Business Payroll: How to Deduct Student Loan from Paychecks

by admin 11. March 2014 08:05

Sometime an employer needs to withhold Student loan an employee's paycheck each pay period. ezPaycheck payroll software comes with the flexible features and can support this garnishment deduction. 

Customer can add a new custom deduction field easily for wage garnishment. You can deduct it from ezPaycheck automatically by the fixed amount or by percent.

Step by step guide on how to add a new field to handle wage garnishment can be found at
http://www.halfpricesoft.com/business-blog/post/2011/05/05/How-to-add-a-new-payroll-deduction.aspx

More information about Wage Garnishment can be found at
http://www.dol.gov/compliance/topics/wages-garnishment.htm

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Business Payroll: How to Deduct Student Loan from Paychecks

by admin 11. March 2014 08:05

Sometime an employer needs to withhold Student loan an employee's paycheck each pay period. ezPaycheck payroll software comes with the flexible features and can support this garnishment deduction. 

Customer can add a new custom deduction field easily for wage garnishment. You can deduct it from ezPaycheck automatically by the fixed amount or by percent.

Step by step guide on how to add a new field to handle wage garnishment can be found at
http://www.halfpricesoft.com/business-blog/post/2011/05/05/How-to-add-a-new-payroll-deduction.aspx

More information about Wage Garnishment can be found at
http://www.dol.gov/compliance/topics/wages-garnishment.htm

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How to roll back to ezPaycheck 2013 version after you installed 2014 ezPaycheck update package

by admin 2. January 2014 14:26

·         If you have NOT finished 2013 paychecks, you can try the following steps to roll back to ezPaycheck 2013 version. You can update it to 2014 version later.

Steps to roll back to ezPaycheck 2013 version:
- step 1: backup data

If you cannot use ezPaycheck backup function, you can back up the data manually. The default data folder is
C:\Users\Public\Documents\Halfpricesoft\ezPayCheck 

You can back up this folder or just the .mdb files (Microsoft Access Database files) inside this folder

-Step 2:  uninstall ezPaycheck 2014

-Step 3:  install ezPaycheck 2013 at
http://www.halfpricesoft.com/payroll_software_download.asp 

·         If you have finished 2013 paychecks, you can purchase 2014 update package to get the new key code at

http://www.halfpricesoft.com/index.asp#purchase


ezPaycheck 2014 update package will update ezPaycheck tax tables. You should run it after you finished the paychecks for Year 2013. With ezPaycheck 2014, you can still access your 2013 paychecks, view reports and print 2013 W2 forms.

If you still have questions, you can reach us for support at

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

 

2014 Small Business Payroll Software Is Available For Free Download

by admin 12. December 2013 05:47

We have released the new ezPaycheck payroll software for Year 2014. The new version include:

- The new 2014 Federal income tax tables
- The new 2014 State income tax tables
- The latest W2 and W3 Forms for the coming 2013/2014 tax season


Designed with simplicity in mind, this payroll software is easy to install, setup and use for first-time payroll software who may not know more about accounting and computer. Small Businesses looking for ways to save money on payroll processing and tax reporting can try out ezPaycheck payroll solution free for 30 days from http://www.halfpricesoft.com/payroll_software_download.asp, with no obligation and risk.


EzPaycheck is $89 per installation. We also launched 2013 and 2014 payroll software combo special offers for new customers who need to prepare year-end tax forms. New customers can purchase ezPaycheck 2013 at regular price $89 and get ezPaycheck 2014 at just $1.

This offer is good from Dec 12 to Dec 31, 2013.

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How to Edit Payroll check

by admin 10. December 2013 04:32

EzPaycheck payroll software automates paycheck processing for small businesses. However, if you generate a paycheck with mistake (wrong amount, wrong pay peroid or others), you need to delete this check and enter a new check.

EzPaycheck does not allow users to edit a paycheck which may cause tax calculation errors. Followings are the step if you create a paycheck with wrong information.

1. Back up the current database first
2. Delete the wrong check and checks after it.
3. Add the checks back with right data

How to backup data
http://www.halfpricesoft.com/articles/sb-payroll-backup.asp

How to reset check number in case you need to use the same check
- You can reset current check number from check setup screen. You can access this screen by clicking the left menu "Checks->Check setup".

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ezPaycheck software updated with New W2 and W3 Forms

by admin 5. December 2013 10:37

We have releaed the new edition of ezPaycheck payroll software. The latest updates include:

- Year 2013 W2 Form

- Year 2014 W3 Form.

 

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Current ezPaycheck 2013 customers can download the latest update package for free from

http://www.halfpricesoft.com/payroll_software_update_2013.asp

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EzPayCheck Payroll Software Now Offers A New Quick Start Guide For Customer Convenience

by admin 13. May 2013 17:25

We understand how difficult and frustrating setting up payroll for the first time can be. EzPaycheck software now has a simple quick start guide to ensure an even more user friendly application. This guide can be viewed at:

http://www.halfpricesoft.com/payroll-software/quick-start-guide.asp

 

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New 2013 Form 941 Is Available Now

by admin 14. March 2013 12:01

IRS published the new 2013 Form 941 on March 12. We released the new edition of 2013 ezPaycheck payroll tax software last night with the updates on 2013 Form 941 (Employer’s QUARTERLY Federal Tax Return). The main changes on new Form 941 include:

- Social Security Tax: The employee tax rate for social security is 6.2%. Previously, the employee tax rate for social security was 4.2%. The employer tax rate for social security remains unchanged at 6.2%. The social security wage base limit is $113,700

- Additional Medicare Tax Withholding: In addition to withholding Medicare tax at 1.45%, employer must withhold a 0.9% Additional Medicare Tax from wages employer pays to an employee in excess of $200,000 in a calendar year.

This new version is free for current ezPaycheck 2013 users. New users can download and ezPaycheck payroll program for 30 day free at http://www.halfpricesoft.com/payroll_software_download.asp with no credit carded needed and no obligation.

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Can ezPaycheck payroll handle multiple payroll rates in the same period for one employee?

by admin 1. February 2013 03:37

EzPaycheck payroll software is very flexible. Yes, it can handle multiple payroll rates in the same period for one employee.

 

Here is an example:

Employee XYZ works for two shifts during the same pay period. The pay rate for the first shift is $10. The pay rate for the second shift is $12.

 

1.       Start  ezPaycheck, click the left menu “Company Settings”, then click “Wage Setup” sub menu to open Company Wage Setup Screen.

-          Check one Regular wage item, then the “Change Name” button to rename it. You can rename it to “2ND shift” or other name.

-          Save your change.

 

2.       Add/ Edit Employee Setup  screen

 

3.       Enter the hourly Rates for different shifts

 

4.       Add a new check and enter the hours there.

New users can try ezPaycheck 30 days free. No credit card needed and no obligation.

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How to Calculate 2013 Federal Income Tax Manually

by admin 17. January 2013 16:17

EzPaycheck small business software saves employers' time by simplifying payroll tax calculation, paycheck printing and tax reporting. However if you like to calculate the taxes manually, you can find the step by step guide below

 

For example:

 

Karen is the employee of company ABC. She lives in Arizona. Her withholding rate is single/withhold at a single rate.  She has two allowances and no extra withholds.  She gets paid $10 per hour biweekly.  She works 64 hours for each biweekly pay period.


Followings are the steps to calculate the federal tax:
 

1. Gross pay for each paycheck: 
 
For each pay period, the gross pay is $640
 
2. Deduction for each paycheck:
The standard deduction is $3,900 per year (For Year 2013).
She can get total $3900*2=$7800
For each pay period the deduction is: $7800/26=$300

 
3. Taxable income for each paycheck
So for each paycheck, the taxable income is: 640-300=$340.00
 
4. Federal tax 
(340.00-85.00) * 10%=255*10%=$25.5

 

Current Federal Income Withholding Tax table
http://www.halfpricesoft.com/federal_income_tax_2013.asp

 

 

Table 2 -- Biweekly Payroll Period

(a) SINGLE person (including head of household) --

If the amount of wages(after
subtracting withholding
allowances) is:

 

The amount of income tax
to withhold is:

Not over $85.00.......

 

$0

Over --

But no over --

 

 

Of excess over --

$85.00

$428.00

 ...

10%

$85.00

$428.00

$1,479.00

 ...

