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Delete a pay run in QuickBooks Online Standard Payroll

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Learn how to delete a pay run or view your pay run history in QuickBooks Online Standard Payroll. We'll also explain what happens when you delete a pay run and share important things to consider beforehand.

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Before you start

Here are a few points to know before you continue:

  • You cannot delete a single payment within a pay run. If you delete a pay run, QuickBooks will delete all employee payments in the payroll.
  • To correct an employee payment, make changes in the next pay run, and the Full Payment Submission (FPS) for the next pay run will reflect the updates.
  • Print out all the payslips and reports before deleting an entire pay run. This way, you'll have all the info you need when you recreate the pay run.
  • If you need to delete a scheduled pay run that has already been submitted to HMRC, create a new pay schedule and add employees with the same payroll ID.
    Note: If that doesn't work, contact HMRC and set up employees with new payroll IDs. Alternatively, consider switching to Advanced pay for a more streamlined process.

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Delete a pay run

  1. Go to Payroll.
  2. Select Payroll, and select Employees (Take me there).
  3. Select Payroll History and choose the most recent period.
  4. On the Payroll details page, select Actions.
  5. Select Delete Payroll.
  6. Type YES in the box.
  7. Select Delete. Repeat these steps for any additional pay runs that need to be deleted.

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What happens when you delete a pay run

1. Journal entries

QuickBooks will try to delete the corresponding journal entries when you delete the pay run. However, there maybe be cases where it's not possible, such as when your books are closed. Check your journal entries to make sure that the payments have been successfully removed.

2. FPS submissions

QuickBooks will delete the corresponding FPS, regardless of whether it was submitted to HMRC or not.

3. Automatic enrolment

Any employees assessed in the payroll will be reverted to their previous auto enrolment status. Contact your workplace pension provider and report your contribution amounts so they have accurate information. We recommend printing out your workplace pension reports before deleting the pay run.

4. EPS for no employees paid

If you didn't pay any employees for the tax month and you submit an Employer Payment Summary (EPS) to notify HMRC, QuickBooks will delete the EPS filing and prompt you to create a corrected filing.

If you create a new payroll with employee payments for the period, the FPS will override the EPS on record with HMRC.

5. Employee leavers

If the pay run includes an employee who has left and you submit an FPS to HMRC, you won't be able to edit the employee's leave date. Their P45 will also be kept in their Documents. However, if you haven't made a submission yet, you can still edit the employee's leave date.

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Access pay run history

  1. Go to Payroll.
  2. Select Pay History.
  3. Use the filter tool to select the tax year and pay schedule. This will display a list of your past pay runs.

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Fix common errors

If you see the error message "Something went wrong. Please wait a moment and try again. If the problem continues, contact us." it might be because of recent changes you made to your payroll.

Here's what you can do to fix it:

  • If you added a new employee, delete them before trying to roll back the pay run again.
  • If you added a new pension, delete it. If you can't, contact support for help.
  • If you recently added or assessed employees for a pension, make a note of them and contact support for help.

See an error code? Here's how to fix it.

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See also

Employees and payroll

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