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Beyond withholding: Payroll’s many compliance duties

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It’s not just about withholding, depositing and reporting anymore. Today, payroll’s responsibilities vary greatly, so we asked subscribers how much more they do.

It’s all about compliance

In a surprising result, respondents said that payroll didn’t take the lead in ensuring that the company complies with the federal Fair Labor Standards Act or its state counterparts. That burden fell mostly to HR (52.9%), rather than to payroll (47.1%).

According to respondents, payroll is primarily responsible for these compliance duties, in addition to regular payroll obligations:

  • Non-payroll taxes. Well over two-thirds of respondents—70.6%—are responsible for overall compliance with federal and state tax laws.
  • State payday laws. An overwhelming majority of respondents—82.4%—oversee compliance with state payday laws.
  • New-hire reporting. Again, over two-thirds of respondents—70.6%—report new hires to the appropriate state agency.

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