Get the Green Light on Garnishments from Your Payroll App
The pit stop is over! Let’s get back behind the wheel to discuss the most common payroll and human resources administration road blocks – garnishment calculations and reporting – and how we can speed through them with software.
Today’s advanced payroll applications can set up, calculate and report on all garnishment and child support scenarios while complying with state and federal laws regarding involuntary deductions. Even the most complex scenarios, including the need to calculate and prioritize multiple garnishments simultaneously, as well as abide by net pay laws, can be addressed by payroll software.
For example, in many states, employees with multiple child support payments must have their garnishments prioritized by court or case date and processed on a first-come-first-serve basis. However, some of these states require that the individual will be left with a minimum amount of net pay. Traditional payroll applications would blow a gasket just thinking about these requirements, but industry-leading software provides options for pro-rated, order-received and even-split calculations, and these amounts can be automatically updated as invoices in Accounts Payable with case numbers and other identifying data. Then, separate checks for garnishments can be issued and even grouped by vendor.
With child support in the rear view mirror, we can drive on toward tax levies. To address these garnishments, payroll systems need to identify the basis for percentage of wage calculations which might exclude certain benefits or deductions such as medical insurance, union dues, uniform expenses, etc., while ensuring the required minimum of net pay remains available to comply with state and federal laws. No one should have to manually track employees’ federal and state tax levies – especially outside of an accounting package – and then have to schedule additional payroll cycles until all deductions have run their course.
Further roadblocks can be the lack of tracking and historical reporting if no electronic archival features are in place. Some of today’s inferior payroll systems force this practice and/or don’t have the ability to scan and attach garnishment orders electronically. Record-keeping for such payroll calculations are critical for audits, so be sure your payroll app has the bells and whistles of a luxury sedan, not an old tractor.
Get the green light on garnishments, don’t let your business roll into a pot hole. Contact us for more information and be sure to rev up for another Payroll and HR Blog Post Series… coming up next.