Introduction to the Payroll Entry Screen

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Introduction to the Payroll Entry Screen

To run a payroll in Patriot Software, you’ll use the Payroll Entry screen on Step 1 to enter hours and money for your employees. The Payroll Entry screen appears when you click “Run a New Payroll” under Payroll > Payroll Tasks > Run a New Payroll.

Here is information that may appear on the Payroll Entry screen, and how to change it to see only what you need.

Pre-filled Payroll Dates

This feature is available for weekly and biweekly pay frequencies at this time. The Pay Period Start Date, Pay Period End Date, and Pay Date will be pre-filled after you run your first payroll, based on your most recent payroll and pay frequency.  If you do not want to have these three dates pre-filled, click the “Show Advanced Options” link and change “Pre-fill Payroll Dates” to “No.”

Employee List

The Payroll Entry screen lists all active employees, grouped by Hourly and Salary.  If you have Salary Non-Exempt employees, they will appear in their own group.  If an employee does not appear in this list, they may be inactive. To activate an employee, see How Do I Reactivate an Employee?

Hourly and Salary Employees

For hourly employees, you must enter hours worked, since gross pay depends on the hours paid. Employees with more than one pay rate will be listed for you to enter hours for each rate.

For salary employees, you don’t need to enter hours worked in most cases, but you may do so for tracking purposes.  A few states require entering hours for salaried workers.  The number of hours worked won’t affect gross pay.  Salaried employees who are earning accrued time off will also need to have hours entered. The “Pay?” switch is automatically turned on and their flat dollar salary rate is included in the payroll. To stop a salaried employee’s regular pay, turn off their “Pay?” switch.

Missing Information

If an employee is missing required information for payroll processing, a warning message appears beside their name. You must fill in any missing info on the employee’s screen before paying that person.  You can still run payroll for the rest of your employees.

Hours and Money Types

You can set frequently used hour and money types in Settings > Payroll Settings > Hours & Money Types.  Each employee’s row will show the frequently used types.  To use more types, click the “Show All Pay Types and Rates” switch.  All active hours and money types will appear.  To change the status of a type, go to Payroll > Payroll Settings > Hours & Money Types > Select the type > Edit. Check or uncheck the Active box, and click Save.

Deductions and Contributions

By default, all active deductions and contributions that haven’t met limits will be included in the payroll. You can exclude any or all deductions and contributions in a payroll. For example, you’re running payroll for a second bonus check, and you’ve already collected the proper amount of deductions/contributions. Click “Show Advanced Options,” select any deductions and/or contributions that you do not want to include in the payroll.

Direct Deposits

To give all employees live paychecks for a payroll run, you can turn off direct deposits for all employees. Click “Show Advanced Options,” and select “Yes” for Turn Off Direct Deposits to print or manually create live checks for everyone in the payroll.

Paying Contractors

If you have added contractors to pay in payroll, you will see a checkbox at the bottom of Payroll Step 1 to include contractors in this payroll run.  When you are finished entering your employee hours and money, the next page will show contractors to pay.  For more details, see How to Pay 1099 Contractors in Payroll.

Clearing All Payroll Entries

To clear all payroll entries and start over, click the “Clear Entries” link at the bottom of the screen. This will remove anything you have entered, including your pay period and pay date.

Saving Your Payroll Entries

You may save your entries in the Payroll Entry sheet and return to your work later. After you make entries, click “Save Entries” at the bottom of the screen. You can continue to make entries in the Payroll Entry sheet after you Save.

If you have an unfinished payroll, the “Run a New Payroll” link in the Payroll menu will change to “Continue Your Payroll.”  You can have one unfinished payroll at a time. When you click “Continue Your Payroll,” you will be taken to the payroll step where you stopped.

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