QB Issue Resolution:

“Partner Bonus” is what? Partners take Draws, and that is Not Payroll and Not Expense; it is from Equity.


You have too many Expense accounts; these do not belong to employer expense:

State or Fed income tax withholding, Child Support, Retirement Deduction, Health insurance Deduction, Loan Repayment or Employee FICA. They are all split off of Gross Wages. You don’t split it.


All you need is:

Gross Wages

Employer taxes

ADP fee, which is part of general office expenses, already. That isn’t Payroll.


“ADP submits two transactions to our bank account, One is the tax liability amount, the other is the total take home amount.

I create a JE for the tax liability, which includes the employer responsibility and the other I just match up to the paychecks.”


Like this:


Gross Wages Debit Expense

Gross Wages Debit Employer taxes

Credit Banking for Takehome total

Credit Banking for Tax Impound total


Now you have Two Banking entries.


You don’t Split Liability, unless you, the Employer, will be making that payment yourself. ADP pays everything, so there is no Liability. Example:

Gross Wages Debit Expense

Gross Wages Debit Employer taxes

Credit Banking for Takehome total

Credit Banking for Tax Impound total

Credit to Liability for Child Support when the employer needs to Make that Payment


Because the employee took home Less of their takehome. A Wage Garnishment is a diversion of Takehome. Not an additional expense. Just separate banking the happens later to a different Payee name.


This is a problem. Let’s review: “Additionally, the payroll is set up for the owners of the business.”


Only if this Entity type has elected to be treated as a Corporation. Otherwise, No Payroll for “owners.”


“Their accountant advised them to draw a salary with holding taxes, even though we are an LLC.”


You need a New accountant. That is extremely bad guidance. It’s a basic Error.


“There are 3 partners: a husband and wife team with their own LLC and the 3rd partner has his own LLC.”


Uh, let’s review: Some Entity Type cannot be owned by another. I don’t know if you thought this is two individuals + an LLC, or three individuals. Honestly, your Accountant really should be fired, for leaving you with this confusion. Go to the LLC Formation documents, or look at the K-1 issued from the 1065.


“which they were drawing income as “partner draws””

From Equity and there is no Withholding. They pay their own 1040ES; it’s not 940 or 941/944 taxes at all.


“At the beginning of 2018, they switched to payroll with ADP.   Won’t they then be paying taxes twice?  Once as payroll and then again with the business taxes?”


It’s worse than this and so much is wrong here…Get a New CPA before year end. There still is time to Reverse and Make Corrections.

Resolution for Issue 'manual payroll entries' available: Yes (Solved).
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