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QuickBooks Online Payroll Options

Have you recently decided to go with QuickBooks Online as your accounting software? With over 30 million businesses nation wide, The United States runs off of the determination and will of business owners just like you. Now that you've taken the very important first step, and joined the QuickBooks family, you may be wondering what it can do? QBO allows you to track income & expenses, invoicing & payments, cash flow and miles, but a key feature you want to learn more about today, is the payroll product. I'm here to help you take that next step and find the right payroll product to best accommodate you.

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There's several options to select from at this time, each of which is tailor made to help business's of all shapes and sizes, whether it be our Core, Premium or Elite from our payroll lineup. Now you may be asking, what are they? I see a lot of features overlapping below, does that mean they're really any different except for price? Well they may have similarities and they may include similar features but each product is very different. Here's how.



  • Full Service Payroll (including automated tax and forms)
  • Health benefits for your team
  • Workers Comp
  • Expert product support
  • Next-day direct deposit

QuickBooks Online Core Payroll covers the basics with simple, reliable automated payroll. Designed for those who want the ability and control to handle everything themselves with a more simplified and streamlined system. We call Core the "do it yourself" payroll product.


While Core is our most inexpensive option, don't think for a second that means it provides you with the least tools to be successful, in fact, many customers prefer this product. If you find that you're an avid QuickBooks user, and often find yourself answering questions about our products without the help of a CPA or Accountant. Then Core is very likely for you. Core offers many of the tools our other payroll products feature, but in a more "do it yourself" style. This is preferred by many who are experienced with QuickBooks, or payroll in general, and could be the best choice for those who have a firm grasp on our product. However, one thing we make sure to handle for you, is filing your taxes, if you're enrolled in electronic services, we'll pay and file your taxes for you. If you're well organized, a great planner and keep everything set up a certain way, you'll love QuickBooks Core.



  • Full Service Payroll (including automated tax and forms)
  • Auto Payroll
  • Health benefits for your team
  • Workers Comp
  • Expert product support
  • HR support center
  • Track time on the go
  • Same-day direct deposit
  • Expert Setup review

QuickBooks Online Premium Payroll allows your business to keep growing with automated payroll, time tracking, same-day direct deposit, expert setup review and HR support. The product offers the best of both worlds.

Premium payroll is our most popular product for a reason. It provides you the best of Core and Elite alike, the customization and control of Core, mixed with the ease of use and bells and whistles included with Elite. While it still maintains the necessary tools mentioned above, it's slightly more "hands off" in a good way, meaning we help with the functionality and use of the product. With Premium, you're still in complete control, but we're there to guide you. Should you find yourself having to run a last-minute payroll for any reason, Same-day direct deposit comes standard with Premium. Access to an HR support center where you'll find guides for hiring and onboarding, termination and onboarding template letters, sample job descriptions, and information on federal state tax laws. My favorite feature in Premium, however, is the Expert review, you can rest easy during your setup knowing that an expert will review your work. This allows you to avoid any issues down the line, as we are the safety net for your business.



  • Full Service Payroll (including automated tax and forms)
  • Auto Payroll
  • Health benefits for your team
  • Workers Comp
  • Expert product support
  • Same-day direct deposit
  • HR support center
  • Track time and projects on the go
  • 24/7 expert product support
  • White glove customized setup
  • Personal HR rep
  • Personal Onboarding specialist
  • Tax penalty protection

QuickBooks Online Elite Payroll protects your business with automated payroll and a suite of services that offer end-to-end setup, certified HR support, and tax penalty protection. In QBO, Elite is the premier payroll software for any business looking to thrive.


Elite Payroll is our newest product, featuring the most of all other payroll products. If you find yourself running around all day, busy, without a moment to stop and smell the paychecks, this may just be your product. Elite offers you everything aforementioned and so much more. It's favored among our busiest customers that want us to handle as much as possible for them. It provides a peace of mind that I've personally encountered when I was a part of this department before joining the amazing QuickBooks Community. Customers raved about the "White glove customized setup feature" when coming over from another provider or product, Elite offers a seamless transition. Once you've purchased the product, you'll be contacted by an expert, who sets up your new Payroll account, just the way you want it, every employee entered, every garnishment and reimbursement accounted for, every pay schedule aligned. The best part is, it's the same agent every time you call in for set-up assistance, an agent is assigned specifically to your account, that you build a 1-on-1 connection with. Upon signing up and connecting with your representative, they will email you with their direct phone extension. On top of all this, once your set up is complete, should you receive an IRS penalty for any reason, we'll pay all penalty fees and interest up to $25,000/year.


If you think you're ready to take the lunge, and join the one of our payroll families, I recommend checking out our website, there you will frequently find discount offers and perks.

If you find yourself still wanting to read up on QuickBooks Online and our products a little bit more, below are a few helpful articles, just for you.


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QBO Payroll Core
QBO Payroll Premium
QBO Payroll Elite

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