One-third of Employers Make Costly Payroll Mistakes
September 4th – 8th is National Payroll Week—a week that “celebrates the hard work by America’s 150 million wage earners and the payroll professionals who pay them.” Did you know that 67% of the annual revenue of the U.S. Treasury comes in through the federal payroll withholding system? That’s approximately $2.2 trillion of payroll withholding that payroll professionals are responsible for accurately calculating, collecting, reporting and depositing.
Here are several not-so-fun payroll statistics for employers:
- 33% of employers make payroll errors, according to the IRS.
- In companies that still use traditional timecards, the American Payroll Association reports payroll error rates of 1-8%.
- About 40% of small businesses incur an IRS penalty as a result of payroll errors, costing each business an average of $845 per year.
The right technology can help your business avoid costly payroll miscalculations and penalties. So, in honor of hardworking payroll professionals everywhere, let’s examine a few core principles for achieving greater success (and less stress) by selecting the right payroll solution for your business.
1. Eliminate Paper from Your Payroll and HR Processes
Many small businesses still use manual methods for some HR processes, including payroll. When you’re reviewing what works and what doesn’t work in your existing payroll process, look for any area that might still include manual, paper-based record keeping. Paper records expose your company to increased risk of payroll errors due to missing records, manual calculations and data entry errors. Some places to make sure that paper-associated errors aren’t creeping into your payroll include: paper timecards, manual vacation and sick leave tracking, and payroll records storage.
2. Simplify with a Single Vendor for Payroll and HCM
Because any type of manual data re-entry is prone to errors, you’ll want to automate the delivery of as much employee information to your payroll system as possible. The simplest way to achieve full integration of information from your Human Capital Management (HCM) system and your payroll system is to use solutions from the same vendor. This ensures the smooth flow of HCM information about benefits elections, paid time off, and attendance back into the payroll system.
3. Ensure Compliance by Automating Filing and Reporting
Payroll withholding rules and regulations change every year. It’s impossible for one or several individuals to keep track of the many changes coming out of federal, state and local taxing jurisdictions. Withholding calculations are complex, and there are too many filing deadlines to track. An automated payroll solution will help you ensure that payroll deductions and taxes are calculated correctly, tax deposits are made, and reporting is completed on time.
4. Give Employees Easy Access to Their Payroll Records
According to the 2016 “Getting Paid in America” survey by the American Payroll Association, 88% of employees can access their pay and benefits information online, through a self-service portal provided by their employer. If you’re considering a new payroll solution, it must include this functionality. Not only have employees come to expect self service, it also helps to reduce questions coming into HR.
5. NO NEED to Switch to a New Payroll Solution in January
Although many payroll professionals prefer to change payroll systems on January 1st of a new year, in the world of payroll SBOs (Service Bureau Organizations) conversions can occur throughout the calendar year. If your company is contemplating a change, now is a great time, however, it is not the only time to make your move. Given there is a little more than one full quarter left before year end it is not a bad time to evaluate solutions, educate yourself a new system, learn about training employees, etc to get ready for a fresh start in the New Year. Call to start the dialog and we will work within your timeline.
Prepare Now for a Smoother Payroll Process in 2018
Evolution HCM by Asure Software’s Payroll and Tax Management solution can handle simple or complex payroll calculations. It can also be combined with Evolution’s Human Capital Management solution – this cloud-based SaaS solution can help you comply fully with federal, state and local employer laws. Evolution HCM by Asure Software’s payroll and tax management solution provides features, flexibility, and best practices to handle most payroll types, regardless of a company’s complexity or uniqueness. Employers can rest easy knowing their payroll is being processed with the industry’s leading payroll and tax engine and paychecks will be delivered accurately and on time.