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Running payroll for small business

Payroll basics

Payroll basics

Here’s the info you need if you’re new to running payroll and hiring employees.

Here’s the info you need if you’re new to running payroll and hiring employees.

How to run payroll

How to do payroll for small business

Hiring employees

How to do payroll for small business

Hiring employees

Learn how to do payroll and hire employees

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Download the Payroll 101 ebook

Hiring employees is a big step for a small business. Set yourself up for success with this free 18-page ebook, which covers:
  • The “hidden costs” associated with hiring employees
  • The ins and outs of payroll taxes
  • The key differences between W-2 and 1099 workers
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Payroll 101 ebook: learn how to do payroll

Download the Payroll 101 ebook

Hiring employees is a big step for a small business. Set yourself up for success with this free 18-page ebook, which covers:
  • The “hidden costs” associated with hiring employees
  • The ins and outs of payroll taxes
  • The key differences between W-2 and 1099 workers
Request free ebook
Payroll 101 ebook: learn how to do payroll

Helpful payroll tools

Helpful payroll tools

  • Paycheck calculator
    Calculate paychecks for hourly and salary employees.
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  • W-2 or 1099?
    Wondering which tax form to use for each employee? We can help.
    Try it now

Choose the payroll plan that’s right for you.

Choose the payroll plan that’s right for you.

Whether you’re more of the do-it-yourself type or happy to let the pros help you out, we have a payroll solution for you.

Whether you’re more of the do-it-yourself type or happy to let the pros help you out, we have a payroll solution for you.

Simple Start
2055100
10 27 50
/mo
Save 50% for 3 months
+$2/employee per month
  • Full-service payroll
    Includes automated tax and forms
  • Auto Payroll
  • Health benefits for your team
  • Expert product support
  • Next-day direct deposit
Simple Start
2055100
10 27 50
/mo
Save 50% for 3 months
+$2/employee per month
  • Full-service payroll
    Includes automated tax and forms
  • Auto Payroll
  • Health benefits for your team
  • Expert product support
  • Same-day direct deposit
  • Grant user permissions
  • HR support center
  • Expert setup review
  • Premium time tracking (with mobile app)
Simple Start
2055100
10 27 50
/mo
Save 50% for 3 months
+$2/employee per month
  • Full-service payroll
    Includes automated tax and forms
  • Auto Payroll
  • Health benefits for your team
  • Expert product support
  • Same-day direct deposit
  • Grant user permissions
  • HR support center
  • Elite onboarding done for you
  • Elite time tracking (with geofencing and project planning)
  • Tax Penalty Free Guarantee1
  • Elite product support (US-based)
  • Personal HR advisor

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All of our plans include these features:

Fast unlimited payroll runs QuickBooks Online Payroll lets you view and approve employee hours and run payroll in less than 5 minutes.† 
Calculate paychecks and taxes Get automatic tax calculations on every paycheck. We’ll monitor and update federal and state taxes so you don’t have to. 
Automated tax and forms Federal and state payroll taxes—including year-end filings—are calculated, filed, and paid, automatically. 
Workforce portal Employees can access pay stubs and W-2s, and safely view PTO balances and withholding allowances online. 
Available in all 50 states 
Manage garnishments and deductions Set up and calculate garnishments and deductions from each paycheck. 
Payroll reports Create and download reports for payroll history, bank transactions, contractor payments, paid time off, tax payments, and more. 

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Get started with these videos

With QuickBooks Payroll, every payday is easy accurate, done. See for yourself.

With QuickBooks Payroll, every payday is easy accurate, done. See for yourself.

