How to Run an Off-Cycle in Gusto

This article will show you how to run an Off-Cycle in Gusto.


Run an off-cycle payroll to pay your team outside of your regular pay schedule. Off-cycle payrolls default to using the same withholding rates, deductions, and contributions made in regular payrolls. If you have more than one employee, you can use Gusto's  search, sort, filter, and bulk edit tools to make administrating payroll(s) easier.

If your benefits are managed by Gusto, your standard benefit amounts will not automatically be applied. To adjust the current default settings, reference step 4 below. If you have a 401k plan, those deductions and contributions must be made with all payrolls—including off-cycle payrolls. You will not be able to block these deductions and contributions.

  1. Click the Run Payroll tab.
  2. Click Run Off-Cycle.
  3. Select the check date.
  4. Below the check date, click Advanced Settings if you need to adjust the default payroll settings for this off-cycle payroll.
  5. Next to the employee's name, click Enter Payment.
  6. Enter the payment amount. 
    • Adjust the payment method to check or direct deposit if needed.
    • Click on the "Actions” menu to add or edit one-time deductions (post-tax).
  7. Click Save & Continue.
  8. Add vacation or sick hours if needed.
  9. Click Save & Continue.
  10. Review the breakdown of wages and taxes we will be debiting. 
    • If you need to make adjustments, click Go Back.
    • If you are ready to process, click Submit Payroll.
  11. If the Payment Method was set to check, print the check and hand it to your employee.
  12. You'll receive a confirmation email letting you know that your off-cycle payroll has processed