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Payroll Processing is as an essential business function. 

It involves arriving at the ‘NET PAY of the employee after the adjustment of necessary taxes and deductions.

Operation of Payroll includes:
- Onborading
- To Establish Payroll Policies
- Define Pay Components
- Collection of Inputs
- Calculation and verification of Payout
- Processing of Salary
- Distribution of Pay Slip
- Tax Filling
- Accounting & Reporting

What is Payroll Processing?

Payroll processing involves arriving at NET PAY of the employees after the adjustment of necessary taxes and deductions in other words it can also be expressed as :

Net Pay = Gross Income - Gross Deduction

Gross Income / Salary includes = Regular Income + allowances + One time payment or benefits

Gross deduction = Regular deduction + Statutory Deduction + One time Deduction.


Payroll processing helps the business in :

  • Budget Cutting
  • Risk Mitigation
  • Resource Reallocation
  • Compensation Determination
  • Introduction of Healthy Company Culture

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Payroll automatically calculates and disburses salaries after considering leaves and statutory deductions. Due care is taken for:
- Compliance
- Registration
- Payments
- Accurate Return Filings for TDS, PF, PT and ESI

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Delineating Payroll Policies: 

Company's policies need to be properly defined and approved by the management to ensure standard payroll processing and administration. The aspects to be considered while processing payroll include:

    • Time & Attendance Policy
    • Employee Pay Policy
    • Leave and Benefits Policy
    • Reimbursement Policy


Collecting Inputs: 

The payroll process includes interacting with multiple departments and professionals to gather relevant information. Information require prior to payroll processing, inter alia includes:

  • New Joiner Salary Structure
  • Mid-year Salary Revisions
  • Variable Payouts
  • Attendance Inputs like paid days for the month, overtime, shift allowances, and leave encashments
  • Ad hoc Deductions like EMIs or Recoveries like replacement of ID card or clearance recoveries
  • Employee Joining Date
  • Month on Month Pre-processing
  • Investment Declarations – collected from employees
  • Bills for Reimbursements
  • Old & New Tax Regimes
  • Previous Employer Income/ Tax Declaration
  • Previous Company Relieving Details


Validating Inputs:

It is essential to ensure  adherence of the inputs to company policies, verifying investment declaration bills and reimbursement proofs and variable payout inputs. It is also necessary to ensure the record of employees in the payroll cycle is also updated. 

The collected and validated input data is fed into payroll system for the actual payroll porcessing. This is done after evaluation of all the components including EPF, ESI, LWF, PT, Statutory Bonuses, Statutory Bindings and applicable taxes. In the end the Net Pay or Net Take Home Salary with adjusted taxes and other deductions is computed. The values are reconsiled to ensure accuracy of data and to prevent occurance of errors.


Payroll Reconciliation

Payroll reconciliation ensures perodic tax deposits and tax forms to prevent any fines and legal trobules.


After completion of the  payroll company has to ensure that it's bank account has sufficient funds for  salary payment. Various details - employee name & ID, bank account number, PF details, and the amount of wages are sent to the concerned branch through a salary bank advice statement.

Statutory Compliance

 After making all the statutory deductions like EPF, TDS, ESI, LWF, and PT at the time of processing payroll, the company remits the amount to the respective government agencies. The payment of dues is made via challans. Various reports on Quarterly / Half-yearly /Annual basis are filed and submitted to the respective government bodies. 

Payroll Accounting 

It is essential to ensure that all salary and reimbursement information is fed accurately into the accounting/ERP system as part of the payroll management process.



Department-wise and location-wise employee costs are analyzed to plan for the next month and submitted to the finance and senior management team. A close track is kept of liabilities such as leave encashments, gratuity liabilities, and bonus liabilities.


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The payroll components consist of ‘taxable’ and ‘tax-exempt’, variable, constant pay, earnings, some allowances and deductions. Significant components of payroll are:

When new recruits join the company, a total salary package is offered to them. CTC, short for Cost To Company, is the term for the same, used in countries such as India and South Africa. It delineates the overall amount of expenses that an employer spends on an employee in a span of one year.

Basic Salary 

This is the base pay defined by the central and respective state governments that every working professional is expected to earn prior to including any added benefits, bonus, profits, and compensation or deducting tax and penalty payments. 


Gross Salary 

The components of Gross Salary include Basic Pay, HRA, Special Allowance, Conveyance Allowance, Educational Allowance, Medical Allowance, and Leave Travel Allowance.


Net Take Home Salary 

Net Salary or Take Home Salary is the actual pay that an employee takes home. This is calculated by subtracting the total deductions for the employee such as Income Tax, Employee PF Contribution, Notice Pay Recovery from the Gross Earnings for the month.


Dearness Allowance (DA)

Dearness Allowance is calculated as a percentage of an Indian citizen’s basic salary to mitigate the impact of inflation on people.

Other Allowances

There are some other types of allowances that may be fixed or variable. These allowances are generally included in the pay structure to leverage the benefits of various tax saving schemes. There are different categories of special allowances such as:

  • House Rent Allowance (HRA)
    A necessary part of the salary provided by an employer, House Rent Allowance or HRA is given to employees for their rented accommodation. If only the employee is residing in a rented house can the HRA exemption be claimed. It can be exempted upto 50% of the Basic Pay for the employees staying in Metro cities. For all the other cities, the limit is 40%.
  • Child Education Allowance
    The Children Education Allowance (CEA) is paid to the professionals in India for the schooling and hostel facilities offered to their children. It is eligible for exemption up to INR 100 per month and INR 2,400 per annum for maximum 2 children. The amount provided under CEA for a differently abled child is double that offered to a normal child.
  • Hostel Expenditure Allowance
    Hostel Allowance is provided by the employers to the employees for their children’s hostel fee. It is eligible for exemption up to INR 300 per month and INR 3,600 per annum for maximum 2 children.

