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Payroll software automates the management of employees' salaries, wages, bonuses and deductions.

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Small Business cloud based accounting software to automate payroll, client management, tax and all your accounting needs. Learn more about MYOB Business
MYOB Business is the fast and easy way to manage your cash flow and IR compliance requirements. Includes time saving features to help take care of the day-to-day bookwork. Say goodbye to cashflow headaches with a clear picture of what’s coming in and what’s going out. Automatically track and manage bills and expenses. Take care of payroll in 3 easy steps. Learn more about MYOB Business

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  • 401(k) Tracking
  • Time Tracking
  • Check Printing
  • Direct Deposit
  • Self Service Portal
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • W-2 Preparation
  • Wage Garnishment
  • Employee Database
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Compensation Management
Papaya’s payroll automation promotes scalability, compliance, accuracy, and security. It delivers unprecedented visibility & control. Learn more about Papaya Global
Papaya’s cloud-based SaaS platform automates global payroll end-to-end – from people to payroll to payments - in over 160 countries. Companies can upgrade their outdated legacy payroll software to Papaya’s groundbreaking platform without ripping and replacing their network of local partners. Papaya can integrate with the companies' network in one payroll cycle. All payroll data is automatically verified though built-in compliance and accuracy engines to ensure a perfect payroll every time. Learn more about Papaya Global

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  • 401(k) Tracking
  • Time Tracking
  • Check Printing
  • Direct Deposit
  • Self Service Portal
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • W-2 Preparation
  • Wage Garnishment
  • Employee Database
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Compensation Management
Run payroll in 100+ countries and 200+ currencies with a single platform and eliminate the ongoing admin of local compliance. Learn more about Deel
Run payroll in 100+ countries and 200+ currencies from a single place. Deel’s comprehensive global platform eliminates the ongoing admin of local compliance, taxes, and benefits. With in-house experts across 100+ countries, dedicated CSM’s, visa and PTO support, and more, Deel provides unmatched payroll expertise and service. Plus, with a single point of contact, we eliminate handovers, providing you with faster support and compliance, so your entire global team gets paid quickly and securely. Learn more about Deel

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  • 401(k) Tracking
  • Time Tracking
  • Check Printing
  • Direct Deposit
  • Self Service Portal
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • W-2 Preparation
  • Wage Garnishment
  • Employee Database
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Compensation Management
QuickBooks Online is a small business accounting software and app that allows you to manage your business anywhere, anytime.
QuickBooks Online is a small business accounting software and app that allows you to manage your business anywhere, anytime. Used by over 7 million customers globally, QuickBooks provides smart tools for your business, yet is easy to use. You can organise your books, manage expenses, send invoices, track inventory, and even run payroll. With QuickBooks Online, you can get organised, save time, and even get paid fast by adding payment features. Best of all, you can try it for free for 30 days. Learn more about QuickBooks Online

Features

  • 401(k) Tracking
  • Time Tracking
  • Check Printing
  • Direct Deposit
  • Self Service Portal
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • W-2 Preparation
  • Wage Garnishment
  • Employee Database
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Compensation Management
ADP Workforce Now is a human capital management solution for companies with more than 50 employees.
The core capabilities of the solution are human resources management, payroll, benefits, talent management, compliance, time & labor management, analytics & benchmarking. The fully integrated suite is built on a single database, which automates data synchronization across different components and helps users to minimize manual administrative tasks. The platform also integrates with other HR and business applications via the ADP Marketplace and APIs. Learn more about ADP Workforce Now

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  • 401(k) Tracking
  • Time Tracking
  • Check Printing
  • Direct Deposit
  • Self Service Portal
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • W-2 Preparation
  • Wage Garnishment
  • Employee Database
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Compensation Management
FB Payroll can be purchased as a FreshBooks add-on for all US FreshBooks customers ($40 + $6/person per month).
FreshBooks Payroll integrates seamlessly with FreshBooks’ accounting, billing, payments, and payroll tools, allowing you to easily oversee your business’s health from one comprehensive platform. Using Gusto’s top-of-the-line technology, FreshBooks Payroll pays your team quickly, helps you stay on top of compliance and tax changes, and gives you an accurate snapshot of your business. Learn more about FreshBooks