$34.30 plus 15%

$428.00

$1,479.00

$3,463.00

 ...

$191.95 plus 25%

$1,479.00

$3,463.00

$7,133.00

 ...

$687.95 plus 28%

$3,463.00

$7,133.00

$15,406.00

 ...

$1,715.55 plus 33%

$7,133.00

$15,406.00

$15,469.00

 ...

$4,445.64 plus 35%

$15,406.00

$15,469.00

...

 ...

$4,467.69 plus 39.6%

$15,469.00

EzPaycheck payroll software is designed to automate paycheck processes to reduce the time spent on running payroll. The software’s graphic interface leads users step-by-step through setting up employee information, importing data, calculating payroll—including calculation of federal, state and local taxes; deductions for Medicare, insurance and 401(k) plans; and printing paychecks.

 

Priced at just $89 per installation, ezPaycheck’s graphical interface and functions are so intuitive that even users without much computer or accounting experience can start automating payroll processes within minutes of installation. Additionally, customers can try ezPaycheck payroll software without cost or obligation for 30 days.

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Related Links

 

  • Federal Tax tables 
  • State Tax Tables 
  • EzPaycheck Payroll Software For Small Businesses 
  • How to Print and File W2 Forms 
  • How to Print and File 1099 Forms 
  • How to print professional checks in house 
  • How to save on QuickBooks Check Printing 
  • How to Transfer EzPaycheck 2012 Data To 2013 By Using the Restore Function

    by admin 3. January 2013 16:46

    When ezPaycheck 2012 users run ezPaycheck 2013 update package, it should transfer all the data to ezPaycheck 2013 automatically. However if your machine has higher security settings, ezPaycheck may not be able to transfer the data automatically. 

     

    Here is the step by step guide on to move the data with the restore function.

    Do not forget step 4 to switch your current database after you store your database file manually.

    1. Start ezPaycheck, then click the top menu "Company->Restore company" to open the Database Restore screen.
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    2. On the Database Restore screen, click Select backup database to be restored button to select your database file.
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    3. Select your file and click the open button.

    The database file is the .mdb file (Microsoft Access Database file).

    option 1: If you have backed up your database before, you can select your backup database file 

    Option 2: If you have NOT backed up your database before, you can select the original database file from your old database folder

    The default folder is:
    C:\Program Files\Halfpricesoft\ezPaycheck

    or

    C:\Program Files (x86)\Halfpricesoft\ezPaycheck

    If you are using Windows 8, 7 or Vista with some settings, the default folder can be:
    C:\Users\YourName\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files\Halfpricesoft\ezPaycheck

    If you cannot see "AppData" folder there, you can type it to the top address bar directly. Some machines may hide this folder.

    4. If you want to use this database file as your current database, you can click the top menu "Company->Select Company" to select this database from list and set it the current database file.

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    How to Customize Paycheck for Direct Deposit

    by admin 31. December 2012 05:39

    If you deposit the paychecks into your employee accounts directly with ezACH deposit software or other software, you can still use ezPaycheck to print checks.

    Option 1: Print Stubs Only

    When you print checks, you can click the "PRINT STUB ONLY" button.

    Option 2: Customize your check for direct deposit

    - Step 1: Open check setup screen by clicking the left menu "Checks->Check setup". Then click the Check Layout Setup button to open check layout setup screen.

    Step 2: Hide MICR Line and add a text label for direct deposit. 

     

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    How to Print Paycheck with Logo

    by admin 31. December 2012 04:59

    EzPaycheck 2013 payroll software is very flexible and allow users to customize the check layout with logo, font, extra text fields and lines. Here is the step by step guide on how to add logo paychecks.

    1. Add logo to check

    You can click the left menu "Checks->Check Setup" to open check setup screen. You can specify the logo image here.

     

    2. If you need customize the logo, you can click the "Check Layout setup button" to customize check layout.

    o customize the logo, you need to select the logo from the item picker first. Then you can resize it or drag/drop the logo to a new position. If you are satisfied with the effect, you can save your change. 

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    How to add the second signature line on paychecks
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    How to Add the Second Signature Line to Paychecks

    by admin 31. December 2012 04:18

    EzPaycheck 2013 is very flexible and allow users to customize the check layout with logo, font, extra text fields and lines.  If you need to two signatures, here are the solution:

    Option 1: Create an image with two singatures and specify the image path on check setup screen.

    Option 2: If you will sign the check manully, here is the instructions on how to add the second signature line on paychecks.

    1. Start ezPaycheck, click the left menu "Checks->Check setup" to open check setup screen. Then click the "Checl Layout Setup" button to open check layout setup screen.

    2. Add second signature line

    Select "Custom Line 0" from item Picker and set it visible. Then you can drag/drop the line to a new location. Then you can change x-end position value to adjust the length. If you like the change, click the SAVE button.

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    How to Install ezPaycheck 2013 Software

    by admin 21. December 2012 05:00

    We redesigned ezPaycheck 2013 to make it more user-friendly. In response to your requests, several new features were added to ezPaycheck 2013 payroll software

     

    -          EzPaycheck can print the logo on check now

    -          EzPaycheck allows users to customize check layout, change font, add the second signature line and add extra text fields now.

    -          ezPaycheck supports more custom wage fields now

    -          It supports more custom deduction fields now

    -          New user interface with more form level help buttons

    -          Database backup reminder

     

    Option 1: If you have NOT installed ezPaycheck on your machine before, you can click here to install it directly.  

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    Step by step guide can be found at download page

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

     



    Option 2: If you have already installed ezPaycheck earlier version on your machine, please follow these steps:
     



    Step 1: If you need to keep your data, please back up your database first. Otherwise you can skip this step.
     



    Your data should be safe during this process. However, ezPaycheck 2013 may not be able to transfer your data to the new folder if your machine is with higher security settings. 

    We would like to suggest you backup them to a folder or USB disk you can access easily. You can refer to this article for more details on database backup.

    http://www.halfpricesoft.com/articles/sb-payroll-backup.asp

     

     

    Step 2: Download ezPaycheck 2013 and install it. You can find step by step guide on the download page

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    Step 3: Start ezPaycheck 2013. If you cannot find your company database, you can use the restore function to restore your backup file.

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    Payroll 101: What is Fringe Benefits

    by admin 19. November 2012 10:28

    A fringe benefit is a form of pay (including property, services, cash or cash equivalent) in addition to stated pay for the performance of services. Some forms of additional compensation are specifically designated as “fringe benefits” in the Internal Revenue Code.

    Fringe benefits commonly include health insurance, group term life coverage, education reimbursement, childcare and assistance reimbursement and cafeteria plans. Fringe benefits for employees are taxable wages unless specifically excluded by a section of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC).

    The IRC may provide that fringe benefits are nontaxable, partially taxable, or tax-deferred.

    Taxable – Includible in gross income unless excluded under an IRC section. “Taxable” means the benefit is included in the employees' wages and reported on Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, and generally is subject to Federal income tax withholding, social security (unless the employee has already reached the current year social security wage base limit), and Medicare. If the recipient is an employee, this amount is includible as wages. For example, bonuses are always taxable because no IRC section excludes them from taxation

    .

    Nontaxable (excludable) – Excluded from wages by a specific IRC section; for example, qualified health plan benefits excludable under section 105.

     

    Partially taxable - Part is excluded by IRC section and part is taxable. Benefits may be excludable up to dollar limits, such as the public transportation subsidy under IRC §132.

    Tax-deferred – Benefit is not taxable when received, but subject to tax later. For example, employer contributions to an employee's pension plan may not be taxable when made, but may be taxed when distributed to the employee.

    (Source: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-tege/fringe_benefit_fslg.pdf)

    ezPaycheck small business payroll software can handle fringe benefits. It comes with default settings for health Insurance and 401K. Users can also add customized deduction fields to handle taxable or non-taxable fringe benefits easily. Learn more at
    http://www.halfpricesoft.com/business-blog/post/2011/05/05/How-to-add-a-new-payroll-deduction.aspx

    More information about ezPaycheck payroll software can be found at product page.