Frequently asked questions

Jump-start your payroll with our setup checklist

Depending on your business, you’ll need most of the information listed below. You can usually find it using your own records, previous payroll providers (if applicable), or from federal and state agencies.
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How to do payroll checklist

Jump-start your payroll with our setup checklist

Depending on your business, you’ll need most of the information listed below. You can usually find it using your own records, previous payroll providers (if applicable), or from federal and state agencies.
Print checklist
How to do payroll checklist

Payroll setup checklist

Take advantage of free webinars

Master the basics one hour at a time. Our experts can give you the confidence you need to breeze through payroll setup.
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Small business payroll webinars

Take advantage of free webinars

Master the basics one hour at a time. Our experts can give you the confidence you need to breeze through payroll setup.
Register now
Small business payroll webinars

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Call 866-729-4662 to speak with customer care.

Call 866-729-4662 to speak with customer care.

We help 1.4 million businesses do payroll and file taxes.We’re ready to tackle yours.

Offer terms

30-day free trial

*First thirty (30) days of subscription to QuickBooks Online Payroll Core, Premium, or Elite (“Payroll”), starting from the date of enrollment is free. To continue using Payroll after your 30-day trial, you’ll be asked to present a valid credit card for authorization, and you’ll be charged on a monthly basis at the then-current fee for the service(s) you’ve selected until you cancel. Each employee is an additional $4/month for Core, $8/month for Premium, and & 10/month for Elite. Contractor payments via direct deposit are $4/month for Core, $8/month for Premium, and & 10/month for Elite, per contractor payment. Service optimized for up to 50 employees or contractors. The service includes 1 state filing. If you file taxes in more than one state, each additional state is $12/month for only Core and Premium. There is no additional charge for additional state tax filings in Elite. The discounts do not apply to additional employees and state tax filing fees. If you add or remove services, your service fees will be adjusted accordingly. Sales tax may be applied where applicable. To be eligible for this offer you must be a new Payroll customer and sign up for the monthly plan using the “Free 30-Day Trial” option. This offer can’t be combined with any other QuickBooks offers. Offer available for a limited time only. To cancel your subscription at any time call 866-272-8734 or go to Account & Settings in QuickBooks and select “Cancel.” Your cancellation will become effective at the end of the monthly billing period. You will not receive a pro-rated refund; your access and subscription benefits will continue for the remainder of the billing period. Terms, conditions, pricing, special features, and service and support options subject to change without notice.

50% off for 3 months

50% off the [$45/$75/$125 monthlyl] price for QuickBooks Online Payroll [Core, Premium, or Elite] (“Payroll”) is for the first 3 months of service, starting from the date of enrollment, followed by the then-current [monthly/annual] list price. Your account will automatically be charged on a [monthly/annual] basis until you cancel. Each employee is an additional $[4/8/10]/month. Contractor payments are $4.00 a month, per contractor payment. Service optimized for up to 50 employees or contractors, and capped at 150. The service includes 1 state tax filing. If you file taxes in more than one state, each additional state is $12/month. The discounts do not apply to additional employees and state tax filing fees. If you add or remove services, your service fees will be adjusted accordingly. Sales tax may be applied where applicable. To be eligible for this offer you must be a new Payroll customer and sign up for the monthly plan using the “Buy Now” option. This offer can’t be combined with any other QuickBooks offers. Offer available for a limited time only. To cancel your subscription at any time go to Account & Settings in QuickBooks and select “Cancel.” Your cancellation will become effective at the end of the monthly billing period. You will not receive a pro-rated refund; your access and subscription benefits will continue for the remainder of the billing period. Offer cannot be combined with any other Intuit offer. Terms, conditions, pricing, special features, and service and support options subject to change without notice.

Claims

†More time: Median time for QuickBooks payroll customers to view and approve payroll is less than 5 minutes. *Based on an Intuit survey of 505 QuickBooks Payroll customers in December 2018 who stated average time savings compared with their prior solution.

Core Features

Automated tax payments and filing available only for state and federal taxes. Enrollment in e-services is required. Local taxes require the user to print the forms and upload it to the necessary local sites. QuickBooks Online Payroll Core does not offer local tax payments and filings. Automatic filings for state new hire paperwork available in QuickBooks Online Payroll Premium and Elite only.

