How to Process Holiday Bonuses in CYMA

There are two methods of processing a bonus in CYMA: in a separate check or as part of a regular payroll check.

Bonus in a Separate Check

  1. In Payroll – Maintain Configuration
    1. Set up a bonus feature. Use either an Other Earnings or Commission feature for the bonus.
    2. On the new feature set the Default Calculation Method to “Prompt for Amount”.
    3. On the Federal Income Tax Feature check the “Use Percentage for Supplemental Wages” box.  Enter a default percentage.  This value will default to the employee but can be changed.
  2. In Payroll – Maintain Employee:
    1. Add the new bonus feature to each employee.
    2. The calculation method should default to “Prompt for Amount”, but can be changed if needed.
    3. On the Federal Income Tax Feature verify the Supplemental Wage Percentage is correct.

NOTE: when a check is calculated and only features that are “Other Deductions” or “Commissions” the federal income tax will be calculated using the percentage entered here instead of the regular tax tables.

  1. Enter Payroll. Enter the Bonus amount for any employees who will receive the bonus.
  2. When you have Entered all amounts for the employees then go to Process - Calculate Payroll.
  3. Calculate the Payroll.
    1. Note: Use the Exclude option to exclude features such as benefits, 401k amounts, deductions, etc. 
  4. Print your Proof Listing.
  5. Print Checks.
  6. If you have already cut the regular check the employee should receive in this pay frequency, then close the Pay Frequency as well. If they have not received their check yet then do not close the Frequency; instead wait until you do your normal payroll to close the Pay Frequency.

Bonus as Part of Regular Payroll Check

  1. In Payroll – Maintain Configuration
    1. Set up a bonus feature. Use either an Other Earnings or Commission feature for the bonus.
    2. On the new feature set the Default Calculation Method to “Prompt for Amount”.
  2. In Payroll – Maintain Employee:
    1. Add the new bonus feature to each employee.
    2. The calculation method should default to “Prompt for Amount”, but can be changed if needed.
  3. Enter Payroll. Enter any regular earnings and any Bonus amounts for all employees.
  4. When you have Entered all amounts for the employees then go to Process - Calculate Payroll.
  5. Generate and Calculate the Payroll.
    1. NOTE: when a check is calculated that includes both regular pay and bonus amounts the standard federal income tax tables will be used.  To use the supplemental percent, separate checks need to be printed.  See steps for Bonus in a Separate Check.
  6. Complete Payroll processing as normal.