You must specify three dates when you enter your year-to-date summaries in
The date your payroll liability and expense accounts are affected; that is,
when QuickBooks increases all liability accounts and affects each expense
account associated with payroll items.
The date your payroll bank accounts are affected; that is when QuickBooks
starts recording net paycheck amounts in your payroll bank account.
The check date of the first paycheck you create using QuickBooks
These dates can be the same or different, depending on your payroll
situation. See the following example of situations where you might consider