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.
Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.
YMCA officials gathered last week to break ground on the new Tommy J. West Aquatic Center at the Shady Grove Family YMCA on Nuckols Road. The center, which will featured 7,600 square feet of competitive and recreational space, including water slides, play areas for children and warmer water for those with physical limitations, is the fourth phase of a $4 million expansion at the facility. West was president and CEO of Capital Interior Contractors and a founding member of the Central Virginia Region of the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. > Read more.
The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.
Enjoy the final days of summer with comedian Guy Torry, the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour or mystery writer Mary Miley Theobald at Twin Hickory Library. Another great way to welcome the beginning of fall is to check out the UR Spider Football season opener with man’s best friend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.
The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.
As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is now registering participants for its fall 2014 schedule of classes.
The center will offer more than 100 classes for children and adults, covering topicssuch as culinary arts, fiber arts, visual and performance arts and more. Instruction is structured to appeal to a wide range of abilities, from beginners to experts of all ages. Class sizes are kept small to ensure maximum benefit for participants with generally no more than 15 students. > Read more.
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