New Employer Guide

November 16, 2016

Congratulations!

You have either just started your new business or expanded to the point where you need to hire employees. You are about to enter the world of payroll and related employer responsibilities.

We developed this guide to assist you in meeting your responsibilities as an employer. The information is general in nature and relates to Wisconsin employers. If you have employees in other states, please contact us for assistance with forms you must file. As you work with payroll, keep in mind that there are constant changes in the world of payroll reporting. Many tax rates and limits change annually. This guide includes references to IRS and Wisconsin publications to provide you with the up-to-date information you need. Make sure you use the most current versions of these publications.

You may also refer to Schenck’s Employment Guide, which is an in-depth payroll resource covering the rules for withholding, employee status, payroll tax reporting and more.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Wisconsin publications we refer to are very useful tools. They are well written for the “layman.” You will find yourself referring to them constantly.

The IRS, Wisconsin Department of Revenue (WDOR), and Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) websites have nearly everything you need, including government publications and forms. In most cases the forms are available to complete and file online.

In addition, Schenck’s Payroll Services and Human Resources Consulting teams can provide guidance on many of the issues identified in this guide.

Note: The New Employer Guide was updated on December 1, 2016, to include the updated Form I-9. Read more about the update→

To learn more, download the full guide.