Setting up child support deductions for an employee

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Important reminder!

Licenses for Payroll CS, Trial Balance CS, and Write-Up CS (but not Engagement CS) permanently expired on March 1, 2017.

For details, see CSA license expiration 2017 – frequently asked questions.

Some processes documented in the Help & How-To Center are no longer applicable, due to the discontinuation of these CSA modules.

Follow these steps to set up child support deductions for an employee.

Creating or modifying the Child Support deduction item

A default Child Support deduction item already exists within the application. You can use this as the basis for a modified deduction item.

  1. Choose Setup > System Configuration > Deduction Items.
  2. Highlight the Child Support deduction item, press the F3 key on your keyboard, and then choose Copy Deduction item from the drop-down menu.
  3. Enter a description and report description for the new deduction item and then modify information as needed on each tab.


    • Be sure the Child support checkbox is marked on the Calculations tab.
    • Child support calculations will be incorrect if you choose a calculation type of Net Income Percentage on the Calculations tab.
  4. Click Enter to save the deduction item.
  5. If there are any deduction items to be removed from child support basis (to be included in taxes or disposable income calculation), highlight that deduction item, click Edit, and then mark the Subtract from child support basis checkbox on the Calculations tab.

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Adding the Child Support deduction item to the employee record

  1. Choose Setup > Employees, highlight the appropriate employee in the list, and click Edit.
  2. Click the Tax Withholdings and Deductions tab.
  3. Click inside the first empty field of the Tax Withholdings and Deductions grid and select the child support deduction item from the drop-down list.
  4. Click the Item Properties button and enter the appropriate amount or percent of the deduction, making any changes necessary in any of the tabs.
  5. Click OK to save the information and close the Item Properties dialog.
  6. In the Employees dialog, choose Edit > Child Support Information. Specify the maximum percent of disposable income to be allotted toward all child support deductions for this employee. You can also choose to prorate child support across multiple deductions. Click the Done button.
  7. Click Enter to save this information for the employee.

See also: Child Support Information dialog

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