QuickBooks is the best suitable accounting software for small businesses. QuickBooks employees are displayed for more visibility on payment stubs due to disturbances, balances, and deficiencies in sick and vacation time. It also serves as better compliance with state-mandated maximum periodic rates. If you try to set up and pay sick and vacation time and you don’t understand how to set up and pay. Don’t worry, In this blog, I can tell you the all possible step they can help you to set up and pay sick in QuickBooks.

QuickBooks Desktop allows you to either give a lump sum at the beginning of the year or choose between two types of paid time off accruals which are sick and vacation time. And that can be used when paying employees.

How To Set Up and pay sick and vacation time in QuickBooks.

  • Go to the Lists and Choose Payroll Item List.
  • In the Payroll option use drop-down and choose New.
  • Choose Custom Setup, Next.
  • Select Payment, Next, Annual Salary, or Hourly Wages.
  • Select Next and click on the Sick or Vacation Pay option.
  • Enter the name of the item, then click the Next button.
  • Choose the payment account you want for the item
  • Then click Finish.

Change the company sick and vacation defaults

  • Go to the Edit Option and choose Preferences.
  • On the left side, click on the Payroll & Employees option to go to the Company Preferences tab.
  • Then click on the Sick and Vacation option.
  • And fill in the defaults you want to set up and make sure to check the Do not accrue boxes on the bottom.

On the employee profile: How to Add or change sick and vacation accruals

  • Go to the Employees option and select the Employee Center.
  • Dual click on the employee name.
  • Choose Payroll Info then Choose Sick/Vacation option.
  • In the Hours available as of the date field, enter the number of paid sick hours that are currently available for the employee to use.
  • Choose the Accrual period drop-down menu and select one of the accrual days for sick time. There are three different methods to collect sick and vacation in QuickBooks Desktop:
    • Beginning of Year – Grant a set number of hours that the employee can accrue over the course of a year.
    • Every Paycheck – Collect a certain number of hours per paycheck.
    • Every Hour on Paycheck – Collect hours on every paycheck.
  • In the Maximum number of hours field, enter the maximum number of your balance of sick hours that the employee can have.
  • If you want sick hours to reset to zero at a new accrual year begins, choose Reset hours each new year?.
  • Enter the start date of the year the accrual year.
  • If the employee accrues sick time on a calendar year, enter January 1.
  • If the employee accrues sick time on a different schedule, for example, an anniversary year, enter the day that year begins.
  • Enter the date that sick time should begin collecting.
  • To define accrual detail for vacation hours, repeat steps 4 through 10 for the Vacation part of the window.
  • Select OK to save all new changes.

Leave the excursion

  • Click on the “Employee Center” icon and select “Manage Employee Information”.
  • Click “Change default settings for new employees”.
  • Select the “Sick / Vacation” button.
  • Then Select the contingency period in the Holiday section. Select “Start of the year”, “Salary per hour” or “Salary per hour”. “Check the reset hours every new year?” Box if you want to start hours with each calendar year.
  • Click “OK” to determine employee defaults for vacation pay.

Payroll Entry

  • Select the “Employee” menu and click “Payroll Center”.
  • Select the “Salary Employee” button and select the employee you want to pay.
  • Double-click the “Hour” or “Rate” column in the Pay, or Hour Pay section, depending on how you pay your employees. Enter the number of hours in the column, subtract the time given for vacation pay. For example, if an employee takes 10 hours off during a 40-hour workweek, enter 30 hours.
  • Click on the first row available in the “Item Name” column in the Revenue section and select the “Pay Time Off” payroll item from the drop-down list.
  • Enter the number of holidays used in the hour or rate column.

Enter sick and vacation time

  • Click Listings> Select the Payroll Item List.
  • Select the new one from the Payroll Items drop-down on the left.
  • Snap the custom setup and then click Next.
  • Choose the next salary and then the annual salary or hourly salary.
  • Next, snap and snap sick or vacation pay.
  • Enter a name for the discussion, next to that point.
  • Note: Rename it if you are using idle time.
  • Select the point for the business you need for that topic, then click Finish.
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On a paycheck: How to Add the sick or vacation time

  • When you creating the paychecks, open the Preview Paycheck window.
  • In the Earnings part, go to the Item Name column, and from the drop-down, select the sick or vacation item you created.
  • For hourly employees.
  • Enter an hourly rate in the Rate column and the number of hours in the Hour column.
  • For salaried employees, enter the number of hours worked next to the regular salary income item in the Hours column and the number of hours paid for sick and vacation time in the Hours column, next to the item Earning sick and vacation pay. Insert into QuickBooks will divide the pay rate accordingly, once the correct number is entered.
  • Continue to create paychecks.


You can find in this blog how to set up and pay sick and vacation time in QuickBooks. I hope my all information is useful for all QuickBooks users, especially for new users.

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