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Payroll software developers are continuously working to stay ahead of computer operating systems as well as the technology that can streamline payroll processing. These are some of the features and benefits to look for in a modern payroll program.
Paying employees is not a new concept, but the technology that helps employers pay their employees has certainly changed over the years. The entire process of paying employees has gotten much easier with the rapid growth in technology.
We (Red Wing Software) asked AI (Artificial Intelligence) to generate a list of the ten best ways to streamline payroll. With the answers generated by AI, we provided our responses to their recommendations from the standpoint of how our payroll software, CenterPoint Payroll, compares. Each AI answer is numbered and in bold, and our corresponding answers are beneath each one.
H-2A reporting is critical for agricultural payroll as it helps ensure that all legal requirements related to wages and benefits for H-2A employees are met before any payments are made by employers under this program. Proper reporting can also help protect against potential abuses by ensuring that all required taxes and contributions from employee earnings, such as Social Security taxes (FICA) and Medicare deductions, have been correctly calculated and withheld from employee paydays before payments are issued.
Naturally, the best time to switch to a new payroll system is at the turn of the fiscal year. So, it may be time to investigate your options, settle on a final choice, and begin to prepare for the switchover.
As another year winds to a close, many businesses are already engaged in the end-of-year planning process. Whether that’s tallying up the previous year’s successes, or looking for ways to improve the running of their business in the new year, it’s a valuable period of strategizing that shouldn’t be missed.
It’s sad that now more than ever, we are faced with bad actors who would love nothing more than to compromise your system and take your data hostage.
Since 1979, Red Wing Software has been providing businesses, farms, and nonprofit organizations with accounting and payroll software— and we’re still going strong after all these years. For more than four decades, we’ve thrived by providing the updates and enhancements people want, all while providing excellent, personalized service.
If you spend any time learning about small business accounting, you’ll likely come across the term “double-entry accounting.” But what is double-entry accounting?
The reality is that remote work is here to stay. Surveys show that even after the pandemic finally subsides, many employees across the country will choose to stick with their work-from-home scenario, if the option is made available to them. This is sure to pose new challenges for payroll processing. Here are some tips and best practices for how to adjust to the remote-working new normal.
The approach of a new year or the end of a budget cycle is often a good time to take stock and find ways to grow your business moving forward.
No industry has escaped the COVID-19 pandemic crisis unaffected, and agriculture is no exception.
These six steps to better farm bookkeeping can make a big difference in your farm’s bookkeeping, which in turn can help your farm grow more profitable.
With business slowing down for so many, it may seem less urgent to keep your financial records current. But it’s more important than ever to stay up-to-date so your business has the best chance to stay healthy, too. Here’s how you can stay prepared during these unprecedented times.
Learn more about how to reduce the time doing payroll and make the payroll process more streamlined.
A balance sheet is an indispensable tool for any business, and today’s farms are no exception. In many ways, a balance sheet is more helpful for understanding the financial health of your farm than your profit or loss at any given moment.
Is the most basic tool always the best one for your farming operation? Do you just choose the cheapest option, when purchasing equipment for your farm, or do you research various models before you buy? Do you like a certain brand or type of equipment?
Whether you process payroll in-house or use a payroll service, you likely have a process to enter and track employee information, hours worked, and all the associated necessary information to pay employees.
Thinking about moving to a paperless payroll? Learn more about how to get there, step-by-step.
Learn about the crucial differences between general accounting and fund accounting, and how fund accounting can help manage your city’s finances more efficiently.
Learn more about the importance of tracking farm expenses, and how to get started with it.
All farmers have faced problems with accounting over the life of their farming operation. How big or small those problems are, likely depend on the time you put in trying to manage them.
There are so many articles being published about moving your payroll to the cloud. Technology is good and the cloud can help in many ways, such as allowing system access from anywhere an internet connection is available. So, are businesses still interested in using payroll software that is installed on their computer? The answer is ‘yes’.
