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Payroll Relief is part of the Accountants World suite of applications for practicing CPA's (other applications assist public accountants with sales tax, bookkeeping, after the fact payroll, and other tasks). The application is sold to public accountants, who then charge their clients for their work on payroll services, and the offering includes marketing materials as well as a web-based portal which can be used to manage payroll across multiple client organizations (see Figure 2). Since this is part of the Accountants World suite of applications, it offers extensive interoperability with Accountants Relief as well as other client write up packages. The service does not offer some traditional payroll service bureau features such as print and stuffing checks, tax filing and payment processing, and other outsource options, but it does support payroll processing for organizations as small as one employee, and as large as 1,100 employees.


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Figure 2 - Payroll Relief from Accountants World offers a dashboard view of all clients.

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Figure 3 - Payroll Relief offers sophisticated options for securing payroll access by clients and employees.

Key features:
  • Accountant can control access by clients and other personnel (see Figure 3).
  • Strong integration with Accountants Relief, a suite of applications which assists accountants with common write-up tasks such as bookeeping, sales tax, file exchange, personal financial planning, and payroll.
  • Also interfaces with QuickBooks, Peachtree by Sage, and Excel. Does NOT support assigning costs to customer projects (e.g. job costing) , but this feature is in development for the future.
  • DOES support department level reporting and export to accounting software. Custom interface to QuickBooks, and CSV (comma delimited text) export) to all other applications, including Peachtree by Sage and numerous write-up packages. Limited support of complex (e.g. union) payroll calculations.
  • Do not support importing of time and attendance data. Time must be keyed into AW's databases. Supports electronic payments and direct deposit for up to 3 accounts per payee. Supports electronic filing in 17 states and paper forms for all 50 states and all localities.
  • Support SUI reporting in all states except AK, DE, HI, MS, and Puerto Rico. Can prepare 1099-MISC payments and end of year 1099's, 1098.
  • Supports electronic new hire reporting for all available jurisdictions, and paper reporting for the others.
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Figure 4 - Payroll Relief offers a client dashboard in addition to the CPA dashboard in Figure 1.

Add-ons to the base service include:

  • e-Services (option to automatically e-file payroll taxes.)
  • Pay as you go Worker's Compensation.
  • 401(k) plan administration
  • Payroll Debit card
  • Do NOT provide cafeteria plans or HSA/HRA plans.
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