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Prevailing wages and certified payroll reports

SOLVEDby QuickBooksIntuit Online Payroll48Updated April 04, 2022

Learn about prevailing wages and certified payroll reports.

Projects that are publicly funded typically require employers to pay a prevailing wage rate for workers on the job. They must report these wages on Certified Payroll reports.

If you use QuickBooks Online Payroll or Intuit Online Payroll, we don't support prevailing wages or certified payroll reports. 

If you use QuickBooks Desktop Payroll Enhanced or QuickBooks Desktop Payroll Assisted, see Certified Payroll on how to create a certified payroll report.

What are prevailing wages?

The Davis-Bacon Act of 1931 is a United States federal law which established the requirement for paying prevailing wages on public works projects.

All federal government construction contracts (and most contracts) for federally assisted construction over $2,000, must include provisions for paying workers on-site no less than local wages and benefits paid on similar projects. These wage provisions are referred to as prevailing wages.



Certified reports

Certified payroll reports must include a listing of the workers on the project, including work classifications, hours worked, wage rates, benefits, overtime compensation, total wages paid, and information related to payroll deductions.

The certification must show that each worker has been paid no less than the prevailing wage and benefit rate for the work performed.

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