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Year-End Checklist for QuickBooks Desktop Payroll and Intuit Online Payroll Enhanced

Year-End Checklist for QuickBooks Desktop Payroll

Use this year-end checklist to prepare your tax forms in QuickBooks Desktop Payroll.

December and January are important months for every business. Whether it’s filing your taxes or sending out your employees’ W-2s, there are several things you need to get done.


Use this guide if you use one of the following payroll products:

  • QuickBooks Desktop Payroll Basic

  • QuickBooks Desktop Payroll Standard

  • QuickBooks Desktop Payroll Enhanced

Go over these important dates and tasks as you plan your work.


December 27, 2019


Run final payroll for 2019

  • Make sure employee wages and benefits are correct.

  • If you use direct deposit, send off the year's final paychecks and pay employee bonuses by 5:00 PM PST.

  • Report all employee paychecks, including handwritten, commission, termination, and bonus checks.

  • Add the year's final fringe benefits to paychecks,

  • Add any commissions your employees earned.

  • Contribute to your employee’s retirement.

  • Order year-end supplies

  • Order W-2 perforated forms and envelopes.

  • Subscribe to our labor law compliance posters. This way you know when the law changes.

Before the first payroll of 2020

  • Review and update employee information

  • Install the latest payroll update and make sure your QuickBooks is on the latest release.

  • Update employee information, such as employee SSNs, legal names, and addresses. Ask employees to review and update W-4 and state withholding forms.

  • Review and update any changes to your federal deposit and filing schedule.

  • Review sick and vacation hours, including used and unused time.

  • Review and update company information

  • Run reports for year-end: employee details, payroll details, taxes, and wage summary.

  • Update State Unemployment Insurance rates effective January 1, 2020.

  • Review and update your company's legal address or name.

January 29, 2020

  • E-file your W-2 forms with the Social Security Administration

  • E-file your W-2 forms with your state. State lead times may vary.

January 30, 2020

  • E-file your 1099 forms on or before January 30, 2020 at 11:00 AM PT so they can be processed and mailed to your contractors by January 31, 2020.

January 31, 2020

  • Prepare and file payroll tax forms and payments

  • Send W-2s to your employees and 1099-MISC forms to contractors.

  • Review and file federal forms, such as Forms 941/944 or 940.

  • File state forms (form names and due dates vary by state).

  • Invite employees to access pay stubs, W-2s and timesheets.

Year-End Checklist for Intuit Online Payroll Enhanced

Learn how you can wrap up this year’s payroll and prepare for the next with Intuit Online Payroll Enhanced. December and January are important months for every business. Whether it’s filing your taxes or sending out your employees’ W-2s, there are several things you need to get done. Go over these important dates and tasks as you plan your year-end payroll work.


December 27, 2019


Run final payroll for 2019

  • Make sure employee wages and benefits are correct.

  • If you use direct deposit, send off the year's final paychecks and pay employee bonuses by 5:00 PM PST.

  • Report all employee paychecks, including handwritten, commission, termination, and bonus checks.

  • Add the year's final fringe benefits to paychecks.

  • Add any commissions your employees earned.

  • Contribute to your employee’s retirement.

  • Order year-end supplies

  • Order W-2 perforated forms and envelopes.

  • Subscribe to our labor law compliance posters. This way you know when the law changes.

Before the first payroll of 2020

  • Review and update employee information

  • Ask employees to review and update W-4 and state withholding forms.

  • Update employee information, such as employee SSNs, legal names, and addresses.

  • Review and update any changes to your federal deposit and filing schedule.

  • Review vacation hours, including used and unused time.

  • Review and update company information

  • Run reports for year-end: employee details, payroll details, taxes, and wage summary.

  • Update State Unemployment Insurance rates effective January 1, 2020.

  • Keep an eye out for federal and state tax changes

  • Review and update your state unemployment insurance (SUI) rate.

  • Review and update your tax deposit schedules.

January 29, 2020

  • E-file your W-2s forms so they can be processed before January 31, 2020. State lead times may vary.

January 31, 2020

  • Prepare and file payroll tax forms and payments

  • E-file your 1099s on or before January 31, 2020 at 5:00 PM PT.

  • Send W-2s to your employees and 1099-MISC forms to contractors.

  • Review and file federal forms, such as Forms 941/944 or 940.

  • File state forms (form names and due dates vary by state).

  • Invite employees to access pay stubs, W-2s and timesheets.


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