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Vacation Pay

I've been challenged by an employee to explain how the vacation pay works when it's a different amount on every paycheque.  We get paid on the 15th and last day of every month.  She's a salary employee and gets 3 weeks vacation per year.  Some pay periods have 72 hours, some have 80, 88 or even 96 hours.  So when she takes a vacation day during a 72 hour pay period, she gets more for the day as opposed to if she takes a vacation day during a 96 hour pay period.  For  instance, if she took vacation from Feb 25 to March 1, Feb 25-28 is 4 days' vacation on her Feb 28 cheque ($1,250) which works out to $312.50/day because there's 72 hours in that pey period.  The March 1 vacation day is $255.68 on her March 15 cheque because there's 88 hours in that pay period.  And then if she took vacation from May 20 to May 31 (2 weeks) she ends up getting $234.38/day.  See how it's all different amounts?

She thinks QB is not figuring this out properly.  How does it know when she reaches the 3 weeks when the amounts are all different?

QuickBooks Team

Re: Vacation Pay

Hi Diane18,


Welcome back! I love that you're taking advantage of the community environment to find answers to your QuickBooks Desktop questions. I'll do what I can to help you with this one.


QuickBooks Desktop's payroll is a basic system that relies a lot on how you configure it. Seeing more details about how it's been set up in your company file would allow us to provide a better explanation for why it's calculating the way it is. For that reason, I recommend touching base with our phone support team. I'll include the contact details below in case you'd like to go over the setup with someone.


The payroll system is great for keeping track of how much vacation is accrued and used, but it doesn't have a stop switch for when the values are reached. You can keep track of that yourself outside of the program or you can use something such as the Vacation Summary report and customize it to view the information you need.


You can learn more about vacation pay by reading Set up vacation pay and accrual or by hitting F1 while in QuickBooks Desktop and using the QuickBooks Desktop Help feature to search for related articles.


To speak with one of our agents, call 1-877-772-9158. Pro and Premier agents can be reached 24/7. Enterprise agents are available Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. EST. For your reference, here are Intuit QuickBooks Desktop's software support policies.


Enjoy your day!

Level 3

Re: Vacation Pay

Thank you.  I've researched on this site how payroll is set up and it is done correctly.  I've been here for over 14 years and have never been approached by this question.  If there is anyone here that can offer a bit more information as to why they think this is happening, I would appreciate it.  I just can't justify spending $99 on one phone call.