Independent contractor payroll

Paying contractors is an essential part of running a small business. Count on QuickBooks to track every contractor payment and prepare ready-to-send 1099s, making tax time a breeze. Stay organized and see who you’ve paid, what you’ve paid, and when—all in one place.

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All the features you need to manage
contractor payroll

Next-day direct deposit

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Next-day direct deposit

Submit payroll up to 5 PM the day before payday and funds are withdrawn the next day. Run payroll and direct deposit as many times as you need each month at no extra cost.**

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Prepare your 1099 forms

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Prepare your 1099 forms

Reduce manual errors on tax forms. We’ll import workers’ information and automatically complete your 1099-MISC forms—just print or email copies to contractors.**

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Trusted time tracking

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Trusted time tracking

Time is money. Make the most of both with mobile time tracking. Review and submit contractor hours for payroll, right from your phone.**

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Mobile app

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Mobile app

Access QuickBooks anywhere, anytime with our payroll app. Receive automated alerts when your payroll is due, and pay contractors on the go.**

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Online payroll reports

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Online payroll reports

Turn details into data. Generate and download reports for payroll history, contractor payments, bank transactions, tax payments, and more.


Expert setup

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Expert setup

With expert setup and review, you can avoid errors and have confidence that your payroll setup is right. Changing payroll providers? We’ll make sure your information transfers over correctly.**


Set up direct deposit and make paying contractors easy

Use direct deposit to pay independent contractors through QuickBooks Online Payroll. Get things started by inviting contractors to create a profile on QuickBooks. Once they’re in, they can complete a W-9 form and submit their bank details. If you’d prefer to set things up yourself, it’s as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Sign in to QuickBooks.
  2. Open the Payroll tab, add contractors, and enter their bank account information.
  3. Submit payroll up to 5 PM the day before payday for next-day direct deposit.

How to manage payroll for contractors

So it’s time to run payroll for your contractors. When you’re the boss, you’re in charge of reviewing timesheets and making sure payments are documented consistently for 1099s. Unless you’re an accounting professional, you might need a little help. With QuickBooks, you can organize your W-9 and 1099 tax forms online and get automated alerts when payroll is due. Access phone and chat support from our Payroll experts, 24/7.**

Why use QuickBooks contractor payroll services?

Running payroll on your own takes a lot of time, and properly accounting for contractor expenses is mission-critical. Help ensure payroll is done right. Use QuickBooks Online Payroll and get automated tax forms and filing.** Better yet, get payroll done in less than 5 minutes.1

Choose the payroll plan that works for you

Simple Start
Cover the basics—easily pay your team and have your payroll taxes done for you.
25 60105 60
12 30 53 53
/mo
Save 50% for 3 months

Payroll features

  • Full-service payroll
    Includes automated taxes and forms
  • Auto Payroll
  • Health benefits for your team
  • Expert product support
  • Next-day direct deposit
Simple Start
Manage your team and perfect payday with powerful tools and services.
25 60105 60
12 30 53 53
/mo
Save 50% for 3 months

Payroll features

  • Full-service payroll
    Includes automated taxes and forms
  • Auto Payroll
  • Health benefits for your team
  • Expert product support
  • Same-day direct deposit
  • Workers’ comp administration
  • HR support center
  • Expert setup review
  • Track time on the go
Simple Start
Access on-demand experts to simplify payday and protect what matters most.
25 60105 60
12 30 53 53
/mo
Save 50% for 3 months

Payroll features

  • Full-service payroll
    Includes automated taxes and forms
  • Auto Payroll
  • Health benefits for your team
  • Expert product support
  • Same-day direct deposit
  • Workers’ comp administration
  • HR support center
  • White glove customized setup
  • 24/7 expert product support
  • Track time and projects on the go
  • Tax Penalty Protection1
  • Personal HR advisor

Frequently asked questions