Auto payroll is available if setup for employees and the company are complete, all employees are salaried employees, all employees are set up on direct deposit, bank verification, e-services is enabled, all employees are located in the same state and the company is not a multi-state company, and the account has not been on hold in the last 6 months.

Health benefits are powered by SimplyInsured and require acceptance of SimplyInsured’s privacy policy and Terms of Service. Additional fees will apply. SimplyInsured does not offer insurance in HI, VT, and DC. Insurance coverage eligibility is not guaranteed, and dependently solely on the rules of insurance carrier. The insurance carrier has sole and final discretion as to the eligibility for health insurance products.

Phone and messaging support is included with your paid subscription to QuickBooks Online Payroll. Phone support is available Monday through Friday 6AM – 6PM PST . Your subscription must be current. Intuit reserves the right to limit the length of the call. Terms conditions, features, pricing, service and support are subject to change without notice.

Next-Day Deposit available to only QuickBooks Online Payroll Core users. Payroll processed before 7PM PST the day before shall arrive the next business day (excluding weekends and holidays). Requires setup of direct deposit and bank verification. Next-Day direct deposit may be subject to eligibility criteria. Deposit delays may vary because of third party delays, risk reviews, or issues beyond Intuit’s control. Next-Day Deposit available for contractors and employees. Direct deposit for contractors is $[4/8/10] per month, per contractor payment. Each employee is $[4/8/10] per month with no additional fees for with direct deposit.

Workers’ comp benefits are powered by AP Intego and require acceptance of AP Intego’s privacy policy and Terms of Service. Additional fees will apply.

Premium Features

Automated tax payments and filing available only for state and federal taxes. Enrollment in e-services is required. Local taxes require the user to print the forms and upload it to the necessary local sites. QuickBooks Online Payroll Core does not offer local tax payments and filings. Automatic filings for state new hire paperwork available in QuickBooks Online Payroll Premium and Elite only.

QuickBooks Workforce available to employees. Requires an Intuit Account and acceptance of the Intuit Terms of Service and Privacy Statement.

Auto payroll is available if setup for employees and the company are complete, all employees are salaried employees, all employees are set up on direct deposit, bank verification, e-services is enabled, all employees are located in the same state and the company is not a multi-state company, and the account has not been on hold in the last 6 months.

Health benefits are powered by SimplyInsured and require acceptance of SimplyInsured’s privacy policy and Terms of Service. Additional fees will apply. SimplyInsured does not offer insurance in HI, VT, and DC. Insurance coverage eligibility is not guaranteed, and dependently solely on the rules of insurance carrier. The insurance carrier has sole and final discretion as to the eligibility for health insurance products.

Phone and messaging support is included with your paid subscription to QuickBooks Online Payroll. Phone support is available Monday through Friday 6AM – 6PM PST . Your subscription must be current. Intuit reserves the right to limit the length of the call. Terms conditions, features, pricing, service and support are subject to change without notice.

Same-Day Deposit available to QuickBooks Online Payroll Premium and Elite users. Payroll processed before 7AM PST shall arrive the same business day (excluding weekends and holidays). Requires setup of direct deposit and bank verification. Same-Day direct deposit may be subject to eligibility criteria. Deposit delays may vary because of third party delays, risk reviews, or issues beyond Intuit’s control. Same-Day Deposit available only for employees.

HR support is provided by experts at Mammoth, Inc. See Mammoth’s privacy policy and Terms of Use. HR Support Center available only to QuickBooks Online Premium and Elite subscriptions. HR Advisor support only available in QuickBooks Online Payroll Elite. HR support is not available to accountants who are calling on behalf of their clients.

Expert Review is available upon request for QuickBooks Online Payroll Premium and Elite.

