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Typical payroll practices

What is the typical gap between when a pay period ends and the checks/deposits are sent? I think it has been 3-4 day in most of my jobs. Is that about right? Are there any notable exceptions? Also, why is there often a delay in getting your first paycheck at a new job? Is that because it is hard to add someone in the middle of a pay period, or is it withheld for other reasons?
posted by molla on Aug 18, 2016 - 18 answers

Sporadic or unpredictable payroll?

I've got a web development firm classified as a single-member LLC filing as S-Corp, and as such I pay myself a regular salary. It's just that for the past year I've been on sabbatical, and my salary has dropped to near zero. [more inside]
posted by jacob on May 2, 2016 - 4 answers

The Case of the Missing 401(k) Contribution

The lovely Ms. Quizicalcoatl recently changed jobs and rolled over her 401(k) into an IRA with a different firm. Awesome! Then, she got a final vacation payout check from her former employer...but her pre-tax contribution was withheld from that payout. The money never showed up in her 401(k). Where did that money go and how do we get it back? [more inside]
posted by Quizicalcoatl on Apr 27, 2016 - 7 answers

Company's been taxing me in the wrong state. What are the implications?

About a month ago I moved from State A to State B to work in my company's new office. Even though I updated my location with my company and our payroll system, I've still been having only State A taxes withheld, and no State B taxes. Since I'm living and working in State B, I should only have State B taxes withheld as of my move. Turns out that, due to an oversight, the subsidiary of my company that I officially work for isn't yet registered in State B. They're going to fix it on the payroll side, but what implications should I be aware of? Does it matter whether it's fixed by end of year? More details below the fold: [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 8, 2015 - 3 answers

Quickbooks for Mac - should I use Online Banking?

I run a one-person S Corporation in California, and am using Quickbooks 2012 on a Mac. My current bookkeeper (as well as a previous one) suggested I not use Online Banking to automatically import transactions from my bank and credit cards, saying there's a lot of potential for it to mess things up. My main question: should I avoid Quickbooks for Mac's online banking? What if I upgrade to the 2015 Mac version - does it handle such things better? [more inside]
posted by mistersix on May 15, 2015 - 6 answers

How Do You Work For A Canadian Company?

Are there any Mefites that have worked in the US (as a US citizen) for a Canadian company? How does it work with taxes, benefits, etc? This is going to become a very relevant issue for my wife tomorrow, and Google has not been a lot of help in finding authoritative information. [more inside]
posted by COD on May 3, 2015 - 5 answers

What makes Colorado cost-prohibitive for pro-work-from-home employers?

I recently went through three rounds of interviews for a promising 100% work-from-home remote job. After a long week or waiting to hear back, I was told that I've been removed from the running due to my home state's tax laws. I'm not sure where to begin fact-checking this, but this is the sort of fact I find irresistible to check, especially given the context. The employer is located in Boston, MA. [more inside]
posted by aydeejones on Mar 8, 2015 - 4 answers

I want to turn a PC / tablet into a timeclock. How do I do this?

I want to use a PC or tablet for one single application - to go to a website where someone logs in with their account, "clocks in", and then logs out. That's it. (Snowflakes...) [more inside]
posted by dukes909 on Feb 19, 2015 - 5 answers

Help me get paid!

I need to write a letter to my employer about how the constant errors in the payroll are causing a financial burden. I am not at all tactful-- what do I say? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 19, 2014 - 19 answers

The best I can come up with is "Random Crap Coordinator"

I need a job title! I've been working for a company for a little over 14 months and need a name for what I do. We are not so organized that anyone's given me a title and even if the correct answer is "Make your boss give you an official job title", I'd like an idea of what to aim for. [more inside]
posted by artychoke on May 2, 2014 - 15 answers

1099 contract when I was told I'd be w2, how do I navigate this?

On Tuesday I drove across country to start a new role in the Bay Area. Prior to this I was working on a year-long contract which wasn't renewed. During the interview process I was looking for a full time role, but was convinced that this was a good opportunity, particularly to get my foot in the door back in the Bay Area where I'm originally from and still have family. During the interview I was asked specifically what type of contracting I would be open to and said that I was only interested in W2ing to a new role rather than becoming an independent contractor and billing, and I stated that I wasn't interested in 1099ing. The rate I provided reflected this as well. Turns out I've been onboarded as a 1099 and the rate that I was looking for as a W2. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 7, 2014 - 33 answers

What's the best way for a UK company to pay American worker bees?

