Distribution and record accuracy of state employee payroll is handled by the office. There are 24 normal payroll
periods during the course of the year for employees on the central payroll system. The central payroll system
contains all state employees except those located at the universities. Personnel at the universities are issued
payroll monthly or bi-weekly, depending on their position.
W-4 information and creation of W-2s and 1099s are a responsibility of the State Auditor.
What is ESS? It stands for Employee Self Service. The world is fast becoming a self-service society. These days
self-serve gas pumps far outnumber full-serve pumps, banks encourage us to use ATM machines for 24-hour
service, and self-serve soda fountains can be found in most fast-food restaurants.
For our purposes, the term employee self service means empowering employees to perform certain tasks
themselves that traditionally have required interaction with someone in the personnel or finance office. It
involves providing access to information directly to the employees rather than making them go through an intermediary.
It also involves placing some of the employee's own information directly under their control.
Levies, Garnishments & Child Care Payments
Levies, filed by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), against vendors receiving payments from the state or against
state employees are filed through this office for the proper collection and transmission of funds claimed by the IRS.
Garnishments against state employees are handled by the office as well as any court ordered child care payments.
Promoting Financial Literacy
The Payroll Card has many benefits for state employees. It can be a great tool for budgeting personal finances.The card can be used as a specified spending account designated for only certain spending, such as for Holidays or special occasions. The card can be designated for state travel reimbursements. The card can also be used for a cash allowance, or for only paying bills. By not extending credit, the card helps train the user to spend only what is available. When the card is empty, spending is put on hold until another deposit is made. This is a great tool for use in personal budgeting. Details of the card are below...
NOW AVAILABLE...Another option for direct deposit!
The Office of the State Auditor would like to introduce the new Payroll Card being offered to all state employees
by the State of South Dakota. Employees can have their payroll checks, a portion of their payroll checks,
or their employee reimbursements (travel, moving, etc) deposited onto the card. The card works like a MasterCard
and can be used wherever MasterCard Debit Cards are offered. The card can be used for point-of-sale purchases,
automatic bill payments, at the ATM machine or inside the bank for cash withdrawals, up to the amount stored
on the card. The card does not extend credit, and cannot be used for transaction amounts that exceed the
amount stored on the card. A brochure outlining all the card's features and benefits is available
For more information, or to sign up for the card visit
For more information contact: Judy Flagstad