You should always double check your paycheck to make sure there are no errors. I’ve found mistakes several times over the years and they were never in my favor. If your paycheck is the same every week then checking your check is pretty easy. You just have to check it once and as long as nothing changes you are good. My paychecks are always different since I always work a different number of hours but it takes less than a minute to scan the check and make sure it is correct.
The most recent mistake I found was at my part-time job. They were taking out Kansas City, MO city income tax. Since I don’t live or work in Kansas City I shouldn’t be paying that tax. I guess since most of their employees live in Kansas City they just automatically take the city tax out. Or it may have been based on zip code since the address I used for that job has a zip code that includes both Kansas City and a suburb of Kansas City.
Fixing the problem wasn’t too difficult. I just called the payroll department and explained the problem. They then told me they would fix my checks so that the tax was no longer taken out and refund the tax that had already been taken out. I received that check today and they did fix it correctly.
The city income tax was only 1% but that adds up after a while and I need the money more than the city. This advice can also apply to your monthly bills, credit card statements, bank statements, and similar items that can cost you money if they are not figured correctly.
Have you ever found a mistake on your paycheck? Was it in your favor or theirs?