Reporting Your Own Payroll

Most policies are audited in person by a NYSIF auditor. In certain cases, a policyholder may submit an underwriting payroll report (DP-517) or a self-audit report, instead of an actual audit. Eligible policyholders can submit a payroll report online.

A policyholder who receives a payroll report or a self-audit report should be sure to follow the instructions on the form and complete and return it to NYSIF within 30 days.

NYSIF reserves the right to perform an actual audit to verify the information submitted by the employer.

Completing Payroll Reports or Self Audits

Note: Failure to submit payroll reports or self-audits for any policy period may result in an estimated audit at a higher cost. Follow these tips for completing payroll reports and self-audit forms:

  • Follow the instructions on the form.
  • Owners, partners, or officers must be listed in the owners/partners/officers section of the form, even if they are excluded from coverage.
  • For classification descriptions that specifically state to include clerical work, add clerical payroll to the regular employee payroll, and enter it in the payroll column.
  • For employees who perform multiple duties (clerical and duties described by classification), include payroll under the classification that closely describes the nature of the business or the nonclerical work that the employee performs.
  • Include executive officers who are not excluded by endorsement in the class code that best describes the nature of the business or the type of work that the owner performs. Payroll for each covered officer is subject to minimum and maximum charges. If the payroll total falls within these amounts, use the actual amount.

To learn more about coverage in special circumstances or whether a worker belongs on your payroll, visit these sections:
Identifying Independent Contractors: Interpreting the Fair Play Act
Domestic Workers

Need more help understanding audit terms? View the glossary in MyAudit Toolkit.

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