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    How to Handle Payroll Tasks for Both W2 Employees and 1099 Contractors

    by admin 18. April 2012 09:53

    EzPaycheck payroll software is very flexible. It can handle the paychecks for both employees and contractors easily. Since employer does not need to withhold taxes from contractors’ paychecks, we would like to suggest you add the second account to handle the paychecks for 1099 contractors. (EzPaycheck can support multiple accounts with no extra charge) 

    Step 1: Set up the first company account for W-2 employees.

     Step 2: Set up the second company account for 1099 contractors.

    • Click the ezPaycheck top menu “Company->Duplicate current account” to duplicate current account to handle paychecks for 1099 contractor. 
    •  You can switch the current account easily by click the top menu “Company->Select Company”.         
    • When you add a contractor, you need to uncheck all the tax options. Then ezPaycheck will not withhold taxes from the paychecks.

    Note:

    If you don't like to add the second company account to handle 1099 contractors, you can also use the MICS check function to write checks for 1099 contractors quickly. You can click the left menu "Checks->MICS Checks". Click the "Add new check" button, enter the "Payee Name" and "Amount", then save this check by clicking the "SAVE" button.

     

     You are welcome to download and try ezPaycheck free for 30 days with no cost and no obligation

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    Small Business Payroll Solution: How to start to use payroll software in mid-year

    by admin 15. February 2012 05:16

    A lof of users asked if they could start ezPaycheck in mid-year. The answer is YES. You can start to use ezPaycheck payroll software any time in a year.

    If you handled your payroll jobs manually or with other software before

    - you can enter the previous checks into ezPaycheck payroll system one by one manually

    - or you can use the YTD manually input feature to enter the previous summary payroll data quickly. Learn more on YTD feature here..

    Then ezPaycheck will have all your payroll data. So it can generate the correct reports for you.

    More information about ezPaycheck payroll software can be found at product page. 

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    Small Business Payroll Solution: How to Handle SDI Tax?

    by admin 15. February 2012 04:18

    ezPaycheck payroll software is very flexible. With ezPaycheck, user can easily add a new deduction to handle SDI Tax, IRA plan, Garnishment, Donation, Dependent Care, Flexible Account or other local taxes.

     

    Here are the steps on how to add a SDI Tax:

    • Step 1: Add a new deduction

    1. Start ezPaycheck, click the left menu “Company Settings->Deductions” to  open Company Deduction Setup screen.

    2. Check one Customized deduction item, then clicked the button behind it to open  Deduction Details sceen. 

    3. Input the new name "SDI" for the Description field. 

    4. If this is a deduction by percent,  you can check "Deduction in percentage of wage" option box and enter the value. Otherwise, leave it unchecked.

    You also need to enter the uplimit for this deduction.

    For example: The 2012 CA SDI tax rate is 1.0 percent (.010) of SDI taxable wages per employee, per year. This includes the rate for PFL. The maximum tax is $955.85 per employee, per year.

    5. Check other tax options 

    6. Click the "Save" button and closed Deduction details page. 

    7. Click "save" button on Company Deduction Setup form to update the database.

     

    • Step 2: Update employee profile

    1. Select one employee from employee list and edit his deduction option. 

    2. Enter the amount or percent value.  

    3. Click "next" until  the last page, then click the "Finish" button to save the change.

    • Step 3: Generate a new check 

    When you generate the new check, you will see this new SDI Tax on paycheck

     

     

     

    More information about ezPaycheck payroll software can be found at product page. 

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    What is new of Year 2012 Payroll Tax

    by admin 20. January 2012 02:52

    IRS announces income tax changes for 2012

     

    ·         The Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Act of 2011 temporarily extends the two percentage point payroll tax cut for employees, continuing the reduction of their Social Security tax withholding rate from 6.2 percent to 4.2 percent of wages paid through Feb. 29, 2012. The employer tax rate for social security remains unchanged at 6.2%.

     

    ·         The tax rate for social security is 6.2% each for the employee and employer. (It was 4.2% for employee in Year 2011)

     

    ·         The social security wage base limit is $110,100. (It was $106,800.00 in Year 2011)

     

    ·         Personal and dependent exemptions: $3800 (It was $3,700 in Year 2011)

     

    ·         An increase in tax-bracket thresholds

     

    The IRS asks that employers should implement the new payroll tax rate as soon as possible in 2012 but not later than Jan. 31, 2012. 

     

    Designed with non-accountant business owners and managers in mind, the new ezPaycheck 2012 payroll software is released to help small businesses and accountants to handle the latest tax changes easily and smoothly. 

     

    Federal Income Tax Tables
    http://www.halfpricesoft.com/federal_income_tax_2012.asp

     

    State Income Tax Tables

    http://www.halfpricesoft.com/state-tax-table-2012.asp

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    What Is New with 2012 Social Security Tax

    by admin 6. January 2012 04:18

    Nearly 160 million workers will benefit from the extension of the reduced payroll tax rate that has been in effect for 2011. IRS required that employers should implement the new payroll tax rate as soon as possible in 2012 but not later than Jan. 31, 2012.

     

    Following are the instructions from Notice 1036

     

    The employee tax rate for social security is 4.2% on wages paid and tips received before March 1, 2012. The employee tax rate for social security increases to 6.2% on wages paid and tips received after February 29, 2012. The employer tax rate for social security remains unchanged at 6.2%. The social security wage base limit is $110,100. The Medicare tax rate is 1.45% each for the employee and employer, unchanged from 2011. There is no wage base limit for Medicare tax.

     

    Employers should implement the 4.2% employee social security tax rate as soon as possible, but not later than January 31, 2012. After implementing the 4.2% rate, employers should make an offsetting adjustment in a subsequent pay period to correct any overwithholding of social security tax as soon as possible, but not later than March 31, 2012.

     

    EzPayCheck payroll software already included this change in its 2012 version.

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    How to enter YTD payroll data?

    by admin 20. December 2011 08:18

    YTD means Year-to-date. It is a period from the beginning of the current year, and continues up to the present day. The YTD information on the check stubs will update automatically each time you add a new paycheck.

     

    This YTD entry feature is for users who start ezPaycheck in mid-year. (If you start ezPaycheck from Jan 1, you do not need to enter YTD manually.)

     

    For example, company ABC handles paychecks for employee Ryan Smith manually from 1/1/2011 to 6/30/2011. They plan to use ezPaycheck from 7/1/2011-7/15/2011 pay period. So instead of entering the old checks one by one, they can enter the YTD summary data here.

     

    You should add the YTD data first before you generate a new paycheck. So you can see the correct YTD data on paycheck stubs. 

     

    Here are the steps.

    If you have not installed ezPaycheck payroll software, you can download it from

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

    Step 1: Set up company information

     

    Step 2: Add a new employee Ryan Smith

     

    Step 3: Select Ryan from Employee list and open YTD manually input screen.  Then enter the summary information for 1/1/2011 to 6/30/2011.

     

     

    Step 4: When you generate a new check, you will see the YTD data is updated.

    To learn more about ezPaycheck, visit http://www.halfpricesoft.com/index.asp

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    How can payroll software handle paying by piece and paying by hour?

    by admin 3. September 2011 17:07

    For some companies, employees are paid by hourly rate and piece-rate at the same time. EzPaycheck payroll software is very flexible and allows user to add the customized wages as “Pay_by_piece” easily.

    Step 1: Setup employee profile and enter the default pay rate. (If your employee is paid by piece only, you can enter the dummy hourly rate here.)

    Step 2: Add the customized wages on wage setup screen. You can access this screen by clicking the left menu "Company Settings->Wage Setup".

     

    Step 3: Generate a new check. You can enter more information in MEMO field. If employee is paid by piece-rate only, you can leave the hours as “0”. 

    EzPaycheck payroll software is designed to automate paycheck processes to reduce the time spent on running payroll. The software’s graphic interface leads users step-by-step through setting up employee information, calculating payroll—including calculation of federal, state and local taxes; deductions for Medicare, insurance and 401(k) plans; and printing paychecks.

     

    Priced at just $89 per installation, ezPaycheck’s graphical interface and functions are so intuitive that even users without much computer or accounting experience can start automating payroll processes within minutes of installation. Additionally, customers can try ezPaycheck payroll software without cost or obligation for 30 days. 

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    How to change the pay rate when generating a new paycheck with payroll software?

    by admin 3. September 2011 16:42

    For some companies, the pay rate for the same employee is not fixed. The employee may be paid at different pay rates for different pay periods.

