How do I add this one-time bonus properly to Quickbooks payroll

This is how to handle employee bonus in QuickBooks Payroll. You will first need to add a Bonus type under the employee profile and then you run either just a Bonus check alone or the regular check with the Bonus amount. You will need to take the following steps to process the bonus check:

To set up Bonus as “Additional pay” type to the name of the employee:

  • Go to Employees Center.
  • Select the name of the employee from the Employee list.
  • Under Employee details, click “Pay” the pencil icon.
  • Under question number three, click “Pay” the pencil icon again.
  • Check the “Bonus” box.
  • Click Done.
  • Click Done.





To run the Bonus check alone:

  • Go to Employees Center.
  • Next to the Run payroll button, click the drop-down arrow.
  • Click Bonus only (at the upper right corner).
  • Select As net pay or As gross pay.
  • Click Continue.
  • Enter the Pay date.
  • Enter the Bonus amount.
  • To pay by paper check but not direct deposit, click the lightning icon, then switch “pay by” to paper check from direct deposit.
  • Choose Bank account.
  • Click Preview payroll.
  • It should also calculate employee taxes for that bonus amount.
  • Click Submit payroll.
  • Enter check number to print.
  • Select Print paychecks button to print.
  • Click Finish payroll.

To run the regular check with the Bonus amount:

  • Under Employee, click the Run payroll button.
  • Select the Pay Date and the Pay period.
  • Enter the Bonus amount.
  • Click the Preview payroll button.
  • Click the Submit payroll button.
  • Click the Finish payroll button.

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