tax, excise tax, and corporate income tax). Forms 8109 and 8109-B, Federal Tax Deposit Coupon, cannot be used after December 31, 2010. Generally, electronic funds transfers are made using the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS). If you do not want to use EFTPS, you can arrange for your tax professional, financial institution, payroll service, or other trusted third party to make deposits on your behalf. Also, you may arrange for your financial institution to initiate a same-day wire payment on your behalf. EFTPS is a free service provided by the Department of Treasury. Services provided by your tax professional, financial institution, payroll service, or other third party may have a fee.

For more information on making federal tax deposits, see section 11 of Pub. 15 (Circular E), Employer’s Tax Guide (for use in 2011). To get more information about EFTPS or to enroll in EFTPS, visit www.eftps.gov or call 1-800-555-4477. Additional information about EFTPS is also available in Publication 966, The Secure Way to Pay Your Federal Taxes.

Resources:

Form 941 Instructions
http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/i941.pdf

publication 15
http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p15.pdf

 

Basic Information about Form 941

http://www.halfpricesoft.com/business-blog/post/2011/03/14/Form-941-Employers-Quarterly-Federal-Tax-Form.aspx

 

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Form 941 - Employer's Quarterly Federal Tax Form

by admin 14. March 2011 16:33

Following is the basic information about Form 941 - Employer's Quarterly Federal Tax Form. More information can be found from IRS site.

 

What is form 941:

 

Form 941- Employer's Quarterly Federal Tax Form is the form used by employers to report employment taxes , withholding amounts, deposit amounts, and amounts due to the IRS. 

 

Who Must File Form 941?

 

Use Form 941 to report the following amounts.

·         Wages you have paid.

·         Tips your employees have received.

·         Federal income tax you withheld.

·         Both the employer's and the employee's share of social security and Medicare taxes.

·         Current quarter's adjustments to social security and Medicare taxes for fractions of cents, sick pay, tips, and group-term life insurance.

·         Advance earned income credit (EIC) payments.

·         Credit for COBRA premium assistance payments.

·         Exemption for qualified employer's share of social security tax on wages/tips paid to qualified employees.


Do not use the Form 941 to report backup withholding or income tax withholding on nonpayroll payments such as pensions, annuities, and gambling winnings. Report these types of withholding on Form 945, Annual Return of Withheld Federal Income Tax.

 

After you file your first Form 941, you must file a return for each quarter, even if you have no taxes to report, unless you filed a final return or one of the exceptions listed below applies.

 

Exceptions

Special rules apply to some employers.

  • Seasonal employers do not have to file a Form 941 for quarters in which they have no tax liability because they have paid no wages. To tell the IRS that you will not file a return for one or more quarters during the year, check the box on line 19 every quarter you file Form 941. See section 12 of Pub. 15 (Circular E) for more information.
  • Employers of household employees do not usually file Form 941. See Pub. 926, Household Employer's Tax Guide, and Schedule H (Form 1040), Household Employment Taxes, for more information. 
  • Employers of farm employees do not usually file Form 941. See Form 943, Employer's Annual Federal Tax Return for Agricultural Employees, and Pub. 51 (Circular A), Agricultural Employer's Tax Guide.

 

When To File Form 941

Your Form 941 is due by the last day of the month that follows the end of the quarter.

1. First Quarter:  January, February, March 

Quarter Ends: March 31

Form 941 is due: April 30

 

2. Second Quarter:  April, May, June 

Quarter Ends: June 30

Form 941 is due: July 31

 

3. Third Quarter:  July, August, September

Quarter Ends: September 30

Form 941 is due: October 31

 

4. Fourth Quarter:  October, November, December

Quarter Ends: December 31

Form 941 is due: January 31

 

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Printing All W-2 Forms on Plain White Paper Saves Small Businesses Time and Money

by admin 10. February 2011 03:52

The clock is ticking. Small business owners looking for reliable software for filing W2, 1099 and related tax forms before Feb 28, 2011 mailing deadline can turn to ezW2 Software from Halfpricesoft.com. Thousands of users put their trust in ezW2 every year, knowing that Halfpricesoft.com provides unbeatable reliability and customer service.


ezW2 software supports forms w2, w3, 1099 misc and 1096. It also save user money and time by printing the SSA approved laser substitute forms W2 copy A and W3 on the plain paper. ezW2 is compatible with Windows 7 system, 32-bit or 64-bit. It can run on Windows XP, Me, 2003 and Vista system too.

ezW2 speeds up W-2 1099 filing and saves businesses money.

