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Issuing P45 forms in QuickBooks Online Core Payroll

by Intuit Updated 9 months ago

When an employee leaves or retires from your business, there are certain steps you need to follow. Here’s what you need to do:

Step 1: Mark the employee as a leaver

  1. Go to Payroll, then Employees
  2. Select the name of the employee to open the profile. 
  3. Select Actions, then Change status
  4. In the status field, select Terminated
  5. Enter the reason for leaving and the employee’s last day of employment. 
  6. Select Save

The P45 form will be available once you run their last payroll.

Step 2: Run the final payroll

QuickBooks will let you know when you reach the employee’s final payroll. You’ll need to send the FPS (Full Payment Submission) to let HMRC know that you’ve paid the employee. If you’ve already paid the employee, the next FPS submission will include all the final details.

Step 3: Give the employee their P45 form

  • The P45 form closes the employment record. 
  • If the employee returns, you’ll need to add them as a new employee with a new payroll ID. 
  • For more help, see What to do when an employee leaves.
  1. Go to Payroll, then Employees
  2. Select the Active employees and change this to Inactive Employees
  3. Select your employee. 
  4. Select the Documents tab. 
  5. Next to P45, select View. This will open the form in a new tab.
  6. Download the form and send it to your employee.

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