Your payroll audit guide & checklist
- Find out what a payroll audit is and how to run one confidently
- Minimise human errors to avoid costly fines and unhappy employees
- Follow our step-by-step checklist for a more compliant payroll system
What’s included in this payroll audit checklist?
This checklist includes the steps you should take to determine just how accurate your payroll is. It will help you to identify potential vulnerabilities in your system, including compliance issues. It examines the common areas where problems can occur, and provides advice and steps for remedying these.
How often should payroll be audited?
It’s best practice to run a payroll audit semi-regularly, be it once a year or more frequently. It’s probably best to avoid conducting an audit of your payroll around the end of tax year, as things can be a little hectic. Summertime is a traditionally quieter time in the world of payroll, so can be an ideal time to run an audit.
Is this checklist free to download?
What are the next steps to take after conducting a payroll audit?
After conducting your payroll review, it is important to put together a report that you can sit down and digest with relevant members of your organisation. Out of this will come action points, as well as owners for each. Part of the process should be to research alternatives to your current setup, for example investing in a payroll software that can resolve some of the core issues that arise. We have produced a guide for researching payroll software, and weighing up the cost vs value of any new approach.