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Financial Steps to Take After you get a Raise

A raise represents a welcome addition to your income, but it can also come with some pitfalls. You may be tempted celebrate by splurging on something you or the family have wanted. While a small purchase may be in order, it’s important to remember that the money will be doled out across multiple pay periods. You also won’t receive the entire $5,000 since taxes will take a percentage of each dollar.

Take Home Pay

Take stock of your current financial situation and figure out how many dollars more you’ll be taking home each pay period. You may also have to make adjustments to your withholdings your IRS W-4 form. Claiming too much in withholdings will net a large refund at the end of the year, but it can also bring unwelcome attention from the IRS. Claiming too little in withholdings can leave you owing a significant amount of money to the IRS that you’re ill-equipped to pay.

Address Debt

If you have credit card debt or a car loan, use the extra money each pay period to pay it down. It’s especially important if you have high-interest credit cards or long-term debt. It will also work to increase or maintain your credit rating.

Emergency Fund

A raise is a great way to build on an existing emergency fund or start one. You’ll have the needed funds if there’s a job loss, unexpected medical bills, or a major appliance needs to be replaced. Keep the money in a separate savings account so you won’t be tempted to spend it. Financial advisors recommend having enough money in an emergency fund to cover living expenses for 3 to 6 months.

Retirement Fund

It’s never too early to think about retirement. Contributing even 1 percent of your raise to retirement can make a big difference. Consider making it an automatic deduction from your pay check. If your employer matches your contributions, definitely take advantage of it.

Treat Yourself

It’s okay to set aside a little money to treat yourself or the family and enjoy your success. It’s your reward for hard work. Just keep it small and don’t go overboard. A treat doesn’t have to cost a fortune to be appreciated and savored.

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Payroll managing Firm Conway South Carolina

Benefits of a Payroll Service Provider

A payroll service provider helps small business owners streamline the process of collecting payroll taxes and filing federal and state reports. Payroll services experts provide support to help make sure compliance with federal and state regulations and requirements governing payroll and paychecks in any state. Get the systems and resources you need to properly hire and manage employees, as well as pay employees when you grow.

Make the most of your employee base. Most small business owners don’t expect to encounter payroll headaches right away. If you plan to provide employees with paper reports, such as your paychecks and federal tax reports, you will probably be surprised at the number of errors that can pop up over time. The time savings gained from payroll services can more than outweigh the cost of providing paper reports for each individual employee. With electronic reports, there is no need to print out paper copies of documents that have been downloaded.

Your payroll services company can provide reports that include both payables. In general, the reports will contain summary information, which includes gross pay, deductions, and net income, as well as specific details about each employee’s pay, assets, and deductions. The information provided should be consistent with the types that are listed in your employee manual. To make sure the information is correct, it’s a good idea to have a payroll services company verify the information.

Prepare your financial reports properly. Payroll reports are not filed with federal tax forms; instead, they must be filed with W-2 form documentation. For some, this may mean an entirely new filing procedure. For others, simply making sure their payroll numbers match what they filed in the last year can make the difference between success and failure.

You can also take care of a lot of your tax-related worries by making direct deposit. Many companies today offer automatic direct deposit, meaning they deposit the employee’s paycheck directly into their bank account every payday. This saves them time and eliminates the need to write out checks, which saves money. It also makes it easier to track all of the employees’ expenses. If you do not currently have an automatic direct deposit program, talk to your payroll services provider. They may be able to recommend an option that you have not considered.

At Peavy and Associates PC our mission is to assist you with all your tax preparations, payroll and accounting needs.  We provide our clients with professional, personalized accounting services and guidance in a wide range of financial and business needs. Give us a call today and discover why our clients return to Peavy and Associates, PC year after year!

 

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Your Tip Earnings and Taxes

The internal revenue service takes a very simple approach to tips. It views all tips you make in your job as taxable income that must be reported and for which taxes must be paid. Put another way, the IRS has a simple but brutal view towards taxes.

Now tips come in different forms. Some are received directly from customers while others are automatically added to the customer’s bill. The IRS takes the position you must report and pay taxes on both amounts. This also includes taxes you earn through any group splitting where all tips are collected together and then split amongst the employees. On top of this, the IRS also takes the view that any non-cash tips such as tickets to something are also income that should be reported and taxes paid on. Put another way, the internal revenue services gets you coming and going. 

To make things a little more brutal, the internal revenue service requires you to take some steps in reporting tips. If your tips total $20 or more in any calendar month from a single job, you are supposed to report the total to the employer by the 10th day of the next month. The employer is then supposed to withhold federal income tax, social security and Medicare taxes from your paycheck. Keep in mind that the failure to do so can lead to the placement of a 50 percent penalty on your taxes. Obviously, the IRS is fairly serious about getting its money. 

Tips paid to waitresses, bartenders, barbacks and so on are a hot spot with the IRS and always have. Since tips tend to be given in cash form, the potential for forgetting to report them is particularly high. The IRS seems to think so and has shown a generally aggressive attitude on the subject. If you indicate you are a waitress or bartender on your tax return, but fail to report any tip income, it could be audit time.

At Peavy and Associates PC our mission is to assist you with all your tax preparations, payroll and accounting needs.  We provide our clients with professional, personalized accounting services and guidance in a wide range of financial and business needs. Give us a call today and discover why our clients return to Peavy and Associates, PC year after year!

 

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