Home > Industry/Domain > Accounting > Payroll


Of or relating to the financial record of employees' salaries, wages, bonuses, net pay, and deductions.

Contributors in Payroll


disposable earnings

Accounting; Payroll

That part of an employee’s earnings remaining after deductions required by law (e.g., taxes). It is used to determine the amount of an employee’s pay that is subject to a garnishment or child ...

net pay

Accounting; Payroll

That part of an employee’s wages that remains after all deductions have been subtracted (e.g., taxes, health insurance premiums, union dues, etc.).

lookback period

Accounting; Payroll

the 12-month period running from July 1 or the second preceding calendar year through June 30 of the preceding calendar year. The employer’s payroll tax liability during this period determines its ...


Accounting; Payroll

The addition of the value of cash/non-cash compensation to an employee’s taxable wages in order to properly withhold income and employment taxes from the wages.

elective deferral

Accounting; Payroll

The amount of pretax dollars that an employee chooses to have the employer contribute to a qualified deferred compensation (e.g., 401(k) plan) in the employee’s behalf, also known as pretax ...


Accounting; Payroll

The basis for determining an employee’s regular rate of pay and overtime pay due under the FLSA. It can be any consecutive 7-day (168 hour) period chosen by the employer (e.g., Saturday through ...

gross income

Accounting; Payroll

The compensation for services, including fees, commissions, fringe benefits, and similar items.

Featured blossaries

issues in Northeast Asia

Category: Politics   1 8 Terms

iPhone 6 Features

Category: Technology   2 9 Terms