When you miss key payroll deadlines or misclassify employees, it can be a costly and time-consuming setback. Perhaps David Smidt, the owner of Mother Road Mobile Canning, put it best: “It’s like I’ve got to go pay a big fine or I’ve got to go pay somebody to figure it out for me. Either way it sucks.”
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Unfortunately, clear answers to payroll questions can be hard to come by. We’re hoping this article helps you get payroll right the first time with links to some of our favorite places for getting answers:
- Do you have a question about using Gusto to run payroll: Check out our help center
- Do you have general questions about running payroll: Try our resource center
- Want to get the lowdown directly from your state or the federal government? Read on!
The federal government and state governments set rules around payroll taxes, payment deadlines, and employee classifications. They’re the ultimate authorities on payroll and employment laws, but they can be a little hard to track down. Below, we’ve listed contact information for the payroll tax and labor agencies who are most likely to be helpful in each state. Chances are the answer to your payroll question is here somewhere.
If you’re not satisfied with the answers you find (those government websites can be a little Kafkaesque), consider reaching out to a local lawyer or accountant who knows all the ins and outs in your area.
- IRS Employment Taxes
- FLSA exempt and nonexempt employee classification
- Contractors and full time employee classification
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We hope these state and federal agencies will be able to answer most of your questions when you run payroll for your employees. If you need more general information, this article about setting up and running payroll might be helpful, or you could check the IRS Employer’s Tax Guide.