About QuickBooks Payroll

QuickBooks Payroll is a complete payroll management platform for small businesses that provides companies with complete control over their employee salary calculations and labor hours. The payroll solution incorporates an internal calculator which automatically assesses tax returns based on the amount of employee hours entered.

QuickBooks Payroll lets users enter the salaries and hours of employees, then allocates staff wages to their linked accounts. Full tax reports can also be viewed and return payments are automatically calculated and can be processed within a matter of seconds. Tax returns can be managed based on geographical location to abide by state employment laws.

All data entered into QuickBooks Payroll is completely transparent and users can view real-time reports which can be exported to Excel spreadsheets. The complete backend dashboard is optimised for mobile devices giving users the ability to control payroll operations whilst out of office. Once logged in, QuickBooks Payroll lets users add, edit and execute payment tasks, and generates notifications for important updates.

Pricing starting from:

US$35.00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Key benefits of QuickBooks Payroll

• QuickBooks Payroll fully automates tax calculations for employee paychecks, and monitors local, state, and federal taxes for updates.

• The online employee portal allows employees to view their W-2s and pay stubs at any time.

• Self-service payroll lets users prepare and file their own tax forms, and QuickBooks Payroll also offers a full service option which provides US-based support for state and federal forms and payments.

• Payroll can be run as many times as required with no extra fees, and users can create additional checks and bonuses outside of regularly scheduled payroll.

• Native iOS and Android mobile apps allow users to create paychecks, electronically pay taxes and file forms, pay workers, receive reminders, view paycheck histories, and more from anywhere.

Devices

Business size

S M L

Markets

United States

Supported Languages

English

Pricing starting from:

US$35.00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Features

Total features of QuickBooks Payroll: 41

  • 360 Degree Feedback
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Applicant Tracking
  • Approval Process Control
  • Benefits Management
  • Check Printing
  • Compensation Management
  • Direct Deposit
  • Employee Database
  • Employee Management
  • Employee Portal
  • Employee Profiles
  • Forms Management
  • Learning & Development
  • Monitoring
  • Multi-Currency
  • Multi-State
  • Onboarding
  • Payroll Management
  • Payroll Reporting
  • Performance Management
  • QuickBooks Integration
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-time Updates
  • Receipt Management
  • Recruitment Management
  • Reminders
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Self Service Portal
  • Succession Planning
  • Tax Compliance
  • Time & Attendance
  • Time & Expense Tracking
  • Time Off Management
  • Timesheet Management
  • Training Management
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • W-2 Preparation
  • Wage Garnishment
  • Workflow Management

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5
(653)
Value for Money
4.3/5
Features
4.5/5
Ease of Use
4.4/5
Customer Support
4.3/5

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Melissa G.
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  • Industry: Accounting
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

QBO Payroll is the easiest way to manage your small business payroll

Reviewed on 25/01/2019

If you are already a QBO user and have a small to medium work force this is the your best bet. It...

If you are already a QBO user and have a small to medium work force this is the your best bet. It works within your existing QBO file, so no need for double entry and tax filing is an easy to follow step-by-step process.

Pros

No more double entry when you run payroll through your existing QBO file!

Cons

This might not be the right solution for larger companies who have greater HR needs then just cutting a paycheck each pay period, though it is not difficult to set up employee deductions for things like health care, retirement plans, etc.

David D.
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  • Industry: Computer Software
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Monthly for 1+ year
  • Review Source

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  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Works for our relatively straight forward needs

Reviewed on 05/12/2021

It's been good, and I would recommend it to other companies that have a similar use case to us (not...

It's been good, and I would recommend it to other companies that have a similar use case to us (not a crazy amount of employees, and no complicated setup for payments)

Pros

I've had many people tell me that QuickBooks Payroll isn't a "true" or "real" payroll system, but I have yet to experience any major problems.

Our use case is fairly simple / straight forward, and we have 10's of employees, not 100's. In this context it works very well, handles all the tax reporting almost automatically (there is a bit of manual work, but it's trivial) and basically allows us to manage this fairly simply as a small company with not tons of resources.

It handles the direct deposit for our employees nicely as well.

Cons

This is more of an issue with any Quickbooks product, not just Payroll. The UI is not always super clear, and sometimes you have to go to weird places (from a navigation perspective) to find a particular function. Getting our annual forms for employees and the government is always a pain, because it's been a year since it was done last and it takes some time to find where you can do it in the software.

The support is also hit and miss. Sometimes the agent you get is very helpful and solves the problem relatively quickly, and sometimes the agent you get can't even really understand the problem no matter how often you explain it.

Finally my last gripe is that I have to manage the dates to process payroll manually. i.e. Quickbooks knows when payroll has to be run, but doesn't send me any type of notification, so I have to manually track this. It occasionally results in running it too close to a holiday, resulting in staff getting paid a day late, I'd really appreciate it if I got a notice from Quickbooks on the last day to process on time, since it's only one of the many things I have to keep track of.

Judi W.
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  • Industry: Accounting
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 5.0 /10

Very expensive!

Reviewed on 02/12/2021

Customer service is lacking. I'm usually on the phone for at least an hour with a representative...

Customer service is lacking. I'm usually on the phone for at least an hour with a representative trying to fix an issue.

Pros

QB Payroll is fairly easy to use to run payroll and set up employees

Cons

Almost impossible to correct a payroll or run an off-cycle payroll.

Response from Intuit

Hi there, Judi. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us. Your feedback doesn't go unheard. We want to make sure you can access support when you need it. You'll find all the options to reach us online at (https://tinyurl.com/4a62hkmy) We wish you continued success. -Kristina, The QuickBooks Team

Darcie G.
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  • Industry: Architecture & Planning
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Pretty good value but tax and reporting features can be lacking

Reviewed on 30/12/2021

QuickBook’s Online seemed like a great choice but after 1 year of use, we went back to the fully...

QuickBook’s Online seemed like a great choice but after 1 year of use, we went back to the fully integrated desktop software. No real issues and certainly no issues with tax payment accruals and the reporting is very detailed. Highly recommend desktop software over online.

Pros

QB’s is user friendly and meets all basic payroll needs without issue. Easy vacation tracking and basic reporting services. Takes about 5 minutes to run payroll for a smaller company.

Cons

A couple of hiccups in the tax payment department using the online version and the reporting was lacking. Customer service was mediocre and took quite a long while to work with for seemingly simple errors that were only correctly handled approximately 50% of the time.

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Karrie D.
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  • Industry: Hospitality
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Great Product

Reviewed on 09/12/2021

Pros

Quickbooks Payroll is super easy to use. I love the vacation and sick tracking.

Cons

I wish there were more HR things that would be beneficial for the company

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QuickBooks Payroll FAQs

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QuickBooks Payroll offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$35.00/month
  • Pricing model: Subscription
  • Free Trial: Available

Payroll only: Self Service Payroll: $17.50/month for the first three months ($35/month thereafter) + $4/employee/month. Full Service Payroll: $40/month for the first three months ($80/month thereafter) + $4/employee/month. Payroll with QuickBooks Simple Start: Self Service Payroll: $27/month for the first three months ($55/month thereafter) + $4/employee/month. Full Service Payroll: $50/month for the first three months ($100/month thereafter) + $4/employee/month.

QuickBooks Payroll has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200

QuickBooks Payroll supports the following languages:

English

QuickBooks Payroll supports the following devices:

Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

QuickBooks Payroll integrates with the following applications:

QuickBooks Online Advanced, Quickbooks Online, Shopify, WooCommerce

QuickBooks Payroll offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support, Chat

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