Checkbook Setup [Setup menu]

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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. CSA will not include 2017 tax rates or payroll forms, so, for 2017 and beyond, you will need to process payroll in another application. We recommend Accounting CS Payroll and myPay Solutions. For more information, see the following topics.

Before entering payroll information for a client, you need to define one or more checkbooks for that client. A client checkbook may be of the following types: Payroll Only, Vendor Only, or Both Payroll and Vendor. When setting up a new checkbook, you must specify a unique description for the checkbook. You also need to specify the general ledger account number for the checkbook, the next check number, the file location and name for each type of check layout that you wish to use for the selected checkbook, and MICR line information if you will be using the application's ability to print MICR-encoded checks.

To add or edit general information for client checkbooks, choose Setup > Checkbook.


  • For an after-the-fact payroll client, you only need to specify a unique description for each checkbook and enter the GL account number associated with that checkbook.
  • A variety of check styles compatible with CSA check layouts are available from the Forms CS website.

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General tab

Check Layout Information tab

MICR tab

Direct Deposit tab

Fields & buttons

Related topics

Setting up the client checkbook

Renaming a checkbook

Deleting a checkbook

Payroll CS Default Check Layouts, Definitions (PDF)

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