    EzPaycheck payroll software is very flexible. User can enter the default pay rate when he sets up the employee information. However, user can modify the rate when he generates a new check each time.

    Step 1: Setup employee profile and enter the default pay rate.

     

    Step 2: Modify the pay rate when generating a new check 

    EzPaycheck payroll software is designed to automate paycheck processes to reduce the time spent on running payroll. The software’s graphic interface leads users step-by-step through setting up employee information, calculating payroll—including calculation of federal, state and local taxes; deductions for Medicare, insurance and 401(k) plans; and printing paychecks.

     

    Priced at just $89 per installation, ezPaycheck’s graphical interface and functions are so intuitive that even users without much computer or accounting experience can start automating payroll processes within minutes of installation. Additionally, customers can try ezPaycheck payroll software without cost or obligation for 30 days.

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    How to change Paycheck Format?

    by admin 2. September 2011 08:58

    ezPaycheck payroll software can print check on blank check paper or pre-printed checks. It also supports check-on-top, check-in-middle or check-at-bottom formats. User can select this option from check setup form.

    • Clicking the left menu "check->check setup" to open check setup form
    • Change the check position to check-on-top, check-in-middle or check-at-bottom.
    • Save changes. 

    EzPaycheck payroll software is designed to automate paycheck processes to reduce the time spent on running payroll. The software’s graphic interface leads users step-by-step through setting up employee information, calculating payroll—including calculation of federal, state and local taxes; deductions for Medicare, insurance and 401(k) plans; and printing paychecks.

     

    Priced at just $89 per installation, ezPaycheck’s graphical interface and functions are so intuitive that even users without much computer or accounting experience can start automating payroll processes within minutes of installation. Additionally, customers can try ezPaycheck payroll software without cost or obligation for 30 days.

     

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    New Video Published: How to Handle Tips in Restaurant with ezPaycheck Payroll Software

    by admin 16. August 2011 11:16

    We published a new video on youtube

    How to Handle Tips in Restaurant with ezPaycheck Payroll Software 

    U.S. restaurants declined by -1 percent, or a loss of 5,551 restaurants, from a year ago based on the data from NPD Group. And the independent restaurants drove the decline, with their number of units dropping by 2 percent during the period. Only companies that use the recession as an opportunity to innovate will come out of the downturn stronger.

    “In tough economic times, how to increase business productivity is critical for any company, “said Dr. Ge, founder of Halfpricesoft.com.  "We hope the new improved ezPaycheck payroll software can help restaurant owners spend less time understanding what tax rate they should pay and more time ensuring their business succeeds."

    Priced at just $89 per installation, the new in-house ezPaycheck payroll software helps restaurants grow during downturn by automating payroll processing and eliminating errors in tax calculations. Free trial is available.

    More information about ezPaycheck payroll software can be found at product page.

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    How set up the before-tax or after-tax deduction with ezPaycheck Payroll software?

    by admin 15. August 2011 05:47

    ezPaycheck payroll software is very flexible. User can set up pre-tax deduction or after-tax deduction easily.

    ezPaycheck payroll software is very flexible. User can set up pre-tax deduction or after-tax deduction easily.

    ·         If you need to add a customize deduction, you can refer to the following article. You can select the tax option from the Deduction Details screen.

    http://www.halfpricesoft.com/business-blog/post/2011/05/05/How-to-add-a-new-payroll-deduction.aspx

    ·         For built-in deductions (Health Insurance or 401K), you can change the tax options by following the steps below.

    1. Click the left menu "Company Settings->Deductions" to open "Company Deduction Setup" screen.

    2. Click the button behind 401K or Health Insurance to open "Deduction Details" screen.

    3. Check/Uncheck tax options

    4. Click the Save button to update changes for the deduction details.

    5. Click the Save button to update changes for company deduction setup.

     

     

    More information about ezPaycheck payroll software can be found at product page.

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    How to handle payroll jobs in churches and non-profits?

    by admin 18. July 2011 12:50

     

    New options for setting up tax deductions customized to individual employees makes the 2011 edition of ezPaycheck payroll software ideal for non-profits and businesses with unique tax situations. Churches and other religious organizations, who don’t deduct FICA taxes for clergy members, will find these new control features particularly appealing.

    User can check/uncheck tax options easily when he sets up an employee's profile.

     

    Related article: How to enter federal and state tax manually instead of using tax tables

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    New Features in ezPaycheck Payroll Software Simplify Piece-rate and Hourly Pay

    by admin 8. June 2011 08:51

    Halfpricesoft.com recently released a new version of ezPaycheck payroll software with new features that make paying by the piece simpler and faster.  

    “Meeting the specific needs of our customers is an important part of our business model,” said Halfpricesoft.com founder Dr. Ge. “We had several customers who told us they pay some workers by the piece-rate, but ezPaycheck didn’t facilitate that easily, so we added some features that simplify that process.”

    Released in May, version 3.1.7 of ezPaycheck payroll software includes an expanded MEMO field, which can be combined with the custom payment field to easily notate pay-by-piece or pay-by-stops payroll calculations. Users simply rename a custom payment field to something like, “pay-by-piece” or “pay-by-stops” and enter the value of the paycheck. Details of the payment, such as “100 pieces * $5 per piece,” can be entered into the MEMO field.

     

    30-day free trial is available at http://www.halfpricesoft.com

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    How to restore payroll data?

    by admin 7. June 2011 11:37

    The new data back-up/restore feature in ezPaycheck payroll software securely protects payroll data against loss in event of virus or hard-disk crash. Followings are the steps to restore your data from USB disk, CD or other folder.

    1. Start ezPaycheck, then click the top menu "Company->Restore company" to open the Database Restore screen.
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    2. On the Database Restore screen, click Select backup database to be restored button to select your database file.
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    3. Select your file and click the open button. Then ezPaycheck will copy the backup database file to the application folder.
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    4. If you want to use this database file as your current database, you can click the top menu "Company->Select Company" to select this database from list and set it the current database file.

    <note:> This restore version feature is available with ezPaycheck 2011 version 3.1.7. If you are using an old version, you can download the lastest ezPaycheck update package. The ezPaycheck update package is free for the current users.

    Related article: How to Backup Payroll Data http://www.halfpricesoft.com/articles/sb-payroll-backup.asp

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    Why Small Business Needs Payroll Software

    by admin 3. June 2011 03:07

    Business owners are constantly searching for new and innovative ways to decrease their costs and increase their efficiency. If you own a small business, there are many great strategies you can implement into your plans to decrease your costs and increase your productivity, but one valuable solution in particular is certainly small business payroll software. The following article will review how this software can improve your operations today.

    Cost
    The cost savings alone can be a very attractive benefit of using payroll software. By managing your accounts on your own rather than hiring a professional to do it for you, you can save your company thousands of dollars every single month. You can then invest the money you save into more important aspects of your company that will ultimately result in further growth and productivity in the future.

    Since you will be completing the employee payment tasks on your own if you choose to use software, you will also be in a position to guarantee the accuracy of the information you record. This additional benefit can help you keep track of your operations and help you make the right decisions going into the future.

    Security
    Security is another important benefit of using a secure computer program. Payroll information is generally of a very sensitive nature, but it is very important for companies to keep clear, accurate, and secure employee records. By utilizing an in-house program, you can avoid exposing this important information to hackers on the Internet and you can also protect the computer that houses the information to secure it even further.

    Many small business owners love to use specially designed computer programs to manage their employees and payments, because this type of software can help them keep their records organized and accurate. Owners who keep important employee and company records on paper files often have trouble finding the documents they need when they need them. Also, owners who keep important information about their operations in a single location are at risk of losing the valuable information due to fires and other hazards.

    Convenience
    Along with helping you keep your records organized, this type of program can also simplify all of your operations that are related to your payroll. Once you are using one of these programs, you will be able to manage employee payments in only a few short and easy steps.

    You can also handle all of your tax documents using a program that offers tax filing solutions. With these programs, you can automatically calculate your taxes, create reminders to file, and you can even file your taxes online. Once you start using one of these programs, you will likely find your finances to be greatly simplified overall.

    Basically, if you are looking for a great way to manage your payroll without spending a large amount of money, you should review the various small business payroll software products you can buy today. Once you have integrated payroll software into your operations, you will be able to better track your employees and your finances, but you will also be able to handle your entire operation with greater ease as well.

