The Entrepreneur’s Corner
The Benefits of a Third-Party Payroll Provider
There have been enough changes to payroll processing and reporting over the last few years to make anyone’s head spin.
COBRA Credits, HIRE Act, the reduction of an employee’s share of Social Security from 6.2 percent to 4.2 percent, the elimination of payments at the bank with the 8109 coupons. The list goes on and on.
Fortunately, there are professionals out there who help guide small businesses through this maze of confusion – third party payroll providers.
Engaging a third party payroll provider can help mitigate risk of non-compliance while decreasing a small business’s overall cost in generating pay checks and originating direct deposits for its employees. In addition to calculating and originating payments to employees, third party payroll providers offer the following benefits:
• Ensuring the timely deposit of all payroll-related taxes;
• Ensuring the timely filing of all payroll tax-related returns, including W-2s and 1099s;
• Reporting of new hires to states;
• Processing of wage attachments such as garnishments, tax levies and child support payments;
• Calculating and reporting of paid time off and other benefits for employees;
• Securing and storing valuable employee and financial data.
Choosing a third party payroll provider to best fit your needs can be challenging, as there are numerous providers with reasonable pricing and generous service offerings. Check with the Better Business Bureau to be sure you choose one with a track record of excellent service and a commitment to keeping client interests first. Ask the third party payroll provider if it has an updated SAS-70 Type 2 Audit. This audit ensures that the proper internal controls are in place and tested with regularity.
The penalties for non-compliance in paying employees and their payroll taxes are substantial. Using a third party payroll provider can mitigate these risks and lower the overall cost of paying employees.
The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.
The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)
The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.
For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.
The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.
The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.
Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.
Do the Bunny Hop over to Meadow Farm on Saturday for an introduction to all the farm animals there! An introduction to “Global Sounds” – featuring Japanese, Indonesian, West African, Indian, and Brazilian music and dance performances – can be found at the University of Richmond. The University of Richmond will also host the annual Spider spring game, as well as the inaugural Spiders Easter Egg Hunt. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.
‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise
Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.
They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.
As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.
Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.
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