Additional fees may apply. Time tracking included in the QuickBooks Online Payroll Premium and Elite subscription services. Features vary. The TSheets mobile app works with iPhone, iPad, and Android phones and tablets. Devices sold separately; data plan required. Not all features are available on the mobile apps and mobile browser. TSsheets mobile access is included with your QuickBooks Online Payroll Premium and Elite subscription at no additional cost. Data access is subject to cellular/internet provider network availability and occasional downtime due to system and server maintenance and events beyond your control. Product registration required.

Elite Features

1Tax Penalty Free Guarantee: If you receive a tax notice and send it to us within 15-days of the tax notice we will cover the payroll tax penalty, up to $25,000. Additional conditions and restrictions apply. See more information about the guarantee here: https://payroll.intuit.com/disclosure/

Auto payroll is available if setup for employees and the company are complete, all employees are salaried employees, all employees are set up on direct deposit, bank verification, e-services is enabled, all employees are located in the same state and the company is not a multi-state company, and the account has not been on hold in the last 6 months.

HR support is provided by experts at Mammoth, Inc. See Mammoth’s privacy policy and Terms of Use. HR Support Center available only to QuickBooks Online Premium and Elite subscriptions. HR Advisor support only available in QuickBooks Online Payroll Elite. HR support is not available to accountants who are calling on behalf of their clients.

Automated tax payments and filing available only for state and federal taxes. Enrollment in e-services is required. Local taxes require the user to print the forms and upload it to the necessary local sites. QuickBooks Online Payroll Core does not offer local tax payments and filings. Automatic filings for state new hire paperwork available in QuickBooks Online Payroll Premium and Elite only.

QuickBooks Workforce available to employees. Requires an Intuit Account and acceptance of the Intuit Terms of Service and Privacy Statement.

Health benefits are powered by SimplyInsured and require acceptance of SimplyInsured’s privacy policy and Terms of Service. Additional fees will apply. SimplyInsured does not offer insurance in HI, VT, and DC. Insurance coverage eligibility is not guaranteed, and dependently solely on the rules of insurance carrier. The insurance carrier has sole and final discretion as to the eligibility for health insurance products.

Phone and messaging support is included with your paid subscription to QuickBooks Online Payroll. Phone support is available Monday through Friday 6AM – 6PM PST . Your subscription must be current. Intuit reserves the right to limit the length of the call. Terms conditions, features, pricing, service and support are subject to change without notice.

Same-Day Deposit available to QuickBooks Online Payroll Premium and Elite users. Payroll processed before 7AM PST shall arrive the same business day (excluding weekends and holidays). Requires setup of direct deposit and bank verification. Same-Day direct deposit may be subject to eligibility criteria. Deposit delays may vary because of third party delays, risk reviews, or issues beyond Intuit’s control. Same-Day Deposit available only for employees.

Elite Onboarding is available to QuickBooks Online Payroll Elite users only and available upon request.

Additional fees may apply. Time tracking included in the QuickBooks Online Payroll Premium and Elite subscription services. Features vary. The TSheets mobile app works with iPhone, iPad, and Android phones and tablets. Devices sold separately; data plan required. Not all features are available on the mobile apps and mobile browser. TSsheets mobile access is included with your QuickBooks Online Payroll Premium and Elite subscription at no additional cost. Data access is subject to cellular/internet provider network availability and occasional downtime due to system and server maintenance and events beyond your control. Product registration required.

All of Our Plans Include Features:

1. Automated tax payments and filing available only for state and federal taxes. Enrollment in e-services is required. Local taxes require the user to print the forms and upload it to the necessary local sites. QuickBooks Online Payroll Core does not offer local tax payments and filings. Automatic filings for state new hire paperwork available in QuickBooks Online Payroll Premium and Elite only.

2. QuickBooks Workforce available to employees. Requires an Intuit Account and acceptance of the Intuit Terms of Service and Privacy Statement.

3. Garnishment and deductions are available for employees and contractors. User is responsible for making the garnishment payment to the appropriate entity.