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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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EEOC Reports & Government Funded Construction Projects – Q & A

An EEOC Report is really nothing more than than a report that includes how many employees you have that work under specific work/trade classifications by race and gender; including any apprentices or on-the-job trainees.

State agencies can require that you submit an EEOC report on a weekly or monthly basis, if the construction project is funded with State money.

If you perform work on Federal-Aid Highway Construction projects, you may be required to submit monthly reports - using either a Federal or State DOT specific form as well as an Annual Report such as Form FWHA-1391 . Federal-Aid Highway Construction Contractors Annual EEO Report.

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Worker’s Comp Increases 45% in California, Beginning 7/1/2012

Worker’s Comp and payroll taxes take a huge bite out of a contractors profit when working on Public Works construction projects – especially if the contractor is paying the full fringe benefit rate of the prevailing wage to the employee in cash and not to the Union Hall or into bona-fide plans.

Public Works Construction and Prevailing Wage projects require advanced financial planning methods and tools along with an understanding of the ever-changing compliance requirements — so that you can reduce your overhead and get paid on time.

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Weekly Wrap-Up: News You Can Use 5/11 – 5/17/2012

There is so much news and information floating around the web – it’s difficult (at best) to keep up! I’ve added a WordPress plug-in that grabs information from my Twitter stream to help me (and hopefully you as well) keep up with everything. Look for the Weekly Wrap-Up: News You Can Use every Friday.

See what caught my attention this week in these topics: Accounting & Taxes, eBooks/Webinars/Videos, Payroll/Certified Payroll/Prevailing Wage, QuickBooks, Small Business/Organization/Productivity, Construction, and Social Media/Marketing/Website Design.

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Deducting the Cost of Lost Equipment from an Employee’s Pay

Can you deduct the cost of lost equipment from your employee’s pay? As a business owner I'm betting that on more than one occasion you have had an employee who has lost his company provided cell phone more than once and you've have to replace it.

Perhaps you want to recover the cost of the phone via a payroll deduction - before you do, read the rest of this article, because the answer depends first on state and federal restrictions and second on how much you want to deduct.

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Construction Payroll, Should I Do It In-house or Outsource It?

Construction payroll can be complex and many business owners wonder if they should hire a payroll clerk and issue payroll in-house or if they should outsource it. As a contractor a significant portion of your job costs involve payroll and labor burden (payroll taxes, worker's compensation insurance, general liability insurance, company paid fringe benefits etc.) and you need to have these numbers included in your job costing reports so you can analyze your bidding practices and know whether or not you made a profit on the job. If your payroll is not run through your accounting software you loose this vital piece of job costing information.
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ASA Seminar Payroll & Tax Strategies for Public Works Contractors

Cash is "KING"! Public Works Construction and Prevailing Wage projects require advanced financial planning methods and tools along with an understanding of the ever-changing compliance requirements -- so that you get paid on time! I'm thrilled to be joining Steve Kuzmack, President of Fringe Benefit Experts for a comprehensive 2 hour - easy to understand seminar for the American Subcontractors Association - San Diego branch, on strategies for lowering labor costs and complying with certified payroll reporting requirements on Federal and/or State funded construction projects - including the impact of the new Compliance Monitoring Unit {CMU} and the required filing of electronic certified payroll reports.
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Nancy Smyth, Sunburst Software Solutions, Inc.
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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.


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