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Send me Proto Payroll's Payroll Essentials guide to employee taxes and benefits

If you are a business owner and have employees, or considering taking on staff for the first time, you may be interested in our Payroll Essentials guide to give you a practical understanding of:

  • Employment taxes

  • Staff benefits and incentives, and

  • How to process payroll.

Our aim is to give you a clear understanding of the cost of hiring staff and equip you with the knowledge you need to be compliant with payroll legislation.

The guide also sets out steps you can take to process payroll yourself and key considerations you should take when making the decision to whether you perform payroll in-house or use an external provider.

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