Owning a small business in Michigan is full of rewards, even with the challenges that come with tax season.
The government wants my money. But filing my tax forms gets harder every year. Employers have it especially tough. Lots of forms. Lots of deadlines. Everything has to be filed in a different place. And the penalties are onerous. Take the state’s unemployment insurance agency. Your tax could be $1.00. And yet they will impose a $150 penalty on that piddly amount, if you late filed the form that calculated your $1.00 tax. It is an infinite jest.
Small employers use payroll services to avoid figuring the system out. I did it, too. But one day the forms had errors. I called customer service. Getting help from Comcast would have been easier. Eventually, I was made to understand that my payroll service only provided routine, online forms and filing. I needed an accountant to fix errors, regardless of who committed the errors.