Rena Pirsos

About Rena Pirsos

I am the legal editor for the payroll section of XpertHR US. I have a law degree and more than 25 years of experience as a writer and editor of tax and business publications for an audience of both legal and non-legal professionals.

Prior to joining XpertHR, I was Managing Editor, Payroll Information Resources, for the American Payroll Association. I have also worked at other well-known legal publishing companies, including CCH, WGL/Thompson Professional Publishing and Prentice Hall/Simon and Schuster.

Some of the topics I cover at XpertHR include:

Withholding Taxes
Taxation of Employee Benefits
Taxation of Employee Compensation
Depositing and Reporting Withheld Taxes
Payment of Wages
Unemployment Insurance Tax (FUTA/SUTA)
International Payroll Issues


Email: rena.pirsos@xperthr.com
Twitter: @PayGal2

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4 Key Steps to Recouping Wage Overpayments

An overpayment of wages can occur for many different reasons, such as inaccurate or delayed payroll processing, inaccurate accruals upon an employee’s termination, payroll system failure or simple clerical error. Regardless of why the overpayment occurred, the employee is not… continue

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Paying Final Wages: 5 Key Steps to Doing It Right

Employees quit their jobs or get fired every day in the working world. Despite the commonality of it, separations from employment often end up being a compliance challenge for employers. That’s because strict laws require employers to be ready to… continue

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Payroll’s Guide to 2016 Form W-2 Year-End Processing

Even though tax year 2016 did not see major legislative changes related to payroll processing, the significant effects of the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015 is undoubtedly on the minds of all payroll professionals.
The PATH… continue

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Mandatory Commuter Benefits on the Rise in Major Metro Areas; Will Your Locale Be Next?

The employer requirement to offer employees the option of purchasing commuter transit benefits on a pre-tax basis via payroll deduction took effect this year on January 1 in two major metropolitan cities – New York City and Washington, DC.
Perhaps… continue

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Why Leap Year Presents Payroll Challenges

You probably know that today is Leap Day and that 2016 is a leap year, which occurs every four years. According to 5th century Irish tradition, leap year is a good year for women to make marriage proposals to men.… continue

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A California Employer’s Guide to a Happy New Year

California employers will need to hit the ground running as soon as the New Year’s ball drops to ensure their compliance with a broad range of laws taking effect January 1, 2016. Rather than making the same old trite resolutions… continue

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Accelerated Form W-2 Filing Deadlines Top-of-Mind For 2016

At this time of year, HR and payroll professionals are currently busy filing their usual year-end employment tax returns and making system changes for 2016. But on top of that, employers in some states will have to deal with the… continue

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Launching a Paycard Program? Five Tips For Success

 
Paying employees via paycard is a relatively new electronic method of wage payment that many employers have gradually embraced. The main reason for the growing popularity of these pre-loaded debit cards is that they fill the need for an… continue

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Termination Pay: Tips to Keep an Employer Out of Trouble

In today’s fast-paced business environment of multistate operations and frequent employee turnaround, it is vital for employers to stay on top of the myriad laws governing final wage payments.
State laws and regulations dictate exactly when an employer must provide… continue

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Key Payroll Reminders for Employers in 2015

With the holiday season upon us, HR and payroll departments are heavily focused on closing out the year’s payroll and preparing for 2015. Employers must update various processes and systems in order to implement annual changes in employment tax forms… continue

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