Payroll automation refers to the processing of payroll through a computerized system as opposed to manually inputting and processing all the information necessary for payroll.
Automation is simpler, quicker, and more accurate.
An automated payroll system is often integrated into a company’s enterprise resource planning system, which offers a comprehensive view of its finances. In addition to payroll processing, an automated payroll system can manage the following:
Payment and deduction calculations will be quick and easy. The automated system performs all types of payments and deductions:
Salary and wage deductions
Mandatory withholding from employee paychecks includes the following:
Given the number of rules attached to calculations of withholding tax, manual computations can be time-consuming and confusing. With automation, the software has the tax rates hard coded in the system, allowing for quick and accurate calculations.
Notably, an automated payroll system automatically generates paychecks and stubs that are sent via e-mail and enables direct deposit, eliminating manual paycheck writing.
Automation removes risk of inconsistent and inaccurate information that is highly likely in manual payroll processing. This decreases the likelihood of wage miscalculations and payroll tax errors.
3. Substantial cost savings
According to the American Payroll Association, automation reduces payroll processing costs by as much as 80 percent, much of that due to reduced errors in invoices and paychecks.
Errors in tax calculations can result in steep penalties from the IRS and the state taxation agencies.
4. Hassle-free recordkeeping
The government (the IRS and the U.S. Department of Labor) requires employers to archive the following documentation:
Employment tax records (minimum of four years)
Payroll records (minimum of three years)
Complying through the manual system requires filing by hand, which eats into valuable personnel time and increases clutter. In an automated system, the payroll software generates and stores payroll and employment tax data.
5. Seamless, portable timekeeping
Integrating timekeeping into payroll automation ensures accurate calculation of hours worked, especially for hourly workers, which is necessary for accurate wage calculation. With manual timekeeping, the risk for errors is considerably high, and can lead to worker distraction and dissatisfaction over miscalculated pay.
With an automated timekeeping system, payroll staff can import into the payroll software the time clock data collected when employees either swipe a card or badge or use a handprint or fingerprint to clock in and out. With the software doing the computations, payroll staff members can make any necessary edits on the backend if needed.
6. Speedy, accurate reporting
Downloadable reports are a feature of many automated payroll software platforms, with options for output formats and delivery for easy access to payroll data.
Reports can include the following:
7. Convenient employee self-service
With automated payroll, employees can do the following without requiring the assistance of a payroll or HR staff:
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