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April 08, 2024 • Issue 24:04:01

Why it's imperative to help merchants avoid payroll errors

By Elie Y. Katz
National Retail Solutions (NRS)

Mishandling payroll can have dire consequences that lead to severe and lasting problems for retail businesses. Employees who receive incorrect paychecks, face delays or encounter tax errors lose trust in their employer. This mistrust often drives top employees to seek employment with more reliable companies. A business experiencing this problem faces high rehiring costs and loses valuable experience that departing employees brought to the business.

Incorrect payroll practices can also attract legal trouble. If a business violates wage or hour laws or tax regulations, the owner could face hefty fines from the IRS, Department of Labor, and state agencies. Such legal issues not only strain a retailer's finances but also tarnish the business's reputation. Moreover, when employees worry about their pay, their morale and productivity take a hit. This downturn affects every aspect of a merchant's business, from sales to customer service.

Missed opportunities

Accurate payroll records open doors to government programs designed to support small businesses. If a retail business maintains precise payroll data, it could qualify for tax credits and incentives, such as work opportunity tax credits. These benefits can save a business thousands of dollars. However, an accurate payroll is typically required to ensure these crucial financial advantages.

Lenders and grant agencies often require proof of payroll to evaluate a business's health. When payroll records are in order, a merchant stands a better chance of securing loans and grants that can fuel growth and stability. Furthermore, during tough times, governments offer aid based on payroll information. Retail businesses with accurate payroll records can access this essential support, while those with discrepancies or inadequate records may be excluded.

Navigating financial opportunities effectively demands meticulous payroll management. When a retail business demonstrates a commitment to accurate payroll practices, it safeguards itself against financial discrepancies and positions itself advantageously for future growth.

Remember, the integrity of a merchant's payroll records can decide whether the business thrives or misses out on valuable financial opportunities. Ensuring accuracy in payroll isn't just about compliance; it's a strategic move that can significantly influence a business's access to capital and support.

Finding the right solution

Choosing the right payroll solution is crucial for the success of any retail business. You can play a vital role in guiding merchants who need to upgrade their payroll solution. You can advise them to assess the size of their team and the complexity of their payroll needs, considering whether they have hourly or salaried employees, multiple locations, and other unique payroll challenges. The choices they make now will impact their business's efficiency and compliance with tax laws going forward.

Retail businesses can choose from a range of payroll solutions. In-house management, outsourcing to a payroll provider, or utilizing specialized retail payroll software are all viable options. Advise your merchants to evaluate each of these options based on cost, ease of use and the level of compliance support they offer. Making the right choice can save time and protect merchants from costly errors.

Accuracy and security should be your merchants' top priorities when selecting a payroll solution. They should look for features that guarantee correct pay calculations and protect sensitive employee data. Additionally, their chosen systems should be adaptable to regulatory changes. A robust payroll system will help ensure compliance and build trust among employees.

Merchant empowerment

Smart payroll management is crucial to a retail business's success. Choosing the right system will help prevent financial and legal issues, making your merchants' teams feel valued and secure. A robust payroll system boosts morale, productivity and a business's ability to grow. Encourage your merchant customers to invest in a solid payroll solution to secure a successful future for their businesses. Their payroll practices can be the foundation on which their businesses thrive. end of article

Elie Y. Katz is founder, president and CEO at National Retail Solutions (NRS), https://nrsplus.com. Contact him by phone at 201-715-5179 or by email at ekatz@nrsplus.com.

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