Pay Stub Review

A pay stub is a valuable source of information when building financial models and evaluating cash flow. It provides insight into income, tax, retirement savings, various insurance costs, etc.

A periodic paycheck review with a client can be a productive exercise, demonstrating how their earnings translate into net pay. As you guide a client through their pay stub, you can help them to understand the automated tax withholdings, savings, and payments that they make each pay period, and appreciate any employer benefits that augment their compensation package.

This flowchart helps you lead your clients through a series of considerations when reviewing their paycheck. It covers:

  • Hours worked and vacation time
  • Tax withholdings
  • Voluntary payroll deductions
  • Pre-tax vs. after-tax expenses
  • Employer-paid benefits


Updated for 10/15/2021