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Effortlessly manage payroll
1. Pay employees quickly
2. Be ready for tax time
Federal and state payroll taxes are calculated for you—all in QuickBooks.
3. Simplify IRS forms
Automatically fills in the latest federal and most state payroll tax forms. Then just click to e-file.
Enhanced Payroll features
Enhanced Payroll features
Included with Payroll
- Easily pay W-2 employees and 1099 contractors
- Free direct deposit
- Automatic tax calculations
- Electronically pay and file taxes, including W-2’s at year-end1
- Print W-2’s & forms for employees
- Free support from payroll experts2
How it works
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Frequently asked questions
What do I need to be able to use Enhanced Payroll?
You’ll need Internet access so Payroll Enhanced can automatically download the latest payroll tax rates.
Also, the federal government requires every person or company paying wages to have an Employer Identification Number (EIN). Employers must include it on all federal forms and returns. You can apply for an EIN and get it immediately from the IRS.
If you want to use Enhanced Payroll with QuickBooks Desktop, you will need QuickBooks Pro or Premier 2020 or newer.
Can I switch to Enhanced Payroll mid-year?
Yes. You can switch any time of the year.
If you’re paying employees for the first time this year, there’s no payroll history to enter. So, it’s easy to get started.
If you’ve already paid employees this year, you’ll need to enter your year-to-date payroll history, so our calculations are correct.
Does Enhanced Payroll handle both hourly and salaried employees?
What about bonuses, commissions, and overtime?
Enhanced Payroll handles all of these, plus many other wage types.
Can I pay independent contractors?
Yes. Enhanced Payroll allows you to pay contractors by direct deposit and E-File 1099s. Additional fees may apply.
How do I pay my employees?
Just enter employees’ hours and Enhanced Payroll will calculate paychecks, subtracting payroll taxes and deductions.
Then use our convenient direct deposit or print paychecks instantly.
You can also pay groups of employees on different days. For example, you may pay salaried employees monthly, while paying hourly employees every two weeks.
Can I pay employees using direct deposit?
With our flexible direct deposit, you can add or remove an employee, or edit their banking information, anytime. You can also choose to pay some employees by direct deposit and others by check.
You must send direct deposit transactions to us by 5PM PT two business banking days before the paycheck date. You can deposit paychecks into up to two different accounts per employee.
How much does direct deposit cost?
Direct deposit is free for W-2 employees with your subscription to Enhanced Payroll. However, there is an additional cost for 1099 contractors.
Which federal and state payroll tax forms are included?
Enhanced Payroll completes these federal payroll tax forms for you: W-2, W-3, 940/Schedule A, 941/Schedule B, 944, 945a, 943/943a, 1099-MISC, and 1096.
Enhanced Payroll includes many state forms. For state forms not yet supported, we provide a State Tax Summary report with all the payroll data you need.
How does Enhanced Payroll help me with payroll taxes?
Enhanced Payroll calculates your federal and state payroll taxes, and keeps track of when tax payments are due. It completes the latest federal and most state tax forms for you – just print, sign, and mail. You can also file and pay your payroll taxes electronically with e-file and Pay
Want to spend even less time on payroll tax filings? Choose Assisted Payroll and our payroll experts will handle all your payroll tax requirements. It’s guaranteed accurate and on time.
Which benefits and deductions does Enhanced Payroll handle?
Enhanced Payroll tracks vacation time, sick time, paid time off, medical and dental insurance, 401(k) and other retirement plans, cash advances, and more. You can choose different deductions for different employees.
Does it track workers’ compensation?
Yes. Enhanced Payroll helps you apply the right workers’ compensation codes, so you can generate detailed reports of exactly how much you owe. You can also use our pay-as-you-go workers’ compensation service to automatically pay exactly what you owe each pay day. (Extra fees apply.)
How is my data protected?
On paydays, all online transactions are protected using the same kind of encryption used by leading banks.
QuickBooks Desktop Enhanced Payroll requires a supported version of QuickBooks for Windows (sold separately). Terms, conditions, features, service and support options are subject to change without notice. Active subscription, Internet access, Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN), and U.S. billing address required. Pricing varies depending on the number of employees. Check stock sold separately. Plus sales tax where applicable. Click here for additional terms, conditions and limitations. You may cancel at any time. To cancel your Payroll subscription, click here.
1.E-file and E-pay: You can set the filing method of your Federal and State forms to E-file. Instead of printing and mailing the forms, send them electronically to the appropriate agencies in QuickBooks Desktop. Also, you can set the payment method for your scheduled Federal and State tax payments to E-Pay, and conveniently pay the appropriate tax agencies in QuickBooks Desktop. This is available in Quickbooks Payroll Enhanced and to selected states only.
2.For hours of support and how to contact support, click here.
3.QuickBooks Time subscription required, additional fees may apply. Visit QuickBooks Time to learn more.
4.Workers’ comp insurance is required for most businesses with employees, in all states except Texas. Workers’ Compensation Service requires a paid Intuit payroll subscription.
5.Intuit QuickBooks publishes labor law posters that include all generally required notices for employers. Depending on your company’s industry, type of commerce, location or workforce, additional specialized notices may be required by your municipality or agencies regulating your industry or area. This product is not intended to provide legal or financial advice or substitute for the advice of an attorney or legal advisor.
Terms, conditions, pricing, special features, and service and support options subject to change without notice.