Payroll | Small Business Accounting Software

Payroll that fits every business

Add the perfect payroll solution to your QuickBooks subscription.

Accountant or bookkeeper?
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Manage Payroll and business finances all in one place

Choose the simplicity of Standard Payroll or the fully comprehensive Advanced Payroll


Standard Payroll

Simple solution

Now in Beta

Advanced Payroll

Full functionality

How to add Payroll to QuickBooks

Not using QuickBooks yet? Find out more

  • 1

    Sign up or sign in to QuickBooks

  • 2

    Click on Employees tab

  • 3

    Select your Payroll plan

QuickBooks Online Standard Payroll

Start payday the simple way

You don’t have to be a payroll expert to run payroll. Designed for businesses with simple payroll needs, QuickBooks Online Standard Payroll makes the process painless.

  • Speed through every pay run

    Save time and improve efficiency with software that covers all the basics.

  • Everything in one place

    Get your payroll sorted alongside your other business accounts. When everything’s in QuickBooks it’s easy to stay organised.

  • Calculations you can count on

    Let us do the sums – from overtime and bonus payments, to PAYE, NI and pension contributions.

  • Total peace of mind

    No more worries about fines for non-compliance. Your payroll software has automatic updates so you’ll always be in line with HMRC’s requirements.

  • Award winning support

    Access video tutorials and webinars to get you started and speak to our UK-based team for any other needs.

Getting started with Standard Payroll

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QuickBooks Online Advanced Payroll

Manage every payroll challenge

Power through payroll with super-charged software. The complete payroll solution for complex payroll needs.

  • Your one-stop shop

    Take care of payroll alongside your business finances and automatically configure your chart of accounts in a seamless experience. There’s no need for additional software.

  • Access for Employees

    Save time chasing timesheets, sending out payslips or processing leave requests and expense claims. Individuals can enter their own data through the employee portal and mobile app.

  • Adjustable automation

    Choose to apply time-saving rules then make your own amendments. It’s easy to separate out directors pay from other employees’ or post journals for multiple locations into different accounts.

  • Pain-free pensions

    Assess your workforce and manage auto enrolment. Automatically submit information to a pension provider2 and even trigger Direct Debit payments.

  • Multiple pay days

    QuickBooks Online Advanced Payroll supports multiple pay schedules, from weekly to annual. You can print or email payslips for employees.

  • Handy HR features

    Make your life easier. Rotas can be created and assigned to employees who can enter their own timesheets and request days off, ready for approval.

  • Complete compliance

    Deliver instant peace of mind by meeting maternity, paternity and sick statutory payments and workplace pensions obligations. You can also opt in to CIS, salary sacrifice schemes and court order deductions.

  • A clear view for clients

    Log in at any time for a real-time view of your payroll. Get instant updates after each pay run with an automatic email with one of 30 off-the-peg payroll reports.

How to add Payroll to QuickBooks

Not using QuickBooks yet? Find out more

  • 1

    Sign up or sign in to QuickBooks

  • 2

    Click on Employees tab

  • 3

    Select your Payroll plan

There's a plan whatever your business needs

Making Tax Digital ready
For small businesses and VAT registered companies

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Frequently asked questions

  • Does QuickBooks offer a payroll service? I’m not sure how to do payroll.

    No, but our intuitive payroll tools make it easy for you to be your own payroll manager and if you need a step-by-step guide to the process, our how-to videos and webinars are here to help.

  • Will I need to do the calculations for staff on different hourly rates?

    No. With QuickBooks Payroll you don’t need to worry about how to work out hourly pay. Just enter your employee’s rate and the number of hours worked and out built-in pay calculator will do the rest. Our Advanced payroll software lets employees enter their own timesheets, ready for approval, which makes payroll management even easier.

  • Will I need to get separate payslip software?

    No, payslips can be created for every employee in both QuickBooks Payroll products. Simply print them off or email them to members of staff.

  • What the difference between HMRC’s free payroll software and the QuickBooks payroll system?

    Free software is available from a range of suppliers, but it offers basic features (such as payroll tax) and is only suitable for a small number of employees. If you’re looking for an Online Payroll product with more features to help you manage payroll, check out QuickBooks Payroll functionality.

  • Should I go for QuickBooks Standard or Advanced Payroll?

    It depends on your needs. Look at our list of features to decide the best payroll software for your business.