Features

  • 401(k) Tracking
  • Time Tracking
  • Check Printing
  • Direct Deposit
  • Self Service Portal
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • W-2 Preparation
  • Wage Garnishment
  • Employee Database
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Compensation Management
Gusto is the all-in-one HR platform for growing businesses—one place to hire, pay, insure, and manage your hardworking team.
Whether you’re just getting started or scaling your fast-growing business, Gusto is the partner you need to grow and nurture your team. With Gusto, you get modern HR features like payroll, benefits, hiring, management resources, and more — all in one place. Gusto is proud to serve more than 300,000 businesses across the US with a single trusted system, competitive compensation tools, and expert guidance to help you empower your team. Because when your people thrive, your business thrives too. Learn more about Gusto

Features

  • 401(k) Tracking
  • Time Tracking
  • Check Printing
  • Direct Deposit
  • Self Service Portal
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • W-2 Preparation
  • Wage Garnishment
  • Employee Database
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Compensation Management
Basic Payroll: $17/mo + $4 per employee or contractor. Full Service Payroll with tax filing: $37/mo + $4 per employee or contractor.
For USA business owners with 1-500 employees. Basic Payroll: $17/mo + $4 per employee or contractor. Full Service Payroll with tax filing: $37/mo + $4 per employee or contractor. You run payroll, but let us handle the payroll tax filings. Free 2-day direct deposit, or print paychecks right from your software. Learn more about Patriot Payroll

Features

  • 401(k) Tracking
  • Time Tracking
  • Check Printing
  • Direct Deposit
  • Self Service Portal
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • W-2 Preparation
  • Wage Garnishment
  • Employee Database
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Compensation Management
Rippling syncs with all global & domestic HR data so role transitions, benefits changes, PTO, deductions & more are applied to payroll.
Rippling Payroll allows admins to automatically onboard global and domestic hires into payroll, prorate their first check, sync deductions, and more, in under 90 seconds. When an employee’s role, compensation, or benefits change, payroll is automatically updated, so admins never have to manually import employee data into their systems. Rippling also automatically calculates and files all taxes, in accordance with all federal, state, provincial, and local laws. Learn more about Rippling

Features

  • 401(k) Tracking
  • Time Tracking
  • Check Printing
  • Direct Deposit
  • Self Service Portal
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • W-2 Preparation
  • Wage Garnishment
  • Employee Database
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Compensation Management
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Xero is a beautiful online accounting software with a payroll solution designed for small businesses and accountants in any industry.
Xero is an award-winning online accounting software and payroll solution designed for small business owners and accountants, available on any computer or mobile device with an internet connection. Manage your employee payruns, timesheets and pensions all in one place, give staff easy access to enter timesheets, request leave and submit expense claims from their web browser or mobile app, and eliminate the need for manual data entry as payroll information is seamlessly updated into your accounts. Learn more about Xero

Features

  • 401(k) Tracking
  • Time Tracking
  • Check Printing
  • Direct Deposit
  • Self Service Portal
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • W-2 Preparation
  • Wage Garnishment
  • Employee Database
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Compensation Management
BambooHR makes running payroll easy, quick, and stress-free by offering a single source of data.
BambooHR makes running your payroll easy, quick, and stress-free. By offering a single source of data, comprehensive payroll reporting, superior customer support, and full-service tax filing, you’ll save time and worry on payroll—setting you free to focus on other important initiatives. Learn more about BambooHR

Features

  • 401(k) Tracking
  • Time Tracking
  • Check Printing
  • Direct Deposit
  • Self Service Portal
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • W-2 Preparation
  • Wage Garnishment
  • Employee Database
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Compensation Management
Paycor’s payroll software is an easy-to-use tool that streamlines the process, eliminates compliance issues and ensures accuracy.
Transform the way you process payroll with Paycor. Paycor is intuitive payroll software that gives you time back in your day by automating the process, helping users manage tax compliance and serving as a single source of truth for employee data. With features like OnDemand Pay, AutoRun functionality, employee self-service and powerful reporting tools, law alerts and how-to guides, businesses can pay employees quickly and accurately. Learn more about Paycor

