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October 9, 2009    
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Editor's Note
If you're a business operating with a payroll, or an accounting firm serving payroll clients, or just getting started, you will find the information in today's newsletter to be useful. Learn the basics for starting a payroll service, learn some tips for using QuickBooks and payroll, and find out about the new payroll audits the IRS is about to launch.

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Gail Perry, CPA
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IRS and employers gear up for employment tax audits
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New per diem rates released for travel expense reimbursements
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