1) Social Security Administration-approved printing capability for printing substitute Form W2 on plain white paper - eliminating the need for expensive red-ink forms.

So ezW2 can print ALL W2 forms (W-2 copy A, B, C, D, 1 and 2) and W3 on plain white paper if user has a laser printer.

ezW2 can also print 1099 copy 1, 2, B and C on plain white paper. Since IRS does not certify laser substitute forms right now. ezW2 will fill data on red-ink forms of 1099 misc copy A and 1096.

2) ezW2 application also supports data only on pre-printed red-ink forms. Two W2 or 1099 red-forms printed per page, cutting paper consumption in half.

3) ezW2 supports quick W2 or 1099 data importing.

4) ezW2 supports unlimited accounts, employees and contractors with one flat rate.

5) New to 2010 release of ezW2: PDF electronic printing(optional feature) for environmentally friendly businesses

Available online at http://www.halfpricesoft.com/w2_software.asp for as little as $39 per installation, ezW2 is engineered for the business owner who doesn’t have a background in accounting or computers. The interface is intuitive, user friendly and designed to get customers up and running without the huge learning curve and expense often associated with business software.

“Small business owners should be spending their time growing their business, not trying to learn software or preparing tax forms by hand,” said Halfpricesoft.com founder Dr. Ge. “We created ezW2 to make that possible. Customers can start running W2 and 1099 as soon as the software is installed - no learning curve, no wasted time.”

More controls and options in the new edition of ezW2 1099 and W2 filing software allow small business owners to better customize the software to fit their tax reporting needs and the way they work.

New customers can make sure ezW2 meets their needs by trying the software risk free. The trial version is fully functional and there is no time limit to the trial offer. The trial version of ezW2 is limited only by printing a “SAMPLE” or “DEMO” watermark on printed forms. To unlock the software for printing actual W2 and 1099 forms, customers simply purchase a license key online at http://www.halfpricesoft.com/w2_software.asp

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5 Easy Steps to Print Forms W2 Yourself

by admin 23. January 2011 11:02

ezW2 software supports forms w2, w3, 1099 and 1096. It also save user money and time by printing the SSA approved laser substitute forms W2 copy A and W3 on the plain paper. ezW2 is compatible with Windows 7 system, 32-bit or 64-bit. It can run on Windows XP, Me, 2003 and Vista system too.

 

More controls and options in the new edition of ezW2 1099 and W2 filing software allow small business owners to better customize the software to fit their tax reporting needs and the way they work.

 

Followings are the 5 simple steps to printing form W-2.

 

Step 1: Start ezW2 software.

 

If you do not have this W2 and 1099 software installed, you can download it for free from

http://www.halfpricesoft.com/w2-software-free-download.asp. No registration needed and no obligation. You can follow the step by step online instructions to finish the installation in minutes.

 

Step 2: Set up company information for W2 reporting

w2 software

You can access this screen by clicking the top menu “Current Company->Company”.

You need to enter the general company information for w2 and 1099 forms, such as Company Name, Address, Tax ID and others.

 

Step 3: Set up W-3 information

You can access this screen by clicking the top menu “Current Company->W-3 information”.

You need to enter the W-3 control number, W3 Establishment Number, Contact Information and others. This information will be displayed on both forms W-2 and W-3.

 

Step 4: Add W-2 Employees

You can access employee by clicking the top menu “Current Company->W2 Employee list”. You can add a new employee or edit or delete an existing one easily by clicking the link on this form.

You can also import Employee information quickly by using W2 import form. You can access this import form by clicking the top menu “Current Company->Import W2”.

 

Step 5: Enter W-2 information and print W-2 forms

You can access this W-2 editing screen by clicking the top menu “Current Company->Form W-2”..

- Once you select the employee from the list, the employee information will be filled automatically.

