How To Run Payroll In QuickBooks

How To Run Payroll In QuickBooks

Now that you’ve finally set up your QuickBooks Payroll, you’re probably wondering: how do I actually pay my employees? Well, that’s exactly what we’re here to tell you.

After following these four simple steps, you’ll be paying your customers in no time.

How To Run Payroll In QuickBooks

There are two things you’ll need to do before running payroll for the first time:

  1. Enter Employee’s Hours
  2. Create A Bank Account

To run your payroll, first make sure that all of your employees have recorded their time within QuickBooks. If you need help with this, read How To Track Time In QuickBooks.

You’ll also want to make sure that you’ve added the business bank account you pay employees from into QuickBooks. To learn how to do this, read How To Add A Bank Account To QuickBooks.

Once these two steps are complete, you’re ready to get started!

Step 1: Run Payroll

To begin, go to Employee>Payroll Center. Then click the “Pay Employees” button. You should be taken to a screen that looks like this:

The Complete Guide To QuickBooks Desktop Payroll

Click “OK, I’m ready!” to get started.

Step 2: Enter Payroll Information

Enter all of your payroll information, beginning with the pay period end date and a check date. Select the bank account you want to pay employees from (QB will show you the existing account balance). Select whether you will print checks using QuickBooks or if you are going to handwrite your checks.

The most important part is to select which employees you want to pay and review their hours to make sure everything looks right before proceeding. Click “Continue” when ready.

The Complete Guide To QuickBooks Desktop Payroll

Step 3: Review Payroll

Next, review the information to make sure everything looks correct. QuickBooks will tell you how many paychecks will be issued and will total up the gross pay, taxes, deductions, net pay, employer tax contributions, total hours, and direct deposit amounts for the pay period. After you review all of the information, click “Create Paychecks.”

The Complete Guide To QuickBooks Desktop Payroll

Step 4: Confirm Payroll

Congrats! You’ve officially run payroll in QuickBooks. However, there are a few final steps. This screen will tell you how many paychecks have successfully been created, how many are ready for printing, and how many are ready to be directly deposited.

The Complete Guide To QuickBooks Desktop Payroll

From here, you can print your employees’ checks or send your payroll in for direct deposit processing and print the pay stubs for your direct deposit employees. We’ll cover how to do both of these things in the next two posts in our QuickBooks Desktop Pro 101 Series.

If you have any troubleshooting issues, check out the QuickBooks Payroll Help Centers or call QuickBooks payroll support directly. If you have any further questions, leave a comment below and we’ll do our best to help you.

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