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Payroll Practice and Management

If you're pursuing an entry-level position as a payroll professional, this course will help you gain the skills you need to enter the field. Payroll Practice and Management covers all critical areas of payroll administration and management. You will start by learning the major components of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, as well as the Internal Revenue Code. You will also cover the major components of the state labor code for your chosen state; it's recommended that you choose the state in which you intend on working.

The course will then discuss the relevant sections of the Internal Revenue Code and state code relating to the calculation, withholding and reporting of required taxes on wages. You will then review the definitions, basic requirements, taxation and reporting of various types of fringe benefits and compensation that may be offered by an employer and handled by the payroll department. Finally, you will learn about the year-end forms that payroll is required to process, as well as how to handle garnishments and manage the department itself.

6 Months / 100 Course Hrs
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Maricopa Corporate College

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Details + Objectives

Course Code: GES409

What You Will Learn
  • Understand the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, as well as the Internal Revenue Code
  • Master the mathematics associated with calculating wages and taxes
  • Learn the fringe benefits and compensation offerings that could be given by an employer
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 100 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Set yourself up for a successful career as a payroll specialist, bookkeeper, payroll manager, or payroll accountant
  • Know how to effectively communicate and manage a group of employees within a payroll department
  • Master the federal taxation laws that pertain to payroll so as to become better equipped to handle clients' needs


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Fundamentals of Payroll Practice and Management

Learn the ins and outs of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). You'll also learn the various payroll classifications of different types of workers from leased and common-law employees to independent contractors. Understand white collar exemptions and who is eligible for them.

Calculating Gross Pay and Regulating Specialized Payrolls

Master the mathematics required to calculate gross pay. Learn how to calculate regular rate of pay as it's affected by hours worked or overtime hours. Move on to understanding specialized payrolls, employees, and regulations.

State and Federal Tax Laws

Understand federal income tax laws. Cover withholding, deposit rules, and the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA). Learn about state wages and hourly laws. You'll also learn about the different types of taxes, state tax charts, and how to calculate multi-state taxation.

Wages and Compensation

Understand the Employee Withholding Allowance Certificate (Form W-4). When learning about the W-4, you'll cover withholding allowances, what constitutes as an invalid form, submitting forms, and W-4 forms for nonresident aliens. Then move on to discussing wages and compensation. During this section, you'll learn about various types of compensation, supplemental wages, special compensation, and more. You'll also learn how to calculate and create tax reports for different types of wages.

Fringe Benefits

Understand the fundamentals of fringe benefits. Learn about pension plans, incentive matches, and tax preferred compensation for employees. Cover additional benefits you might encounter such as company car or aircraft, stock options, and educational assistance.

Year-round Payroll Considerations and Payroll Management

Learn how to verify and record employee information. Understand how to file and correct year-end tax forms. Master the fundamentals of payroll administration. Learn how to manage a payroll department by studying basic department procedures, learning how to audit for fraud, and knowing how to manage security operations.

