The IRS Form 941 is the Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return. This is where you report the gross wages paid to employees and the Federal income tax withheld from the employee’s compensation. The 941 is also used to calculate the social security and Medicare taxes due for both the employee and the employer. This form is due the last day of the month that follows the end of the quarter.
You report on the 941 the tax deposits you have made during the quarter. If you are a new employer or a company that has a payroll with taxes of $50,000 or less, you are required to make monthly deposits. If you are an employer with more than $50,000 in taxes, you are required to be a semiweekly tax depositor.
The 941 is how you report the payroll taxes you have withheld from an employee’s pay as well as the payroll taxes you owe as an employer.
In the ten years I was a small business CFO, I constantly had one foot in accounting and the other in information technology. This is the reason I chose the MIS (Management Information Systems) concentration in the Tennessee Tech MBA Program.
During the Chicago Venture Partners tenure, I was the project manager for implementing Repro Total Office which is a Microsoft Dynamics NAV (formally called Navision) solution for the reprographics industry (reprographics is printing for the architect, engineering, and construction industries). During this period, I became very familiar with Microsoft Server and SQL.
I have a few observations I’d like to share concerning things I learned at this conference.
Windows Server 2008 gives you a dashboard view of all the activities and statuses of all the servers on your network. This dashboard allows you to click on a problem or error message and the GUI (graphical user interface) of the server where the error message originated from is automatically brought up. With this feature, you don’t have to drill down to find the server where the problem is.
Windows Server 2008 has a feature that interrogates any new computer that is hook up to the network. The new computer is interrogated to ensure that there are no viruses or malware present and to verify that the computer has the most up-to-date patches and service packs. If the new computer does not pass the interrogation, it is segregated from the main network where it can still access, but not pose a threat to, the main network.
There is one more interesting thing that was discussed during the seminar. Microsoft has come out with a server product that is positioned between Small Business Server and Enterprise Server (this product is called Windows Essential Business Server). This is the first time I have seen Microsoft attempt to fill a product gap between software offered for very small businesses and the software made for larger firms.
In business accounting software, there is a very big gap between the software made for small companies (Microsoft Office Accounting, QuickBooks, Peachtree, etc.) and the software for larger companies (Great Plains, Navision, ACCPAC, MAS90, etc.). I am wonder if Microsoft will eventually introduce an accounting/ERP (enterprise resource planning) product that will fill the gap in accounting software like Windows Essential Server does for server software.
I had planned to write my next post about the Microsoft Heroes Happen Here conference I attended last Thursday, where Windows Server 2008, SQL 2008, and Visual Studio 2008 was unveiled. But I decided that I wanted to give kudos to Holiday World instead.
This is the second year in a row that my family has purchased season tickets at Holiday World. Last Saturday was opening day and it was logistically a good time for us to go. The previous weekend, I wrapped up the final projects for the semester in my MBA program and this week I have two large projects starting for clients that may require me to work the next two weekends.
In between sessions at the Heroes Happen Here Conference, I read that Chris Botti was going to be in concert at the Ryman Auditorium on June 6 and that tickets were going on sale Saturday morning at 10 am (you can read my feelings about Chris Botti in my "Chris Botti Rocks, OK Jazzs" post from last year). I knew I had to take my lovely bride, Linda, on a date to this concert.
Knowing we were going to be at Holiday World when the tickets went on sale, I emailed Paula Werne, the Director of Public Relations at Holiday World and the curator of the HoliBlog, to see if there were any public hotspots in Santa Claus, IN besides Lake Rudolph and Santa’s Lodge (two places we stayed last year). Paula volunteered to contact the town’s visitor’s bureau to see if they knew of any public hotspots in the town.
What I like about Holiday World is that their corporate culture is engrained with being friendly and helpful to guest (I've been to other attractions where this is not the case). This is the third year we have gone to Holiday World and I have yet to receive bad customer service at the park or by Holiday World employees. This creates an atmosphere where guest are treated respectfully and thoughtfully so they can relax and have fun at the park.
And here’s a little Holiday World hint, go the next weekend or two before all of the schools let out. Last Saturday, we were able to ride our favorite rides multiple times without having to wait in long lines!
(Now that I have my tickets in hand, I don’t mind blogging about the Chris Botti concert <vbg>.