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  • Love on the Rocks: One Couple's Secret is Talk of the Town

    After ten years as a mad-about-you couple, Beau and Jenna Black have a newborn and a two-year-old to contend with. As Jenna puts it: one keeps them up all night, while the other talks back. Their love, it seems, is on the rocks and, yet, they couldn’t be happier.

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  • New from the IRS: ACA Filing Information and Deadline Changes

    Tax season is upon us, and among the many requirements is the need for Affordable Care Act filings. Fortunately, the IRS is providing guidance. Click through for some help getting started.

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  • Special Video Report: How to Work with Your Employees

    An evaluation process doesn't have to be dreaded by both manager and staff. When done right, it can benefit everyone. Click the full article right below here for a special video full of tips for an effective review system.

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  • Surprising Rules About Whom You Have To Pay For Overtime

    Paying an employee a salary doesn't mean you don't have to pay overtime. Click through to find out what the law really says.

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  • IRS Announces Pension Limitations

    The government has posted limitations and other changes affecting pension contributions in 2016. Click through for information essential to both employers and their staff.

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  • 4 Common Mistakes Employers Make Regarding Workers' Compensation

    Most employers look at workers' compensation as just an unavoidable cost of doing business. It's usually one of those out-of-sight, out-of-mind things that many managers don't consider deeply until it becomes expensive. Click through to find out what you can do now to keep a lid on your workers' comp costs.

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  • Knock, Knock. Anybody Home? -- Housing Solutions for the Southwest

    It can happen in the blink of an eye. A broken leg on the construction site. A huge leak in the roof. A cancer diagnosis. A blown CV joint on the car. Emergencies of all kinds are good at surprising us. They are also good at draining our bank accounts and knocking us off course. Sometimes, they knock us right into a crisis like homelessness. Luckily, there is a local resource.

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  • What Is the Additional Medicare Tax -- and Who Has to Pay It?

    If an employee's salary is above a certain threshold, the Additional Medicare Tax comes into play. Click the full article right below here to learn more about this fairly new tax, who is affected, and how.

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  • An EEOC Primer: A Guide to Hiring Policies

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has created several guidelines so companies can adhere to the best hiring practices. Click through for a quick look at how the EEOC affects your company.

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  • How to Differentiate Between 'Employee' and 'Contractor'

    Before you hire someone to work for you, the first step is to determine whether you are looking for an employee or a contractor. Click through to learn the difference between the two.

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  • More Than a Walk in the Woods: Open Sky Wilderness Therapy

    Admit it—when you think of therapy, you most likely imagine a cozy office with a big chair for the therapist and a long couch for the patient. Well, to get a sense of the Open Sky Wilderness Therapy “office” you’ll need to think much bigger—like the vast Utah desert or the alpine woods around Durango! 

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  • The 6 Toughest HR Problems

    No one said managing employees was an easy proposition, but what are the most common problems and how can you avoid them? Click Full Article below to learn about the toughest HR problems and how to find the right solutions.

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  • Know the Major Laws Affecting Employee Benefit Plans

    In the world of employee benefits, it's essential to stay compliant with a wide range of laws and regulations. Click through for some of the most common federal regulations affecting employee benefits.

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  • Identifying Employee Performance Problems

    When things go right in your business, you can sit back and relax; but what happens when things go wrong? Click the full article right below here to see how identifying performance problems early in the process can help your business run smoothly.

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  • How to Handle Unemployment Claims

    When employees are terminated due to no fault of their own, odds are they will file a claim for unemployment benefits. Click through for details on your responsibilities regarding unemployment claims.

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  • How Do You Know If a New Employee Is Reliable?

    The hiring process can be complicated, but it is essential that you make the right decision the first time. Click the full article right below here to learn how you can measure a candidate's reliability.

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  • Manna Soup Kitchen Quells Durango’s Hunger Pangs

    A killer is on the prowl in Durango. Cloaked. Camouflaged. Stealthy. Merciless. Relentless. You can keep the kids home from summer camp, but odds are the killer already has an all-access pass to the playgrounds. You can lock your doors, but it won’t help. This predator does not come through doors or windows.

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  • 6 Foods that Help Boost Your Metabolism

    Most people want to lose weight, build muscle or lead an otherwise healthy lifestyle. Click through for six tasty foods that can help boost your metabolism and fast track your fitness goals.

