3 Year-End Payroll Processing Tips

Learn how to operate payroll at the end of the year.

We are toward the end of December, which means 2018 is coming to an end.  For all of the small business owners out there, the end of each year is the time when you need to process payroll for the past calendar year.  Processing payroll at the end of the year can be complex and detail-oriented requiring you to calculate taxes and compensation totals for each employee.  Luckily, there are a few simple payroll processing tips you can follow at the end of the year.

Update Employee Contact Information

One of the most important payroll processing tips to follow is to ensure all employee information is correct on each W-2 form.  You want to ensure each employee’s W-2 form has their correct name, address, and social security. If you turn in the forms to the IRS with any missing or incorrect information, then you might be subject to penalty, which can be costly.  So, make sure that the information on each employee form matches the information on their social security card.

Process Year-End W-2 Adjustments

When processing your last payroll, you want to verify that all cash and non-cash income has been recorded and taxed properly for each employee.  There are several W-2 adjustments you need to account for, such as personal use of a company vehicle, bonuses and other incentive pay, and third-party sick pay.  You want to make sure all of the information is accurately reported on each employee’s W-2 and tax return statement.

Verify Vendor Information

When processing end of the year payroll information, you need to make sure your vendors are included.  You will need to fill out a 1099 form and report any income you paid them that accumulated over $600. You want to make sure that the information on the form is correct for each vendor so that you do not receive penalties from the IRS.

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