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  • Restaurant Owner

    IRS Changes Restaurants’ Automatic Gratuity Practice

    In January 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) changed the way automatic gratuity is handled in that tips automatically included on a customer’s bill is now considered a service charge. This “service charge” is handled as a wage, rather than a tip, for tax purposes. There will be a significant penalty to those restaurant owners who do not follow this new policy accurately.  

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  • State Ranking

    See How Your State Ranks for Payroll and Employment Tax Compliance

    Several weeks ago, we touched on the topic of HR managers acting as an employer's in-house tax collector. More than ever, HR departments are responsible for understanding and complying with very detailed, complex state and federal tax regulations for payroll processing.

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    How ACA Changed Health Insurance Enrollment

    On March 31, 2014, open enrollment under the new health insurance exchange came to a halt. As it is the first year to integrate this new enrollment system for health insurance, there is much to learn, review and revise. In the article, 

    "Five Ways Healthcare Enrollment Will Be Different After March 31," via ConnectedHealth, here are five conclusions drawn from immediate observations.

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  • Doctor Visit

    "Planning" A Visit To The Doctor? Not as Crazy as You Might Think

    New year, new benefits, new doctors, new rules. When it comes time to make that doctor appointment there are a few questions you need to ask before you head in for the visit. These inquiries will potentially save you a lot of time and money, so it’s worth your while.

    Here is what you should know before you meet with your doctor as suggested by Consumer Report News in the article, "Your Guide to the New Health Insurance Rules."

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    Ways to Avoid Health Risks Associated with Sitting

    You probably don’t literally sit at your desk all day long, but have you ever wondered how many hours you do spend in that chair, shoulders hunched over, lower back aching? According to "Five Health Benefits of Standing Desks," by, the average person working in an office spends approximately five hours and 41 minutes sitting at a desk. There’s the occasional stroll to your coworker’s office, the cafeteria or to your car, but in a normal 9:00-5:00 job, nearly six hours is a lot of time to be sitting in a chair.

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    Good News! Insurance Premium Increases Slowing Down in 2014

    As we can expect, health care costs increase in 2014, which in turn means a growth in rate for employees covered by their employers. However, the good news is, the rise in premiums is not as extreme as it has been in the past.  Let’s take a look at the changes we can expect to see in regards to health care cost as well as how employers are helping to lower the increase in premiums for employees.  

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  • Co Workers

    Creating Healthy and Constructive Work Relationships for Any Business

    Do you ever feel like you see your coworkers more often than your family or friends? In most cases it’s true! You and your peers spend several hours, several days per week meeting, brainstorming, swapping stories, grabbing lunch together, and more. Given the amount of time you see your coworkers, it’s key to develop healthy relationships that foster the growth of your professional future, team and company as a whole. Just like in a family, everyone has to do their part to create and maintain a constructive relationship, so here are a few tips to lead you in the right direction to building a beneficial work relationship.

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    Insights & Innovations: Tax Deductions and Credits

    Tax season is well underway and for many businesses it can be a stressful time. Number crunching, audits and the possibility of owing money can all lead to procrastination, which alone is another cause for stress. However, contrary to all of that, is a possibility of reducing your tax liability through credits and deductions. To know if your small business qualifies for credits and/or deductions, it is important to understand them and how you can apply them to your specific business.

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  • Paycheck

    What payroll changes occurred in 2013, and what can I expect in 2014?

    Last week, we examined the role your HR department plays in handling the complexity of evolving federal and state taxes in regards to payroll, in the article “Is your HR department ready to take on the role of tax collector?”  However, taxes are only a small part of the job description of an individual who manages payroll. This week we will parallel that discussion with a broader summary of changes that occurred in 2013 and the expected payroll modifications of 2014.

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    Is your HR department ready to take on the role of tax collector?

    Don’t worry, it’s not necessarily true. But, what is true is that our federal taxing system is growing and becoming more and more complex each year. With complexity comes more obligations and most of that can lie within your HR department when they are responsible for payroll operations. Here’s how…

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