Payroll

payroll

Where the left brain pays the right brain

As an Employer of Record (EOR), The TEAM Companies provide proper computation and issuing of paychecks, make all required withholding and tax deposits, manage unemployment and workers’ compensation claims, make union benefit plan remittances and assist in any union audits. Each TTC client remains the Common Law Employer, handling hiring and direction of their employees.

We also offer expert insight into the multiple collective bargaining agreements and side letters of SAG-AFTRA, ACTRA, AFM, the DGA, IATSE, and the Teamsters. We are also experts in federal, state, and local labor laws and tax codes.

Talent Payroll

The TEAM Companies talent payroll department handles the complex details of paying session fees (when actual work is done) and residual/use payments (compensation for use of performance and likeness) for union & non-union performers working on advertising and entertainment projects. We provide guidance on labor laws and insight on applicable union contracts that may cover your project.

Employer of Record

As Administrative Employer of Record for all talent payroll that we process, we take care of the proper computation of wages and payroll taxes, issuing paychecks and payroll tax remittances, calculating and submitting union benefit contributions, responding to unemployment claims and issuing year-end W-2 wage statements.

Union Talent Payroll


TTC manages the complex details involved in paying performers under many of the contracts of SAG-AFTRA in the U.S. and ACTRA & UDA in Canada.



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Union Talent Payroll

Non-Union Talent Payroll


Hiring performers not covered by a union contract still requires adherence to labor and employment tax laws. The TEAM Companies are well-versed in laws and regulations that cover non-union talent


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Non-Union Talent Payroll

Minors in Advertising & Entertainment

Employing minors is regulated in the U.S. by Federal and State Child Labor Laws. In most states, a minor is anyone younger than 18 years of age.



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Minors in Advertising & Entertainment

print Payroll

Historically print models and many print production crew members have been hired as independent contractors, regardless of labor law requirements to the contrary.

In recent years, a jump in misclassification claims and late payment penalties has many photographers and print producers turning to The TEAM Companies to help them establish best practices for paying models and crew working on their photo shoots.

TTC provides support for all sectors of print production, from advertising to fashion to corporate.

We simplify the process by creating easy-to-use payroll forms designed for print production, developing an online employee onboarding and timecard system, providing training for staff and print producers, and ensuring that the most up-to-date labor law information that impacts the print production industry is available to our clients.

Print Payroll Management

In addition to calculating and remitting wage payments to models and crew, TTC assists with withholding and remitting federal and state tax contributions, unemployment claims, workers’ compensation claims, and W-2 distribution.

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Print Payroll Management

Rights Management


TTC specializes in clearing and managing the rights of elements used in photo shoots from artwork and copyrighted images to public landmarks, logos and wardrobe designs.


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Rights Management

Timely Payment


TTC helps our clients navigate complex labor laws surrounding the short payment timelines in states like Minnesota and the costly penalties for late payments in states like California.


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Timely Payment

PRODUCTION PAYROLL

Since the production landscape spans across TV commercials, web content, print ads, live events, video games and more, ensuring that freelance crew, visual effects artists, animators and graphic designers are paid properly can be a challenge.

With support from The TEAM Companies’ payroll experts, producers can remain focused on logistics and other matters impacting their production. Our team handles the rest, from providing insight into the many union agreements that cover production to helping guide clients through federal and state labor laws such as proper classification of freelancers. Are they independent contractors or employees? It’s not always clear.

Union Crew Payroll

Union rules vary from craft to craft and region to region, making proper payment and P&W allocation a challenge. Our experts can guide you through the P&W contributions, staffing requirements and work rules of the DGA, IATSE and Teamster agreements.

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Union Crew Payroll

Non-Union Crew Payroll

TTC experts help clients navigate through complex state & federal labor laws, employment tax requirements and workers' compensation claims.





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Non-Union Crew Payroll

Freelance Payroll


We review with clients the many tests that determine if a freelance worker is an independent contractor or an employee, so they can determine how to correctly classify the freelancers working on their project.



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Freelance Payroll

Tax Incentives


TTC partners with industry experts to research state & local tax incentives so that you can make an informed decision to maximize the benefit to your project.





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Tax Incentives

MUSIC PAYROLL

For over 25 years The TEAM Companies have managed the payroll of singers, musicians, composers and music preparation personnel at major & independent record labels, film & television studios and independent recording studios.

Session & Residuals

The TEAM Companies manage the payroll of union and non-union session work for original recordings. We also pay union residuals or non-union use payments for compositions and licensed work in:

  • The recording industry
  • Motion pictures
  • Television
  • Advertising
  • Animation
  • Videogames
  • Projects distributed via the internet, mobile and other digital media

We guide clients through the staffing requirements, working conditions and payment details that pertain to their project so that they can make the most informed business decisions to support the overall creative vision.

Union Expertise

TTC's subject matter experts help clients interpret the AFM and SAG-AFTRA agreements covering music industry workers from singers and musicians to composers and sound designers.

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Union Expertise

Music Industry Services

TTC offers a wide variety of services that cover all aspects of the music industry, from assisting with music licensing to payrolling crew and actors working on music videos.

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Music Industry Services

Concert Tours and Live Events Payroll

For more than 25 years, artists and their business managers have trusted The TEAM Companies to handle the payroll for musicians, singers, crew and staff working on national & global concert tours. TTC also manages the payroll of event staff, entertainers, security and other personnel working at live events like music festivals. For qualified high-profile clients, we will extend our Employer of Record payroll services and workers’ compensation coverage to household or office staff, pilots, drivers and other key employees.

Simplifying Life on the Road

Our concert tour payroll experts help clients navigate the complexities of employing people to work in multiple cities, states and countries for short periods of time. As part of our support, TTC will:

  • Guide clients on how to properly classify employees
  • Provide a single payroll rate across all states to simplify cost projections
  • Withhold multi-state payroll taxes on a single paycheck
  • Calculate Earned Sick Leave accruals
  • Provide workers’ compensation coverage
  • Handle year-end payroll and royalty distribution · Offer full access to TEAM Online Client System (TOCS) – A convenient resource for forms and historical payroll information

North American & Global

Key business managers across North America prefer The TEAM Companies for our all-inclusive fee and comprehensive service that includes:

  • Setting up and issuing payroll via live checks or direct deposit with no separate setup or direct deposit fees
  • Handling per diem payments, advances and various voluntary and mandated deductions such as court-ordered child support and garnishments
  • Multi-state tax withholdings on one paycheck in each pay period
  • Quarterly and year-end reconciliation reports as well as W-2 preparation and distribution to crew, musicians and staff
  • No off-tour maintenance or employee add & delete fees
  • Ability to withhold and remit taxes in Canada

International

The TEAM Companies have extensive experience related to international tour payroll including foreign tax codes and currency exchange rates.

We work with artists’ business managers and local tax representatives to manage cash flow and tax liabilities across multiple jurisdictions, as well as issue local withholding statements in conjunction with our international partners.

Live Events


TTC can help with the onboarding and paying of live event workers, whether it is a music festival or an experiential advertising pop-up.



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Live Events

Tours & Taxes


When it comes to managing a tour that is traveling through multiple cities or states, there is no shortage of complexities. We handle payroll and taxes so our clients can focus on other tour logistics

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Tours & Taxes

Workers' Compensation


Our workers’ comp team is standing by with expert advice on how to minimize risk during a tour or live event, and to ensure that any claims are handled efficiently.


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Workers' Compensation

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