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LOTS OF CARBON—Helen Spencer removes carbon
from between continuous paper sheets of your with
holding statements for federal tax reporting. An orig
inal and three copies are made here.
MANY ENVELOPES—The withholding statement
must go into a window-type envelope. Betty Moss
begins the task of stuffing the forms for distribution
YOUR MOVE NOW—And here you are. concludes
Miss Moss. The Payroll job is done. After distribution
of forms, the employee must take over to complete
the tax reports.
PRINTING YOUR W-2 FORMS—Mrs. Beatrice McCarter feeds
forms into one of the two accounting machines in the Payroll De
partment which tabulates your W-2 forms. More than 10,000 sheets
were used this year to figure withholding statements of employees
at the Gastonia plant. In addition to the W-2 forms, a card for North
Carolina income tax reporting is provided.
Paperwork Is Aid To Gardening Success
Now that the planting season is here again, the Firestone
gardener will do well to start—and faithfully keep—a record of
the season’s trials and triumphs with the soil.
Members of the Firestone Variety Garden Club recommend a
good loose-leaf notebook, labelled for each month of the gardening
Use the record book to jot down useful items, such as planting
dates, data on fertilizers used, conditions at time of planting, and
reminders on things to be remedied at later dates, when you might
YOUR "DIARY" could also record such data as amount and
cost of seeds, plants and other materials; varieties of flowers, plants
and vegetables. This information, evaluated at the harvest, will help
you to see your summer’s efforts in the light of accomplishments—
At any rate, the garden “diary” will be a guide toward an im
proved garden next year, because you will be better enabled to
profit from the experiences of the summer before.
Big Story On Your W-2 And State Tax Forms
If figuring your income tax gives you a head
ache, just think of the Main Office employees of
the Payroll Department who must process and
tabulate those small but vital sheets of paper—
your withholding statements or W-2 forms. And
a record for your North Carolina State income
Did you know that your W-2 forms are fed,
stuffed and burst?
Here’s the way it is. The forms are fed into
a National Accounting Machine; they are burst
apart, which means that the four copies are
separated, and two carbon copies are stuffed into
window envelopes for distribution to you. Be
sides a statement on your earnings for federal
tax purposes, the Payroll Department supplies
duplicate information on an IBM card to the
North Carolina Revenue Office, Raleigh, for
DURING THE WEEK of January 26, all Fire
stone Textiles employees received two W-2
forms. The forms for state tax were sent in bulk
Ever stop to think where these forms come
from? Who did all the figuring . . . How was it
done . . . How long did it take?
The Payroll Department, under direction of
Mrs. Eula B. Wilson, maintains statistics through
out the year on the gross pay for clock employees.
It makes out the tax withholding statements for
these same employees. For salaried employees.
Paymaster B. J. Magner does the figuring.
A look into the clock payroll department of
Main Office shows what goes on in the prepara
tion of tax forms. It takes approximately 10,800
specially-prepared forms to do the job of making
out the 2,700 W-2 forms. Fifteen persons in the
Department devote part of their job 52 weeks out
of the year to accumulating figures for tax re
Each week during the year members of the
Payroll Department process earnings on the Na
tional Accounting Machines, showing each em
ployee’s gross and net pay for the week, total
wages paid each person for the year to date,
amount of Social Security tax and income tax
deducted. In this way they keep a running ac
count of these totals.
When Income Tax Time comes around, the
employee’s record for the last week of the year,
plus W-2 forms bearing the name, street address,
city and state, are fed into the big machines.
There must be an earnings record for each em
The giant accounting machines then “read’'
all the information from the master record and
compile your W-2 forms in four copies.
YOUR W-2 SHEETS show your name. Social
Security number, number of exemptions for tax
purposes, street address, city and state, total
gross pay taxable for income tax purposes, in
come tax withheld, gross amount taxable for
Social Security purposes, (only the first $4,200 is
taxable), and the amount deducted for Social
When the sheets come off the machines, the
miles of carbon paper between the copies must
be removed. The copies which are attached must
then be torn apart. The original is sent to the
Federal Income Tax Bureau, and two copies are
stuffed into envelopes for delivery to you. The
fourth copy goes to the North Carolina Revenue
office, as a record of earnings for state income
tax purposes. In North Carolina, all single men
and women and all married women who earn
$1,000 or more in a year, and all married men who
earn more than $2,000 a year must report to the
Should an employee lose his copies of the
federal tax forms, the Payroll Department is p^t
to considerable effort in replacing the original
forms. It is not infrequent that this happens, Mrs-
Preparing the tax statements is a sizeable
task. Electronic machines can do much of the
figuring and tabulating, but there is no machine
that can perform some of the operations that
send the statements on their way to you.
The Company has begun a
program of “insurance on the
future” by training sons and
sons-in-law of Firestone dealers
in the business they may some
day inherit. The first course was
held in Akron early this year.
The sales training staff of the
Company is conducting the
series of classes and plant tours
to give a complete picture of
manufacturing and sales tech
niques. Leading Company of
ficials join in the discussions.
First phase of the training is
devoted to store management.
The final phase deals with con
trol and quality in manufactur
ing. A detailed study is made of
passenger car, truck, tractor and
Those attending the first
classes represented 29 states and
McAbee Is C Of C
L. B. McAbee, Assistant to the
Director of Industrial Relatioi^^’
is serving another year on th®
Safety Committee of the GaS
tonia Chamber of Commerce-
Reelected at the recent 44th an^
nual dinner meeting of the C ^
C, he is one of 12 directors of th®