Year-End Newsletter 2017

As year-end approaches, there are additional payroll items that may require special attention. To help you organize your information and meet reporting deadlines, we are providing our annual Year-End Newsletter. Please click on the link below and review it as soon as possible. It contains important information on topics including:

  • Fringe Benefits
  • Bonus Payrolls
  • Reporting Deadlines
  • Updated Wage Base Limits for 2018
  • Updated Deferral Compensation Limits for 2018
  • And much more

Year-End Newsletter 2017

Please contact your payroll specialist with any additional questions or concerns.

Helpful Links

Employer Logins

Software & Instruction Downloads

Software Training

Commonly Used Forms

Federal Wage & Tax Rates

Email Support Desk



Employer Logins

Payroll Management (Evolution HCM Login)

Time & Attendance (Swipeclock Login)

Human Resources (HR Answerlink Login)
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Payroll Software & Instruction Downloads

Download Evolution Classic Software HERE

Evolution Classic Download Instructions for Clients


Payroll How To’s (Evolution Payroll)

How to Enter a Direct Deposit

How to do a Manual Check HCM

How to Add Deduction Codes HCM

How to Locate Terminated Employees

How to Create a Loan or Advance on an Employee

How To Create An Unscheduled Payroll

How to Understand your Payroll Register Report

How to create a payroll grid

How to Make Changes in Payroll on the Detail View Tab

How to set up a new hire in HCM

Time & Attendance (Swipeclock) How To’s

How to Quick Add Time Card Entries

How to Finalize a Pay Period

How to Assign Multiple Pay Rates

How to Assign Multiple Supervisors through a List Group

How to Assign Employee to a Supervisor

How to Add a new Employee

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Client Referral Program

For every business you refer to us that becomes a client we will give you a free month of payroll services. If you refer 5 businesses within 12 months that become a client you will receive 1 year of payroll services for FREE (limited to $5000 annual billing).  Call us for more information.


In order to ensure that you get the most out of our Evolution software, we offer 2 classes monthly at our Metairie office. Visit our Training Library for more information on classes and to find training videos specifically for our payroll customers.
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Commonly Used Forms

2018 W4
2018 L4
2018 I9

New Employee Setup Form Fillable

Direct Deposit Authorization Fillable

Change of Address Form 8822

Anatomy of a W-2

Crescent Payroll Fringe Benefits Checklist
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Federal Wage & Tax Rates

Social Security’s Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) program limits the amount of earnings subject to taxation for a given year. This limit is adjusted each year with changes in the national average wage index. This annual limit is called the contribution and benefit base. For earnings in 2018, the Social Security taxable wage base is $127,200.

FICA – Social Security (OASDI Only)

Social Security Taxable Wage Base per Employee $128,700
Employer Tax Rate for Social Security 6.2%
Employee Tax Rate for Social Security 6.2%
Self-Employed Tax Rate for Social Security 12.4%

FICA – Medicare (Hospital Insurance Only)

Medicare Taxable Wage Base per Employee No Limit
Employer and Employee Tax Rate for Medicare 1.45%
Self-Employed Tax Rate for Medicare 2.9%

FUTA – Federal Unemployment Tax Act

FUTA Taxable Wage Base per Employee $7,000
Employer Net Tax Rate 0.6%


Below are the federal minimum wage rates. Note that some states have minimum wages that are higher than federal rates. 

Effective 7/24/2009

Min Wage Min with Tips Max Credit for Tips
Federal $7.25 $2.13 $5.12

For information on state minimum wage rates, head to the Department of Labor’s website by clicking on the link below.

Learn about state minimum wage rates.


The federal government sets dollar limits as to how much an employee can contribute to their company’s qualified retirement plan each tax year. These limits are based on the cost-of-living index. If an employee reaches the age of 50 during the current tax year, they will qualify for the “Catch Up” provision… only if it is an established provision of the Company’s 401(k) plan.

The IRS announced for the 2017 tax year, the limits pertaining to 401(k) and other defined contribution plans will either remain unchanged or the inflation adjustments will be small.

Standard ‘Catch Up’ Provision
401(k) Limit for $18,500 $24,500
SIMPLE IRA Plan for $12,500 $15,500

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