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Intuit Online Payroll

Intuit Online Payroll is a very streamlined and easy to use product, and is in fact, the easiest to use of all of the products reviewed.  Pricing is at $9.95 per month, including direct deposit, and current promotions give new users the first six months free.  The navigation in the product is similar to Intuit's QuickBooks financial software, and users of this popular general ledger package will find that Intuit Online Payroll does a great job of calculating simple payrolls.  Not surprisingly, the package also interfaces with QuickBooks and business editions of Intuit's popular Quicken personal financial software.

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Figure 9 - The home page for Intuit Online Payroll.

The simplicity of the product comes with some limitations, however.  Intuit Online Payroll does not support outsourced tax filing, workers compensation calculations, complex payroll calculations, job costing, payments to contractors, and does not provide role-based security to assist with segregation of duties.  The product also does not support payroll tax forms in many states.  Finally, the website warns that performance may suffer if the total number of employees who are paid in a year exceeds 100.  Accordingly, users may want to consider a different service if those limitations are not acceptable.
• Can be purchased direct or resold through an accountant.  There is an Accountant dashboard with tasks across multiple employers for accountants who resell the product.
• The product's menu structure includes three centers: Pay Employees, Make Tax Payments, and File Tax Forms.  Additional menus are available for reports and employee setup.

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Figure 10 - Intuit Online Payroll offers a Payroll Tax Summary Screen very similar to QuickBooks.
• Does not support payments to contractors (e.g. 1099-MISC).
• Performance may suffer if you exceed the supported maximum of 100 W-2's per year (e.g. can have a max of 100 people who work for you at any part of a calendar year).
• Direct only - no wholesale program for CPAs.
• Support multiple locations, but employees can only be subject to one set of tax rules.
• Does not support payroll tax forms for all 50 states, supports e-filing in 75% of states and electronic payment in 41%. (see website for more information - http://payroll.intuit.com/support/PTS/index.jsp or http://tinyurl.com/ioptaxes.  Website indicates that tax forms are supported for AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, IL, IN, MD, MI, MO, NY, NC, NV, OH, PA, TN, TX, VA, and WI)
• 24x7 web/e-mail based support, and call-back support 6A-6P Monday-Friday Pacific time.

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Figure 11 - The Settings tab for Intuit Online Payroll

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