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Our Explanation of Payroll Accounting discusses the taxes and benefits which are withheld from employees' pay as well as the taxes and benefits that are expenses for the employers. Also provided are examples of the journal entries made by employers for wages, salaries, payroll-related expenses, and remittances of payroll amounts.

Part 1Introduction to Payroll Accounting; Employees vs. Non-Employees; Salaries and Wages
Part 2Minimum Wage and Overtime Pay; Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA)
Part 3Payroll Withholdings: Taxes & Benefits Paid By Employees; Net Pay
Part 4Payroll Taxes, Costs, and Benefits Paid By Employers
Part 5Depositing Federal Payroll Taxes; IRS Form 941, Employer's Quarterly Federal Tax Return; Outsourcing Payroll Processing
Part 6Examples of Payroll Journal Entries For Wages
Part 7Examples of Payroll Journal Entries For Salaries
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This graded 40-question test measures your understanding of the topic Payroll Accounting. Discover which concepts you need to study further and enhance your long-term retention. All of our quick tests can be taken online and/or printed.

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Earn our Payroll Accounting Certificate of Achievement

As you prepare for this 40-question certificate exam, you will learn about the rules and calculations behind the payroll accounting entries. Specifically, you will gain insights into the IRS rules covering overtime pay, minimum wage, Social Security taxes, Medicare taxes, and more. Make the commitment to become more knowledgeable, confident, and valuable by earning our payroll accounting certificate.

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