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Adding Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP) in QuickBooks Online Core Payroll

by Intuit Updated 4 months ago

Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP) is a benefit for qualifying employees whose partner is having a child, adopting a child or having a baby though surrogacy.

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Important to know

  • To be eligible for SPP, you'll need to give your employer a notice of 28 days in advance. Check out the employer guide for more information.
  • If you have a new employee or if you've recently switched from another payroll, the starter declaration is used to calculate the employee's leave entitlement, the amount owed and the taxes and national Insurance (NI) contributions.


  1. Go to Payroll, then Employees
  2. Select your employee you want to add SPP for.
  3. Select Start or Edit to open the Pay Types section. 
  4. Select Add statutory leave
  5. Select Statutory paternity pay (SSP). 
  6. Specify the start and end dates of the leave.
  7. Enter the average weekly earnings. QuickBooks will automatically calculate this unless you're switching from another payroll system or haven't run payroll in QuickBooks for at least 23 weeks before the baby's due date.
  8. If the SPP is for adoption, use the matching date instead of the expected due date.
  9. Select the expected due date (you can make changes in the ‘Leave periods’ section if you need to). 
  10. Save your changes.

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Change or delete SPP

  1. Go to Payroll, then Employees
  2. Select your employee. 
  3. Select Edit to open the Pay Types section. 
  4. Next to the leave period, you have two options: 
    • To edit, select the pencil icon and make the necessary change, then Save
    • To delete, select the bin icon and then Delete to confirm. 
  5. Select Save.

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