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Accounting for Inflation and Pay Transparency Within Today’s Workforce

With recent labor shortages and inflation on the rise, business owners are being forced to reevaluate their compensation planning. As it stands, employers struggle with attracting and enticing new hires, as well as structuring salary increases to keep current employees satisfied. A recent report by Payscale, a pay data firm, unveiled key insight from management-level […]

Tips to Spot and Prevent “Ghost Employees”

The concept of a “ghost employee” is one that all business owners and HR professionals should be aware of. This fraudulent activity occurs when an employee is added (or kept) to your payroll, even if they are not an employee or have left the company. Ghost employees could be as innocent as individuals who have […]

Bill Proposed to Speed Tax Refunds for EITC Recipients

Recently, a bill was introduced by the House Ways and Means Committee and the Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee, intending to eliminate tax refund delays for individuals who received the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and filed their taxes early. Often, these delays also impact Child Tax Credits (CTCs) claimed by EITC recipients. DM Payroll […]

How to Look for Missing 401(k) Plan Participants

It’s a common problem every year. Employers discover that when their 401(k) plans must make required minimum distributions, the addresses on file for some distributees have become invalid. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have both offered guidance about dealing with participants and beneficiaries who are unresponsive or cannot […]

IRS Issues New 2022 Form W-4

Recently, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) unveiled the 2022 Form W-4 (Employee’s Withholding Certificate). Fortunately for employers, the form is very similar to its 2021 counterpart, with only a few minor updates. DM Payroll Solutions outlines the changes to this year’s Form W-4 to ensure you have all the answers for your employees. Small Change […]

Choose Your Payroll Service Provider Carefully

In Tax Tip 2021-103, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently reminded employers to undertake a thorough selection process when choosing a payroll services provider. Proceeding carefully is critical to both lessening the likelihood of fraud and ensuring that your compliance obligations are met. When deciding on a payroll service provider, employers should clearly understand their payroll […]

5 Steps to Easy Year-End Payroll Reporting

The end of the year is quickly approaching, so it’s imperative to start preparing for your year-end payroll reporting as soon as possible. As you’re probably familiar, the year-end payroll process can be overwhelming for a business owner, with the need to accurately calculate taxes, wages and deductions for all your employees in a short […]

IRS Announces Adjustments to Key Retirement Plan Limits

In Notice 2021-61, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently announced 2022 cost-of-living adjustments to dollar limits and thresholds for qualified retirement plans. Here are some highlights: Elective deferrals. The annual limit on elective deferrals (employee contributions) will increase from $19,500 to $20,500 for 401(k), 403(b) and 457 plans, as well as for Salary Reduction Simplified […]

Ready for Sipping: 2022 Fringe Benefit COLAs

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently released 2022 cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for a wide variety of tax-related limits, including those related to many popular fringe benefits. Care to take a sip? Here are some highlights: Health Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs). For 2022, the dollar limit on employee salary reduction contributions to health FSAs will rise […]

4 Key Questions About Employer-Mandated COVID-19 Vaccinations

In September, President Biden issued two executive orders intended to increase rates of vaccination against COVID-19 throughout the United States. One applied to federal contractors, the other addressed employers with 100 or more employees. As you’ve likely heard, the latter order was recently issued as an interim final rule by the Occupational Safety and Health […]