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Deleting garnished wage payroll liability

I have an employee who had his wages garnished. I set up the garnishment payroll item and deducted the garnished wages from two pay periods. Before I sent in the garnished money at the end of the month, however, he took care of the debt himself (as evidenced by the order not to garnish from the collection agency). I cut the employee a check to return the garnished wages to him, but I still have a payroll liability for the garnishment on the books. How do I delete or zero out the liability so it's not sitting on the payroll page? Should I just delete the specific payroll item itself?

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Best answer 03-12-2019

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Re: Deleting garnished wage payroll liability

Hello there, @Martin11.

 

Thanks for providing details. I'm confident that I can help you delete the garnishment amount on your Payroll Liability window.

 

You'll have to record the garnishment payment inside your QuickBooks company file to delete or zero out the payroll liability amount. Here are the steps:

  1. Click Employees.
  2. Choose Payroll Taxes and Liabilities.
  3. Select Adjust Payroll Liabilities.
  4. Enter the dates.
  5. Choose the Employee radio-button and select the employee name.
  6. Select the payroll item and enter the amount.
  7. Click the Accounts Affected tab and choose the correct preference.
  8. Click OK to save changes.

 

That should zero out the garnishment liability, Martin11. For additional insights, please refer to this link: Adjust payroll liabilities.

 

Let me know if you have additional questions about payroll. I'm still here to help you more. Just click the "Reply" button. Have a wonderful day ahead!

 

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Re: Deleting garnished wage payroll liability

Hello there, @Martin11.

 

Thanks for providing details. I'm confident that I can help you delete the garnishment amount on your Payroll Liability window.

 

You'll have to record the garnishment payment inside your QuickBooks company file to delete or zero out the payroll liability amount. Here are the steps:

  1. Click Employees.
  2. Choose Payroll Taxes and Liabilities.
  3. Select Adjust Payroll Liabilities.
  4. Enter the dates.
  5. Choose the Employee radio-button and select the employee name.
  6. Select the payroll item and enter the amount.
  7. Click the Accounts Affected tab and choose the correct preference.
  8. Click OK to save changes.

 

That should zero out the garnishment liability, Martin11. For additional insights, please refer to this link: Adjust payroll liabilities.

 

Let me know if you have additional questions about payroll. I'm still here to help you more. Just click the "Reply" button. Have a wonderful day ahead!