Embedded Payroll with Gusto
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How to make changes to recurring or one-time payments in Gusto payroll

Making changes before payroll processing can be done either as a one-off adjustment or as a recurring change.

One-off changes (to show up on the current payroll you are processing)


  • After you click "Start Pay-run", you'll be taken to a grid of all employees. Please find the employee you'd like to make a one-off change for. A sidebar will pop up allowing you to add in earnings/non-native deductions from the drop-down menu. You will also be able to override the amounts that are in there.
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Examples of one-off earnings: bonus, commissions, tips cash, overtime, other pay etc and you can customize these categories at any time!
There should not be a need to make updates to deductions for the benefits stored in GoCo (health, dental, vision, life, etc.). GoCo should automatically recognize life events and catch-up deductions and should prompt you about these. If another scenario comes up, please get in touch with your CSM. 
⚠️ Please remember making changes in this module will not carry over into the next period, this is a one-off change.
Don't see a category for the type of earning/deduction you need? Email us at help@goco.io

Recurring changes (to show up on every payroll)


  • GoCo has a Payroll card that is on each employee's profile.  If you want to create/adjust a recurring earning, you can do so by clicking "Make Changes" and going through the wizard.
  • Examples of recurring earnings could be a bonus, car stipend, cell phone stipend, etc. 
  • Please remember that making changes in this module will carry the earnings into every pay period.
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Benefit Deductions

  • If the deduction is stored in GoCo (health, dental, vision, life, etc.), you should not need to change the standard, ongoing deduction. If you have a life event, the deduction will automatically update. If you have another scenario, please email us a help@goco.io
  • If the deduction is not stored in GoCo, follow this article for guidance.

    If you have any other questions please email us at help@goco.io 💚