Examples of Other Allowances/ Reimbursement Exempt Under Section 10 (5)

  • Car Allowance
    The amount of money that an employer offers to its employees who need to use their car for traveling purposes, as a part of the job.
  • Leave Travel Allowance (LTA)
    As per Income Tax Act, 1961, LTA is an important component of an employee’s salary which is eligible for income tax exemption. It is provided to an employee by his/her employer to compensate for the leave and expenses incurred on business-related travel.
  • Uniform Allowance
    Any allowance offered to the employees to meet the expenditure incurred on the purchase or maintenance of uniform for wear during the execution of the job role of an office or employment of profit.
  • Transportation Allowance
    Also known as Conveyance Allowance, this is a monetary allowance given to the employees by their employers to compensate for the amount that they spend on traveling from their residence to the workplace.
  • Books and Periodicals
    Employees can claim reimbursement of expenses incurred on books, newspaper subscription, periodicals, journals and so on. These reimbursements are tax-free for employees. Allowances are a part of employees’ CTC (Cost-to-Company) and are paid in addition to basic salary.
  • Furnishing Allowance
    Under this allowance, an employee can buy some household items or pay for soft furnishing of the house and submit original bills for reimbursements. Usually, there is a max cap depending on the hierarchy of the organization.

EPF (Employees’ Provident Fund) Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) is a scheme in which the retirement benefits of working professionals are accumulated. Under the scheme, an employer has to contribute 12% of the Gross Earnings towards the scheme and an equal contribution is paid by the employee. The total collection is then deposited into the employee’s EPF account. Any contribution made by the employer is not accounted for in taxable income upto a limit of INR 2.5 lakhs per year w.e.f. 1st April 2021. Employee PF contribution is also subject to deduction under section 80(c).

LWF (Labor Welfare Funds) ESI stands for Employee State Insurance, managed by the Employee State Insurance Corporation which is an autonomous body created by the law under the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India. This scheme is a self-financed health insurance started for Indian workers. Every month, employers and employees have to make a nominal contribution for the employee to enjoy the ESI benefits.

Professional Taxes Professional tax is the tax levied and collected by the state governments in India. It is an indirect tax, only applicable in select states. Just like TDS, PT is deducted from an employee’s salary. PT deducted from an employee’s salary is also exempted from taxable income for the assessment year.

TDS (Tax Deducted At Source)
 The concept of TDS was introduced with an aim to collect tax from the very source of income. As per this concept, a person (deductor) who is liable to make payment of specified nature to any other person (deductee) shall deduct tax at source and remit the same into the account of the Central Government. The concept of TDS also extends to the salary paid by the employer to an employee. Employers are expected to consider all investments made by the employee and adjust income or loss from sources such as House Rent before computing the final TDS. Employers are expected to deposit the deducted TDS to the government on a monthly basis and file the TDS return on a quarterly basis.


Statutory Bonus As a reward for accomplishing or overachieving the work targets, employees receive additional amounts called bonus with their base monthly salaries, as part of their wages. An employer is expected to comply with the Bonus Act, 1965 to be able to pay a bonus. To an eligible employee who earns between INR 7,000 to INR 21,000 (Basic +DA) on a monthly basis, the employer pays a minimum of 8.33% and maximum 20% of the employee’s salary earned during the relevant accounting year.


Gratuity In case an employee parts away from the organization, under The Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972, an employer is expected to pay an employee 15 days of salary for every completed year. This computation needs to be done as per the employee’s last drawn salary. An employee is only eligible for Gratuity if he/she has completed 5 years of service with a single organization. Any payment done under Gratuity is exempted for upto INR 20 lakhs for a lifetime.


Leave Encashments A category of leaves such as the earned leaves which are not availed by an employee within a particular period can be encashed. The accumulated leaves are usually encashed at the time of Full & Final Settlement or after every financial year. The amount paid under Leave Encashments is exempted from taxable income under special constraints defined by the government.


NPS (National Pension Scheme) The National Pension System is a voluntary defined contribution pension system in India. National Pension System is an EEE (Exempt-Exempt-Exempt) instrument in India where the entire corpus escapes tax at maturity and the entire pension withdrawal amount is tax-free. In addition to this, there are multiple tax benefits under 80CCD that an employee can enjoy.


Reimbursement is the act of compensating an employee for business-related expenses incurred by an employee. Various types of reimbursements can be:

  • Business Expense Reimbursements 
    Expense Reimbursement is the way businesses pay back their employees who have spent their own money on business-related expenses. While reimbursements for business travel is quite common, employees can also be reimbursed for education, healthcare, and other expenses incurred on behalf of the organization.
  • Auto Mileage & Travel Reimbursements 
    This is a type of business expense reimbursement, however there are some specific characteristics of travel reimbursement that set it apart from the other types such as standard mileage rate and per diem travel.
  • Medical Expense Reimbursements 
    Medical Reimbursement is an arrangement under which employers reimburse the portion of the health expenses incurred by the employee. The Income Tax Act allows tax exemption of up to INR 15,000 on medical reimbursements paid by the employer.
  • Arrears 
    Arrears is a legal term for the part of a debt that is overdue after missing one or more required payments. In context to an employee, different types of arrears can be Salary Increment Arrear, Loss of Pay Adjustment Arrears, or any other ad hoc payment that an employee was entitled to and was missed in the previous pay cycles. Any arrear payments are expected to be taxed and considered for all other statutory computations.


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