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Employee Reimbursements-Accountable vs Non-Accountable Plans

The IRS has very strict rules about how a business should handle employee reimbursements. If you make the payment under an accountable plan, deduct it in the category of the expense paid.  If you make the payment under a non-accountable plan, deduct it as wages and include it in the employee’s Form W-2. Avoiding paying unnecessary taxes on employee reimbursements involves keeping detailed and accurate records separating out how much your business spends on different types of expenses.
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Payroll Recordkeeping – More Than Just Getting Employees Paid On Time

In the past couple of years there has been an increase in the number of Federal and/or State payroll wage audits resulting in the repayment of back wages, in all industries – not just construction, plus fines and penalties. In May and June of 2013 U. S. Department of Labor audits have resulted in the payment of $5,750,693.00 in back wages throughout the United States.

Are your payroll records accurate and up-to-date? They need to be - because inaccurate payroll records can cost emBeployers BIG bucks!

See this article for information on what you need to keep and how long you need to keep your payroll records.

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QuickBooks 2013 Revamped Employee Record

Big changes to the employee record, including convenient left navigation and the ability to actually see more items in the payroll info section - which means less mouse clicks and scrolling for you!

However, these changes also mean that you need to size QuickBooks differently on your monitor in order to be able to see everything. We'll show you side-by-side comparisons of each section of the employee record.

What do you think of these changes?

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Nancy Smyth, Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor

Nancy Smyth, Sunburst Software Solutions, Inc.
QuickBooks Construction & Payroll Expert


I've been using and supporting QuickBooks products since the early 1990's. I've worked with thousands of contractors, assisting them with QuickBooks setup, Certified Payroll Reporting requirements, AIA Billing and Weighted-Average Overtime.


QuickBooks is a powerful product, but learning how to use it in your construction business can be difficult. I hope you find resources available here to be helpful.

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