Master Year-End Payroll Like a Pro

As the year draws to its end, small businesses face the annual challenge of closing their books and getting ready for tax season. With several crucial deadlines and compliance requirements, year-end payroll can often be overwhelming.

Master Year-End Payroll Like a Pro

But it doesn't have to be. In this blog post, we will walk through the key items to address as you wrap up the year and look ahead to 2024. For a more detailed guide, check out Workforce PayHub’s Year-End Guide.

Key Dates and Deadlines

Start by marking your calendar with these essential dates:

  • December 27: The last day to report payroll changes for 2023.
  • January 22: W2s and 1099s begin shipping.
  • January 31: Deadline to submit W2s and 1099s to employees and contractors.
  • March 4: Deadline for ACA employers to submit 1095-Cs.

Ensuring Accurate Employee Totals

Accuracy in final payroll totals is non-negotiable. Your business needs to update manual checks, adjustments for third-party sick payments, and contributions to benefits and retirement savings by the last scheduled payroll. The trick is to prioritize these updates before December 27 to avoid discrepancies that could ripple into the new fiscal year.

Special Payroll Considerations and Processing Bonuses

The year-end isn't just about closing out; it's also about rewards and recognition. If you're giving out bonuses, tax implications and deadlines for wire transfers for significant amounts should be flagged for action. Remember, the IRS waits for no one, and tax liability from bonuses over $100,000 demands next-day payment.

ACA Reporting and Third-Party Sick Pay Reporting

For Applicable Large Employers (ALEs), the Affordable Care Act mandates precise reporting of health insurance information. The data shuffle doesn't end there. Third-party sick pay also plays a pivotal role in your year-end reporting. A delay in receiving this information can slow down the whole show.

Fringe Benefits: Not Just a Perk But a Payroll Priority

Taxable fringe benefits, like the personal use of company cars, group-term life insurance over $50,000, and other non-cash benefits, must be recorded meticulously. These are not just perks but critical payroll components that must be accounted for with precision. Check out our blog post "Understanding Taxable Fringe Benefits" for a breakdown of which benefits are taxable and their payroll implications.

Navigating S Corporation Health and Accident Insurance Premiums

S-Corporation shareholders have unique considerations when it comes to health and accident insurance premiums. Depending on the plan's discrimination status, premiums could have different tax implications. Proper reporting is vital to stay on the right side of compliance.

A Year-End To-Do List for Payroll Perfection

Here's what you need to tick off your list:

  • Verify and update employee data.
  • Confirm payroll totals are correct.
  • Process all special payroll considerations.
  • Ensure taxable benefits are reported.
  • Complete all necessary tax deposits.
  • Reconcile all W-2 and 1099 forms.
  • Stay compliant with ACA reporting.
  • Address S Corp shareholder-employee premiums accurately.

How Workforce PayHub Can Help

At Workforce PayHub, we acknowledge that managing year-end payroll is complex and challenging. That's why we offer our expertise and resources to ensure your business sails smoothly into the new year. We are here to support and guide you through every step of the year-end payroll process.

As the year comes to a close, remember that it's not just about wrapping up but setting the stage for the next year of success. Ensure you address the year-end payroll with the seriousness it deserves. For more details and to dive deeper into the specifics of year-end payroll management, check out Workforce PayHub's Year-End Guide.

Your future self will thank you for taking the time now to get ahead of the game. Contact Workforce PayHub today for a smoother year-end payroll process.

Eric Jones
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