Updates from the office of Carol McAtee & Associates, C.P. A. in St. Petersburg, FL -Starting a Business? Three Things You Must Know

 Starting a new business is a very exciting and busy time.  There is so much to be done and so little time to do it in.  If you expect to have employees, there are a variety of federal and state forms and applications that will need to be completed to get your business up and running.  That’s where we can help.

Employer Identification Number (EIN)

Securing an Employer Identification (also known as a Federal Tax Identification Number) is the first thing that needs to be done, since many other forms require it.  EINs are issued by the IRS to employers, sole Proprietors, corporations, partnerships, nonprofit associations, trust, estates, government agencies, certain individuals, and other business entities for tax filing and reporting purposes.

State Withholding, Unemployment, and Sales Tax

Once you have your EIN, you need to fill out forms to establish an account with the State for Payroll tax withholding, Unemployment Insurance Registration, and sales Tax collections (if applicable).

Payroll Record Keeping

Payroll reporting and record keeping can be very time consuming and costly, especially if it isn’t handled correctly.  Also keep in mind, that almost all employers are required to transmit federal payroll tax deposits electronically.  Personnel files should be kept for each employee and include an employee’s employment application as well as the following:

Form W-4 is completed by the employee and used to calculate their federal income tax withholding. This form also includes necessary information such as address and social security number.

Form I-9 must be completed by you, the employer, to verify that employees are legally permitted to in the U.S.

If you need help setting up the paperwork for your business, give us a call.  Letting our expert’s handle this part of your business will allow you to concentrate on running your business.




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