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  • Work Opportunity Tax Credit - Are you Eligible?

    WHAT IS WOTC (WORK OPPORTUNITY TAX
    CREDIT)?
    The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a
    Federal tax credit available to employers for
    hiring individuals from certain target groups who
    have consistently faced significant barriers to
    employment.

     

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  • How To Win A Waiver If You Miss A Payroll Tax Payment

    We all make mistakes sometimes, but when you forget to make a payroll tax deposit, the penalties can be huge. Click through to find out the best tactics to use to get the IRS to forgive your mistake and waive the penalties.

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  • 7 Essential Policies For Your Employee Handbook

    If an employee takes you to court, will your employee handbook help or hurt your defense? Click through to reveal seven essential policies for every handbook.

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  • What You Need to Know About Social Security Taxes

    Every small-business owner should know the rudiments about Social Security payments. Click through to learn vital facts about your Social Security responsibilities.

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  • How to Celebrate Holidays in the Office

    There is nothing like a festive celebration to put everyone in a happy mood -- and it's not too early to think about December festivities. Click the full article right below here to find out the best ways to celebrate the holidays in your office.

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  • Better Than Googling: The Durango Chamber of Commerce

    Despite a recent NPR report showing nearly a quarter of online reviews are fake, most people still just Google search they need to find the best restaurant or hotel in a new town. The same unreliable information might be driving a business owner's important decisions. Luckily, there is a better solution—one that can do so much more than turn up a good place to eat and sleep.

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  • How Do You Evaluate Candidate Interviews?

    You may meet with three or five candidates for your open job, but how do you decide whom to hire? Click the full article right below here to learn the best ways to evaluate candidate interviews to make the best choice for your company.

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  • Local Entertainment And Events Calendar

    You'll always know where the fun's going on with our interactive local events calendar featuring social sharing, images, videos and ticket links. Click through to see what's happening or to add your own local events.

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  • Durango’s Annie Oakley: Employee Spotlight on Sydney Oliver

    The gunmen used their hostages as shields. Crouched for safety, Sydney took a deep breath. She had trained for this. Practiced again and again. Now the time had come. Her hands shook. Her heart thudded. She had to master these nerves. Then…quick as a cat, she drew the 9mm pistol holstered at her side and fired!

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  • President's Remarks

    It’s cold out there – while we have plenty of sunshine, it reminds me of our neighbor to the east. Alamosa – Land of cool sunshine - it was 22 below zero there yesterday. It’s a good time for us to be focused on our inside activities such as eating hearty food and watching that long list of movies we've been meaning to see. Oh, then there's the fabulous outdoors we live in - that's not a bad place to explore either.

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  • New website launch - fun prizes galore

    We are launching a new website – and with a few clicks you can win Fabulous Prizes!

    After a few months of development our new website is live and we would love you to check it out!  Our primary goals with the new site are that it is a resource for essential payroll information for you and that it will let you get to know us a little better! Click on "Full Article" to win prizes (and find out more).

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  • Health Savings Account Limits Change for 2017

    Early this year, the IRS increased the health savings account contribution amount for 2017. And there are other changes as well. Click through to see how these modifications may affect you.

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  • Founder's Remarks

    It is with great pride and confidence that I announce that Eric Malone is being promoted to President of our company and that Tanya Campbell is being promoted to Director of Operations. I am not moving or retiring to the back porch to sip on umbrella drinks all day. I will be involved on a limited basis...

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  • Tips on Working With Independent Contractors

    Did you know that there are right -- and wrong -- ways to work with independent contractors? Click through to learn the surprising facts about working with them, to maximize their value to your business.

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  • And the winners are (for going to our new web site)...

    Ramos Construction - First Baptist Church of Durango - Stratified Environmental - San Juan Basin Health Department - Durango West 2 - Laura E. Hokanson, CPA - Animas Surgical Hospital - Advanced Mobil - ropulsion Test - Closets Plus - Law Firm of Marla Underell - First National Bank of Durango - Open Sky Wilderness Therapy - S & S Lock Service - New Country Auto Center - Circle J Ranch - Animas Valley Audiology - Alternative Horizons - And the winner of the ipod nano - Bethany McManus.

