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How to set up payroll for bi-monthly payments

how do you set payroll frequency for bi-monthly payments in quickbooks online
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QuickBooks Team

How to set up payroll for bi-monthly payments

Hi laserbeam2000-ou,


Setting up your employees pay frequency is an important part of running payroll to make sure everyone is paid on time. I'd be happy to help go over the pay date options in QuickBooks Online.


I'll start with outlining how you can change to bi-monthly payments in QuickBooks Online Payroll. Here are the steps you can take for each employee:

  1. Select Payroll from the left menu.
  2. Click the name of the employee on the Employees tab.
  3. Select Edit employee.
  4. Click the drop-down menu for the question How often do you pay employee?
  5. Select a different existing pay schedule or click Add new to create a new one. (Note: You'll only need to select Add new once if all other employees are going to be on the same pay frequency.)
  6. If you clicked Add new, you'll be taken to the Add a pay schedule page, where you can select Twice a month to set up a bi-monthly schedule.
  7. Enter the rest of the details.
  8. Click Save to save the schedule.
  9. Click Done to save the employee information.

Once you've got the schedule set up (which can also be completed via Payroll Settings in the Gear icon), you'll see it as an option on your employee pay frequency setup.


If you have any other questions let us know and we'd be happy to help.

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