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Back office support can make or break your construction company and that’s where we come in. We can do you the most good by bringing order to your chaotic contractors bookkeeping mess! Most of our clients come to us because they believed they needed someone to straighten up their contractors bookkeeping services system, help them get current or quarterly payroll tax filings, sales tax returns and a variety of other tax issues. That is only the tip of the iceberg! 

The real value in working with us is not just getting you out of trouble now but keeping you out of trouble in the future so that you can focus your time and energy where it will do you the most good…acquiring profitable and pleasant customers and clients and satisfying their needs. 


Warm Regards,

Randal DeHart | Premier Contractors Accountant


This is one more example of how Fast Easy Accounting is helping construction company owners just like you put more money in the bank to operate and grow your construction company. Construction accounting is not rocket science; it is a lot harder than that and a lot more valuable to construction contractors like you so stop missing out and call Sharie 206-361-3950 or email


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Dec 30, 2016

This Podcast Is Episode Number 0197 And It Will Be About Contractors Last Minute Payroll Deadline For 2016

Happy New Year 2017!



It’s almost the end of the year and time to decide if your employees deserve a Bonus. You may call it a
Generic Employee Bonus, Christmas Bonus, Holiday Bonus or Year End Bonus

Giving An Employee Bonus Comes Down To Cash Flow

Here Are Some Key Questions To Ask Yourself:

  • Can I afford to give a bonus?
  • Can I afford to give a Bonus to my employees?
  • Do I want to give a Bonus to each of my employees?
  • How do I decide how much Bonus should I give?
  • Reality Check - Is Bonus Taxable?

Starting with the last question first. In most cases, it may be taxable. All forms of Income including Bonus is income to your employee. All income is subject to State, Federal Payroll Taxes and is part of the employee’s W-2.  

The most common are to give your employee a set amount known as a ‘Net Check”. It would not quite seem the same to say here is your bonus for $200.00 but the actual check received is for $169.04. Your employee is going to think you are tacky, cheap and you can afford to give them a Big Bonus.  

Instead, what you give the employee is a check for $200.00 and the company pays all the payroll taxes.
The value of the bonus is a lot higher when a check is grossed up (meaning you the employer pays all the taxes, company half, employee half of Social Security, Medicare, Federal Withholding, State, Local Taxes)

Review all the outstanding Employee Advances

When an Employee Advance is given, are the employees automatically setup on a repayment plan?
Or, in your mind, the Money is a Payroll Advance with a loose payment plan. You are expecting to sit down and work out something more defined later.

Later is 5 Minutes before you give them the check.    

  • Did your employee think the money was a non-taxed bonus?
  • Did your employee think Non-taxable reimbursement because (fill in the blank)?   
  • Did your employee think was a Gift because (fill in the blank)?  
  • Did your employee think it is a net payroll check?

If your employee leaves, quits or gets fired, they usually expect their employee advance is paid in full. Either as a gift or was actually, all unpaid Employee Advances were net payroll checks. Usually, employees think all Payroll Advances as Net Payroll checks if they are planning to collect Unemployment.  

As payroll, the amount of the check will increase their projected State Unemployment Benefits. Thinking of all my own clients over the years and with my clients with payroll; it has been by exception that the former employee will send money to cover an outstanding payment plan.  

Without a written payment plan signed by the employee, Washington State does not allow the employer to withhold the remaining balance out of the employee’s final payroll check.  

Sometimes an employee starts out as a 1099 Contactor. It can be a shock when converting a 1099 Contactor to a W-2 Employee for both the employee and the employer. Everyone is used to no taxes being taken out.     

IRS Rule is anyone receiving over $600 or more for the calendar year needs to receive 1099 form

1099 Contractor need to meet the rules of being an Independent Contactor (Trade Contractor or General Contractor) otherwise they can be classified as an employee with back payroll taxes due.  

Some states it is more common for Contactors to have mostly 1099 Contractors over formal W-2 Employees. All 1099 Contactors including your Trade Contractors and General Contractors need to be providing you with a W-9. 

In 2016 IRS expanded list of those who receive 1099’s to include Attorneys.  

