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Payroll is often a source of pain for business owners. S-Corp owners know that they have to have it, although most still find it a bit… mysterious.


The big payroll companies offer ready-built platforms that offer a ton of features, although they are often difficult to navigate and incredibly expensive. If you have ever spent an hour on hold with support to attempt a correction or get guidance on “how to” do something in the software, then you know how horrid these companies can be.

When everything is going smooth and running like clockwork, those companies and their payroll platforms are great. It just seems like they only run smoothly about 10% of the time. The other 90% of the time it can seem like the business owner is fighting to get payroll done or straightened out. Besides a competent payroll processor, many small business owners need flexibility for payroll, so that they can adjust for cash flow or growth. Getting flexibility, efficiency, and value out of payroll is something GP CPA excels at for many businesses in the greater Charlotte area.

Working with GP CPA for your payroll needs will take the pain out of payroll and make for a much smoother operation. Our office has used all of the major payroll platforms over the past five years in our effort to bring the best possible payroll experience to our clients and we finally found Gusto two years ago.  Using the Gusto platform, GP CPA can offer a customized, flexible, payroll process for any small businesses that will help efficiently manage cash flow.

One area in which we really make our client’s cash flow better is by managing the owner’s payroll. Since the S-corp has become the standard business type for most small business owners, the issues surrounding their personal payroll within the S-corp have become more and more complicated. Payroll taxes, unemployment taxes, health insurance, withholding, reimbursements, and other issues are unique to the S-corp owner that must be addressed in ways that make them different than regular W-2 employees.

GP CPA works with S-corp owners to help them navigate all their payroll options in ways that the big payroll companies cannot. If you are tired of seeing that large invoice from ADP or Paychex and wondering why the hold time is still over an hour for basic questions, then it’s time to see how payroll can be different. Let GP CPA guide to you a better payroll experience through Gusto. The earlier we start the bigger the impact we can have on your cash flow.

Dear Client, I have good news!

Dear Client, I have good news!

Since we now have less than 90 days left in the year, kindly keep me apprised of when you expect the major revenue collections to be during the next few weeks and we can adjust accordingly.

GP CPA Charlotte Sales Tax News Update

GP CPA Charlotte Sales Tax News Update

As many area businesses know Charlotte Sales Tax rate is either 2%, 7.25%, or 8.25% and what rate belongs to your business is based on what the business is selling.

Technology that GP CPA is currently using

Technology that GP CPA is currently using

We are approaching mid-year (for those of us on a calendar year…) and enough time has passed that we can reflect back on some of the technology that GP CPA has been using and is no longer using in 2019.

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Payroll is often a thankless task for business owners. Whether your payroll is hourly, salary, organized, or chaos, it is still a time-consuming endeavor. There are federal laws, state laws, local ordinances, and regular changes at every level.


Specialized industries also have their own quirks that affect payroll in large and small ways, which can often mean expense specialty payroll software. On top of all those issues with payroll, there has to be some system in place to gather the information needed to actually produce net checks electronic payments for employees and taxes.

While the IRS and many states offer online (and no-cost) payroll tax payment options, these options require substantial planning in which the business owner is always working backwards from a payroll tax or form due date. Missing a payroll tax payment or form filing can be an expensive nightmare for any business owner, regardless of how/why it happened. Just dealing with the IRS or some state agency is often as productive as watching paint dry.

In order to avoid all of the complications that can arise from in-hour payroll processing, many employers have outsourced their payroll processing entirely. GP CPA’s experience has found that many small businesses’ are unhappy with their major outsourced (i.e. nationwide payroll/HR companies) payroll service provider and would love to switch to something cheaper, better, and easier.

Over the past several years, GP CPA has tested several different payroll softwares and payroll companies in the quest to find the best option for our clients. It is not an exaggeration to say that we are always on the hunt for software or ways to make our clients’ (and our lives, too) businesses perform more efficiently and payroll software was always the top item on our list. As a contrast, GP CPA has been using Xero for all of our accounting needs since 2013 and they still have the best accounting platform out there.

For payroll, GP CPA has tested and used nearly 20 different payroll platforms/softwares since 2013. And finally, in 2017, we found (kinda late, by our standards) the one payroll platform that offers nationwide payroll processing with just the right balance of functionality and cost: Gusto.

As a payroll/HR company, Gusto meets all of our clients’ needs and makes the pain of running payroll melt away without charging an arm and a leg. Of course, we recommend using Gusto in conjunction with GP CPA as your advisor, although they have made the ultimate do-it-yourself payroll platform so that no professional help is needed. Check out Gusto and let GP CPA advise you on the best way to get the most out of your company’s payroll. If you want to save time and money, the personal touch of GP CPA + Gusto will be one of the best decisions you make.

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Technology that GP CPA is currently using

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