- Fill in the boxes on the w-2 Form.

- Click the Question icon or the instructions link to get help.

- Click the 'save' button to save the W-2 information.

- Click the 'Print W2' button to print the different W2 Copies for this recipient. ezW2 can print forms W2 copy A, B, C, D, 1 and 2

- Click the 'Print Instructions' button to print W-2 instructions.

 

Note: 

  1. Form W-3 will be generate automatically based on form W2 information
  2. ezW2 allows user to set up unlimited companies with one flat rate. So if you have multiple companies or you are an accountant, you can add new company by clicking top menu “Company Management->New company”
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Tax cut deal: 51 million will take home less

by admin 12. January 2011 16:47

Can you believe it 51 million will take home less not more after Year 2011 tax cut?

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Despite a sweeping tax cut deal that is supposed to keep everyone whole financially, if not better off, 51 million households will face a higher tax bill or a lower refund compared with this year.

The main culprit: a new payroll tax break that will not be as generous for many low- and middle-income households as the tax cut it is replacing.

Here's why they won't get as much tax relief in 2011: Making Work Pay was worth $400 for individuals making $75,000 or less or $800 per couple making $150,000 or less. 

To get that much under the payroll tax break, one will need to earn at least $20,000 ($40,000 for couples). That's because the payroll tax break will amount to 2% of a worker's pay.

Source: http://money.cnn.com/2010/12/15/news/economy/payroll_tax_holiday/index.htm

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  • Year 2011 Federal Tax Tables

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  • FAQs on Year 2011 Tax Cut

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W2 & 1099 preparing software 101

by admin 8. January 2011 05:05

Q: Is ezW2 for me?

A: Yes, any businesses and accountants can use ezW2, which supports forms W-2, W-3, 1099 misc and 1096.

 

Q: Does ezW2 support multiple companies?

A: ezW2 can support unlimited companies, unlimited employees and unlimited contractors with no extra charge.

 

Q: Can I try ezW2 for FREE?

A: Yes, you can download ezW2 2010 from our site and try it for free. No registration needed and no obligation. If you like it, you can purchase the key online. All data you entered will stay there. ezW2 - 1099 W2 preparing software http://www.halfpricesoft.com/w2_software.asp

 

Q: What is the price of ezW2 2010?

A: The basic version is $39 per installation, which supports unlimited companies, unlimited employees and unlimited contractors. The ezW2 PDF version is $64 per installation.

 

Q: How can I purchase ezW2 2010?

A: You can purchase ezW2 2010 online.

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The key will be sent to your email account after the transaction is done. Please feel free to contact us at services@halfpricesoft.com if you cannot receive it in 30 minutes.

 

Q: Where can I purchase the red-ink forms w-2, w-3, 1099 and 1096?

A: You can find the red-ink forms from our site. Free offers are available.

http://www.halfpricesoft.com/w2-1099-forms-free.asp

 

Q: If I have ezW2 2009 installed on my machine, do I need to uninstall ezW2 2009 before installing ezW2 2010?

A: No. EzW2 2010 and ezW2 2009 can coexist on your machine.

 

Q: Can I copy my ezW2 2009 data to ezW2 2010?

A: Yes, you can copy your 2009 database file to your 2010 application folder.

 

Followings are the steps.

 

1. Install ezW2 2010 first.

2. Start ezW2 2009

3. Backup database file to ezW2 2010 folder by clicking the top menu "Company Management->Backup current company".

 

The default ezW2 2010 folder is: C:\Program Files\Halfpricesoft\ezW2(2010)

 

4. Select this new database file as your current database file by clicking the top menu "Company Management->Select Company".

5. You can edit your data there and print your new forms.

 

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Forms 1099 W2 Filing Deadline of Year 2011

by admin 6. December 2010 12:21


Year End Reminders
 

 January 31, 2011

  • Furnish Forms 1099 and W-2. Furnish each employee a completed Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. Furnish each other payee a completed Form 1099 (for example, Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income).             

 February 28, 2011

  • File paper Forms 1099 and 1096. File Copy A of all paper Forms 1099 with Form 1096, Annual Summary and Transmittal of U.S. Information Returns, with the IRS.