Quick Note: Merchant Service Providers, Online Merchant Service Providers are required to provide 1099’s to their clients.    

IRS intends to levy increased penalties in 2017 for 1099 Non-File or Late Filers  

IRS requires that 1099 be sent to the Independent Contractor and to the IRS.  IRS has shorted the deadlines for 1099’s; they are now due on January 31, 2017, same as the employee’s W-2.    

Reminder About Your Payroll – You have been putting it off and putting it off. It’s now time to make a decision.  It is easy as a Sole Prop or a Member of an LLC treated as a Sole Proprietor No Payroll or W2 required. The rule is that all your Net Profit and Draws are subject to Payroll Tax.  

Do not forget that as S-Corp Officers you must have a payroll with a W-2. You are an employee of the corporation and therefore required to have payroll. It does not have to be dollar for dollar on the amount in your Loan To Shareholder account, but it must be a reasonable wage. Your Tax Accountant can help determine “What Is Reasonable.”

Starting Off The New Year

If you contracting company is a Sole Proprietor you may want to consider changing your legal status to S-Corp starting January 1, 2017

If your contracting company is an LLC, you may want to consider filing the IRS Form 2553 to be taxed as an S-Corp or change to an S-Corp.

Year End Review – Time flies when everyone is busy
Start Now - Review your records for the following items:

  • Missing Federal Tax ID’s and request the W-9.
  • Have all your employees verify their pay stub for the correct address.
  • Check Apartment numbers and zip codes. Have any of the neighborhoods been annexed into the city?

Other changes is the IRS Form I-9 was revised November 14, 2016, for new employees.
The new form will be mandatory to use in January 2017. 

Year End Accounting Clean Up

  • Your Tax Accountant will be sending your booklet with what they want for records.  
  • As you are looking to the New Year?
  • What are the loose odds and ends missing for this year?
  • Do you have a formal Accounting System?
  • Does it need to be cleanup up the Accounting beyond the last couple of months?  
  • Do you have bank statements?  
  • Can you find all your receipts?

Tax Accountants do “work arounds” to be able to file your annual taxes.  At some point, the Tax Accountant may refuse to clean up and deal with the Lack of Good Records or Messy Records.
As the economy improves; tax accountants will have more clients who want their taxes done.  

It all gets down to Time | Scope | Money

A good tax accountant can do Many Simple or Less Complicated Returns in the same amount of time it takes to do a Messy Complex Business Return.  More Tax Returns become more Complex than is really necessary because the documents or lack of documents make it Messy and Hard To Deal With.  

Your Reason To Turn It All Over To The Tax Accountant
It’s cheaper to have the Tax Accountant do it than hire a Bookkeeping Service and I don’t want to do it myself because it’s Hard.  

Yes - The Tax Accountant can and maybe will do a workaround that is just enough to do the taxes. If you are missing 5%, 10%, 15% or even more; the tax accountant is going to use what you provided, and it will be by exception, your tax accountant will ask for missing documents or even notice they are missing.

Tax accountant will assume you gave them everything you had. When in reality you gave The Tax Accountant only what You thought The Tax Accountant needed versus all of the records that might save you additional money in taxes.  
Only you can decide if the lack of good records was worth the low price. A good accounting system will help you make Better Decisions on what to buy when to buy and which type of jobs to accept?  When you afford to accept payment plans from your clients?  When is the need or ability to raise your prices!
Happy New Year – 2017 is just around the corner - Are you Ready?

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We Remove Contractor's Unique Paperwork Frustrations

We understand the good, bad and the ugly about owning and operating construction companies because we have had several of them and we sincerely care about you and your construction company!

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This is one more example of how Fast Easy Accounting is helping construction company owners across the USA including Alaska and Hawaii put more money in the bank to operate and grow your construction company. Construction accounting is not rocket science; it is a lot harder than that and a lot more valuable to construction contractors like you so stop missing out and call Sharie 206-361-3950 or email

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Thank you very much and I hope you understand we really do care about you and all contractors regardless of whether or not you ever hire our services.
Bye for now until our next episode here on the Contractors Success MAP Podcast.

Warm Regards,

Randal DeHart | Contractors Accountant

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