Online Payroll for Small Business | Patriot Software

Online Payroll

Tens of thousands of businesses save time and money by using Patriot's fast, simple, and affordable online payroll software.
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Full Service Payroll

Quickly run your own payroll, then we'll handle your payroll taxes.
Starting at
+ $4 per employee/contractor

Basic Payroll

Easily run your own payroll and handle payroll taxes yourself.
Starting at
+ $4 per employee/contractor


Full Service

Payroll can be tricky, but we simplify it by offering free, USA-based support via phone, email, or chat. Contact us 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., Monday - Friday. Our support is the best! (And we aren't biased at all).

We know that starting payroll or switching providers can be time consuming, so we offer free payroll setup. No tricks or gimmicks. Provide us with your information, and we'll take care of the rest. Or, just use our payroll startup wizard and do it yourself.

We offer free direct deposit for you to pay your employees with no extra fuss. Have an employee who wants to be paid by check instead? No problem! Handwrite or print checks right from the software.

Give your employees secure access to their pay stubs, pay history, time off balances, and electronic W-2s.

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Automatically pay your workers' comp insurance premium with each payroll through our partner, AP Intego. All of the compliance and none of the fuss.

Pay your employees as often as you want without being charged for extra payroll runs!

Pay different groups of employees weekly, biweekly, semi-monthly, or monthly as needed.

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If your business has more than one physical location, assign the employee's primary work location (including working from home). The proper payroll taxes will be calculated based on where the employee works.

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Use our standard hours and money types or add your own, plus add your own employee deductions and company-paid contributions.

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Our software is 100% mobile friendly. You can run your accounting or payroll directly from your smartphone or tablet. There is no need to download an app onto your mobile device or waste precious storage space.

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Payroll information is imported seamlessly to Patriot's Accounting software. We also integrate with QuickBooks Desktop or QuickBooks Online.

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Post electronic W-2 forms for employees in their portal, or print paper W-2 forms. The choice is yours!

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Have a PTO policy you want to automate? You can easily set up and customize time-off accrual rules. Time-off hours will automatically be added to each employee's payroll.

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Add up to five pay rates for each hourly employee. You can differentiate pay rates for employees by adding a description to each rate.

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Do any of your employees need a repeating money type such as car allowance, cell phone allowance, housing allowance, etc.? No problem! Create as many different repeating money types as you'd like.

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Pay your independent contractors with your employees in the same payroll. If you have direct deposit, you can pay contractors with direct deposit, too.

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When it comes to your business, it's good to know where your payroll budget is being spent. With departments, you will be able to use reports to find payroll costs for each of your teams.

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Automate your payroll even more by integrating with Patriot Time and Attendance software or QuickBooks Time to import employees hours to payroll effortlessly.

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Having employees doesn't stop with payroll. Add Patriot HR for more employee status, position history & managers, notes, files and more.

Sick of paper 1099s? If you opt into 1099 e-Filing, you can file your forms in our software with just a few clicks (nominal fees apply for Basic Payroll customers). We'll shoot the 1099-NEC and 1099-MISC over to the IRS and send the 1099-MISC to states that participate in the combined federal/state e-Filing program for you!

Patriot will begin collecting, depositing, and filing your federal payroll taxes based on the start date you select.

Patriot is compliant in all 50 states and will keep you up-to-date on your state payroll tax filing obligations. (Each additional state filing is $12 per month, per state.)

Have local payroll taxes? Patriot will deposit and file all of your local and city taxes, too!

Patriot will submit your 940, 941, W-2, and W-3 data to the proper tax agencies each quarter or at year-end, for no additional fee.

Rest assured that Patriot will deposit and file your tax obligations on-time and accurately. If we make a mistake, then we'll cover all the penalties and interest.

Run Payroll Online In 3 Easy Steps

1 Enter Payroll

Add your employees' work hours and contractor payments.

2 Approve Payroll

Our payroll calculations are fast and guaranteed accurate. Look over your totals and approve your payroll.

3 Print Paychecks

Use our free direct deposit to go paperless. Or, print your paychecks or pay stubs on your printer.

Full Service Payroll

Payroll taxes simply can't get any easier, because you'll never have to worry about them again. We guarantee our accuracy and timely filings of local, state, and federal taxes.

With our secure online payroll system, paying your employees has never been easier. You can get started with our free payroll setup. We’ll enter your payroll, employees, and payroll tax information. If you’ve run prior payrolls earlier in the year, we’ll help you input that historical data, too.

Then, simply enter your employees’ work hours and our payroll software will instantly calculate your payroll. Pay your employees with our free direct deposit or print your paychecks.

With Full Service Payroll, we handle ALL aspects of depositing and filing your federal, state, and local payroll taxes for you. We determine which payroll taxes are necessary for your business. Don‘t worry about payroll tax filing deadlines. We guarantee to file and remit your payroll taxes on time.

