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How payroll management can be different for public sector agencies

Posted by Complete Payroll | Jun 30, 2017 8:37:00 AM

How payroll management can be different for public sector agencies

Government municipalities and public sector agencies represent a unique environment when it comes to payroll and tax compliance. Much more so than a typical private entity, the finances of public or governmental agencies are under scrutiny, so their payroll and tax calculation systems need to be incredibly accurate and in strict compliance with local, state and federal laws and regulations.

While public entities share many of the same challenges as private entities when it comes to taxation and payroll management, there are some circumstances public entities must address that are completely nonexistent in the private sector.

Different conditions of employment

Many of the conditions of public sector employment are different from what's common in the private sector, like the retirement age, number of vacation days and fringe benefits that aren't subject to state or federal income taxes. A lot of public sector employers give employees the option to cash in unused sick days, and/or allow them to use those days to speed up their retirement date. And their payroll and tax calculation system(s) must take all of that into account.

Reliance on payroll systems

Public agencies are invested with executive powers and therefore are structured differently than most private sector organizations. But they still need payroll systems with the features that the private sector relies on. They need to be flexible in accommodating quick changes in legislature. They need the capability to support gigantic databases and allow users to quickly retreive data at any time. They need proper documentation and accurate record keeping.

So in some ways, government or public agencies are drastically different. They have several rules and employment conditions that make them unique. But at the same time, they still need to operate with strict efficiency and therefore must rely on sophisticated taxation and payroll management systems.

Topics: Employees, Payroll, Benefits

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