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RS Pub 15 (Circular E) instructs employers to withhold a flat 22% for federal income tax when supplemental wages like a bonus are paid separately from any regular wages. But what should you do if your employee asks you to withhold at a higher rate so that they won't be underwithheld? 

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Today's alternative workforce of part timers, contractors and freelancers is making an explosive impact on the modern economy. Check out this short 30-minute webinar about payroll and HR in a gig economy. 

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Summer officially begins on June 20, bringing with it longer days, rising temperatures, and the hiring of thousands of seasonal and temporary employees. Although the additional help can be very beneficial for companies, it also produces additional liabilities for a company - specifically the payroll department.

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According to the IRS, the new draft of Form W-4 that they scrapped last September is being replaced with a new new draft which should be released by May 31, 2019. Get the details here. 

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Sometimes overtime is paid at one-and-a-half times an employee's regular hourly rate...but sometimes it's more complicated than that. Watch this free pre-recorded 30- minute webinar to refresh yourself on OT calculations.

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A prenote is a test transaction used by a banking institution to make sure the account information provided is valid before processing a live transfer. Prenoting is not typically required by most banks, however, there are perks that should be considered!  

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Although it may be an uncomfortable topic, being prepared to handle a deceased employee's wages and taxes will make the potential situation less complicated while keeping you in compliance with federal and state laws. 

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