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4 Common Payroll Tax Mistakes to Avoid

oct-10As a business owner, chances are, you have employees. These hardworking individuals allow your business to operate daily, and also act as the face of your brand to your clients. You pay them hourly or salary for their work for your business – but are you making mistakes when filing your business payroll taxes? If your business has employees, it’s responsible for payroll taxes. The responsibility for doing so is great, and the penalties for mistakes are even greater.

4 Common Payroll Tax Mistakes to Avoid

Misclassifying Workers

Misclassifying employees is the most common mistake that business owners make. Although the cost of independent contractors is less than employees, you don’t have the option to select what label each worker has. Each of your worker’s classification depends on the amount of control you have over the worker.

Employees

  • With employees, you have the right to say when there, and how the work gets done

Independent Contractors

  • The IRS states that an independent contractor and the employer do not intend to have any employer-employee relationships

It is important that your entire working staff is properly identified. If you have any doubts, consult with a tax advisor. Not Using Accountable Plans For Reimbursements As a business owner, you come across employee related costs. From traveling for conferences to treating your employees to a night out, without an accountable plan, you will not be reimbursed. An accountable plan will allow you to deduct the expenses, but avoid all payroll taxes on reimbursements. To start an accountable plan, you, as the business owner, but formalize the agreement and set reasonable times for action. Find out if your business qualifies for accountable plans here.

Not Keeping Records of Payroll

As a business owner, you are required to maintain payroll records and have them available for IRS inspection. What many business owners don’t know is that your payroll records are more than just a balanced checkbook. Payroll records include:

  • Time Sheets
  • Expenses Accounts
  • Copies of W-2 Records
  • Job Evaluations, and more

Without these records on hand, your business could be audited and fined.

Paying Creditors Before the IRS

In times of poor cash flow, many business owners tend to choose to pay off creditors before the IRS. This is a big mistake. Although there may seem like little you can do to appease both creditors and the IRS in times or poor cash flow, there is a solution. Payroll factoring is a great way for business owners to secure capital for both the IRS and creditors. With payroll factoring, an invoice factoring company purchases your outstanding invoices and advances your business up to 95% of the total amount with low rates. This eliminates the 30, 60, or even 90 day wait that you encounter with your clients. By using payroll factoring, you can get cash for your invoices practically overnight – without incurring any additional debt to your name. As a business owner, you have many responsibilities. We hope that you have a better understanding of how to avoid the 4 most common mistakes when it comes to your payroll.

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About the Author:

Robert Bernfeld started in the commercial finance industry in 1974. His early years included positions with Aetna Business Credit and Foothill Group. During the next thirty five years. Mr. Bernfeld established both equipment leasing and accounts receivable factoring companies. He partnered in founding Business Facilitators, Inc. in 1999. Mr Bernfeld graduated from the University of California, Riverside in 1974 and received his Juris Doctorate from Loyola University School of Law in 1977.

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