Pay it out as a Bonus (one time) check. Make sure to follow the withholding rules for One time/Supplemental wage for Fed, and your State might have a similar requirement.
Resolution for 'Bonus issue: 'Payroll Period – Once a year?' available: Yes.
The Bonus issue or error code is a known issue in Quickbooks Online (QBO) and/or Quickbooks. Support for this issue is available either by self-service or paid support options. Experts are available to resolve your Quickbooks issue to ensure minimal downtime and continue running your business. First try to resolve the Bonus issue yourself by looking for a resolution described in the article. If it is a complex Bonus issue or you are unable to solve the issue, you may contact us by clicking here or by using other Bonus support options.
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