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Why Do You Need a Certified Professional Employer Organization Bond?

A Certified Professional Employer Organization Bond or CPEO Bond is a surety bond that is required by the IRS in order for a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) to be identified as a Certified Professional Employer Organization (CPEO). A professional employer organization (PEO) is an entity that enters into an agreement with a business client to perform, among other tasks, the federal employment tax withholding, reporting and payment functions related to workers performing services for the client. This bond is required of a PEO in order to obtain designation as a Certified Professional Employer Organization (CPEO). The Internal Revenue Service is the requiring authority, therefore the obligee.

In order to qualify as a CPEO, a PEO is required to file a surety bond (the bond form can be found here); the required amount is a minimum of $50,000 to a maximum that may not to exceed $1 million. The surety bond amount is calculated as 5% of the PEO’s federal tax liabilities under 26 U.S.C. Section 3511 for the period April 1st of any calendar year through March 31st of the following calendar year.

CPEO Certification Benefits

The CPEO certification program may increase PEOs' capacity to take on the responsibilities that are related to complying with federal human resources and benefits rules, e.g. the Affordable Care Act employee counting rules.

In the past, PEOs have been sharing the obligation for clients' workers, and attempting to establish "employer of record" relationships with clients' workers. However, federal and state legislation has restricted the PEOs' attempts in taking on full employer-of-record responsibility.

The certified PEO program allows a company to become a CPEO, and assume full responsibility for filing a client employer's federal payroll taxes.


Frequent Questions

How much does this bond cost?

The cost is a small percentage of the bond amount being required. Pricing will vary based on the bond amount required, personal credit and the CPA prepared business financials. Since there are several variables that can affect the cost, it is best that you apply and obtain a free quote.

What is the process?

Apply and get approved on our website, sign the surety agreements, and we will ship the bond out.

Does it matter where I get a bond?

Yes. We provide the lowest rates possible as a result of the large volume of bonds we write.

What if a false claim is filed?

You must contact us immediately, as we have a team of claim specialists here to find a resolution for you.


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