  • File paper Forms W-2 and W-3. File Copy A of all paper Forms W-2 with Form W-3, Transmittal of Wage and Tax Statements, with the Social Security Administration (SSA) 
  •               

     March 31, 2011

    • Deadline for filing electronic W-2s.

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    How to move W2 1099 Software to a new machine?

    by admin 23. November 2010 11:25

    Followings are the steps to move your ezW2 software database file from one machine to the other:
     
    Step 1. Log in as the administor of the new machine. Download and install ezW2.
     

    Step 2: Backup your current database file from the old machine to the USB disk or shared folder.
     
    - Open ezW2 application on your old machine and insert your USB disk.
    - Click the top menu "Management->Backup current company", you will see the "Enter backup file name" form. You can click the triangle button behind "Save in" field to change the current path. You can modify the back up new file name as you like.
    - Once you click the Save button, you will save your current database file to the new location.
     
    Note: If you have multiple companies, you can copy all the database (.mdb)  files from the application folder to the USB disk directly.

    Step 3. Copy the database file from the USB disk to the application folder on the new machine

    - If you are using ezW2 2012 and later, you can use the new RESTORE function to copy your data. Click the top menu "Company Management->Restore Company", then select the target database file.

    - If you are using ezW2 2011 and earlier, you need to copy the database file to the application folder manually.

    The default ezW2 2010 folder is:
    C:\Program Files\Halfpricesoft\ezW2(2010)

    If you are using window7 or Vista, your database file may be under folder:
    C:\Users\YourName\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files\Halfpricesoft\ezW2(2010)

    Step 4. Select this new database file as your current database file by clicking the top menu "Company Management->Select Company".

     

    Fast 1099-misc Reporting solution, new video release

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    Limited Time Special Offer of 2010 Small Business Payroll Software

    by admin 2. November 2010 10:10

     

    The special offers of ezPaycheck small business payroll software start today. It will end on Nov 30, 2010.

    If user like to purchase ezPaycheck 2010 version, you can get 33% off the regular price.

    The regular price is: $89.

    The promotion price is: $59.

    If user like to purchase ezPaycheck 2010 + ezPaycheck 2011 combo package, they can even save more.

    The regular price is: $148

    The promotion price is: $90

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    New W-2 & 1099 Software is Shipping for Year-end reporting

    by admin 26. October 2010 09:56

    No more forms W2 and 1099 year-end reporting headache. The new version of ezW2 2010 is shipping for the 2010-2011 tax season to simplify the process of W-2 & 1099 reporting for small businesses. 

     

    All software from Halfpricesoft.com, including ezW2 2010, is designed to be incredibly easy to use. Customers can begin printing forms within minutes of downloading and installing the software. The intuitive graphical interface leads users step by step through forms w2, w3, 1099 and 1096 reporting process.

     

    "Small businesses need to be taking care of their customers without figuring out new software," said Dr. Ge. "We make our small business software simple, easy to install and use, so our customers can focus their time and energy in the right places."

    A leading provider of computer software to small businesses worldwide, Halfpricesoft.com engineered this w2 & 1099 software for business people – not just for accountants or payroll tax experts.

    When each calendar year ends, employers in the United States need to issue Form W-2 for each employee and Form 1099 for independent contractors. With ezW2 W2 1099 software, those forms can be printed on plain paper or red forms and are accepted by government agencies like the Social Security Administration.

    Such improvements come from suggestions from Halfpricesoft.com's customers. Customers continue to drive improvements to Halfpricesoft.com's ezW2 2010 software then now makes it possible to print W-2s and 1099s even easier and affordable.

    "We try to answer all customers' questions in the fastest way we can, usually within 24 hours. Our developing team records all customers' requests and reads them carefully. We believe our customers are the best members in our design team." said Dr. Ge.

    ezW2 2010 saves money and time for small businesses in 6 key ways:


    (1) ezW2 2010 can print 2 forms on one red form sheet - using half as many expensive red form sheets
    (2) ezW2 2010 eliminates need for W2 Copy A and W3 by laser printing Social Security Administration-approved substitutes on plain white paper
    (3) Users save valuable time by eliminating the learning curve - ezW2 2010 is designed to be simple and intuitive, allowing users to get started right away
    (4) Users save valuable time by importing employee data and contractor data from csv file - no need for users to enter the data one by one.
    (5) Users save even more time by saving form data for later use and modification

    (6)Support unlimited accounts with one flat rate
    (7) At $39, ezW2 is among the lowest priced, full-featured software available for small businesses.