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  • How to Terminate an Employee Ethically and Productively

    Firing an employee is never easy, but there's no reason to make it harder than it has to be. Click the full article right below here for a few tips on letting someone go in a professional manner.

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  • Roll with the Punches: Life Advice from Bobke

    If Bob “Bobke” Roll, the former Tour de France cyclist, could recommend one thing to improve your life, it would be this: suffer more.

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  • The Motherload of Laughter: Karissa Birdsell Employee Spotlight

    Most new moms find their lives abruptly overwhelmed with formula, diapers, and sleepless nights. Karissa Birdsell found her life suddenly full of something else entirely.

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  • Special Video Report: Evaluating a 401(k) Plan for Your Business

    Do you want to offer a retirement plan to your employees? A 401(k) plan can be a powerful incentive to lure employees, and keep them on the payroll. Click through to learn the 401(k) basics for employers.

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  • President's Remarks

    Assumptions:

    We base our lives on them from the very basic: the sun will rise in the morning and I will be there to see it to my loved ones are healthy, my job is there when I arrive today, and my car will start and all the cars will stay in their lane.

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  • Highway to the Danger Zone: M. Leeder Construction Leads Forward

    The same year Kenny Loggins crooned us along that “hiiiighwaaayy toooo the danger zone” Matt Leeder was revving up the engines of his new construction business in Durango. Thirty years later, M. Leeder Construction is now the leader in its field, adopting cutting-edge technology to provide sustainable asphalt paving, repair, and recycling. How did he do it? More importantly, how can your business be a leader?

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  • How to Develop a Compensation Plan

    Compensation plans act as incentives for employees to fulfill companies' goals. They are considered a win-win for all parties involved because there are benefits for the employers as well. Click Full Article below for some tips on getting one going at your company.

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  • President's Remarks

    "You saved our marriage." Chris. That's a pretty good testimonial for a client who switched to us to assist with their processing needs. I still get the warm fuzzies when I read it. A major driver and a reward to me as an owner of our company is the appreciation we receive. It means our service is valued and it means we're doing a good job at providing it. We strive to be at the top of our game every day. One way we do that is to do things together that are fun and create a higher sense of team.

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  • Setting up a Bonus Policy

    Should you give year-end bonuses? To whom? Under what circumstances? Click Full Article below for some tips and guidelines on setting up a system for giving bonuses that works for both company and staff.

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  • How Should You Train Your Staff?

    Should there be a formal training policy at your company to improve staff skills? A solid policy could have long-term advantages. Click Full Article below to learn the secrets of getting a well-trained staff.

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  • The Get Rich Quick Scheme: Employee Spotlight on Tanya Campbell

    Tanya Campbell took it as far as she could. She strived. She reached. She tried to just relax and breathe deep. But here she was, stretched to her limits again! Why did she ever agree to do this?

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  • Multitasking: A Myth or a Reality?

    Every office talks about multitasking, but is it really a thing or just a buzzword used to encourage staff to work harder? Click Full Article below to learn the myths and realities of multitasking.

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  • Minimum amount that is paid exempt employees may be increasing significantly

    If you have exempt employees, regulations may soon be coming that could greatly impact the amount you are required to pay your employees to keep them exempt. See below for an excerpt. The minimum an exempt employee can be paid increases from $23,660 a year to more than $50,000 a year. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments.

    Final Regulations on FLSA ‘White Collar’ Exemption Expected Soon

    On July 6,2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued proposed regulations that

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  • A’chording to Musicians: The iAM Music Institute

    Have you ever lived a day without music? Babies hear lullabies. Kids sing their ABCs. Tunes spool out of our radios, devices, televisions…even neighbors’ windows. And even when we’re all alone, odds are good we’ll drum our fingers. Humans simply can’t live without music. As noted in Daniel Levitin’s This Is Your Brain on Music or Oliver Sack’s Musicophilia, music is woven into our biology. Lucky for Durango, the iAM Music Institute is here to nurture that biology in some pretty groovy ways!

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  • 5 Tips and Tricks for Time and Attendance Sheets

    It can be hard to get your employees to complete time and attendance records. With these five tips, you may make your job a little easier. Click Full Article below to take the hassle out of time and attendance.

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  • President's Remarks

    April showers…bring

    Celebration.

