Optimal Accounting for Payroll (CPE Course)

CPE Credit: 1 hour

Course Type: Downloaded PDF materials with online test

Price (with PDF Textbook): $10


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Course Description
The collection of payroll data and its conversion into paychecks is highly labor-intensive and beset by recordkeeping errors. In Optimal Accounting for Payroll, we describe the techniques that can be used to convert this deeply inefficient process into one of the most efficient cost centers in a company. The course focuses on such areas as improvements to the timekeeping system, changes to the payroll cycle, streamlining payroll deductions, and altering the system of payroll measurements.


Author: Steven Bragg

Course Number: AC1131

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the different types of timekeeping systems and their attributes.

  • Explain the durations of the different payroll cycles.

  • Describe the methods available for reducing or eliminating advances to employees.

  • Identify the contents of a pay stub.

  • Specify the alternatives available for calculating the more complex commission payments.

Level: Overview

Instructional Method: QAS Self-Study

NASBA Category: Accounting

Prerequisites: None

Advance Preparation: None

Program Registration Requirements: Click on "Purchase Course" near the top of this page to pay for and access the course. You will then be able to download the course as a PDF file, then take an on-line examination, and then download a certificate of completion if you pass the examination.

Program Refund Policy: For more information regarding administrative policies concerning complaints, refunds, and other matters, see our policies page.


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AccountingTools, Inc. is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have the final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org.

The NASBA sponsor identification number for Accountingtools, Inc. is 115881.


AccountingTools is an IRS Approved Continuing Education Provider. We are compliant with the requirements for continuing education providers (as described in sections 10.6 and 10.9 of the Department of Treasury’s Circular No. 230 and in other IRS guidance, forms, and instructions). Our IRS Approved Continuing Education Provider number is 72821.