Features

  • 401(k) Tracking
  • Time Tracking
  • Check Printing
  • Direct Deposit
  • Self Service Portal
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • W-2 Preparation
  • Wage Garnishment
  • Employee Database
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Compensation Management
Automate key invoicing & bookkeeping tasks and get more time for what you love with Wave’s small business software. Try for free today!
Sick of bookkeeping blues, cash flow woes, or tax time terror? With Wave’s small business software, you can automate the most tedious bookkeeping tasks, create professional invoices, get paid fast online, and simplify tax prep. Unlike other software, Wave offers easy-to-use bookkeeping tools that work together, all in one place, so there’s no need to endlessly google solutions or switch between software. Here’s more on what Wave can do for you: Get more time for what you love: Say bye-bye to manual data-entry by automatically importing and categorizing your bank transactions with our Pro Plan. Be the wiz of your biz: Make smart business decisions with helpful financial reports. Plus, track payments, view customer info, and manage cash flow with our dashboard and mobile app. Beat imposter syndrome: Always look and feel like a pro, now and as you grow. Wave is the only solution committed to offering plans for every business stage. Try Wave for free today! Learn more about Wave

Features

  • 401(k) Tracking
  • Time Tracking
  • Check Printing
  • Direct Deposit
  • Self Service Portal
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • W-2 Preparation
  • Wage Garnishment
  • Employee Database
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Compensation Management
Special Offer: 6 months free - manage payroll, online or in-house, and save money on time tracking reports, and processing payroll.
Paychex Flex is an all-in-one Payroll & HR solution that you can build on as your business grows or changes. Use it to run payroll and integrate your HR administration, retirement, and insurance management with service the way you want it, and our expert knowledge of the regulations that could affect your business. Get 6 months of free payroll processing & free W2's for a limited time. Click the link to get the details. Learn more about Paychex Flex

Features

  • 401(k) Tracking
  • Time Tracking
  • Check Printing
  • Direct Deposit
  • Self Service Portal
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • W-2 Preparation
  • Wage Garnishment
  • Employee Database
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Compensation Management
NetSuite, the world’s #1 cloud ERP, gives you the visibility and control you need to make smart decisions and grow with confidence.
NetSuite is an all-in-one cloud business management solution that helps more than 37,000 organizations operate more effectively by automating core processes and providing real-time visibility into operational and financial performance. With a single, integrated suite of applications for managing accounting, order processing, inventory management, production, and supply chain and warehouse operations, NetSuite gives companies clear visibility of their information and control of their business. Learn more about NetSuite

Features

  • 401(k) Tracking
  • Time Tracking
  • Check Printing
  • Direct Deposit
  • Self Service Portal
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • W-2 Preparation
  • Wage Garnishment
  • Employee Database
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Compensation Management
Hubstaff has payroll, invoicing, reporting, scheduling, and more. No credit card is required. Start a free trial today!
Improve payment inefficiency with Hubstaff. Manage payroll, reporting, scheduling, and more through one dashboard. Hubstaff integrates with over 30 apps so your business can run more efficiently, including Paypal, Wise, Payoneer, Quickbooks, Gusto, and more. Start automating and sending payments in a snap with Hubstaff. Available for Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS & Android. Learn more about Hubstaff

Features

  • 401(k) Tracking
  • Time Tracking
  • Check Printing
  • Direct Deposit
  • Self Service Portal
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • W-2 Preparation
  • Wage Garnishment
  • Employee Database
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Compensation Management
Workday Payroll offers the control, flexibility, and transparency you need in order to support your unique organization.
Workday is committed to making payroll more efficient and intelligent with continuous payroll calculations, smart payroll audits, and retro payroll processing. Workday Payroll offers the control, flexibility, and transparency you need in order to support your unique organization. Learn more about Workday HCM

Features

  • 401(k) Tracking
  • Time Tracking
  • Check Printing
  • Direct Deposit
  • Self Service Portal
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • W-2 Preparation
  • Wage Garnishment
  • Employee Database
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Compensation Management
7shifts centralizes onboarding, scheduling, time clocking, compliance, tips, and payroll for your restaurant team. Free for 14 days!
7shifts Payroll is designed to address restaurant challenges like tips, labor compliance, union fees, and onboarding. You can sync your 7shifts tip data directly to Payroll for automatic tax deductions and tip credit top-ups. Improve efficiency and accuracy with a solution that replaces the need to export or manually enter information into another non-integrated system. Employees will appreciate having one single place to send paperwork and understand their pay with the 7shifts mobile app. Learn more about 7shifts

