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How To Complete a Certified Payroll Report

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With the bulk of the construction projects being funded with ARRA (American Recovery & Reinvestment Act OR Recovery Act) money; more and more contractors are making the leap from residential or commercial construction projects to government funded construction projects.

While there is a lot of really good information out there on HOW to do business with the government and getting yourself into the government construction arena – the one thing that seems to be missing in preparing contractors for this type of work – is the simple fact that these jobs require the submission of a Weekly Certified Payroll Report.

Almost anyone will tell you that completing a certified payroll report on a weekly basis is a time-consuming, error-prone, and frustrating task!

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Form WH-347 and WH-348 is one of the simplest forms to complete, however, they estimate that it will take 1 hour to complete a form containing information about eight employees for a single job.

You need to realize that a weekly certified payroll report is only one of the many possible reports that, you as a contractor working on Federal, State, or ARRA funded construction projects, will have to submit — other required forms, such as Fringe Benefit Reports, EEOC/Work Utilization Reports, and ARRA Reports; are an important piece of your overall cash flow management.

When you screw up your certified payroll reports, bad things happen; none of which put you in good standing with the Project Owner/General Contractor, Department of Labor, etc. and can damage the overall cash position of your company.

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Nancy Smyth, Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor

Nancy Smyth, Sunburst Software Solutions, Inc.
QuickBooks Construction & Payroll Expert


I've been using and supporting QuickBooks products since the early 1990's. I've worked with thousands of contractors, assisting them with QuickBooks setup, Certified Payroll Reporting requirements, AIA Billing and Weighted-Average Overtime.


QuickBooks is a powerful product, but learning how to use it in your construction business can be difficult. I hope you find resources available here to be helpful.

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