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NEW & IMPROVED: Updated IRS “Tax Estimator” is Released

The IRS made the announcement August 6, 2019. A new and improved “Tax Estimator” is ready for use and should make it easier for people to estimate the taxes they’ll owe throughout the year. This comes after many people received surprise tax bills, or lower-than-expected refunds, because of 2018 changes to the tax law. Countless […]

TIMING IS EVERYTHING: Why This Might Be the BEST Time to Consider (or Revise) Your Company’s 401(k)

In today’s highly-competitive, low-unemployment business environment employers need to offer comprehensive benefits packages, to attract and retain valuable employees, and a Safe Harbor 401(k) Plan is often the magic ingredient. If you find all the regulatory hurdles of a 401(k) Plan perplexing and frustrating (e.g. non-discrimination testing, fee disclosures, and 5500 filings,) don’t despair. This […]

Prescription Drug Savings: It’s Not for Everyone

With the price of prescription drugs skyrocketing, you might be paying more attention to the cost-saving options and tools out there. Can GoodRx and the others really keep cash in your wallet? The answer is… it depends. Your pharmacy will charge you the cost of the drug OR the applicable Co-Payment/Cost Share under your insurance […]

Pro-Business Vote on the Affordable Care Act

Focus HR, Inc. is closely following legal maneuvers, in the courts and in Congress, that could dismantle the Obama Administration’s Affordable Care Act, bit by bit. A bi-partisan vote (419-6) in the Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives sends an overwhelming message to employers across the United States that the so-called “Cadillac” tax may never take […]

Pay Properly or Pay the Price

Small business owners beware! You might be paying your employees improperly and that can cost you thousands of dollars in penalties. Don’t worry, Focus HR can help you.

Salary Secrets & Other Business No-Nos

If you have employees working in the same classification under different wage rates, legally and without discrimination, you still might be tempted to keep their salary difference a secret. In the interest of office morale, you might want to ask the higher paid employee to keep his or her salary on the ‘down low,’ but […]

Decades Low Unemployment Rate; Small Businesses Forced to Adjust

Having trouble filling those open positions? You are not alone! All the data and statistics confirm, this is a growing problem for small businesses and organizations nationwide, and its time to make some adjustments. According to Trading Economics, the U.S. unemployment rate is expected to hit 3.80 percent by the end of this quarter. This […]

W4: A Work in Progress

The IRS is updating its W4 form and significant edits are expected. Here’s what we know so far…

Seasonal Health & Safety

The summer season presents health and safety hazards that we should all consider, on or off the job.

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