Payroll is now a complex issue. Long gone are the days when firms handed out cash to expectant workers who formed an orderly queue at the end of each week. These days, a range of issues have to be taken into account and the process of calculating employee remuneration is complex.

Well it's that time of year again - Tax Time! And the very first filings that have to be done are the quarterly returns for the last quarter of last year. You also need to prepare and distribute W-2s and 1099s. Before you start preparing these forms you need to get a few ducks in a row (Hi Trish!). So here are 5 things you need to do before you get to printing.

Umbrella companies have grown over the past decade since it started in the middle of 2000. Using an umbrella company relieves contractors from working through their own limited company and offers a hassle free business structure. It is for this reason there are more than 200,000 people in the UK working through umbrella companies.

When it comes to getting help with with your payroll requirements and tasks, it is important that you take the time to choose the best and most trustworthy service provider. This is because when it comes to your company's payroll and more importantly, your employees' salaries, you cannot afford to be hasty and careless. To make sure that you will be choosing and hiring the best and most trustworthy payroll solutions provider, you need to consider the following important factors.

By being more vigilant and adopting control policies, you can protect your business from the losses you might incur because of payroll fraud. Small businesses typically suffer more because they lack the elaborate internal controls that larger companies might implement.

The difference between an exempt and a non-exempt employee is whether the employee receives their wages as a salary with no overtime, or as hourly with the ability to earn overtime wages. The FLSA has developed some tests to determine how a specific position should be classified.

While you think you're happy in QuickBooks Pro or Premier, I suggest it's always worth looking at Enterprise Solutions. You may find that Enterprise could make life simpler in your business because of the extra features.The new Enterprise 2015 gives you more bang for your bucks - more data controls, more customization options, more efficient workflow, powerful reporting capabilities.

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It's generally a good idea to keep overhead costs low so that your business profits will be higher. But there are times when increasing expenses yields great payoffs.

Dutch Payroll can be incredibly complicated, but just how complicated? Here we give a very basic outline for those just starting as a contractor or freelancer within the Netherlands.