Using Abacus to reimburse imputed pay (fringe benefits)

Imputed payments, also known as fringe benefits, are perks an employer gives employees on top of salary. This non-cash compensation should be taxed as income on the W2. 

Abacus is great for paying out these types of expenses! However, you will need to also record the imputed pay deductions in your payroll.

Types of fringe benefits

According to the IRS, imputed pay can typically include:

  • Moving expense reimbursements
  • Gym memberships and fitness incentives
  • Personal use of a company car
  • Educational assistance and tuition reduction
  • Employee discounts
  • Employer-provided cell phones

If you're unsure if you need to enter imputed pay, we suggest you speak with an accountant to find the correct classification for your situation.  Imputed pay is added to an employee's gross wages for taxability purposes only. It will not be included in the employee's net pay since this benefit was already compensated via Abacus.

Using Abacus to manage fringe benefits

You can treat fringe benefits in Abacus as regular expenses. However, you will need to record these as imputed pay in your payroll for tax purposes. For example, here's how to  record imputed pay in Gusto. Abacus will be making the payment directly to your employees, but you'll be recording this in your payroll accordingly. 

Use our  filters and reporting features to help you collate expenses you need to record in your payroll as imputed pay. 

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