About a month ago, a British company hired me to work 25+ hours a week for three months, with the possibility to go full-time after that if my coworker and I land a certain number of clients. (We're opening its New York office.) Payment is a clusterfuck. [more inside]
posted by jessca84 on Oct 20, 2013 - 3 answers

The best laid plans

This is not the question I wanted to ask this week, but last week, my employer forgot to submit my first time card on time, and I will (very) possibly not get paid this week. I am very poor right now. [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar on Sep 1, 2013 - 39 answers

Money Honey If Ya Wanna Get Along With Me

Is it illegal for my employer to withhold wages from me? "Delays" in "processing" pay changes have gone on for weeks. [more inside]
posted by herbplarfegan on Oct 24, 2012 - 13 answers

I got paid, then I got paid. What do I do with this money that's not mine?

I was paid twice. I talked to payroll. It's not their fault. It's kinda my fault and kinda my bank's fault. [more inside]
posted by ismaelsobek on Jun 19, 2012 - 17 answers

Overtime+wages+more overtime=brainfart

Please help me work out this wages/payroll problem. [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Jul 6, 2011 - 8 answers

Building the simplest payroll template in Excel. No, really simple.

I'm dusting off my rusty Excel skills to try to build an easy-to-use, easily updated very basic payroll spreadsheet for a userbase which is completely unfamiliar with Excel. [more inside]
posted by nevercalm on Jun 2, 2011 - 9 answers

Total tax burden by income level

What is the total tax burden for various income levels in the US? [more inside]
posted by jcreigh on May 24, 2011 - 3 answers

Employee Shouldering Cost of Payroll Mistake?

A friend's employer's payroll company has been incorrectly filing her payroll taxes by subtracting her healthcare costs after taxes, causing her to pay more income tax than necessary. Her boss has said she is out of luck, is there anything she can do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 25, 2011 - 14 answers

Will my company deduct the money I owe them for tuition before taxes, or after?

My company paid $1,000 for me to take a class, but in exchange I can't leave the company for 18 months, or I'll have to pay them back. I also have 50 hours of vacation saved up, and when I leave the company I will get those hours back as money. If I make $20 an hour, the 50 hours translate into $1,000 before taxes. My question is, will my company take their $1,000 back pre-tax, or post-tax?
posted by PlayWithFire on Mar 9, 2011 - 7 answers

I was erroneously overpaid by a previous employer and now they want their money back, do I have any recourse?

I was erroneously overpaid by a previous employer and now they want their money back, do I have any recourse? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 13, 2011 - 33 answers

Death, Taxes, and my LLC

My LLC is going legit January 1st in Michigan. I'm a brand new business owner in an economically depressed state and I'm starting to turn a profit which means dealing with taxes and the IRS. I'm young, I don't know anything about business taxes, and I'm somewhat frustrated at how painful this is for a new business owner who just wants to pay his fair share. I have an accountant who I know is really good, but I need to know kind of the general picture of what is happening so I can stay on top of things. I don't want to throw it all on the accountant and I want to be proactive. [more inside]
posted by banished on Dec 30, 2010 - 16 answers

Please help me close my S-Corp?

[Tax filter] You are not my accountant but the H&R Block Business center is closed for the holidays and I'm stuck on some S-Corp tax and payroll questions. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 24, 2010 - 10 answers

evaluating online payroll services

our government grant and contract based non-profit is evaluating full service (file your taxes for your) online payroll services. we expect to grow to 100 employees (many of them short term) this year. we are an organization of moderate complexity with foreign nationals on visas, etc. does anyone have any experience with online payroll services and, in particular, perquest. we were using quickbooks online. we got switched without warning or explanation to paycycle a couple of weeks ago. paycycle seeks simplicity but lacks critical functionality for a medium size business. we need a service targetted to medium-size businesses.
posted by alcahofa on Nov 24, 2010 - 1 answer

Need a very simple project manager that simply let's people clock in and tracks the time people have spent on projects

Need a very simple project manager that simply let's people clock in and tracks the time people have spent on projects [more inside]
posted by wooh on Oct 14, 2010 - 4 answers

Are my employers paying us correctly?

I'm trying to find out what is and isn't legal about how my employer keeps track of my hours, when they pay me, and and a couple other hours/pay issues. [more inside]
posted by gally99 on May 13, 2010 - 15 answers

Support for Fun, Inc.