Managing the accounting is a crucial function that needs attention, but should not take away from the farmer’s main job. That is why it’s so important to have a suitable accounting system that is easy to use and helps gain control of finances.
The needs of a small business payroll can differ greatly from a large or enterprise business payroll. Smaller businesses have fewer staff to handle payroll, so it’s crucial to have the right system in place to handle that very important task.
The goal of this article is to break down the types of payroll deductions, and to offer tips for better managing this crucial payrollelement.
These are some of the things our customers tell us are saving them drastic amounts of time and money, and the things that can really remove the headache from the payroll process.
There has been a lot of change in the accounting software industry over the past ten years. If you or a company you know of has endured your software company’s being purchased, you know that the process can be painful. The software’s support, enhancements, training and other aspects of the company’s service can all be affected in the changeover. Here is ten things to keep in mind when choosing accounting software.
Many organizations start out using basic accounting systems. As they grow, they realize their accounting needs cannot be fully met. Here are some major differences between general accounting software and fund accounting software.
Just as your business has its own set of jargon or industry-specific terminology, so does the software industry! If you are searching for accounting software or payroll software, the likelihood of hearing these terms is fairly high. Be prepared to speak with software representatives by understanding these key terms, and you will have a better chance of your needs being understood and met.
So you’re company is making the switch to a newer payroll software application. Now it’s up to you, the Payroll IT manager, to ensure that the process runs as smoothly as possible without too much interruption. Here are some key things to consider for an efficient switch, and to keep your IT team sane.
It’s true that employees expect their paycheck to be delivered to them promptly on payday. But did you know there are other ways your payroll program can affect employee happiness?
Situation: You are using an outdated payroll solution, and there are distinct benefits to moving forward such as improved efficiency and improved customer satisfaction. But you don’t want to move because the economy seems dismal, and you want to keep your money instead of spending it on software. If you take a closer look, you might just realize that keeping up the outdated payroll system is costing you more than the money it would to purchase a brand new system. Here is why your outdated system can be costing more money and time than you expected.
Processing payroll on time is crucial to the management of your business. As your company grows, you may find that payroll processing becomes more complex with tax requirements, multiple employee types, increasing deduction types, and much more.
If you have employees, you are aware of your responsibility to file payroll taxes on time and accurately. These days, your business has several options for payroll tax filing. Here are the four major ways available for employers to file their employer taxes.
Processing payroll may not be the most fun part of running a business. Over the years, payroll software programs have implemented newer technology that can help ease the complexity and make payroll processing go much faster. These new payroll trends can help the employer gain efficiencies and reduce payroll processing time. Here are some of the ways your business can take advantage of the latest payroll trends.
Is it time to search for a new payroll software program? If so, then you should be aware of the newest features available to those who process payroll. By becoming aware of current trends, you can choose a program that will grow with your operation for years to come, and you can also emerge a hero because of improved accuracy, time saved, easier tax filing, happier employees and much more!
Red Wing Software specializes in providing software at a reasonable price to companies who are outgrowing their current software and need more functionality, especially where inventory is concerned. Through this experience we have discovered many ways that our customers have saved valuable resources by improving their inventory management. This article shares some of the insight we have learned over many years of customer communications.
As a former business owner, I can remember singing this tune over and over again. Owning your own business, no matter how big or small it is, comes with many opportunities and unfortunately, some headaches, okay a lot of headaches. I remember when my husband and I started our business with a couple who had been high school friends of my husband; we certainly lacked a basic knowledge of business. But what we didn’t know about business practices, we made up for in enthusiasm and ignorance. You know what they say, “ignorance is bliss”. I eventually learned this to be false.
Remember the days in grade school when you were learning to calculate ratios, and wondered when it would ever benefit you in real life? Well, it turns out that using ratios can actually make a big difference within a business. Using accounting ratios can help you pinpoint areas of strength and weakness in your business, so you can increase profits and reverse negative trends. If an accounting ratios function is available within your accounting system, be sure to make use of it. Using ratios can make a big difference; here’s how.