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    ezPaycheck Payroll Software Version 3.1.7 Is Shipping with Enhanced Data Protection

    by admin 24. May 2011 16:40

    Viruses, spyware and hard-drive crashes - Almost weekly, Halfpricesoft.com support team received help requests from ezPaycheck payroll software users desperate to recover payroll data lost to these villains. Though the malware and data losses were not related to the company’s popular payroll software, Halfpricesoft.com’s management team realized customers needed a new way to back up and restore their payroll data securely, safely and quickly.

     

     

     

     

    The new version 3.1.7 is released to speed up secure back-up and restoration of payroll data to prevent loss to viruses, spyware and computer crashes.

     

     

     

     

    Other updates include:

    - New MEMO field

    - Updates on YTD Entry Screen

    - Form level help buttons

     

     

     

     

    This new version is available for free download:

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

     

     

     

     

    Current ezPaycheck 2011 user can download the free update package at:

    http://www.halfpricesoft.com/payroll_software_update_2011.asp

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    Reporting Tip Income - Restaurant Tax Tips

    by admin 5. May 2011 08:41

    Reporting Tip Income - Restaurant Tax Tips

    ( click this link to see how to handle tips in restaurant with ezPaycheck Payroll Software)

    Tips your employees receive from customers are generally subject to withholding. Employees are required to claim all tip income received. This includes tips you paid over to the employee for charge customers and tips the employee received directly from customers.

    Employee Requirements

    Employees must report tip income on Form 4070, Employee's Report of Tips to Employer, (PDF) or on a similar statement. This report is due on the 10th day of the month after the month the tips are received. This statement must be signed by the employee and must show the following:

    • The employee's name, address, and SSN.
    • Your name and address.
    • The month or period the report covers.
    • The total tips received.

    No report is required from an employee for months when tips are less than $20.

    Both Forms 4070 and 4070-A, Employee's Daily Record of Tips, (PDF) are included in Publication 1244, Employee's Daily Record of Tips and Report to Employer. (PDF)

    Employer Requirements

    Employers must collect income tax, employee social security tax and employee Medicare tax on tips reported by employees. You can collect these taxes from an employee's wages or from other funds he or she makes available.

    Allocation of Tips

    As an employer, you must ensure that the total tip income reported to you during any pay period is, at a minimum, equal to 8% of your total receipts for that period.

    In calculating 8% of total receipts, you do not include nonallocable receipts. Nonallocable receipts are defined as receipts for carry out sales and receipts with a service charge added of 10% or more.

    When the total reported to you is less than 8%, you must allocate the difference between the actual tip income reported and 8% of gross receipts. There are three methods for allocating tip income:

    • Gross Receipt Method
    • Hours Worked Method
    • Good Faith Agreement

    Employers can request a lower rate (but not lower than 2%) for tip allocation purposes by submitting an application to the IRS. Detailed instructions for computing allocation of tips, reporting allocated tips to employees, and for requesting a lower rate can be found in theInstructions for Form 8027. (PDF)

    Note: The amount shown as allocated tip income is for information purposes only. You are not required to withhold Income or Social Security taxes on the allocated tip income. The amount of tip income allocated to each employee is shown in box 8 of their Form W-2.

    Tip Reporting Requirements for Employers

    Employers who operate large food or beverage establishments must file Form 8027, Employer’s Annual Information Return of Tip Income and Allocated Tips (PDF) to report employee tip income. A large food or beverage establishment is defined as business where all of the following apply:

    • Food or beverage is provided for consumption on the premises
    • Tipping is a customary practice
    • More than 10 employees, who work more than 80 hours, were normally employed on a typical business day during the preceding calendar year.

    A worksheet for determining whether a business meets the criteria listed above is included in the Instructions for Form 8027. (PDF)

    Source: www.irs.com

    ( click this link to see how to handle tips in restaurant with ezPaycheck Payroll Software)

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    What Is Wage Garnishment

    by admin 5. May 2011 04:36

    Wage garnishment is a legal procedure in which a person’s earnings are required by court order to be withheld by an employer for the payment of a debt such as child support.

    Title III of the Consumer Credit Protection Act (CCPA) prohibits an employer from discharging an employee whose earnings have been subject to garnishment for any one debt, regardless of the number of levies made or proceedings brought to collect it.  More informaiton can be found at

    http://www.dol.gov/compliance/topics/wages-garnishment.htm

     

    ezPaycheck payroll software can handle garnishment. To lear more please check 

    How to add a new payroll deduction

     

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    How to add a new payroll deduction and withhold it from each paycheck automatically?

    by admin 5. May 2011 04:17

     

    ezPaycheck payroll software is very flexible. With ezPaycheck, user can easily add a new deduction for IRA plan, Garnishment, Donation, Dependent Care, Flexible Account or other purpose.

    payroll deduction

    Here are the steps on how to add a new payroll deduction:

     

    • Add a new deduction

     

    1. Start ezPaycheck, click the left menu “Company Settings->Deductions” to  open Company Deduction Setup screen.

     

    2. Check one Customized deduction item, then clicked the button behind it to open  Deduction Details sceen. 

     

    3. Input the new name My_dedution. 

     

    4. If this is a deduction by percent,  you can check "Deduction in percentage of wage" option box. Otherwise, leave it unchecked

     

    5. Check other tax options 

     

    6. Click the "Save" button and closed Deduction details page. 

     

    7. Click "save" button on Company Deduction Setup form to update the database.

     

    • Update employee profile

    1. Select one employee from employee list and edited his deduction option.

    2. Enter the amount or percent value.  

    3. Click "next" until  the last page, then click the "Finish" button to save the change.

     

    • Generate a new check

     

    When you generate the new check, you will see this new deduction on paycheck. 

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    More information about ezPaycheck payroll software can be found at product page. 

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    Halfpricesoft.com Rejects Price Increase for 2012 Edition of ezPaycheck Payroll Software for Small Businesses

    by admin 2. May 2011 07:17

    Hoping to keep ezPaycheck small business payroll software affordable for every size company in the continuing recession, managers at Halfpricesoft.com have decided to reject a proposed price hike for ezPaycheck. ezPaycheck 2012 will be the 7th year in a row without a price increase for the popular software.

    “In a down economy, companies need to streamline and increase efficiency, so they can be more productive with every minute and every dollar,” said Halfpricesoft.com founder Dr. Ge. “ezPaycheck lets managers and business owners spend as little time as possible on running payroll, so they can focus on the income-earning aspects of their business. We don’t feel it’s appropriate to potentially put that efficiency out of the reach of some customers by raising the price at this time.”

    Available for just $89 per installation, ezPaycheck has remained at that affordable price since its initial release in 2005. Equipped with an intuitive graphical user interface, the payroll software is designed to be easy to use even for people without an accounting background or with little computer experience. Very little setup or learning curve is necessary, and most users can begin running payroll within minutes of installing ezPaycheck.

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    Is there any totally free payroll software?

    by admin 31. March 2011 11:01

    Some user wrote to us recently and asked why he needs to pay $59 each year to update payroll tax tables because some company already provided free payroll service (He did not mention the name.)

    I do not know if there is totally free and reliable payroll software in market. But I know it is not an easy job for our programmers to keep our tax tables and forms up-to-date. Based on my experience, when you are using free software you normally get what you paid for. Free payroll software can end up the most expensive if it fails to give accurate and current data.  

    However it is always a good idea to download and try payroll software for free before purchasing. Each company is unique. The best way to know if a payroll software works for you is to use it. That is why we offer users 30-day free trial. 

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    Each Paycheck Is On Time, Small Businesses Enjoy The Big Benefits Of Payroll Software From Halfpricesoft

    by admin 21. March 2011 17:22

    Payroll is one of the most important tasks about running a business. After all, employees want to get the paychecks on time. However calculating payroll taxes can be very time-consuming. Designed with non-accountant business owners and managers in mind, Halfpricesoft has released the new edition of ezPaycheck 2011, which automates payroll tasks for small businesses.

     

    "No two small businesses or non-profits are exactly the same. They all have different needs and requirements,” Dr. Ge said. “Updates in the 2011 edition of ezPaycheck include several features commonly requested by customers who like the software but need additional flexibility."