Features

  • 401(k) Tracking
  • Time Tracking
  • Check Printing
  • Direct Deposit
  • Self Service Portal
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • W-2 Preparation
  • Wage Garnishment
  • Employee Database
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Compensation Management
The smarter way for a small business to manage an hourly team. Time clocks, scheduling, payroll, messaging, and HR all in one.
Homebase makes work easier for 100,000+ small (but mighty) businesses with everything they need to manage and pay an hourly team: employee scheduling, time clocks, payroll, team communication, hiring, onboarding, and compliance. Just don’t call us “Human Capital Management.” We’re tools built for the busiest businesses, so owners and employees can spend less time on paperwork and more time on what matters. Learn more at joinhomebase.com. Learn more about Homebase

Features

  • 401(k) Tracking
  • Time Tracking
  • Check Printing
  • Direct Deposit
  • Self Service Portal
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • W-2 Preparation
  • Wage Garnishment
  • Employee Database
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Compensation Management
Buddy Punch simplifies payroll for your business with an all-in-one solution. We make it easy for any size business to pay your team.
Buddy Punch is intuitive for your employees & easy for you to manage payroll. Employees can clock in using a browser or mobile app. You can view who's working, their GPS position, or even limit where they can punch. Payroll can be run in a few clicks with time automatically imported. We integrate with your accounting software while also offering Excel exports. Advanced features are available too, such as: PTO Accrual Tracking, Punch Rounding, Job Codes, QR Codes, Automatic Breaks, & SSO. Learn more about Buddy Punch

Features

  • 401(k) Tracking
  • Time Tracking
  • Check Printing
  • Direct Deposit
  • Self Service Portal
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • W-2 Preparation
  • Wage Garnishment
  • Employee Database
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Compensation Management
A cloud-based HCM platform that brings together payroll, time and attendance, and HR.
Most organizations maintain separate systems for payroll and time. This forces you to wait until time data has been processed at the very end of a pay period to work with your payroll data. Dayforce empowers you and your payroll team, scalable for 500-50000 emps to access & audit data continuously throughout the pay cycle instead of waiting until the pay period closes. This provides you with more time for reviews and audits, which helps to ensure a more complete and accurate payroll submission. Learn more about Dayforce HCM

Features

  • 401(k) Tracking
  • Time Tracking
  • Check Printing
  • Direct Deposit
  • Self Service Portal
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • W-2 Preparation
  • Wage Garnishment
  • Employee Database
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Compensation Management
Enjoy seamless payroll processing with anytime, anywhere access and zero re-keying of data.
Paycom provides user-friendly HR and payroll technology to enhance the entire employee life cycle, all in a single software. From onboarding and benefits enrollment to talent management and more, Paycom streamlines processes, drives efficiencies, increases data integrity and gives employees power over their own HR information through a self-service app. Enjoy seamless payroll processing with anytime, anywhere access and zero re-keying of data. Learn more about Paycom

Features

  • 401(k) Tracking
  • Time Tracking
  • Check Printing
  • Direct Deposit
  • Self Service Portal
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • W-2 Preparation
  • Wage Garnishment
  • Employee Database
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Compensation Management
UKG Ready is the all-in-one HR solution that guides and empowers your people to make their day-to-day easier.
Designed for small businesses where everyone wears multiple hats, UKG Ready is the all-in-one HR solution that guides and empowers your people to make their day-to-day easier. From HR and payroll to talent and time, we’re the partner in your corner rooting for your success and giving you the tools, support, and time needed to focus on growth and making a difference. Learn more about UKG Ready

Features

  • 401(k) Tracking
  • Time Tracking
  • Check Printing
  • Direct Deposit
  • Self Service Portal
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • W-2 Preparation
  • Wage Garnishment
  • Employee Database
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Compensation Management
Manages small business finances. Instant access to customer, vendor and employee information. Available in an online version.
QuickBooks Payroll is a payroll provider for small businesses. We help 1.4 million of them do payroll and file taxes, and we offer a No-Penalty Guarantee: well file your tax forms and payments, resolve filing errors, and pay any penalty fees for which we are responsible, as well as represent you and resolve any payroll tax issues with the IRS. Additionally, we provide US-based, live-support experts to assist you in getting your payroll set up correctly on the first try. Learn more about QuickBooks Payroll

