Ah, tax season – it doesn’t exactly have anyone singing “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” but payroll taxes and tax-related, year-end forms are critical responsibilities that cannot be ignored or put off until the last minute.

The IRS has increased its scrutiny and penalties for businesses that make mistakes when filing payroll taxes, so it’s crucial your forms are accurately and thoroughly completed.

So while year-end and tax-related tasks are still fresh in your mind, take a moment to reflect on the experience and identify areas of improvement that could make your next tax season less stressful.

Looking back at this year’s payroll tax filing process

Do any of these challenges sound familiar?

Underestimating the time required to file

We can all fancy ourselves tax experts – until it’s time to get down to business. It’s easy to underestimate how much work filing payroll taxes involves. This can lead to last-minute rushes, sidelined responsibilities and a whole lot of stress.

Scrambling to find information

Wouldn’t it be great if all the payroll information and data you needed was stored all in a single place? Unfortunately, most payroll and HR professionals find themselves pulling information from disparate databases, software programs and filing cabinets to find the all figures they need to file.

Realizing you made a mistake 

It’s a common scenario: You spend the day filling out tax or other year-end paperwork. You’re sitting down to a quiet dinner when you suddenly realize you made a mistake in one section. It’s not a pleasant feeling, especially when you have to start over or fix your mistakes as the deadline draws closer.

Looking ahead to easier payroll tax filing processes

The challenges above are enough to make anyone sweat (or cry), but there is a simple solution: using a human capital management (HCM) suite with a built-in payroll system. A single HR technology solution that includes payroll processing functionality can help you reduce stress during tax season and make filing easier.

Organizing workflows

Payroll technology helps you organize well ahead of the filing deadlines by breaking the project into small tasks. You can then create a plan and act on it a day at a time without sacrificing the attention required for all your other important HR duties. Payroll management software can also point you in the direction of the information that you need when you need it, thus minimizing the time spent searching for necessary payroll data.

Decreasing chance of errors

IRS penalties are scary stuff, so don’t let avoidable mistakes cost your company. Using payroll technology decreases the chance of errors by removing unnecessary data entry from the filing process. It also reduces the time required to produce necessary forms, such as W2s, 1099s, 1095/1096s, etc. so you minimize the chance of missing a critical deadline.

Reducing costs 

There can be hefty administrative costs associated with filing payroll taxes. Make the best use of your resources with payroll software equipped to optimize tax filing and keep costs low.

Tax season is not a fun and pleasant time for anyone, but by moving to an HR solution with built in payroll processing functionality you can reduce stress, improve efficiencies and maybe, just maybe, dread year-end and payroll tax filing times a little less come 2019.

PeopleStrategy offers comprehensive payroll tax filing services in conjunction with our end-to-end HCM solution – PeopleStrategy eHCM. To learn more, contact us today.