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How to avoid recurring deductions on bonus payments

We pay our employees regularly with both paychecks and bonuses (separate instances). An employee wants a part of every paycheck diverted into an IRA. However, he does not want any portion diverted from his bonus payments.

Our issue is that currently the same amount of pay is diverted from both paycheck and bonus checks automatically.

Is there a way to set this up without having to manually adjust it every time?

Current Situation:

Jan 1st (Paycheck): $100 to IRA

Jan 15th (Paycheck): $100 to IRA

Jan 17th (Bonus) $100 to IRA

Ideal Situation:

Jan 1st (Paycheck): $100 to IRA

Jan 15th (Paycheck): $100 to IRA

Jan 17th (Bonus): $0 to IRA

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Re: How to avoid recurring deductions on bonus payments

Thanks for checking in with us, stevenc.

You've got me here to help share the steps in avoiding the IRA for bonus payments via QuickBooks Online.


To avoid paying the IRA deduction for bonus paycheck of your employee, you may want to check the payroll options and remove the retirement deductions.


Here's how:


  1. On the Employees screen, click the drop-down arrow beside Run payroll and choose Bonus Only.
  2. Click Continue.
  3. Beside Payroll options, click the pencil icon to edit.
  4. Un-select the Include retirement deductions if applicable.
  5. Hit Apply.



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