5 payroll tax tips for small businesses

By National Underwriter

National Underwriter


By Amanda McGrory-Dixon

As small business and their accountants and other advisers are preparing for year-end tax preparation, ADP’s Small Business Services division offers five tips for payroll taxes.

1. Verify tax IDs.

A small-business owner should collaborate with his or her accountant or payroll service provider to ensure each tax ID number on payroll reports are correct and current. Any mistake should be fixed prior to processing the company’s last payroll of 2012.

2. Confirm W-2 and 1099 information with employees.

Before the end of the year, employees should review and confirm their W-2 and 1099 information. Small-business owners are responsible for providing accountants with updated employee W-2 information before the last payroll report in 2012. If a W-2c form must be filed with the IRS to correct information on a W-2, the accountant should be notified immediately.

3. Know your filing responsibilities.

Depending on the situation, the small-business owner or the company's accountant must file the company's taxes, and that responsibility should be confirmed with the accountant or tax advisor.

4. Submit payroll adjustments.

All employee payroll adjustments, including voided or manually issued employee checks, are to be submitted to the accountant or payroll service provider prior to the final 2012 payroll report. The deadline for this is Dec. 28.

5. Report all missing wages or miscellaneous income and tax credits.

Missing wages and miscellaneous income and tax credits are required to be reported to the accountant or payroll service provider before the final 2012 payroll report. These wages, income and tax credits include fringe benefits, tips, COBRA payments, employee moving expenses and unsubstantiated employee expense reimbursements.

"Small-business owners are responsible for every aspect of their business, including hiring and managing employees, servicing their clients and adhering to complex tax regulations,” says Anish Rajparia, president of ADP's Small Business Services Division. “That's why as we approach year end, it is especially helpful for small-business owners together with their advisors to proactively take steps that help reduce risks to their business.”

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