    I think we should celebrate more. What would it be like if our presidential candidates focused more on celebrations? We focus so much on all that is wrong with (fill in the blank) our country, our children, our job, our parents, our town, our elected officials, our government and the list goes on.

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  • Special Video Report: Fostering Teamwork

    Effective teamwork is often what separates the great companies from the merely average. But how to foster it? Click through for an introductory video on how to turn a group of individuals into a team.

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  • Running Down Your Dreams: Brendan Trimboli and the Durango Double

    Precisely 183 days stand between you and the finish line of the Durango Double. According to Brendan Trimboli, president and chief organizer of the annual all-ages event, that’s more than enough time to start training for a half marathon. But there are at least 5 reasons why you must NOT kick your running shoes aside and say, “Plenty of time for that later.”

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  • Three Cheers for Ten for Two

    The Payroll Department, Inc. proudly awards CASA in Colorado and Bear Smart Durango with this year’s 10.4.2 grants of $10,000 each. But what is 10.4.2 and how did it get started? Actually, it all began with a little boy and some shiny quarters many years ago.

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  • To Live with a Vengeance: Employee Spotlight on Vanessa Mytko

    You know how Lois Lane worked with Clark Kent, never realizing he was Superman all along? Or how all kinds of people worked with Bruce Wayne, never suspecting he was really Batman? Well, the same is true for Vanessa Mytko at the Payroll Department, Inc. You’ve probably worked with her these last two months and never known she transforms into a superwoman—a fully outfitted superwoman with a really cool alter-ego name, too!

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  • Is This Your Situation: Learning about Workers' Comp

    Everyone has heard about workers' compensation, but there are important details both employers and workers need to know. Click through for a quick review of key details.

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  • Special Report: Key Points to Consider When Choosing a Business Entity

    Special Report: Key Points to Consider When Choosing a Business Entity

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  • Making a Success of Online Recruiting

    Is online recruiting the future of hiring? Knowing how to effectively do this can save time and help you get the best people for your business. Click through to learn more about online recruiting, its benefits and how you can make it work for you.

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  • President's Remarks

    Happy Cinco de Mayo!

    We meet twice a year as a group away from the office. Our retreat serves many purposes such as:

    -Reviewing our company mission

    -Checking in with each other around certain core values such as trust, agreement to resolve conflict quickly among ourselves, our level of courtesy to each other as well as to our clients and vendors, and keeping  our enthusiasm for making each day the best it can be.

    -Strengthening the bond between us.

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  • 3 Ways to Reward Employees on the Job

    Employee satisfaction may be the key for the long-term success of your business. Click through to find out the best ways to reward your employees on the job.

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  • Special Video Report: Keep Your Cool

    Sooner or later, everyone gets angry at the office. The big question is how you deal with it. Click Full Article below for some tips on dealing with anger constructively, so it doesn't become a long-term office problem.

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  • The Stray Heart: Lisa Parker's Puppies

    She saw him loitering at the gas station. Typical. Maybe hungry. Clearly thirsty. Was he really homeless or just a con-artist who had mastered the pitiful face? There was only one way to find out. Lisa opened the car door and, with it, her heart.

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  • How to Develop Your Staff

    You want to grow your company, and the best way to do that is to grow your staff. If your employees learn leadership skills, you'll reap the rewards. Click through for some insights into how best to help your employees.

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  • Reap the Benefits of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit

    The Work Opportunity Tax Credit gives employers tax benefits for hiring people who fall within certain qualifying categories. This can be a big boon to companies and employers! Click through to learn the ins and outs.

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  • The Adventurous Life with Stella: Employee Spotlight on Stephanie Bowden

    As far as Stephanie Bowden was concerned, Stella was amazing. She could go anywhere and do anything. Without her, adventure was not possible. 

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  • 5 Tips for a Smarter Employee Review

    Employee reviews don't have to be monotonous or time-consuming. Click through for five quick tips to help you conduct smarter, more productive reviews.

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  • How to Offer Tuition Reimbursement

    Tuition reimbursement just might be the best investment you can make in your employees, because it can benefit everyone. Click Full Article below to see how this benefit can work for you and your staff.

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  • How You Should Check References

    Far too many companies skip the most important part of the hiring process: checking references. Click Full Article below for the key questions you need to ask to make sure you hire the right people.