     

    The new features of ezPaycheck 2011 payroll application include Customizable Payroll Reporting Feature, Auto-fill Paycheck Data Feature, Customizable Tax and Deduction Features, Employee List Export Feature, Income tax rate updates and Tax form updates, which make the 2011 edition more powerful and flexible than ever.

     

    This affordable payroll software is suitable for any small- to mid-sized business or non-profits, because of the big benefits.

     

    1) EASY TO USE

    - User friendly interface design and Windows menus make ezPaycheck payroll software quick and easy to set up, use and understand.

     

    2) EFFICIENT

    - Works within ezPaycheck payroll accounting software, so there's nothing new to learn and no double entry.

    - ezPaycheck payroll software help user save money by printing your checks on blank computer checks.

    - Support Tax Forms W2, W3, 940 and 941.

     

    3) FLEXIBLE

    - Tax tables and calculations for all 50 states and D.C

    - Accommodates any combination of incomes, deductions, taxes and benefits. Also accommodates multiple companies, each with unique setup information.

    - Supports customized Wages or Deductions to handle commissions, tips in restaurants or the special local taxes.

    - Support for daily, weekly, biweekly, semimonthly and monthly payroll periods

     

    4) AFFORDABLE

    - Instead of paying $200 a month to some payroll company, user can only spend $89 a year for all payroll needs.

     

    5) 30 DAYS FREE

    - Download and try this payroll software free for 30 days. No registration needed. No obligation.

     

    To make sampling ezPaycheck 2011 even easier, the free download includes a sample database. Customers do not have to waste time entering employee data before sampling the software’s many features.

     

    ezPaycheck payroll software is loaded with intelligent, intuitive features, but not burdened by complicated suites of expensive applications small businesses will never use or need. The software is ideal for owners of small to mid-sized businesses, and was designed and engineered for ease-of-use by those who have only basic computer skills and little accounting know-how.

     

    Businesses owners and managers who like to issue each paycheck on time, can learn more about  ezPaycheck payroll tax solution by downloading and trying it for free for 30 days at http://www.halfpricesoft.com/payroll_software_download.asp

     

    Or check the video ezPaycheck Made Your Payroll an Easy Job

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JISurtSXoZ0

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    ezPaycheck new version released on Year 2011 Form 941

    by admin 14. March 2011 06:09

    We have released the new version of ezPaycheck 2011 software

    Version: 3.1.6

    Date published: 3/10/2011

    Main update: Year 2011 Form 941 

    Who need to update

    You can check your current version by clicking the top menu "help->about ezPaycheck" or "help->Check for updates". 

    If you are using the old version and need to file form 941, you can download the new ezPaycheck 2011 update package. 

    Cost

    ezPaycheck 2011 update package is totally free for the current ezPaycheck 2011 users. If you are using ezPaycheck 2010 or earlier version, you need to purchase ezPaycheck 2011 key at $59.  

    How to update

    You can download and install the latest ezPaycheck package to update ezPaycheck by a few clicks. 

    Please follow the instructions on screen.  Your data should be safe during this process. However, we always suggest you back up your data first. (Learn more about back up at: http://www.halfpricesoft.com/articles/sb-payroll-backup.asp )

    ezPaycheck 2011 update package

    http://www.halfpricesoft.com/payroll_software_update_2011.asp 

    Full version is available at

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

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    To learn more about ezPaycheck, please visit: http://www.halfpricesoft.com/index.asp

    Or check the video ezPaycheck Made Your Payroll an Easy Job
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    New Tax Deduction & Exemption Options Designed for Churches & Non-profits Included in 2011 Release of ezPaycheck

    by admin 18. February 2011 04:20

    New options for setting up tax deductions customized to individual employees makes the 2011 edition of ezPaycheck payroll software ideal for non-profits and businesses with unique tax situations. Churches and other religious organizations, who don’t deduct FICA taxes for clergy members, will find these new control features particularly appealing.

    Developed by Halfpricesoft.com and available for as little as $89 per installation, ezPaycheck 2011 is a payroll processing software designed especially for small businesses and non-profit organizations. As with all small business software titles from Halfpricesoft.com, ezPaycheck is known for its ease of use, flexibility and affordability. The software is available online at http://www.halfpricesoft.com/index.asp.

    “ezPaycheck has always had highly flexible options for setting up deductions and other payroll factors that fit the needs of our customers,” said Halfpricesoft.com’s founder Dr. Ge. “But a portion of our customers have unique tax and deduction circumstances that were difficult to manage with previous editions of ezPaycheck. The new features added to the 2011 edition meet those needs while maintaining the ease of use that ezPaycheck customers have come to love.”

    In addition to the new deduction set-up features, updates to the 2011 edition of ezPaycheck also include:
    - Updated income tax tables with 2011 rates for all 50 states, Washington D.C., and federal taxes.
    - Custom payroll reports feature allowing users to program specific report dates. Previously available quarterly and annual report options are still available in the 2011 edition.
    - Increased exporting options make ezPaycheck 2011 data and reports easier to use with other software, such as Halfpricesoft.com’s ezW2 software for printing W2 and 1099 forms.
    - New auto-fill feature remembers certain information from previous payroll periods, such as pay period dates and check printing dates, and automatically supplies updated information on checks for the current payroll period. Employers save time and hassle.

    Long-time users of ezPaycheck can still count on all the popular features of previous editions, such as the easy-to-use intuitive interface, flexible printing options for multiple check formats, Form 940 and Form 941 printing, and flexible check report options.

    ezPaycheck 2011 is available for free download and 30-day trial

    To ensure that ezPaycheck 2011 meets each customer’s needs before purchasing, Halfpricesoft.com has made the software available for a free 30-day trial. Customers can simply go to http://www.halfpricesoft.com/payroll_software_download.asp and download the software without charge or obligation. To make test-driving ezPaycheck 2011 even easier, the software download includes a sample database, so customers don’t have to waste time entering data before sampling the software’s many features.

    All the features of the ezPaycheck 2011 full version, except check printing, can be used for up to 30 days without charge. To unlock full, unlimited use of ezPaycheck 2011, license keys can be purchased online for as little as $89 per installation.

    To learn more, please visit: http://www.halfpricesoft.com/index.asp

    Or check the video ezPaycheck Made Your Payroll an Easy Job
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    Q&A on Year 2011 Payroll Tax Cut

    by admin 30. December 2010 03:38

     

    The Tax Relief Act was signed into law by President Obama on December 17, 2010. Followings Q&A will help you better understand the payroll tax cut.

     

    Q: What are the changes caused by recent Tax Relief Act?

    A: 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%.

     

    Q: Are all employers affected by this payroll tax cut?

    A: Yes, all employers are impacted by this change from Jan 1, 2011. Both for-profit companies and nonprofit companies need to adjust their payroll processing for the Social Security tax rate.

    Q: What should employers do?

    A: IRS asked Employers should start using the new withholding tables and reducing the amount of Social Security tax withheld as soon as possible in 2011 but not later than Jan. 31, 2011.

    For any Social Security tax over withheld during January, employers should make an offsetting adjustment in workers’ pay as soon as possible but not later than March 31, 2011

     

    Q: What impact will this have on employees?

    A: Millions of workers will see their take-home pay rise during. This reduced Social Security withholding will have no effect on the employee’s future Social Security benefits.

     

    Q: Has Year 2011 Federal Tax Rate Changed?

    A: Employer can find it at http://www.halfpricesoft.com/Federal_income_tax_2011.asp.

     

    Q: Will all employee see the bigger checks in Year 2011?

    A: No, 51 millions will take home less

     

    Halfpricesoft.com released the new version of ezPaycheck payroll software which includes the latest new tax tables released by the Internal Revenue Service. These tax tables incorporate the changes introduced by the Tax Relief Act, which was signed into law by President Obama on December 17, 2010.

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    ezPaycheck 2011 Payroll Software Updates Payroll Tax Withholding Table Includes The New Tax Cut by Tax Relief Act

    by admin 27. December 2010 08:38

    The Tax Relief Act was signed into law by President Obama on December 17, 2010. 

    Millions of workers will see their take-home pay rise during 2011 because the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 provides a two percentage point payroll tax cut for employees, reducing their Social Security tax withholding rate from 6.2 percent to 4.2 percent of wages paid. This reduced Social Security withholding will have no effect on the employee’s future Social Security benefits.

