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Step 19: Plan for Accrued Bonuses

Use Balance Sheet Drivers to plan for a Bonus Accrual & Payout

There are some additional payables that can be to be planned for using drivers such as a quarterly bonus. The Income Statement reflects the monthly bonus expense accrued, but it does not show the impact on cash as the bonuses are paid out quarterly.

To configure your model to accrue a monthly bonus and pay it out quarterly, follow the steps below:

Add a Monthly Bonus Accrual 

  1. Add a Driver to the accrue the monthly bonus amount from Plans > Drivers > Balance Sheet
  2. Populate the Name with "Monthly Bonus Accrual"
  3. Populate the Output of the Driver to point to the desired Liability Account & set the Line Type to Driver Increase.
  4. Populate the Driver to refer to the Income Statement Bonus expense
  5. Leave ƒx, Rate, Start & End with the default settings

    This driver will now accrue the monthly Bonus Expense to the corresponding liability account on the Balance Sheet. 

    Add a Quarterly Bonus Payout 

    1. Add a Driver to quarterly payout the bonus from the previous quarter from Plans > Drivers > Balance Sheet
    2. Populate the Name with "Quarterly Bonus Payout"
    3. Populate the Output of the Driver to point to the same Liability Account referenced in the monthly accrual, set the Line Type to Driver Decrease and the Frequency to 3
    4. Populate the Driver to refer to the Income Statement Bonus expense and the Range of Last Quarter
    5. Set the Start to the first Bonus Payout month & leave ƒx, Rate & End with the default settings

      This driver will now relieve the accrued bonus account on the balance sheet quarterly by the amount of the prior quarter bonus expense.  The Cash Flow Statement can be used to quickly review this logic. 

      Continue to Step 20: Plan for Prepaid Insurance