Employees Paychecks Payroll

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.







Employees Payroll Print Checks

How to create bonus on my employee’s paycheck in QBO Payroll

There are two ways to create bonus paycheck to your employee in QBO Payroll.

1) Regular Payroll Check
2) Separate Payroll Check

Here are the steps to create a bonus with a regular paycheck:

  • On the left panel, click the Employees tab.
  • Select an employee you wish to add this pay type.
  • Click on the Pencil icon next to pay.
  • In Section 3, click on Add additional pay types.
  • Select Bonus and click Done.
  • Once you run payroll, you’ll see a box where you can enter the bonus amount.


Here are the steps to create the bonus separate from the paycheck:

  • On the left pane, click the Employees tab.
  • Click the Run Payroll drop-down arrow and select Bonus only.
  • Select As gross pay (this will deduct taxes accordingly).
  • Enter the pay date.
  • Select the name of the employee that will be receiving the bonus check with the checkbox to the left of their name.
  • Enter the amount in the Bonus field.
  • Click Preview Payroll
  • Click Submit Payroll


Tutorial Bonus Paycheck Video:

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