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Bonus and commission payments

There are two ways you can pay a bonus or commission:

  • include the payment in the employee's regular pay, or

  • process the payment separately.

Either way, you'll need to set up the bonus or commission payment and assign it to the applicable employees. You can then process the payment in a pay run.

Setting up a bonus or commission

MYOB comes with default Bonus and Commission pay items which you can assign to your employees to include in their pays. If an employee requires more than one type of bonus or commission added to their pay, you can create additional pay items.

You can set the bonus or commission amount to include in each employee's pay, or you can enter the amount during the pay run.

Superannuation and leave

Depending on the bonus or commission you're paying, it might need to be included in your superannuation calculations. To clarify your super obligations, speak to your accounting advisor or check the ATO guidelines. If the payment shouldn't accrue super, you'll need to exempt it from super calculations (see below).As per the Fair Work guidelines, leave doesn't accrue on bonus or commission payments, so you'll need to exempt those payments from accruing leave (see below).

To set up a bonus or commission

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  1. Go to the Payroll menu and choose Pay items.

  2. Click the Wages and salary tab.

  3. Click to open the Bonus or Commission pay item.

  4. (Optional) Change the Name for his pay item, for example "Christmas Bonus"

  5. (Optional) If you'd like a different, more personalised, name to show on pay slips for this pay item, enter a Name for pay slip, such as "Performance Bonus - Steven". If you leave this blank, the pay item Name will display on the pay slip instead.

  6. If it hasn't already been set, choose the applicable ATO reporting category. If you're not sure, check with your accounting advisor or the ATO. Learn about assigning ATO reporting categories for Single Touch Payroll.

  7. (Optional) If you want to track your bonus or commission payments through a separate account, select the option Override employees' wage expense account and choose the override account in the field that appears. Need to create a new account?

  8. Under Allocated employees, choose the employees to be assigned this bonus or commission. To remove an employee, click the delete  icon for that employee.

  9. Under Exemptions, choose any deductions or taxes that shouldn't be calculated on this bonus or commission. If you're not sure, check with your accounting advisor or the ATO.

  10. When you're done, click Save.

  11. If you need to set up an additional bonus or commission payment, click Create wage pay item and follow the same steps above. Learn more about Setting up pay items.

The bonus or commission pay item will now be available in each of the allocated employee's pays. When you do a pay run, you can enter the bonus or commission amount you're paying them. Or you can set a default payment amount for an employee as described below.

To set a payment amount for an employee

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If an employee will receive the same payment amount each pay, you can set that amount. This means you won't have to enter the amount each time you pay that employee.

  1. Go to the Payroll menu > Employees.

  2. Click the employee's name.

  3. Click the Payroll details tab > Standard pay.

  4. Enter the amount they'll be paid against the applicable bonus or commission pay item.

    50 dollars entered against the bonus pay item
  5. Click Save.

The set amount will now be included each time you pay the employee. But you can easily change or remove the amount when you pay the bonus or commission as shown below.

To stop leave or super calculating on a bonus or commission

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To clarify if super should accrue on a bonus or commission payment, speak to your accounting advisor or check the ATO guidelines.As per the Fair Work guidelines, leave doesn't accrue on bonus or commission payments, so you'll need to stop leave from calculating on those payments.

To stop super calculating on a bonus or commission

  1. Go to the Payroll menu > Pay items.

  2. Click the Superannuation tab.

  3. Click to open the Superannuation Guarantee pay item.

  4. Under Exemptions, choose the pay items you want to exclude from super calculations, e.g. Bonus and/or Commission.

  5. Click Save.

  6. Repeat steps 3-5 for each type of superannuation pay item that applies to the employees receiving the bonus or commission payments.

 To stop leave calculating on a bonus or commission

  1. Go to the Payroll menu > Pay items.

  2. Click the Leave tab.

  3. Click to open the Annual Leave Accrual pay item.

  4. Under Exemptions, choose the pay items you want to exclude from annual leave calculations, e.g. Bonus and/or Commission.

  5. Click Save.

  6. Repeat steps 3-5 for each leave accrual pay item that applies to the employees receiving the bonus or commission payments, for example personal leave.

Once you're set up, you can pay the bonus or commission.

Paying the bonus or commission

Once you've set up the bonus or commission, you can include it in an employee's regular pay, or you can run a separate pay for it to make it clear what you're paying.

To pay the bonus or commission

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Tax on bonuses and commissions

When paying a bonus or commission, MYOB treats the total gross pay as the employee's regular wage and taxes it accordingly. To avoid withholding the wrong amount of tax, you'll need to calculate and manually adjust the tax on the pay.For help with this calculation check the ATO guidelines.

  1. Go to the Payroll menu and choose Create pay run.

  2. Choose the Pay cycle and confirm the pay dates.

  3. Click Next.

  4. Deselect the employees you're NOT paying.

  5. Click an employee to open their pay.

  6. Enter or confirm the amount being paid against the applicable Bonus or Commission.

  7. If this is a separate pay just for the bonus or commission, remove all other Hours and Amounts from the pay. This ensures they're only paid for the bonus or commission.

  8. Change the PAYG Withholding amount as required (see the note above).
    Here's our example of a bonus-only pay:

    Example pay with bonus highlighted
  9. Click Next and continue processing the pay as normal. Need a refresher?