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How do I create commission only paychecks?

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QuickBooks Team

How do I create commission only paychecks?

Hey there, @scottbrown.


Let me help you create a commission-only paycheck in QuickBooks Online (QBO) Payroll. This way, you can pay your employees based on their performance or completed task. 


To start, let's set an employee's pay to commission only or add commission as an additional pay type. Here's how:


  1. Go to the  Payroll menu and select Employees.
  2. Choose the employee's name and click the edit icon next to Pay.
  3. In the How much do you pay employee section, click the small arrow  icon and choose Commission Only.
  4. Select Done.


Once done, follow the steps below to create a commission only paycheck:


  1. Click the Payroll menu, then select Employees.
  2. From the Run Payroll drop-down list, select Commission only.
  3. Select the edit ✎ icon next to Payroll Options and choose the following options:
    • Use supplemental tax rates: You can use supplemental rates and the system will determine which rate is used based on the YTD of the last paycheck.
    • Include retirement deductions if applicable: This will appear if an employee is set up for these.
    • Add pay period: Option to add pay period will show once you select Apply.
  4. Click Apply and enter commission amount.
  5. Select Preview payroll, then Submit payroll.
  6. Click Finish payroll.


Additionally, you can also create commission as additional pay. This way, you can pay your employees a commission along with their regular pay. To do that, you need to add a commission pay type first. Just check out this article as your reference: How to set up and pay commission to an employee.


Moreover, you can run some payroll reports in QuickBooks. This way, you can get a closer look at your business's finances and view useful information about your business and employees. 


Let me know if you need further assistance with this. I'm always around to provide answers and clarifications to your questions. Have a great day ahead and take care.

QuickBooks Team

How do I create commission only paychecks?

Hi @scottbrown,

Hope you’re doing great. I wanted to see how everything is going about the paycheck commission concern you had yesterday. Was it resolved?

Do you need any additional help or clarification? If you do, just let me know. I’d be happy to help you at anytime. 
Looking forward to your reply. Have a pleasant day ahead!

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How do I create commission only paychecks?

It won't let me proceed without putting in hours.  What is that all about?!?!?

QuickBooks Team

How do I create commission only paychecks?

Thanks for chiming in on this thread, yvonne-verge.


I would like to verify some information. Did you add the commission as an additional pay type? If so, this might be the reason why you're being asked to input the hours. If you're only paying the employee their commission, you'll want to use the Commission Only option. 


You can follow the second set of steps provided by my colleague ReymondO to create the Commission Only pay type.


In addition, I'm adding this article to learn more about employee commission: The complete guide to employee compensation and benefits.


Please keep me posted on how it goes from your end. I want to ensure this is resolved for you. Take care and stay safe.

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