Payroll processing will have no shortage of headaches for those who are involved in it. Not only does it need to calculate the paycheck of each employee right but taxes and other required federal forms must be correctly and accurately filled out.
Effective payroll processing isn’t just an essential business management function but also an indirect way of boosting your human resources’ morale and confidence in the company.
Ensure that you have a systematic approach in filing and safekeeping your essential forms such as the W-4, W-2, 941, and other payroll-related documents.
You can start by making sure that your new hires always fill out the W-4 which will be your basis in computing the allowance claims for each employee depending on the number of dependents. This will, in turn, be your basis in accurately computing the taxable income and the tax to be paid for the employee.
If your payroll involves filing taxes in multiple states, you would have to always be on top of that. However, if your resources just can’t handle the complication of it all, hiring consultants might be a good idea. Experts at Ignite HCM suggest that when hiring consultants to handle the intricate details of your payroll, be sure that they have ADP experience. This will ensure that they are quite adept at handling enormous and complex payroll data processing.
Establishing a payroll week for your HR department will make things life easier for you as they will all be aware that payroll activities will be the top priority in that allotted timeframe. Timekeeping should be examined and confirmed on the first days of this week. Followed by deduction and benefits calculation and other necessary tasks that take precedence during this payroll week.
There are two types of payroll audits that you can conduct: one is the regular auditing done in each payroll instance and the other is a check on your payroll system.
Auditing your recently done payroll will give you a chance to correct mistakes done for the next paycheck day. You would have to keep an eye on the listed employees on your payroll, confirm that they are still with the company. Analyze the numbers of hours worked, hours deducted, and benefits that were given to each employee. You need to also check if tax computations, remittances, and reports are accurate.
Undertaking a regular audit of your payroll department will ensure that your systems are always in check. This will give you the chance to see blind spots, redundancies, and improvements that can be done to your payroll processing. Always be open to change, and you can expect further development and efficiency to your company’s payroll.
Payroll is undoubtedly an essential part of any business, be it a small or a large corporation. You would have to keep in mind that your employees are the heart and soul of your company. Treat them right, and you’ll surely have a profitable business.