Whether you’re an accountant, CPA Firm, Bookkeeper, or Chartered Accountant, finding a good payroll software can be challenging. Which is why we’ve put together a list of reviews and overviews to get your started.

Intuit Payroll

What It Does:

Intuit Payroll takes away the hassle of doing  payroll, tax filing, workers comp, 1099s

Main Features:

  • Create unlimited paychecks instantly
  • Calculate payroll taxes automatically
  • Avoid tax penalties, guaranteed
  • Works with or without QuickBooks
  • Support

Free Trial: (Yes/No)

Yes, 30-day free trial for their DIY payroll plans only

Pricing

For DIY payroll plan starts at $20/month + 2 /employee/month

For payroll done for you, plan starts at $79 per month + $2/employee/month

Cloud based?

Yes

Website:

http://payroll.intuit.com/

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Zen Payroll (recommended*)

What It Does:

With Zen Payroll setting up and running payroll can be done quickly from any web-enabled device.  No more worrying about filing government payroll taxes and reporting since Zen Payroll takes care of them automatically and paperlessly. Zen Payroll provides businesses  an easy way to pay employees

Main Features:

Employee Features

  • Automatic New Hire Reporting
    • Automatically reports new hires to the government. Less paperwork for you.
  • Employee Self-Onboarding
    • Employees can fill out their own personal details, less manual data entry for you
  • Email Paystubs for Employees
    • Shows employees exactly where their money is going, any bonuses or reimbursements, vacation hours and more.
  • Easy Charitable Donations
    • ZenPayroll Giving lets employees give donations (once or on a recurring basis) to nonprofit organizations directly from their paycheck.
  • Employee Accounts
    • Each employee gets an account to access paystubs, manage charitable donations and more. Paystubs can be accessed from any device, anywhere, anytime.

Automated Tasks

  • Automatic Tax Filings
    • No more paper forms. ZenPayroll creates and electronically files your State & Federal payroll tax documents, including all end-of-year forms such as the W-2. Access your forms online at any time.
  • Automatic Tax Calculations and Payments
    • ZenPayroll automatically calculates your state and federal payroll taxes. We then electronically pay them to the government on your behalf.
  • Payroll on AutoPilot
    • System automatically processes your company’s payroll
  • Contractor Payments and 1099 Forms
    • Have the flexibility to work with contractors. 1099 forms are automatically generated at the end of the year at no extra cost and sent electronically to your contractors, and filed with your tax documents.

Advanced features

  • Unlimited Bonus and Off-Cycle Payrolls
    • Run payroll as many times as needed — at your convenience, for any reason, and at no extra cost.
  • Cancel Payroll
    • Quickly cancel a payroll with a single click and re-run it when you’re ready, for no extra charge.
  • Net-to-Gross
    • Give bonuses on the spot without having to make tax calculations. Simply enter the net amount your employees should receive and we’ll figure out the gross amount you need to pay before taxes.
  • Flexible Payment Schedules
    • Choose how often employees get to celebrate payday: weekly, bi-weekly, twice a month, or monthly.
  • Detailed Payroll Reports
    • Get a better understanding of your payroll. Review detailed cost reports, payroll journals, and bank transaction statements. See the types of reports you can run.

Free Trial: (Yes/No)

Yes, 60-day free trial

Pricing

$25 base price per month + $4 per person per month

Cloud based?

Yes

Website:

https://zenpayroll.com/

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Thomas Reuters Payroll

What It Does:

Thomas Reuters  Accounting CS Payroll provides an easier way for accountants to process large volumes of payroll data

Main Features:

  • Setup
    • Accounting CS Payroll features firm-wide standardization, automated employee setup, and much more to help you get up and running faster.
  • Live Payroll
    • Powerful automation and cross-client processing does much of the work for you, while a sophisticated database structure allows multiple employees to work on the same client simultaneously.
  • Payroll Delivery
    • Accounting CS Payroll gives you more options than ever for delivering reports and payments to your clients and their employees.
  • Compliance
    • Accounting CS Payroll determines the right tax jurisdictions, enters the proper information for you, and includes an extensive library of state and local tax forms.
  • Accounting CS Client Access
    • Optional Accounting CS Client Access provides your clients with powerful two-way collaboration, as well as the tools to handle much of the payroll process themselves.

Free Trial: (Yes/No)

Yes

Pricing

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Cloud based?

Yes

Website:

https://cs.thomsonreuters.com/payrollcentral/

 

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