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Payroll Checklist: A step-by-step compliance guide to each pay period, month and calendar quarter of the year

Year-end for Payroll and Accounts Payable doesn’t just begin in the third quarter, ramp up in the fourth quarter and wind down at the end of the first quarter of the next year.

It’s often said that the ultimate goal is an uneventful year-end. One key way of achieving that goal is to understand that year-end is, really, a year-long process. Best advice: You can never overcheck for accuracy.

Here’s a checklist you can use to help guide you through each pay period, month and calendar quarter. Since year-end is a long and arduous process, you should jot down your year-end procedures as you complete them, and add them to this checklist. That will make your next year-end a snap.


 

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For each independent contractor:


 

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After every month:

After every quarter:


 

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Here are just a few of the things you should do each month of the year to ensure you’re complying with proper payroll procedures. To see everything you should do each month, download the Payroll Checklist below …

January

February

March

April

May

July


 

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August

September

October

November

December


 

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