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Whether large or small, all businesses must effectively manage payroll.If a small business doesnt pay its employees on time, or correctly, there could be legal consequences as well as increased employee turnover.

Payroll is more than just making sure your employees get paid on time. It also includes:

Abiding by current employment, wage and tax lawsfrom employee withholding to the payment of payroll taxes

Updating and tracking employee sick time and vacation time

Adjusting payroll for employee raises (or pay cuts)

The payroll function includes any required compensation-related issues. If you cant perform these services accurately or on time, you should consider outsourcing some or all of it. Most payroll service providers offer two types of payroll processing: full service payroll or in-house payroll services. Lets take a closer look at each type.

The beauty of outsourcing your entire payroll function is that everything is done for you. You dont have to think about a thing. For a monthly fee, you simply forward employee information and other required details to your payroll service provider, and they do the rest. Here are some of the typical services you may get from a full service payroll provider:

Preparing and filing taxes electronically and providing you with tax notifications (such as 1099 and W-2 forms)

Providing online and mobile access to employment reports and other informationyou and your employees can download directly

Preparing and cutting paychecks and then mailing or submitting them for direct deposit payment

Preparing and making tax deposits and payments for your business

Providing human resource management tools and managing time and labor reports (including new hires)

Keeping State Unemployment Insurance (SUI) updated and incorporated into your payroll checks and other records

Most payroll service providers will assign a full-time payroll specialist to assist you with any questions you may have.

Your small business may have only a few employees, or it may just be you. In this case, a full service payroll provider may not make much sense. But many small business owners use a portion of the services offered by full service providers to cover the things of greatest importance to themfor a small monthly fee. Here are a few things you may hire a payroll service provider to help you with:

Keep track of tax payments and forms online so you dont miss any important details or deadlines

Get quarterly reminders when tax payments are due and electronically submit payroll taxes as well

Receive signature-ready tax forms to fill out and submit either electronically or by mail

Pay your employees by direct deposit or create and print your own payroll checks

Review payroll reports online and then export them to your small business software

Be sure to shop around for the right payroll service provider for your businessnot all providers are equal. Focus your search on three top considerations: the services you need, accessibility and cost. Talk to your CPA (or others in your industry who use payroll service providers) for recommendations. Whichever option and provider you choose, outsourcing payroll will allow you to focus on running your business each dayand not payroll.

The information provided is not intended to be legal, tax, or financial advice. BB&T hopes you find this information useful but we cannot guarantee that it is accurate, up to date, or appropriate for your situation. You should consult with a qualified attorney or financial advisor to understand how the law applies to your particular circumstances or for financial information specific to your personal or business situation.

Branch Banking and Trust Company, Member FDIC.