    Founded in 2003, Halfpricesoft.com has established itself as a leader in meeting the software needs of small businesses around the world with its payroll software, employee attendance tracking software, check printing software, W2/1009 software and barcode generating software. It continues to grow with its philosophy that small business owners need affordable, user friendly, super simple, and totally risk-free software.

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    New York City withholding tax rate change effective Sepetember 1, 2010

    by admin 23. August 2010 10:00
    New York City withholding tax rate change

    Rate change effective September 1, 2010

    • If you have employees making more than $500,000 who are subject to New York City withholding, revised withholding tax computation rules may affect your payroll made on or after September 1, 2010. 
    • Calculate new withholding tax amounts using Publication NYS-50-T.2, Revised New York City Withholding Tax Computation Rules. 
    • A new Form IT-2104, Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate, is also available. Employers should begin using the revised Form IT-2104 immediately.

    Just a reminder
    To avoid penalties, it's important to file and pay withholding tax on time and accurately report employee wage and withholding information.  See Publication NYS-50, Employer's Guide to Unemployment Insurance, Wage Reporting, and Withholding Tax for more information.

    Source: http://www.tax.state.ny.us/wt/rate.htm

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    15 Things Must Know Before Choosing Payroll Software

    by admin 17. June 2010 07:46

    Taking a few minutes to answer important questions before purchasing payroll software will save years of headaches afterward. Have you considered all these options and features that you might need?

    Whether you're starting up a new company, making the jump from books to computer, or looking for replacement payroll software, it's important to get payroll software that is going to do everything you need it to and fit the needs of your company. Here are 15 questions to ask about any payroll software you are considering purchasing for your company. When you have answers to all these questions, you'll easily be able to identify the right payroll software.

    1. Does this software have current tax information for your state?
    2. Does this software have flexibility to add local tax info?
    3. Will you need to options for pre-tax and/or post-tax deductions?
    4. Will you be printing on blank checks or checks preprinted with your company and bank info?
    5. Do you want to print signature images on checks or sign checks by hand?
    6. Which tax forms will you need to print using your payroll data? i.e. Form 940, 941, W2, 1099, etc.
    7. Does this software support your payroll period, i.e. daily, weekly, biweekly, semimonthly, or monthly?
    8. Will you need to be able to calculate tips and or commissions?
    9. Does this software support printing for the check format you prefer?
    10. Does the software offer year-to-date payroll data entry?
    11. What level of technical support does the software developer offer?
    12. Will you need to do payroll for more than one company?
    13. Does this software have a trial version you can test drive?
    14. Are there any hidden fees?
    15. Are database back-up and restore features included?

    Answering these questions will help you identify software titles that are likely to work well for your company. Taking extra time before you buy to get the features you need, will save you time and money while reducing frustration down the road.

    One software title that includes a variety of options for all these situations is ezPaycheck 2010 from Halfpricesoft.com. ezPaycheck is available for a free 30-day trial to ensure that it has the features your company needs before ever paying a dime. It's available for download at

    http://www.halfpricesoft.com/payroll_software_download.asp
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    ezPaycheck payroll software version 3.0.8 released

    by l0ge0001 16. June 2010 10:35

    We released ezPaycheck payroll software version 3.0.8 today.

    What is new with this version:

    User has one more option on check setup. They can select to display the whole SSN number or to mask partial of it.

    • This latest version is available for free download for new users at

    http://www.halfpricesoft.com/payroll_software_download.asp

    • Current ezPaycheck 2010 users can update to this new version for free at:

    http://www.halfpricesoft.com/payroll_software_update_2010.asp 

     

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    halfpricesoft.com is on Twitter now

    by admin 16. June 2010 10:19

    halfpricesoft.com is on Twitter now. You are welcome to follow us on software update, payroll news, tax news and other small business news.

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