The #1 payroll software for small businesses1

Manage your team with payroll used by 1.4 million small businesses.2

Manage payroll and access tools and services in one place

  • We’ll pay up to $25,000 if you receive a payroll tax penalty from an error made while using Payroll Elite.**
  • Manage Forms W-2

    Easily file, preview, print, and distribute employee Forms W-2. You can also correct forms anytime.
  • Manage paid time off

    Set up and track employee paid time off and manage paid, unpaid, sick, and vacation time.
  • Free direct deposit

    Keep cash longer and pay workers at your pace with direct deposit at no additional cost.**

Make smart moves with automated payroll reports

Get real-time small business insights with automated reports for balance sheets, cash flow statements, and more. Access reports for:

  • Employee hours
  • Earnings
  • Taxes withheld
  • 401(k)

Pay your team anytime, anywhere

Access your payroll system software from multiple devices. Manage from the office or take it on the go with the QuickBooks Payroll mobile app.**

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Payroll doesn’t stop with a paycheck

QuickBooks Online Payroll offers seamless software integrations, so you can easily:

  • Add or connect workers’ comp with AP Intego, where you can find the best policy for your business.**
  • Support employee health with affordable medical, dental, and vision insurance, by our partner SimplyInsured.**
  • Access helpful resources or talk with a personal HR advisor, powered by Mammoth to help you stay compliant.**

Stay compliant

QuickBooks Payroll has what you need to stay compliant, from labor law posters to expert support. Plus, you’ll get quick access to Forms W-2, W-9, and more.

Why use QuickBooks Online Payroll software?

Small business owners can pay and manage their teams with integrated payroll, and access HR, health benefits, and more. Our payroll software also includes same-day direct deposit and automatic tax filing, which is backed by tax penalty protection.

Frequently asked questions

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. 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 prorated 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 are subject to change without notice.

50% off for 3 months: 50% off the monthly 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 be charged automatically on a [monthly/annual] basis until you cancel. Each employee is an additional $[4/8/10]/month. Contractor payments are $4/month. Service is 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 prorated 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 are subject to change without notice.

Money movement services are brought to you by Intuit Payments Inc. subject to eligibility criteria, credit and application approval.

Features**

Tax penalty protection: 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. Only QuickBooks Online Payroll Elite users are eligible to receive tax penalty protection.

Same-day direct deposit: Available to QuickBooks Online Payroll Premium and Elite users. Payroll processed before 7:00 AM PT 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 direct deposit available only for employees.

Next-day direct deposit: Available to only QuickBooks Online Payroll Core users. Payroll processed before 7:00 PM PT 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 direct 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 direct deposit.

HR services: 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.

Auto Payroll: 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, the account has not been on hold in the last 6 months, and and first payroll has been run successfully.

Automated tax payments and filings: 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.

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. There is a monthly fee (currently, $5 per month) for QuickBooks Online Payroll Core users for the QuickBooks Workers’ Comp Payment Service. This non-refundable fee will be automatically added to each monthly Intuit invoice at the then-current price until you cancel. The fee is separate from any workers’ comp insurance policy premium by AP Intego Insurance Group. Workers’ Compensation Service requires an active and paid QuickBooks payroll subscription. Eligibility criteria applies to transfer active insurance policy broker of record, including insurance carrier, policy renewal date, and payment method. Workers compensation insurance is not available in OH, ND, WA and WY.

Health benefits: 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 the insurance carrier. The insurance carrier has sole and final discretion as to the eligibility for health insurance products.

QuickBooks Time tracking: Additional fees may apply. Time tracking included in the QuickBooks Online Payroll Premium and Elite subscription services. Features vary. The QuickBooks Time 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. QuickBooks Time 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.

24/7 expert product support: Included with your paid subscription to QuickBooks Online Payroll. Chat support available 24/7. U.S. based phone support is available Monday through Friday 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM PT and Saturday 6:00 AM to 3:00 PM PT. 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.

White glove customized setup: Available to QuickBooks Online Payroll Elite users only.

Expert review: Available upon request for QuickBooks Online Payroll Premium and Elite.

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

Product information**

QuickBooks Online Payroll Mobile App: The QuickBooks Online Payroll 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. QuickBooks Online Payroll mobile access is included with your QuickBooks Online Payroll 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.

Claims

Peace of mind: QuickBooks Payroll is the #1 payroll provider for small businesses: Based on the overall number of customers for QB payroll products as of 06/2020.

Peace of mind: We help 1.4 million businesses do payroll and file taxes. Based on the overall number of customers for QB payroll products as of 10/2018.

Terms, conditions, pricing, special features, and service and support options subject to change without notice.