For many of us, just the thought of financial records, budgets or tax returns, gives a chill up our spine. But the truth is, a lack of proper financial management within an operation can lead to un-informed decision making, and your bottom line can take a real hit.
Business is rolling along just fine, and then suddenly you realize it’s year end! You think, “How does that sneak up on me every single year?”
Well, the answer is you are likely busy running your business! However, if you can get some preparation time in before year-end, being proactive will almost surely pay off. In fact you can save yourself a large dose of year-end panic by taking the following steps before year-end hits.
This question is one Red Wing Software is asked frequently, being an accounting software company. Making the decision to move to a different software package can be tough, especially taking into consideration all the additional work in transferring data and learning the new system. Even so, your business needs change; software becomes outdated, and sometimes switching software is best for your business. So, when is the best time to switch?
Agriculture, by definition, is an industry, science, or practice, in which animals and/or crops are raised, for the purpose of providing food. Agriculture as an industry encompasses farmers themselves: the people who work in the field of agriculture.
These days, technology enables us to choose from a wide variety of installation types for accounting software. Which option is best for your business? It’s hard to know the answer without understanding the difference between these three terms.
Accounting is a crucial financial management component of any business. Good accounting records can help a business understand where money is going and where profits are coming from. However when errors are being made, things can take a turn for the worse in a hurry. Discover three accounting errors that can be easily avoided in an accounting program.
Creating a budget for your farming operation may seem like a daunting task at first, but farm budgets can make a big difference in the profitability of farming operations. You can choose to create a budget by hand, by using a spreadsheet, or you can use your farm software to help you. Either way, the outcome remains the same: increased confidence in decision making and increased profits for your farm.
When it comes to tools to help a farmer manage an operation, is the most basic and widespread option always the best? Just think about your equipment, the tools you use out in the field. Do you buy whatever is cheapest, or do you like a certain brand or type of equipment? Do you buy the first thing you see, or research everything that is available first? The same logic applies to your software. The software you use is a crucial piece of equipment that can help you stay on track and be profitable. Don’t trust it to whatever is easiest to find or cheapest! Instead, have a careful look at your options and what fits best for your farm. At least then if you decide to purchase the cheapest and most basic package, you will do so with your eyes wide open, and you will know exactly what you are getting. So a good question here is, with so many basic software packages available, who needs software for agriculture?
See how the concepts used during the Depression can help you use your farm accounting software to bring in more money, or keep the money you already have!
Carisch, Inc. is a Minnesota based company that owns and manages multiple Arby’s® restaurants. The company started in 1990 with one Arby’s location. Through hard work and excellence, brothers George and Jerry Carisch have grown their business to more than 70 Arby’s restaurants across seven states.
Are you ready to say good bye to the long green sheets and manually processing payroll, for a long term solution that can streamline your payroll processes and save you time and lots of headaches? This article may just help you make your decision.
With the constant growth in technology, many business processes are becoming more streamlined. Payroll processing that used to be done over several days with paper and pencil can now be done in minutes with the right software.
Running your payroll can be time consuming and often, a real headache! Have you taken the time to see what payroll software can do for you?
The feature sets among payroll programs vary exponentially more than the number of vendors. All payroll programs are definitely not created equal. When you are conducting your search, be sure to check into the flexibility of these features, which can vary greatly, and which you may not have thought about.
Payroll processes have certainly evolved over the years. It wasn’t so long ago when W-2 forms were still being typed up on a typewriter, and payroll calculations were being performed by hand. Thankfully technology has given payroll staff much better options, and payroll can now absolutely be completely paperless.
Payroll processing refers to the task of managing the payment of wages by a company to its employees. While the summary of payroll processing sounds quite simple, there are many behind-the-scenes steps that need to take place, before the actual processing work begins.