Free payroll setup and support.

Payroll tax filings, guaranteed and on time!

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Mobile Payroll Software

Basic Payroll

Pay your employees in 3 easy steps with our simple and affordable payroll software.

With our online payroll system, paying your employees has never been easier. First, we’ll help you get started by setting up your payroll, employees, and payroll tax information. If you’ve run prior payrolls earlier in the year, we’ll help you input that historical data, too.

Once you’re set up, you simply enter your employees’ work hours and let our payroll software instantly calculate your payroll for you. Go ahead and run your payroll as often as you’d like. You can print paychecks using pre-printed or blank check stock on your own printer. Or, save some trees by going paperless and paying your employees with our free direct deposit. Either way, it’s easy!

Lastly, we provide you with all of the necessary data you’ll need to deposit and file your own payroll taxes. And if you don’t want to deal with payroll taxes, just upgrade to our Full Service Payroll option.

Free payroll setup and support.

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Mobile Payroll Software

See how our customers use Patriot to streamline their business.

We have three employees, so it takes me a minute to a minute and a half every other Friday to run payroll. That’s a time-saver that I can just not beat. And, it’s a headache I do not have. I’ve done my own payroll before, and I’ll never go back to it!

Michael Gee, Zen Dog Mobile Groom Spa, LLC


I don’t have to spend more than a few minutes every other week to run payroll. I find the platform is easy to use. And, support has been really good any time I’ve had any issues.

Steve Sentner, Paw & Order


We’re very small, so the biggest factor for us was the cost of payroll software. I didn’t want to pay for a big program that we didn’t need and I also do accounting, so Basic Payroll was the perfect fit for us. Overall, the price and the user-friendly website were the big factors for me.

Gail Horn, The Soap Chest


Patriot’s Full Service Payroll makes it easier to handle a lot of our tasks. It makes running payroll a lot simpler, cheaper, and faster for us as a small business.

John Feghali, Toaster Party


Patriot Payroll is so quick and efficient. I get to spend all the time I would be doing reports, writing paychecks, and keeping track of hours; finish my payroll in five minutes; and get back to the work that I can be doing in my business.

Brandon Hartman, Second Time Books


It simplifies the whole process. Where before we were clocking time and trying to keep track in Excel spreadsheets and determine tax liabilities, I just didn’t have time to do that stuff. So, Patriot allows us to log the numbers, and it spits out all the numbers of what we owe per check and for the taxes.

Jon Kehl, Crown Community Garden


Time & Attendance

Starting at $6 /month

Simplify your payroll and timekeeping.

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HR Software

Starting at $6 /month

Streamline your HR process.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

You’ve got questions and we’ve got answers. We’ve answered the most common questions so you can start using our affordable, accurate, and reliable payroll software like a pro.

Since our payroll software is online, you only need access to a web browser and the Internet. There’s no software to download.

The software is designed for small- or medium-sized businesses with up to 100 employees.

Yes. You may run a payroll whenever you need to in the payroll software.

Yes. You may begin using the payroll application at any time during the year. You will want to make sure you enter all of your employee payroll history in the software so end-of-the-year W2s are accurate. (We can help! We offer free payroll setup to help you get your account set up and can enter all payroll history for you.)

No–our software is only available to companies with employees working in the USA. It’s our passion to help American businesses by providing streamlined, easy, and affordable payroll management solutions.

Patriot will e-File 1099s for Full Service Payroll customers who are paying contractors through payroll at no additional cost for 2020 1099s and later years.  If you have Accounting Premium, Accounting Basic, or Basic Payroll, here are the filing fees:

Number of 1099sFee
1 to 5$20.00
6 to 35Additional $2.00 per 1099
36+No additional charge
Annual e-Filing Fees

For more information, check out our help article, Electronically Filing Your 1099s.

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Payroll Reports

Payroll Details

Your go-to report for payroll details.

Use this report to break down year-to-date details by employee, location, totals, or checks. Plus, we give you easy ways to download the report either with a PDF or CSV file.

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Payroll Report

Payroll Tax Filing Report

All your tax filings in a neat little package.

All the tax returns Patriot files for you will be stored in your software. Choose the tax year and view tax filings by quarter. You can download forms and see when we filed them on your behalf.

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Payroll Report

Payroll Tax Deposit Report

Every tax deposit at your fingertips.

Shows all the payroll taxes that we deposited with tax agencies on your behalf (e.g., the date of filing, dollar amounts, and payroll period). Select a year to view both processed and scheduled tax payments.

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Payroll Report

Contribution History

All your employee contributions at a glance.

Use this report when reconciling benefit invoices or preparing to send your 401(k) contributions. This report gives a breakdown of all of the employer contributions you have made for your employees.

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Payroll Report

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