If you want to give your employee's a bonus check, follow the process outlined in this article.


In this article, you will learn:


How to create a bonus check

  1. To start a regular payroll run, go to the PAYROLL tab > Start Payroll.

    See How to Run Payroll for more information. (If you want to run a special payroll to create a bonus check, see How to Run a Special Payroll.)

  2. On step 4, Payroll Entry, click the hamburger icon next to the employee's name, and select Add Additional Check.

    If you have created a special check type, select it from the list; otherwise, just select Add Additional Check.

  3. On the new row that appears for the additional check, click the hamburger icon and select Edit Check.

  4. In the Pay Entry Details pop-up window:

    1. Turn on the Block and Other toggles you want to use.
      For example, you might want to block deductions (which would block child support and other deductions) and you might want to use a supplemental tax rate (which is generally higher).
      If you want to print a manual check, select Direct Deposit to block it.

    2. (Optional) If you want the amount you will enter to be the net pay, turn on the Gross Up Calculation toggle.
      The system will calculate the gross pay to be higher to cover the taxes.

    3. On the Earnings tab, click Add.

    4. Select the BO - Bonus from the drop-down list.

    5. Enter an Amount.

    6. Click Save.

  5. Continue the payroll run.


How to edit a payroll run for bonus checks

If you are running a payroll for bonus checks, you might want to edit the settings for all checks. Here's how:

  1. To start a regular payroll run, go to the PAYROLL tab > Start Payroll.

    See How to Run Payroll for more information.

  2. On step 2, 3, or 4, click Edit icon (pencil) in the top-right corner.

  3. In the Payroll Overrides pop-up window, turn on or off the Block and Other toggles as needed.

    Important: If you are adding quarter or year-end bonuses, run the payroll with a check date of that quarter or year.

    For bonus checks, you might want to turn on the following toggles:

    • All Deductions: To block regular deductions such child support from this bonus check.

    • Direct Deposit: If you want to hand a printed check to employees.

    • Use Supplemental Tax Rate: To tax at a higher rate since it is a bonus check.

  4. Click Save.

  5. Continue with the payroll run.


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