    The new law also maintains the income-tax rates that have been in effect in recent years.

     

    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%. 

    The IRS asks that employers start using the new social security rate as soon as possible in Year 2011 but not later than January 31, 2011.

    For Year 2011 tax tables, please visit

    http://www.halfpricesoft.com/Federal_income_tax_2011.asp

     

    Halfpricesoft.com released the new version of ezPaycheck payroll software which includes the latest new tax tables released by the Internal Revenue Service. These tax tables incorporate the changes introduced by the Tax Relief Act, which was signed into law by President Obama on December 17, 2010.

    ezPaycheck payroll software is loaded with intelligent, intuitive features, but not burdened by complicated suites of expensive applications small businesses will never use or need. The software is ideal for owners of small to mid-sized businesses, and was designed and engineered for ease-of-use by those who have only basic computer skills and little accounting know-how.

    Learn more about ezPaycheck payroll software at http://www.halfpricesoft.com/index.asp

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    ezPaycheck 2011, New Payroll Software Is Shipping for Small Businesses and Accountants

    by admin 18. December 2010 05:14

    Newly released 2011 edition of ezPaycheck payroll software from Halfpricesoft.com gives small and mid-size businesses more options and flexibility in doing payroll and printing checks than ever before.

     

    ezPaycheck payroll software is loaded with intelligent, intuitive features, but not burdened by complicated suites of expensive applications small businesses will never use or need. The software is ideal for owners of small to mid-sized businesses, and was designed and engineered for ease-of-use by those who have only basic computer skills and little accounting know-how.

     

    "We intentionally engineered this software for those end-users who are not professional accountants and payroll tax experts," explains Dr. Mark Ge, President and Founder of ezPaycheck. "You don't even need to have much knowledge of computers. We believe small business software should be simple - stupid simple - so that owners can focus their time and energy on running their businesses, not trying to figure out how to run payroll software."

     

    Small business owners love ezPaycheck payroll software because it is simple and flexible to use, handles all their payroll needs and is very affordable. ezPaycheck payroll tax application is designed for use by non-accountants with minimal computer skills. However, even accountants like it because it is so flexible and supports unlimited accounts with one flat rate.

     

    Despite its simplicity and ease of use, business owners should not mistakenly think ezPaycheck payroll software  is short on features. ezPaycheck is packed with all the features a small business needs to run payroll accounting jobs quickly and easily, including:


    - Up to date tax tables for all 50 U.S. states, Washington D.C. and federal taxes
    - Capability for adding local tax rates
    - Automatically calculate tips, commissions, federal withholding tax, Social Security, Medicare tax, employer unemployment taxes, and other pre-tax and post-tax deductions
    - Print paychecks using a standard laser printer on blank computer checks or preprinted checks
    - Use check-in-middle, check-on-top, or check-at-bottom check stock formats
    - Able to print MICR numbers on blank check stock to save on pre-printed checks
    - Print signature image on checks for a customized look
    - Built-in report functions users can customize
    - Calculate and print daily, weekly, biweekly, semimonthly and monthly payroll periods
    - Option for masking employees' Social Security Numbers on check stubs
    - Compile and print federal tax forms w2, w3, 940 and 941
    - Unlimited free technical support

     

    User can download this payroll software from http://www.halfpricesoft.com/payroll_software_download.asp  and try it free for 30 days. No registration needed, no obligation and totally risk free.        

     

    The ezPaycheck payroll tax software can be used to report employee wages and salaries to federal, state, and local agencies, with a duplicate copy for the employee. And the double-window check envelopes eliminate the need to hand-write or re-print addresses, saving time and money.

     

    Even those who are not good at math can add "two plus two" and figure out that by offering software that is both inexpensive and "stupid simple" to use, the ezPaycheck company has created a revolutionary new product. And it is available just in time for payroll tax season, which may be the best gift small business owners can wish for at the end of a long and challenging and hopefully successful and profitable sales year.

     

    Please visit http://www.halfpricesoft.com/index.asp for more details.

     

    Or check the video ezPaycheck Made Your Payroll an Easy Job

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JISurtSXoZ0


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    How to handle tips with ezPaycheck payroll software in restaurants?

    by admin 10. December 2010 10:31

    Restaurant payroll is very special because you need to handle tips.

    For example: You need pay your waitress $95, and her tip is $50. So you need to report $145 to the government. However, you just need to pay her $95 in the paycheck.

    Can ezPaycheck payroll software handle it? Yes, ezPaycheck can work for your restaurant payroll.

    In this case, you can add a customized deduction such as "Paid Tips" and deduct this amount from your paycheck. 

    Followings are the steps:

    Step 1: Add a new deduction

    • Start ezPaycheck application. (If you have not installed it, you can download ezPaycheck from http://www.halfpricesoft.com/payroll_software_download.asp)
    • Click the left menu “Company Settings->Deductions” on left menu and open the Company Deduction Setup.
    • Check one Customized deduction, and then click the button behind it to open Deduction Details form.
    • Input "Paid Tips" as the new name.
    • Click the “Save” button and closed Deduction details page.
    • Click the "Save" button on Company Deduction Setup form to update database.

     


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    Step 2: Generate a new check

    After you add this deduction, you will see a new deduction field in your paycheck. When you generate a new check, you just need to enter your hourly pay, tips and paid tips. ezPaycheck will handle the taxes for you.

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    To learn more about ezPaycheck payroll software, click here

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    Payroll Software Combo Simplifies Payroll Today & Readies Businesses for 2011

    by admin 7. December 2010 09:16

     

    Small business payroll tax software developer Halfpricesoft.com is making it easy for business owners to speed up end-of-the-year payroll reports and get ready for 2011 payroll with a new combo package for its popular small business payroll software ezPaycheck.

     

    Small business owners who purchase ezPaycheck 2010 from halfpricesoft.com for the low price of $89 now through December 31 can get the 2011 edition of ezPaycheck for just $1 more with the ezPaycheck 2010 + 2011 combo package from Halfpricesoft.com.               

     

    Now is the time for small business owners to get started on ezPaycheck payroll tax solution. End-of-the-year payroll reports are faster and easier with automated processes, giving business owners more time to spend holidays with their families. Plus, with the ezPaycheck 2010 + 2011 combo package, small businesses can be ready to go for the new tax year with updated tax tables and new features previously unavailable for just an additional $1. Business owners won’t get stuck continuing to do payroll by hand because the post-holiday crush keeps them too busy to install and learn new payroll software.

     

    ezPaycheck payroll software is very user-friendly, straight-forward and reliable. It was designed and engineered for ease-of-use by those who have only basic computer skills and little accounting know-how.

     

    "We believe small business payroll accounting software should be simple - stupid simple - so that owners can focus their time and energy on running their businesses, not trying to figure out how to run payroll software." explains Dr. Ge, President and Founder of halfpricesoft.com. “We intentionally engineered ezPaycheck payroll tax software for those end-users who are not professional accountants and payroll tax experts."

     

    Here are some of the great features business owners can start taking advantage of today by purchasing the ezPaycheck 2010 + 2011 combo package:

     

    - Up to date tax tables for all 50 U.S. states, Washington D.C. and federal taxes

    - Capability for adding local tax rates

    - Automatically calculate tips, commissions, federal withholding tax, Social Security, Medicare tax, employer unemployment taxes, and other pre-tax and post-tax deductions

    - Print paychecks using a standard laser printer on blank computer checks or preprinted checks

    - Use check-in-middle, check-on-top, or check-at-bottom check stock formats

    - Able to print MICR numbers on blank check stock to save on pre-printed checks

    - Print signature image on checks for a customized look

    - Built-in report functions users can customize

    - Calculate and print daily, weekly, biweekly, semimonthly and monthly payroll periods

    - Option for masking employees' Social Security Numbers on check stubs

    - Compile and print federal tax forms 940 and 941

    - Generate forms W-2 and W-3 automatically

    - Unlimited free technical support

     

    Purchasing the ezPaycheck 2010 + 2011 combo package is risk free for business owners. The software is available for free download at http://www.halfpricesoft.com/index.asp and includes all features of the 2010 edition except check printing. Users can sample the software for up to 30 days to ensure it meets all their needs before purchasing. Users can purchase a license key for just $89 for unlimited use of ezPaycheck 2010 and just $1 more for unlimited use of ezPaycheck 2011.