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  • 401(k) Tracking
  • Time Tracking
  • Check Printing
  • Direct Deposit
  • Self Service Portal
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • W-2 Preparation
  • Wage Garnishment
  • Employee Database
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Compensation Management
All-in-one, modern HR and payroll solutions that make real-time smart recommendations to help you drive better business outcomes.
Our all-in-one HR & payroll software solutions help reduce time spent on administrative tasks, allowing you to return your focus towards strategic initiatives that propel your organization forward. Attract top talent, improve productivity, and reduce employee turnover with tools that create an engaging company culture that fosters connection, collaboration, and belonging. Real-time data insights help to understand the needs of your workforce, make informed decisions, and get to know your people. Learn more about Paylocity

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  • 401(k) Tracking
  • Time Tracking
  • Check Printing
  • Direct Deposit
  • Self Service Portal
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • W-2 Preparation
  • Wage Garnishment
  • Employee Database
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Compensation Management

Payroll Software Buyers Guide

What is payroll software?

Payroll software automates the process of managing employee salaries, wages, bonuses, and deductions. It also tracks time off, vacation accrual, and benefits. Payroll software is available as a standalone application or as part of a larger software suite such as HR or accounting software.

The benefits of payroll software

  • Improve compliance: Tax rules and regulations frequently change. Calculating taxes can be confusing, and missing deadlines may mean hefty fines and penalties for employers. Payroll system helps companies stay compliant with current state and federal laws by providing information and reminders about compliance requirements. Some payroll software can also automatically generate reports for filing requirements.
  • Eliminate the need for outsourcing: Using your own payroll program helps eliminate the risk of giving employees' confidential and private information to a third party and gives you full control of your financial data.
  • Offer self-service features and transparency to employees: Employers can give staff limited access to payroll information through payroll software. Employees can access their payroll information using individual accounts on an employee self-service site.
  • Save time: With automated features in payroll programs, employers can speed up every aspect of the payroll process, as well as reduce errors.

Typical features of payroll software

  • Time tracking: Track timesheets and manage attendance for payroll processing.
  • Payroll management: Track attendance, salary levels, benefits, reimbursements, leave, advances, taxes, and policies and processes for employee payroll.
  • Tax management: Process tax-related transactions and ensure compliance with state and federal taxes.
  • Reporting/analytics: View and track pertinent metrics and generate payroll reports such as salary statements, benefits reports, and leave summaries.
  • Direct deposit: Digitally deposit payroll amounts from company accounts into individual employees' bank accounts.

Considerations when purchasing a payroll system

  • Integrations: Your payroll solution should integrate with other software solutions you use such as accounting and HR. Integration with these solutions ensures that data is consistent across systems. This is especially important as businesses grow and payroll processes get more complex.
  • Full cost of the software: Choosing a payroll system that suits your budget and requirements is of utmost importance. Sometimes the price listed on a vendor website does not represent the full cost. The solution may come with hidden fees such as separately-charged features or fees for setup, system upgrades, paychecks, or training and support. It's important to know the vendor's payroll services pricing model in order to save you from unnecessary surprises.
  • Regulatory compliance: As there are strict tax filing deadlines and hefty fines for missing a tax deadline, payroll software should help you comply with tax laws, social security requirements, and local regulations. It also should update automatically when tax laws and requirements change. A payroll system should also be able to set the right wage deductions and tax adjustments for each employee.
  • AI can answer employees' questions: Artificial intelligence (AI)-driven software and AI chatbots can be used in payroll system to answer employee queries. AI can also help classify employees into their correct tax bracket. All of this saves time for HR staff.
  • Integrated systems provide a better data picture: Integrating payroll system with other systems such as accounting and HR gives better control and visibility of data and processes. It reduces data duplication and redundancy, which allows organizations to get a clear picture from a single source of data. Payroll integration with human capital management systems will allow organizations to achieve a greater perspective on their workforce .