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QuickBooks Desktop Payroll Review

This payroll system works well with QuickBooks Desktop Pro, Premier, and Enterprise, but may be overkill if you're not already a die-hard QuickBooks user.

    Davina Ward
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QuickBooks Desktop Payroll

Total Rating 3.6

Ease Of Use2.9


Customer Service4.4

User Reviews4.1

Payroll Processing Time

2 Days


Starts at $55/month + $6/person per month

Business Size

Small to large businesses paying up to 800+ people

QuickBooks Desktop Payroll At A Glance

  • QuickBooks Desktop Payroll offers essential payroll features for small to medium-sized businesses using QuickBooks Desktop Pro, Premier, or Enterprise.
  • In addition to payroll basics, QuickBooks Desktop offers time-tracking add-ons, hundreds of integrations, an employee self-service portal, and other bonus features.
  • Compared to QuickBooks Desktop Payroll, QuickBooks Online Payroll is cheaper, has more integrations, supports benefits administration, and generally has more features which helped it earn a spot as one of the best payroll software for small businesses.

Davina Ward

Davina Ward

Senior Staff Writer
Davina joined Merchant Maverick in 2022, covering small business payroll and accounting. She began writing for small businesses in 2018 and has since gained expertise in the SaaS industry. She earned her Bachelor’s of Arts in English Literature from SUNY Geneseo in 2018. She currently resides in New York.
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Payroll Software Review Methodology

We research, evaluate, and test each payroll software app that we review at Merchant Maverick, placing special emphasis on key characteristics to generate granular ratings.

Our exhaustive, 76-point rubric guides the star rating of each payroll provider we review, examining pricing, ease of use, features, customer service, and user reviews. Each section is weighted differently.

  • Pricing (10% of the overall rating)
  • Ease of Use (20% of the overall rating)
  • Features (40% of the overall rating)
  • Customer Service (20% of the overall rating)
  • User Reviews (10% of the overall rating)

When rating payroll software, we are looking for very specific qualities. The speed and cost of payroll runs and the availability of tax filing services are given high weight, as are the quality and availability of accounting, time-tracking, HR integrations, and user onboarding services. We also look for the presence of client and employee portals, benefits administration, PTO and time management tools, and many more vital features.

Learn more about how we rate payroll software providers.

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