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The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced the new 2018 Wage Limits

The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced the new 2018 Wage Limits. SSA Fact Sheet The maximum amount of wages in 2018 subject to the 6.2% Social Security tax (old age, survivor, and disability insurance) will rise from $127,200 to $128,700, an increase of a little more than 1%.  A much smaller increase than the 7% [...]

October 31st, 2017|Entrepreneurs, Human Resources, Press Releases|

Setting Up Users in QuickBooks

If you plan to have multiple employees using QuickBooks, you can limit their access to specific areas. Controlling access to your QuickBooks company file is easy when you’re a one-person accounting department. You simply use one password to protect your data. But when you add new employees to the mix, do you want them to [...]

March 1st, 2017|Entrepreneurs, Human Resources, Press Releases, Tips & Tricks QuickBooks|

CA 2016 Short-Term Child Care Leave Laws

Here is a snapshot of the short-term child care leave laws in California for 2016.

October 18th, 2016|Entrepreneurs, Human Resources, Press Releases|

Have you funded your retirement for 2016?

With the end of the year just around the corner, you will want to seriously consider your retirement funding, so here are the 2016 Qualified retirement plan limits: $  18,000 - Pretax contribution limit for 401k and SEP plans and 403(b) annuities $    6,000 - Workers aged 50 or over (catch-up) $  12,500 - [...]

September 8th, 2016|Entrepreneurs, Human Resources, Tax Alerts|

2017 HSA inflation adjustments

The calendar 2017 limits on deductions for HSA contributions under a high-deductible health plan are as follows: • Individual with self-only coverage $3,400.00 • Individual with family coverage $6,750.00 • Age 55, $1,000.00 • Minimum Annual deductible for a HDHP remains $1,300 for self only; $2,600 for family • Maximum out-of-pocket (deductibles, co-payments, other amounts, [...]

September 8th, 2016|Entrepreneurs, Human Resources, Tax Alerts|

What Are Payroll Items in QuickBooks?

If you plan to process your own payroll using QuickBooks, you need to understand how payroll items work. Considering processing your own payroll in QuickBooks? Whether you’re moving from a payroll service or getting ready to pay your first employee, you’re taking on a complex set of tasks that requires a great deal of setup [...]

September 1st, 2016|Human Resources, Tips & Tricks QuickBooks|

PAYROLL REMINDER: Rules for Termination Checks

In the state of California, if an employee is involuntarily released, they are to be paid immediately at the time of termination.  Seasonal employees, however must get their final check within 72 hours.  (Employees in the motion picture and oil drilling industries are required to be paid within 24 hours). If the employee voluntarily quits [...]

September 1st, 2016|Entrepreneurs, Human Resources, Tax Alerts|

California Voters Approve MORE Pay and Sick Days!

Earlier this year, the California legislature approved an increase to the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2022 or 2023 for employers with 25 or fewer employees.  Once the minimum wage reaches $15 per hour for all businesses, wages could then be increased each year up to 3.5 % to adjust for inflation, as [...]

June 16th, 2016|Entrepreneurs, Human Resources, Press Releases, Tax Alerts|

Creating Reports in QuickBooks Online

Reports are the payoff for all of your hard work entering records and transactions. They can help you make better business decisions. Now that you've been using QuickBooks Online for your company's accounting, it's probably unimaginable to think about going back to manual bookkeeping. Those file folders and paper forms and scribbles on notepads – [...]

July 1st, 2015|Entrepreneurs, Human Resources, Tips & Tricks QuickBooks Online|

Breaking News: Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Signed Into Law For California

On September 10, 2014, California became the second state in the nation to provide paid sick leave. This morning, Governor Edmund G. Brown signed the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (AB 1522). The effective date for employers to begin providing the paid sick leave benefit is July 1, 2015. There are many nuances to this particular piece [...]

June 4th, 2015|Entrepreneurs, Human Resources|

Summer Hiring Rules 2015

Federal rules and regulations (and California differences) If the parent owns 100%: sole proprietorship’s and partnerships, the following applies to hiring the owner’s children: Owner’s children can work any number of hours, regardless of their age. Children under 16 cannot work near flammable or hazardous materials, do hazardous work (mow lawns, work sewing machines), or [...]

June 1st, 2015|Entrepreneurs, Human Resources|

Policy for a Hassle-Free Way of Duplicating W-2s

A business associate of mine always says “put a policy between you and a potential problem”!   And I heartily agree.  You want to avoid getting last minute phone calls from employees or their spouses and you REALLY want to avoid sending sensitive information to someone who has no authorization to have it! So for those [...]

March 24th, 2015|Entrepreneurs, Human Resources|

Creating Item Records in QuickBooks

Accurate, thorough item records inform your customers and help you track inventory levels correctly. Whether you’re selling one-of-a-kind items or stocking dozens of the same kinds of products, you need to create records for each. When it comes time to create invoices or sales receipts, your careful work defining each type of item will: Ensure [...]

January 1st, 2015|Entrepreneurs, Human Resources, Tips & Tricks QuickBooks|

Did You Resolve to Start Using QuickBooks Online in 2015?

Here’s an overview of the home page and what you can access from there. Many companies have been hesitant to trust their financial data – and that of their customers and vendors – to the internet, despite the fact that solution providers have built sophisticated security systems for this critical information. But you’ve decided that [...]

January 1st, 2015|Entrepreneurs, Human Resources, Tips & Tricks QuickBooks Online|

Using the Vendor Center in QuickBooks Online

To whom do you owe money to, how much, and when? The QuickBooks Online Vendor Center answers these questions quickly. Whoever handles Accounts Payable for your company has an unenviable job. While the Accounts Receivable person gets to send invoices and happily record payments, the A/P employee has to make sure that: Complete records exist [...]