Gusto, previously known as ZenPayroll, has only been around since 2011, but its easy-to-use online payroll software is easily one of the best. Why? Because its user-friendly interface, thorough automation, and full payroll tax administration ensure you have more time for your business while worrying less about potential payroll (and payroll tax) mistakes.
All three of Gusto’s plans have thorough payroll features:
- Automatic state, local, and federal payroll tax filing
- Automatic W-2 and 1099 form filing
- Automatic new hire reporting
- Automatic payroll runs
- Automatic wage garnishment (not available in South Carolina)
- Support for multiple pay schedules
- Employee self-service portal
- Easy integration with accounting software like FreshBooks and Xero
- Easy integration with time-tracking software like TSheets and Homebase
Notably, Gusto automates every payroll task, which makes it a lifesaver for busy small-business owners who literally can’t afford to waste time manually running payroll every single pay period.
Sure, it takes work to get Gusto up and running—you’ll spend some time entering employee information, setting up direct deposit, and determining pay schedules. After that, though, you can set payroll to run automatically. If you have Gusto-integrated bookkeeping software, your automatic payroll runs should also automatically update your accounting info. You’ll save on bookkeeping time without sacrificing accounting accuracy.
And unlike some competitors (namely Paychex and ADP), Gusto automatically submits your quarterly payroll taxes and end-of-year tax paperwork without charging an extra fee. So while Gusto has a higher per-employee charge than, say, Paychex, its overall cost is honestly just more up front. (In other words, don’t let that above-average monthly charge of $6 per employee deter you right off the bat, though we’ll definitely dive into Gusto’s priciness later on.)