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  • Day Care: A Winning Benefit for Employees

    Day care could be one of the most popular benefits you offer your staff, and it pays you back with a more committed workforce. Click through to learn how employer-provided day care can work.

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  • When Everyone Shares: The La Plata County Family Centers Coalition

    Whoever said raising a family doesn’t come with an instruction manual never heard of the La Plata Family Centers Coalition.

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  • La Plata’s Health Care Dynamo: The Community Health Action Coalition

    We’ve all got one—that one friend who is supremely networked and well connected. That person you turn to and say, “I need X, Y, or Z,” and your friend says, “Oh, I know just the person you should talk to.” That’s pretty much how the Community Health Action Coalition (CHAC) is. 

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  • Keep Employees Happy with a Benefit Program

    Want to retain valuable staff? Click Full Article below to see how you can offer a benefit plan at your company.

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  • President's Remarks

    What’s it like not to know where you’ll be sleeping tonight because you don’t have the money due to an unforeseeable event to pay provide housing for you and your family?  What’s it like to have no hope? As in, no hope.  That’s where the Community Emergency Assistance Coalition (CEAC) steps in.  

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  • Doing Background Checks? Know the Law!

    Employers can perform all kinds of background checks on current and prospective employees, but must follow stringent federal rules. Click the full article right below here for an introduction to EEOC and FTC regulations.

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  • What Taxes Do Small Businesses Pay?

    Sorting out the taxes you have to pay is rarely the fun part of running a business, but it is necessary. Click the full article right below here to get a better understanding of what taxes you will pay as a small-business owner.

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  • The Woman Who Asked a Question: Thrive! Living Wage Coalition

    Maureen Maliszewski was active in her local community and enjoyed being a grandparent. She was getting ready to ease into a comfortable retirement when an informative presentation changed everything. Now, Maureen confronts Durango residents with, perhaps, one of the toughest questions a community can answer. 

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  • Big Changes in Social Security and Retirement Plans for 2018

    Every year, the IRS and Social Security Administration tweak essential numbers for Social Security and retirement plans — and this year is no different. Click through for the need-to-know numbers for 2018.

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  • How to Motivate Employees to Use Wellness Programs

    Wearable devices -- activity trackers -- are possible good tools to increase participation in employee wellness programs. Click through to obtain other tips used by employers around the country.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Deciding if HSAs and FSAs Are Right for You

    Health savings accounts and flexible spending accounts are two helpful ways to pay for medical expenses. Which should companies provide for their employees, and can they offer both? Click through to learn the pros and cons of each.

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  • Vital Rhythms: Stillwater Music

    Air. Water. Food. Love. These are essential for human survival and yet, you can live without any one of them temporarily. Interestingly, there is one thing you must have at all times or else your entire body (and being) shuts down instantly.

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  • How to Employ a Family Member in Your Business

    Thinking of employing a relative? There are some issues you need to consider before saying "welcome aboard." Click Full Article below to see how you can avoid some common pitfalls.

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  • Now Showing...

    We are rolling out ESS (Employee Self Service). This provides your employees a secure web portal where they can retrieve all their pay stubs and W2s. They have the ability to change their personal information pertaining to their W4 (which you then are notified and can approve). They can also request PTO, Vacation, and Sick Time to their supervisors which their supervisor may confirm or deny.  Like to see a demo?  Give us a call at 259-6960.

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  • Understanding Your Business Taxes: What You Need to Know

    Wise business owners know that even if they outsource their payroll and accounting, they need to understand key business taxes. Click through for an introduction to the basics.

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You are ultimately responsible for payroll tax payments: The IRS asks us to remind you that you are responsible for insuring your payroll tax payments are made. There have been shoddy payroll companies, CPAs, and bookkeepers who have been in charge of this task only to take the money and spend it on everything except the payroll taxes. The companies are then incredibly surprised and justifiably angry to find out that they get to make their tax payments twice. You can verify that all your federal payroll tax payments have been made. These are the payments we have pulled from your account and then made on your behalf. It's a great way to monitor your account on a periodic basis. You should have what is called an "Inquiry Pin" from the IRS – if you don't have one, please let us know. We can help you have one assigned to you. And just so you know -we go through a rigorous audit process called a SSAE 16. We reconcile our tax account every day. We use dual controls. We take our role of paying your taxes VERY seriously.
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