     

    To make sampling ezPaycheck 2010 even easier, the download package includes a sample database, so users don’t have to waste time entering payroll information until they’re certain that ezPaycheck is right for their business.  

    For more information about ezPaycheck and Halfpricesoft.com, please contact

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

     

    Special Offer Extended on ezPaycheck Small Business Payroll Software

    by admin 30. November 2010 04:35

    halfpricesoft.com has extended the limited time special offer for customers who are planning to purchase small business payroll software during this holiday season. Users can purchase ezPaycheck 2010 and ezPaycheck 2011 Payroll Software bundle at $90. The regular price of ezPaycheck is $89. That means if users purchase ezPaycheck 2010 at the regular price, they can get ezPaycheck 2011 at just $1. Since ezPaycheck allows user to input YTD information, user can start to use this payroll software anytime. User can visit http://www.halfpricesoft.com/index.asp for more details.

     

    "We intentionally engineered this software for those end-users who are not professional accountants and payroll tax experts," explains Dr. Ge, President and Founder of ezPaycheck. "You don't even need to have much knowledge of computers. We believe small business software should be simple - stupid simple - so that owners can focus their time and energy on running their businesses, not trying to figure out how to run payroll software."

     

    Small business owners love ezPaycheck payroll software because it is simple and flexible to use, handles all their payroll needs and is very affordable. ezPaycheck payroll tax application is designed for use by non-accountants with minimal computer skills. However, even accountants like it because it is so flexible and supports unlimited accounts with one flat rate.

     

    In this era of increasingly sophisticated and pricey software, consumers are normally forced to purchase payroll and tax software in a bundle with other applications - and it costs a bundle of money. But according to Dr. Ge, that isn't fair to small businesses. "I do not think small business owners should have to pay for features they do not want and will never need to use," he says. "So we made ezPaycheck an easy-to-use stand-alone desktop application, not some big and complicated suite."

     

    But while ezPaycheck payroll software minimizes the bells and whistles to make it easy to set up and use, it delivers much more than just the bare bones essentials. Valuable features include:

     

    - A sample company database so no configuration is needed. Just install the software and you're automatically ready to print the first sample check.

     

    - Prints your own payroll checks on blank computer checks or preprinted checks.

     

    - Automatically calculates Federal Withholding Tax, Social Security, Medicare Tax and Employer Unemployment Taxes.

     

    - Includes built-in tax tables for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

     

    - Creates and maintains payrolls for multiple companies, and does it simultaneously. Thanks to this multi-tasking feature, ezPaycheck software is even used by professional accountants to help process multiple client workloads at the same time.

     

    - Supports Daily, Weekly, Biweekly, Semi-monthly and Monthly payroll periods. Features Report Functions, Print Functions, and Pay Stub Functions.

     

    -Supports Forms W-2, W-3, 1099, 1096, 940 and 941.

     

    - 30 day free trial. No registration required and absolutely no obligation.

     

    -Supports unlimited accounts and employees with one flat rate

     

    Even those who are not good at math can add "two plus two" and figure out that by offering software that is both inexpensive and "stupid simple" to use, the ezPaycheck company has created a revolutionary new product.

     

    For more information about ezPaycheck payroll software, please visit
    http://www.halfpricesoft.com/index.asp


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    Payroll Software Review: ezPaycheck Received High Review from CNET Editors

    by admin 12. November 2010 02:39

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    ezPaycheck payroll software received high reviews from CNET editors: "This is a simple yet effective and efficient check-printing and payroll management tool that includes some welcome extras in an easy-to-use package. With it, mom-and-pop shops can cut checks like the big boys."

     

    ezPaycheck is powerful and affordable payroll software for small businesses and accountants. ezPaycheck payroll software includes built-in federal and state tax tables. It supports hourly, salaried, bonus, sick, commission, tips and multiple user-defined income types and deductions. ezPaycheck can print payroll checks and forms W-2, W-3, 940 and 941.

    A free demo of this easy-to-use payroll software can be downloaded by visiting the halfpricesoft.com site: 

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

     

    Below is the review:

     

    “Small businesses need all the breaks they can get, and anything that can reduce costs and increase productivity by automating a tedious process is welcome. HalfPriceSoft's ezPaycheck 2010 is a payroll management tool designed for small-business owners and accountants. It can manage payrolls for several companies, print checks and reports, and even calculate taxes and print tax forms. It includes tax data for all 50 U.S. states and Washington, D.C., as well as Social Security, Medicare, and FICA withholdings.

    The ezPaycheck interface is a simple, efficient dialog that opens with a split display, a sample check facsimile above a selection pane, and a basic left-hand navigation panel handles all settings and options with a series of configuration windows and dialogs. The program makes extensive use of wizards for setting up options, entering data, and other functions. We opted to simply print out the sample check to gauge how easy ezPaycheck is to use as well as the quality of its output. It delivered a crisp, professional-quality check image, including signature, as well as full balance information to our compact laser printer. Customizing checks is easy, too. The Check Setup dialog simplifies entering regularly accessed data, whereas the Check List displays your checks for easy selection. The New Check button calls up an extensive payroll data dialog. The Reports button accesses various annual and quarterly reporting options as well as data export wizards. We tried the W2 form tool, too, which automatically populated the form with appropriate data. You can even order professionally printed checks in quantity via an online link on the file menu. All told, it's a cinch to set up employee, payroll, and check data, save sample checks, and print out high-quality paper checks that can include signatures, images, and logos.

    This is a simple yet effective and efficient check-printing and payroll management tool that includes some welcome extras in an easy-to-use package. With it, mom-and-pop shops can cut checks like the big boys.” 

     

    To learn more about ezPaycheck and other products offered by halfpricesoft.com, please visit

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

    What to expect in 2011 Income taxes - Higher?

    by admin 8. November 2010 03:14

    What are the changes might happen on the coming 2011 online tax return software season? Try to analyze certain things regarding what to expect in 2011 income taxes. It can affect life of different people – small or big.

    Unexpected Increase – What to expect in 2011 income taxes? It’s expected that the congress might increase taxes for this coming tax season. This increase can affect both businesses and individuals – especially those people who are
    not yet married that can earn $200,000 a year and married couples that can earn $250,000 a year. In no time, middle incomers can also experience this increase.

    Higher Taxes for major changes – This increased is designed to simplify the tax codes. If the legislation do some
    tax cuts they will also do the tax hikes in later time. Let’s say tax increase takes effects on 2011 and assuming
    that the economy is growing steadily at this point deficit can be the first priority so that debt can be unsustainable.

    Here are the things what to expect in 2011 income taxes:

    •    Marginal rates increased from 33% and 35% to 36% and 39.6%.
    •    Increased capital gains and dividends – for those in the top brackets. Perhaps it can cause 20% rate or little bit higher.
    •    President Obama maximizes the value of deductions at 28% and giving it to charitable groups plus he tries to curtail tax break until 2011.
    •    No cancelled estate taxes, but if the exemption is $3.5 Million it can set to $5 Million if the Senate agrees. The estate legislation may include the spousal transfer and can make the exemptions to $7 Million or more for couples.
    •    Easiest way to get the minimum tax but no repeal.For businesses here are the things what to expect in 2011 income taxes – it can experience lots of cuts and hikes, but in a higher total tax bill. Here are the changes:
    •    Increased SECA taxes for the owners of S firms and partnerships by disabling them in skirting of payroll taxes.
    •    New classification for workers who are a real employee but treated as a contractor.
    •    And for big corporations – elimination of tax breaks like domestic production deduction, depreciation acceleration, foreign income incentives and oil production.

    In no time tax hikes will make a collision to people especially businesses. Anyone can stay clear of this mess by just avoiding spending lots of money in Social Security, Medicare and Defense. Meanwhile, any individual who can earn $100,000 in a single year can be at risk for higher taxes.

    These increase can make lots of people unhappy even you! But, you can definitely have a lot of advantages, if you use online tax return software in 2011, like turbo tax. That is because they guarantee highest refund and also the
    refunds come pretty quickly.

    source: http://www.release-news.com/index.php/finance/46054-2011-irs-income-tax-return-what-to-expect-in-2011-income-taxes.html

    Author of this article: Rahul
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