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Research payroll tax calculations with the payroll detail review report

When you create a paycheck, enter a year-to-date transaction, or enter a company liability adjustment in QuickBooks, you may notice that certain flat-rate taxes (such as social security) have stopped calculating, or that the tax amounts have increased or decreased. To see what numbers were used to calculate the tax amounts, you can generate a payroll detail review report.

This report shows you the detail behind the calculation and can tell you if the tax amount was manually overwritten, if the tax has reached a wage base limit, or if the tax has reached a limit.

Create the report. Go to the Reports menu, choose Employees & Payroll, and then click Payroll Detail Review.

The report window appears with the following columns. Why can't I see all of the columns in the report?


Entered/Last Modified

Tax Table Version

Income Subject to Tax

Wage Base

Payroll Tax Rate

User Edit?


Calculated Amount

Amount Difference

Work with the report. Initially, the report covers paychecks, year-to-date transactions, and company liability adjustments within the calendar year. The report is organized by employee and payroll item, followed by company-paid payroll items and related transactions. You can sort the information in the report by Date, Entered/Last Modified, or Transaction Number. To choose a different date range, click the Dates drop-down list and change the period of time covered.

Use the QuickZoom to see transaction in its original form; for example, the employee's paycheck.

Get the most out of a report

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