Don’t know if your locality taxes? Might be time to hire a payroll service.

Would you rather think about federal, state, and local (yes, local—such as in NYC and LA) taxes more or less?

A) More

B) Less

If you answered A, you have found your calling in life. Become a CPA and you can spend your days researching tax laws and perfecting the art of the deduction. We are forever grateful for tax professionals who view Schedule Cs as their signature move and audits as their national championship games. Note: Unless you’re one of said saintly tax professionals, (which we’re not) you’re not legally allowed to give your employees tax advice. Send them to the IRS.

If you answered B, a payroll service may be the solution that gives you a whole lot less to think about when it comes to taxes.

 

Here’s how to think about taxes less

If you can’t (or just don’t want to) keep up with the rules and developments that happen almost yearly with federal, state, and now local taxes—PayReel can keep up for you. Not only will we research the ever-changing laws, we will also handle W-4s, keep you compliant on worker classification, and make sure you’re paying freelancers fairly and accurately.

 

The bottom line:

It’s really simple when you think about it—and even more simple when you don’t. Work with PayReel and save on time, fines, and headaches by taking tax management off your plate. Contact the PayReel team  at 303-526-4900 or by emailing us here so you can get back to focusing on pulling off your next flawless production.

 


 

About PayReel

Producing multimedia content and executing live events is chaotic. At PayReel, we make sure our clients are able to hire who they want, when they want and that everyone is paid properly. Leave all payroll services and details (even taxes) up to the PayReel team so you can focus on pulling off a flawless production. Contact us anytime at 303-526-4900 or by emailing us here.

Relax. We got it.

 

How do you keep track of all those W-4s?

 

The infamous W-4 might seem like a simple little piece of paper on the surface, but it’s how employers calculate tax withholdings. And unfortunately, it has the less-than-magical power to multiply exponentially when you execute live events, produce multimedia content, or just simply employ a whole lotta people.

 

Here’s why W-4s are so dang hard to keep track of:

1. They’re subject to change without warning

This is one of those documents that employees can change as often as they want. Maybe they got married or moved to a new address. Or, maybe they change their mind about the number of allowances they want to claim every month. Whatever the reason for the change, employers must implement changes within 30 days of receiving new paperwork. That’s a lot of uncertainty combined with a lot of time updating records.

 

2. The battle continues: State versus federal

Some states use their own unique W-4s, some just default to the federal W-4, and some even call them by another name entirely. Some states (Here’s lookin’ at you, Nevada!) don’t even tax while others have a slightly more complicated approach than usual. For example, in California if an employee has more than 10 exemptions, their W-4 needs to be sent to the federal government for verification. Any other place, if an employee needs more than 10 exemptions, they’ll need a lock-in letter from the IRS. To top it all off—any of this could change at any time.

 

3. Employee mistakes cost YOU time

When state or federal government does an audit on individual taxes and discovers someone has been withholding incorrectly (usually it happens when an employee claims exempt), the government sends a letter to the employer requesting the corrected paperwork. Did we mention that the tax filing process could cause uncertainly and eat up your time…?

 

The bottom line:

Even if you hired an employee for a single event or just one day last year, you still have to have the correct W-4 for them. Whether you don’t know how to keep track of the W-4 du jour, aren’t sure how to get your hands on the right documents, or you just simply don’t have the time; PayReel can save you the headache by taking tax management off your plate. We can make all that hands-on paper-collecting and tax management a distant memory—including keeping you compliant. In the wise words of Forrest Gump, “Well that’s good. One less thing.”

 

One more thing: There are certain career paths (like tax lawyering) that really require a special type of person. Unless you’re one of those, (which we’re not) you’re not legally allowed to give your employees tax advice. Send them to the IRS.

 

About PayReel

Producing multimedia content and executing live events is chaotic. At PayReel, we make sure our clients are able to hire who they want, when they want and that everyone is paid properly. Leave all payroll services and details (even taxes) up to the PayReel team so you can focus on pulling off a flawless production. Contact us anytime at303-526-4900 or by emailing us here.

Relax. We got it.

 

Is preparing for April 15 a pain in your tax? We can help.

Doing taxes is as challenging as solving a Rubik’s cube, but without any of the fun. Also like a Rubik’s cube, there are endless ways to get it wrong. For individuals, getting taxes wrong can be painful, but the stakes are even higher for businesses.

One of the biggest challenges we’re seeing for businesses right now is the rise in popularity of local taxes. Since most state W-4s don’t list such taxes directly, employees and employers are left to find out about changes through trial and error (yikes!). New Yorkers: Take heart. Yours is the one state that has localities listed on the W-4s and allows employees to claim different deductions on the local, state, and federal levels.

No matter where you are, it’s a lot to think about.

 

Would you like to think less about taxes? Here’s how hiring PayReel can help: 

As the employer of record, we’re responsible for taxation. That means you can save yourself some time and headache. We handle it all. We keep addresses up to date, send out W-4s, and make sure your workers are classified correctly so you give them the correct forms. We also make sure you’re using the right W-4 for your state and keep track of the federal, state, and local taxes.

Hand over the Rubik’s cube. We’re like this guy.

 

One more thing: There are certain career paths (like tax lawyering) that really require a special type of person. Unless you’re one of those, (which we’re not) you’re not legally allowed to give your employees tax advice. Send them to the IRS.

 

About PayReel

Producing multimedia content and executing live events is chaotic. At PayReel, we make sure our clients are able to hire who they want, when they want and that everyone is paid properly. Leave all payroll services and details (even taxes) up to the PayReel team so you can focus on pulling off a flawless production. Contact us anytime at 303-526-4900 or by emailing us here.

Relax. We got it.

 

3 Steps to Relieve Freelance Payroll & Tax Season Headaches

Do you hear that? It’s the sound of companies with large contingent workforces digging through piles of paperwork, shipping out tax documentation, tracking down addresses, updating changed addresses, fielding endless calls from freelancers, and running around like chickens who have been recently separated from their heads. During Tax Day, and tax season, managing freelance payroll is more than just a pain in the ass—it’s a detriment to your productivity.

Here are three pill-free steps to ease those tax season headaches:

Step One: Get freelance payroll off your books.

PayReel handles every detail surrounding freelance payroll—from onboarding to reporting, and, of course, tax documentation. Since freelancers are technically our employees; art directors, producers, and media departments get all the creativity without any of the paperwork.

Step Two: Let PayReel handle the details.

Transparency is key. If you never want to see another detail about your contingent workforce in your life, you don’t have to. On the flip side, you can always dig into the details as deeply as you want.

We securely store all documents online in an easy-to-view and easy-to-find format. Find out what freelancers are costing you and whether the ROI is still in line with your needs. Track spending by employee, project, time period, and more. Our reporting options are true to your unique business realities and available anytime.

Step Three: Get yourself a cup of joe and relax.

We’ve got you covered. With PayReel taking on the entire burden of payrolling your independent contractors, you might even forget Tax Day is coming next year!

About PayReel:

PayReel’s clients, who are some of the biggest companies in the world, are constantly immersed in the chaos of producing multimedia content or executing live events. PayReel makes sure they have the right contractors at the right time in the right place, and that everyone gets paid properly. And, most importantly, they handle every last detail perfectly while making sure their clients think nothing of it, so they can get back to doing what they do best.