  1. Lesson 1: Introduction to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
    1. Get Ready to Learn
    2. History of the Act
    3. Amendments to the Act
    4. Rules of Coverage
    5. Jurisdictions
    6. Audits
    7. Penalties
    8. Miscellaneous Topics
    9. Review and Reflect
  2. Lesson 2: Classification of Workers
    1. Get Ready to Learn
    2. Who Is the Employer?
    3. Categories of Workers
    4. Common-law Employees
    5. Independent Contractors
    6. Reporting Requirements
    7. Statutory Employees
    8. Statutory Non-employees
    9. Leased Employees
    10. Employees under the FLSA
    11. Review and Reflect
  3. Lesson 3: White Collar Exemptions
    1. Get Ready to Learn
    2. Exempt vs. Nonexempt
    3. Salary Level Test
    4. Salary Basis Test
    5. Executive Employee Category
    6. Administrative Category
    7. Professional Category
    8. Computer Professionals
    9. Highly Compensated Workers
    10. Sales Employees
    11. Other Categories of Workers
    12. Review and Reflect
  4. Lesson 4: Calculating Gross Pay
    1. Get Ready to Learn
    2. Rule of Constructive Receipt
    3. Minimum Wage
    4. Deductions from Pay
    5. Hours Worked
    6. Overtime
    7. Regular Rate of Pay
    8. Calculating Regular Rate of Pay
    9. Calculating Overtime
    10. Review and Reflect
  5. Lesson 5: Specialized Payrolls, Employees, or Regulations
    1. Get Ready to Learn
    2. Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN)
    3. Davis-Bacon Act
    4. Walsh-Healey Act
    5. McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act
    6. Public Sector Employees
    7. Hospital Employees
    8. Federal New Hire Reporting
    9. Child Labor
    10. Review and Reflect
  6. Lesson 6: State Wage and Hour Law
    1. Get Ready to Learn
    2. Relevant Areas of Law
    3. State Listings
    4. Review and Reflect
  7. Lesson 7: Federal Income Tax
    1. Get Ready to Learn
    2. Definition of Federal Taxation
    3. EIN and Form SS-4
    4. FICA Taxes
    5. Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA)
    6. Withholding
    7. Deposit Rules
    8. Review and Reflect
  8. Lesson 8: State Taxes
    1. Get Ready to Learn
    2. Types of Taxes
    3. State Tax Chart
    4. Multi-state Taxation
    5. Review and Reflect
  9. Lesson 9: Employee Withholding Allowance Certificate (Form W-4)
    1. Get Ready to Learn
    2. Basic Requirements
    3. Withholding Allowances
    4. Invalid Forms W-4
    5. Nonresident Aliens
    6. Submitting Forms
    7. State Form W-4
    8. Review and Reflect
  10. Lesson 10: Wages and Compensation
    1. Get Ready to Learn
    2. What Are Wages?
    3. Types of Compensation
    4. Supplemental Wages
    5. State Requirements for Supplemental Wages
    6. Payroll Period
    7. Special Compensation
    8. Review and Reflect
  11. Lesson 11: Wage and Tax Reports
    1. Get Ready to Learn
    2. Employer's Quarterly Federal Tax Return (Form 941)
    3. Completing Form 941
    4. Schedule B (Form 941)
    5. Completing Schedule B
    6. Schedule D (Form 941)
    7. Completing Schedule D
    8. Form 941-X
    9. Completing Form 941-X
    10. State Form
    11. Form 941 Series
    12. Multiple Worksite Report
    13. Review and Reflect
  12. Lesson 12: Fringe Benefits: Deferred Compensation
    1. Get Ready to Learn
    2. Overview of Fringe Benefits
    3. Qualified Deferred Compensation
    4. 401(k) Plans
    5. 403(b) Tax Sheltered Annuities
    6. Section 457 Plans
    7. Catch-up Contribution Limits
    8. Simplified Employee Pension Plan (SEP)
    9. Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees (SIMPLE)
    10. Additional Reporting Form W-2
    11. Pension Plan Deposit Rules
    12. Source Tax
    13. Non-qualified Deferred Compensation
    14. Review and Reflect
  13. Lesson 13: Fringe Benefits: Tax Preferred Compensation
    1. Get Ready to Learn
    2. What Are Tax Preferred Benefits?
    3. Section 125 Plans (Cafeteria Plans)
    4. Section 129 Plans
    5. Flexible Spending Accounts
    6. Review and Reflect
  14. Lesson 14: Fringe Benefits: Other Benefits
    1. Get Ready to Learn
    2. Adoption Assistance
    3. Educational Assistance
    4. Relocation Expenses
    5. Stock Options
    6. Transportation
    7. Company Car
    8. Company Aircraft
    9. Review and Reflect
  15. Lesson 15: Fringe Benefits: Health, Life, Accident, and Sick Pay Benefits
    1. Get Ready to Learn
    2. Health Insurance
    3. Third Party Sick Pay
    4. Life Insurance
    5. Workers' Compensation
    6. Review and Reflect
  16. Lesson 16: International Payrolls
    1. Get Ready to Learn
    2. Expatriates and Resident Aliens
    3. IRC Section 911
    4. Taxes for Resident Aliens
    5. Nonresident Aliens
    6. Form W-4 and Nonresident Aliens
    7. Taxes for Nonresident Aliens
    8. State Laws for Resident and Nonresident Aliens
    9. Review and Reflect
  17. Lesson 17: Garnishments (71)
    1. Get Ready to Learn
    2. What Is Garnishment?
    3. Child Support Withholding
    4. Medical Support Orders
    5. Federal Tax Levies
    6. State Tax Levies
    7. Creditor Garnishments
    8. Student Loans
    9. Bankruptcies
    10. Voluntary Wage Assignments
    11. Review and Reflect
  18. Lesson 18: Year End and Year Beginning
    1. Get Ready to Learn
    2. Verifying Employee Names and Social Security Numbers
    3. Year-End Memo
    4. Preparing the Department
    5. Duplicate Form W-2 Requests
    6. Preparing and Filing Year End Tax Forms
    7. Correcting Previously Filed Year-End Tax Forms and Reports
    8. Abandoned Wages
    9. Review and Reflect
  19. Lesson 19: Payroll Administration
    1. Get Ready to Learn
    2. Payroll Systems
    3. Payroll Controls
    4. Direct Deposit
    5. Electronic Pay Cards
    6. Dealing With the IRS
    7. Review and Reflect
  20. Lesson 20: Managing the Payroll Department
    1. Get Ready to Learn
    2. Department Procedures
    3. Managing Payroll Staff
    4. Auditing for Fraud
    5. Disaster Recovery
    6. Managing Security
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Instructors & Support

Helene K. Liatsos

Helene K. Liatsos is business advisor and QuickBooks Certified Advisor with more than 25 years of experience. She consults for a range of companies, from travel agencies to startups. Her company Home Office Management Experts was awarded the 2004 Home-Based Business of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Helene holds a Bachelor of Arts from Fairleigh Dickinson University.




There are no prerequisites to enroll in this course, however, you should be proficient in keyboarding, and have a basic understanding of a word-processing computer program (Microsoft Word is recommended). You also need to have a command of English grammar and punctuation. No payroll or office work experience is required.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


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When can I start the course?

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

How long does it take to complete this course?

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my course within the time frame provided?

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

What kind of support will I receive?

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Am I guaranteed a job?

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Can I get financial assistance?

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more:

How can I get more information about this course?

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, representatives are available via LIVE chat. You can also call us at 1-877-221-5151 during regular business hours to have your questions promptly answered. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please send us a question using the "Contact Us" form.

How does this course address changing payroll laws?

This course is revised periodically to address federal wage and payroll laws. However, these laws vary at the state level. It is advised that you also understand your state's wage and payroll laws.

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