As the possibility of a shutdown of the federal government looms, Paychex,
Inc., a leading provider of payroll, human resource, insurance, and
benefits outsourcing for small- to medium-sized businesses, is sharing
its insight on what the event could mean for small businesses nationwide.
“While we don’t yet know the outcome of the debate, it’s important for
small business owners to understand what they can expect if the
government does shut down,” said Martin Mucci, Paychex president and
CEO. “By working closely with the IRS and other government agencies, our
compliance team at Paychex actively monitors these types of issues, and
we’re here to help.”
Here are some examples of what a government shutdown could mean for
small businesses across the country:
While it’s anticipated the IRS would still be able to accept tax
payments during a shutdown, there could be procedural changes to the
submission process. Small business owners should keep good records of
their tax liabilities and be ready to react to possible temporary
Other filings may also fall by the wayside such as tax returns like
the Forms 941 and 1099. In addition, the ability to negotiate tax
abatements and other issues with the IRS would likely be delayed.
For those small businesses just getting off the ground, they would
potentially not be able to apply for an Employer Identification Number
(EIN) for the purposes of paying taxes.
While small businesses should continue to be aware of the recent
increased enforcement activity from federal government agencies, they
may see a temporary slowdown in regulatory scrutiny.
Visa approval processes could also trickle to a stop, delaying the
process of hiring employees outside of the country to work in the U.S.
Loans and other functions of the Small Business Administration
intended to help spur small business growth could end for the duration
of the shutdown.
For small businesses that rely on revenue from federal government
contracts, it may be time to do some belt tightening. Payments from
federal contracts are likely to stop.
Small businesses owners and employees who need to travel abroad on
business may end up staying stateside as passport services will
potentially come to a halt.
Small businesses that cater to federal employees, especially in metro
Washington D.C. and other areas with high populations of federal
workers, could see a dramatic decrease in sales as the majority of
federal workers will be home throughout the shutdown.
For more on the latest regulatory issues impacting small businesses,
Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ:PAYX) is a leading provider of payroll, human
resource, insurance, and benefits outsourcing solutions for small- to
medium-sized businesses. The company offers comprehensive payroll
services, including payroll processing, payroll tax administration, and
employee pay services, including direct deposit, check signing, and
Readychex®. Human resource services include 401(k) plan recordkeeping,
section 125 plans, a professional employer organization, time and
attendance solutions, and other administrative services for business. A
variety of business insurance products, including group health and
workers' compensation, are made available through Paychex Insurance
Agency, Inc. Paychex was founded in 1971. With headquarters in
Rochester, New York, the company has more than 100 offices serving
approximately 570,000 payroll clients as of May 31, 2013. For more
information about Paychex and our products, visit www.paychex.com.
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