Online Payroll for Small Business | Patriot Software

Online Payroll for Businesses

Try the payroll ranked the “Best Value for Money" by users.

Payroll starting at $17/mo + $4 per employee/contractor

Everything you need for easy payroll.

  • Easy onboarding with our setup wizard
  • Run Payroll in 3 simple steps
  • Free USA-based support
  • Free 2-day direct deposit for qualifying customers

Run unlimited payroll for your business free for 30 days.

Users love Patriot Payroll on G2

Choose Between Basic Payroll or Full Service. You Do You.

Basic Payroll

Easily run your own payroll and handle payroll taxes yourself.
+ $4 per employee/contractor
Most Popular Choice

Full Service Payroll

Quickly run your own payroll, then we'll handle your payroll taxes.
+ $4 per employee/contractor
+ $4 per employee/contractor on both basic and full service plans

Payroll can be tricky, but we simplify it by offering free, USA-based support via phone, email, or chat. Contact us 9a.m. - 7p.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 4-day and 2-day direct direct deposit (for qualifying customers), so you can 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, Next Insurance. 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!

So, you want to give your employees a bonus. What you don't want is to A) give a random take-home amount after taxes or B) do gross-up calculations yourself. With our Net to Gross Payroll tool, simply enter the amount you want employees to take home, and we'll gross it up for taxes.

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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.

Add on to your payroll plan to gain even more functionality

Time & Attendance

Keeping track of employee time is easy when you add on our Time and Attendance Software to your payroll.

Select manual or time punch entry for salaried or hourly employees.

HR Software

Add HR Software to payroll to keep your employee data organized and your desk decluttered.

Everything You Need to Quickly and Accurately Manage Payroll Access to a USA-based Team of Payroll Experts

Run Payroll in 3 Simple Steps

Enter hours. Approve Payroll. Print Checks.

Boom. Done.

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Quick & Accurate Payroll Reporting

Here’s a number: 20,000. That’s how many tests each new tax calculation goes through before it hits your software.

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Save Hundreds Each Year

Our customers report hefty savings, even in the thousands.

(You’ll need bigger pockets.)

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Run the Average Payroll in Under 3 Minutes With 3 Easy Steps

  1. Enter Hours

    Plug in employee hours or use our Time and Attendance Software to automatically import the hours to payroll. Easy-peasy...

  2. Approve Payroll

    After you see our instant payroll calculations, it’s one click to approve.

  3. Print Paychecks

    Print checks, paystubs, or a combination of both. You decide how to pay your employees. The ball’s in your court.

Fast and Accurate Payroll Reports? Yes Please.

Need easy-to-access and reliable payroll reports in a jiffy? Patriot Software has you covered.

Each and every one of Patriot’s payroll reports are a breeze to create, download, and print with just a few clicks. Want to save and share your payroll reports with PDF or CSV files? You can do that, too (woohoo!).

“The ease of use and functional payroll reports help me accurately pay my staff and remain compliant with federal and state payroll regulations.”


Full Service Report

Payroll Tax Credit Report

Full Service Report

Payroll Tax Filing Report

Full Service Report

Payroll Tax Deposit Report

Payroll Register

Individual Paycheck History

Payroll Details

Check/Deposit Payment Detail

Manage Time Off

W-2 Summary Report

Assigned Deductions

Deduction History

Assigned Contributions

Contribution History

Payroll Tax Liabilities

Employee Census

Payroll That Is Robust & Affordable Save up to Hundreds Each Year

Just because you're saving money doesn't mean you'll sacrifice features. We understand you need software that is not only affordable, but robust too.

Our customers tell us they are saving hundreds of dollars each year and running their payroll faster than ever.

“As a small business owner, there is no substitute for Patriot payroll software. Easy to use and very flexible. Highly recommended.”


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Top Ranked for Functionality, Ease of Use, Customer Support, and the Best Value for Your Money

You Got Questions? We Got Answers!

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 W-2s 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.

Discover Just How Easy Payroll Can Be Try Full Service Payroll for Free

That’s right, the first 30 days are free with no obligations.

  • Easy onboarding with our setup wizard
  • Run payroll in 3 simple steps
  • Free USA-based support
  • Free 2-day direct deposit for qualifying customers

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