Payroll calculations are of course, only one step in the process of payroll for an employer, though a very important step indeed. Ensuring the correct amount is paid to the employee is not only important to that employee, but also to the state, federal and local government, from whom penalties are incurred if tax filing is incorrect or late.
What is a paycheck stub? Learn the components of paycheck stub and the steps that are used to generate paycheck stubs for an employee paycheck.
Employers know first-hand that paying payroll taxes can be extremely time-consuming and stressful. In addition to having to calculate taxes, the Federal and state government enforce strict filing deadlines, for which fines can be incurred, if not met. There are a variety of ways to handle the management and payment of payroll taxes.
This guide helps municipals learn more about the process of moving from basic accounting software to municipal fund accounting software.
Stiff penalties can be incurred by missing a tax filing deadline for payroll tax returns, or not making a timely payroll tax deposit. Some payroll services provide services that ensure the tax filing is done for you. If you are using an installed payroll system, you will need to manage the filing and tax deposits yourself.
This worksheet can be used as a guide to help your organization find the best accounting software application for you. Consider each field of information and fill in the appropriate answer for your needs. Send this check list to ag accounting software vendors you are interested in, or simply use it as a guideline when talking to vendors.
Switching software might not be as fun as going skydiving or going out to dinner with friends, but it’s often a necessity. Still, many businesses put it off and avoid the issue for as long as possible because they simply cannot bear the thought of disrupting the whole office with the transition. Nobody would blame you if you were one of them! There are some key things you can do to make the transition easier.
Handling the accounting for a business can be time-consuming, and that’s why it’s important to use any tools at your disposal to reduce unnecessary additional work. Accounting systems contain features that can help reduce work and also increase accuracy. Here are some of the features included in accounting systems that can help streamline accounting.
This free white paper was written for producers who are just beginning the process of computerizing farm records or for those wanting to upgrade current systems for better access to important management information. It covers needs analysis, software considerations, how to test the software against your needs, questions to ask vendors, and a comprehensive list of terms everyone should know.
This free, 16-page booklet was a joint effort by the Penn State Dairy Alliance and Red Wing Software to provide progressive dairies with basic accounting principles and practices to follow. It covers six steps for efficient information management and outllines a recommended, dairy specific chart of accounts.
Processing payroll on time is crucial to the management of your business. As your company grows, you may find that payroll processing becomes more complex with tax requirements, multiple employee types, increasing deduction types, and much more. To efficiently manage your payroll, you will need to choose the best payroll system for your business to process payroll allowing you to continue to pay your employees on time, ensure taxes are filed promptly by due dates and still have access to the information you need.
The Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act was enacted March 18, 2010 with two new tax benefits for employers who hire previously unemployed workers, referred to as “qualified employees”. The first benefit, called the “payroll tax exemption”, allows employers exemption from their 6.2% share of social security on the wages paid to “qualified employees” from March 19, 2010 through December 31, 2010. The second benefit is for each “qualified employee” retained for at least 52 consecutive weeks. Employers will be eligible for a general business tax credit, or “ New hire retention credit”, 6.2% of wages paid to that employee over that 52 week period, for up to a maximum credit of $1,000. Full details of the HIRE Act can be found at the official IRS Web site: www.IRS.gov. Meanwhile, if you are interested in taking advantage of the HIRE Act, there are several ways you can use your payroll software to help you manage the process.
This worksheet can be used as a guide to help your organization find the best payroll software application for you. Consider each field of information and fill in the appropriate answer for your needs. Send this check list to payroll software vendors you are interested in, or simply use it as a guideline when talking to vendors.
This worksheet can be used as a guide to help your organization find the best accounting software application for you. Consider each field of information and fill in the appropriate answer for your needs. Send this check list to accounting software vendors you are interested in, or simply use it as a guideline when talking to vendors.
The newly passed and signed 2010 Tax Act, formally named the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010, includes several provisions that will affect taxpayers. Here is the information you need to know now about this legislation, formally named the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010.