Who creates certified payroll reports?
Anyone can learn how to complete a certified payroll report, so here are a few examples of questions on a certified payroll report:
- Who works for you?
- What type of work are they’re doing (work or trade classification)?
- How many hours have they worked?
- What were they paid?
- How much did they earn (gross wages on this job and for the week)?
- What was taken out of their paychecks (taxes, child support, garnishments, union dues, etc.)?
- What was the net amount they took home for the week (gross wages for all jobs, WITHOUT taxes and other deductions)?
The biggest job is gathering the data and completing the form. The US Department of Labor estimates it will take 55 minutes to gather and compile the information for eight employees on a single report — not bad if you only have eight employees who only work on one job.
You could spend hours just collecting, reviewing, and confirming your payroll data, in addition to generating the actual paychecks and completing a certified payroll report. This work becomes more time-consuming the more employees you have and the more jobs you work on. It’s also highly error-prone if you are creating these payroll reports manually.