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Payroll Preparation Services
Payrolls are total amount paid by companies to their employees for a certain period. Commonly called remuneration, payroll usually takes account of wages, bonuses, commissions, pay for vacations or holidays, pay for sickness and overtime pay. Employees are paid at a set rate as companies may have full-time employees as well as part-time employees. Wages are paid as fixed wages or hourly wages depending on the type of their work. A professional payroll accountant calculates such different ways of payments.

After calculating the payment, payroll accountant deducts various withholdings such as payroll taxes, insurance premiums, union dues, employee benefits, charitable contributions and other deductions from employees’ paycheck. But handling payroll can be intricate and time consuming. To make this task easier there are payroll service providers who prepare payroll for companies. These days, many companies prefer to outsource this task to payroll services. A large number of small business firms usually rely on such payroll preparation services since they cannot handle the task on their own. Many small business firms rely on payroll computer software to set up their payroll system. There are trained accountants also to manage payroll systems.

Payroll preparation services are accounting firms that prepares payroll for other business firms. Payroll service bureaus mainly concentrate on jobs such as printing employee paychecks, calculating Social Security and Medicare taxes, calculating and withholding federal, state and local taxes, making direct deposit of pay into the bank accounts of employees, filing quarterly and annual payroll reports, depositing withheld taxes with the authorities and preparing year-end employee tax documents.