New S-Corp! Fav online payroll and accounting programs, please! Also any fun small business online forums, resources, message boards, etc.? [more inside]
posted by curiositykilledthelemur on Apr 5, 2010 - 5 answers

Poof, It Vanished

Quickbooks filter: I semi accidently deleted a payroll check. The taxes have been paid. Quickbooks is making it difficult to restore the check. Help please. [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Jan 9, 2010 - 1 answer

i am at a loss.

huge payroll issue. i'm lost and need direction. long story follows, but the short version is that i seem to have been overpaid by $15,000 and now my employer would like that money back. [more inside]
posted by radiosilents on Dec 2, 2009 - 27 answers

Looking for online payroll service solutions

Looking for an online payroll services solution for myself and two part time employees. [more inside]
posted by imabanana on Jul 30, 2009 - 6 answers

Dry Question Which Does Not Lend Itself to Catchy Title (Hey, Prove Me Wrong!)

If an employee makes $9.50 an hour, how much is his employer out of pocket, per hour, once you add in Social Security, Medicare, worker's comp, etc.? Please assume the employee has no benefits and no retirement contributions. This is just hourly wage + other mandatory payments.
posted by HotToddy on Jun 22, 2009 - 7 answers

Payroll processor or part-time bookkeeper for startup? (US/SF)

StartupFilter: Payroll processing co or part-time bookkeeper for SF Bay Area co? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 21, 2008 - 6 answers

Does a promotion negate a merit raise?

My girlfriend's been offered a promotion at her job. However, her manager's informed her that because she's getting a raise due to the promotion, she won't be getting her merit increase this year. Is this kosher? Usual? [more inside]
posted by Vidiot on Feb 19, 2008 - 31 answers

Quickbooks Reports Desperation

Quickbooks Report Desperation. All the data I want is in QB, but I can only seem to get it in separate reports. The ideal report would have the following fields: employee id, date, time, item. [more inside]
posted by pants on Nov 1, 2007 - 3 answers

Spreadsheet to calculate EI/CPP?

Are there Excel spreadsheets available for Canadian (Ontario) payroll calculation that automatically calculate EI, CPP, etc?
posted by Jairus on May 7, 2007 - 1 answer

My employer isn't paying me, what do I do?

My employer isn't making payroll regularly. What's my best recovery strategy? My bank account needs [more inside]
posted by hackwolf on Jan 23, 2007 - 12 answers

Inexpensive payroll for 1-person corp?

Inexpensive OSX-friendly payroll solutions for a 1-person corp? I'll also consider web-based or outsourcing. [more inside]
posted by neilkod on Jun 6, 2006 - 4 answers

Quickbooks Pro Export Question?

Does anyone know how to get QuickBooks-pro to spit out a form that looks like this? Or has all the elements of this? Caltrans doesn’t care what order, it all just needs to be there. Is there an add-on to QuickBooks for Certified Payroll. (Already tried Sunburst: It sucks). Bonus points for low cost solution (blew my wad on the Sunburst fiasco.)
posted by keswick on Feb 8, 2006 - 1 answer

How does one deduct taxes from a one-time payment?

One-time payment for ten employees - withholding taxes? [more inside]
posted by Pontius Pilate on Feb 3, 2006 - 6 answers

How do I get my work to pay me?

I haven't received payment from my supposedly biweekly paying job for nearly two months. This lack of payment has resulted in financial difficulties for me. How do I force payment? Do I have any recourse for the financial difficulties that have resulted due to their negligence? [more inside]
posted by honeyx on Dec 18, 2005 - 22 answers

Payroll: Who watches the watchers?

Idle Corporate Question: Has anyone here worked in a Payroll department? I know that one of the great taboos in large corporations is that nobody else knows how much everyone else makes (subordinates excluded.) But, what about a Payroll department. Do they each know how much everyone else in their department makes? Or, is their own information segmented off somehow?
posted by vacapinta on Oct 12, 2005 - 14 answers

Small-business accounting

I run a small design firm out of the house, with 2 employees and yearly sales of about $250K. How much should I pay for basic accounting services? He only does my taxes, I have a payroll service for payroll, and I do my own bookkeeping.
posted by anonymous on Feb 4, 2005 - 3 answers


My latest paycheck is for double the amount I'm supposed to be getting paid. I get paid by direct deposit, so the money is already in my account. What do I do?
posted by anonymous on Dec 1, 2004 - 39 answers

I need to learn SQR

Anyone know anything about SQR? [More Inside] [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Mar 22, 2004 - 3 answers

Do you have any recommendations for timesheet software?

I run a small (~15 person) software development company that is reliant on tracking timesheets for invoicing and payroll purposes. We built our own internal application for doing this a few years back, but it could be working better and rather than rebuilding it ourselves I'm thinking the easiest thing would be to just license something.

Any recommendations? Timesheets suck, so ideally it should be relatively painless to use, accurate, and produce useful reports.
posted by kaefer on Mar 16, 2004 - 8 answers

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