Certified Professional Employer Organization Bond

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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. If you would like to learn more about what surety bonds are and how they work, you can read our detailed guide here.

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.

Frequently Asked 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. If you would like to learn more about what surety bonds are and how they work, you can read our detailed guide here.

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. Keep in mind, it is crucial that you work with an expert in the surety industry. Learn more about how to ensure you choose the proper bond company.

Are you looking for a different type of bond?

You can take a look at our full list of license and permit bonds.

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