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What is year-to-date (YTD)?

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In payroll, year-to-date, or YTD, tends to refer to the total amount of an employee’s earnings, taxes and/or deductions, starting from the beginning of the calendar year to the current date. YTD calculations play a big role in tracking employees’ earnings, as well as ensuring they’re being paid in accordance to their contracts.

What are the different types of year-to-date?

There are different types of YTD calculations. These may include the following:

(Note that YTD always means from the beginning of the calendar year to the current pay period)

  • YTD deductions: total amount of pre-and post- tax deductions
  • YTD taxes: total amount of taxes withheld from the employee’s salary
  • YTD earnings: The employee’s overall gross pay
  • YTD net pay: total amount paid to the employee after all the tax withholdings and deductions are made

How do you calculate YTD?

To calculate YTD (Year to Date), you need to add up all the earnings, taxes, and deductions for an employee from the beginning of the calendar year up to the current pay period.

For example, if you’re looking at YTD tax withholdings, you need to calculate the total tax sum withheld from the start of the calendar year to the current pay period.

One thing that’s important to keep in mind is that YTD calculations may differ from country to country. In some countries, for example, social security contributions may be included in these calculations while in other countries they may not.

Year-to-date across the globe

For the most part, conducting YTD calculations isn’t a legal requirement. However, it’s considered a best practice to maintain accurate reporting, transparency with employees, compliance with tax laws, and financial planning.

For companies with a global workforce, though, the calculation process can become more cumbersome if not handled correctly. Often, employers struggle with navigating regulatory and tax requirements, securing their employees’ information, and managing a large body of data.

One way to ensure YTD calculations run smoothly is by using technology solutions, such as payments execution platforms, to automate the process while maintaining compliance with local requirements.

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