In Lesson 30 I explained the payroll account structure using parent-child accounts. This lesson is a part of the daily operations section of bookkeeping illustrating an actual payroll entry. If you haven’t done so yet, please read: Payroll – An Introduction.
SUTA is an acronym for State Unemployment Tax. Very similar to Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA), it is the amount charged by the respective state to participate in the state’s unemployment program.
Payroll is envisioned as the simple employer employee agreement related to compensation for services. I often think of this as the simple handshake whereby the employer agrees to pay the employee a set rate per hour of work. This was true a hundred or more years ago, but over time; history and governmental regulations complicated this simple relationship.