The entry-level plans on both QuickBooks Payroll and Patriot Software cost nearly the same, with each charging a small base fee plus $4 a worker monthly. However, digging deeper reveals Patriot is the winner in the pricing game.
Say you’d rather save a few bucks and file payroll taxes on your own. In that case, Patriot offers a manual plan for $10 flat and $4 an employee each month.
By contrast, QuickBooks Payroll doesn’t offer such an option. Instead, manual payroll is only provided via the core QuickBooks Desktop software, which starts at about $200 annually for one user. Multiple users can quickly inflate that amount to over $1,000 a year. Unless you already have Desktop, Patriot is clearly the more affordable choice.
But what if the opposite is true and you want to splurge on the works? Patriot is still victorious. QuickBooks Payroll’s mid-range Premium plan adds on time-tracking, same-day direct deposit, and workers compensation options for $75 and $8 a worker per month. Compare this to Patriot, which offers similar perks (except same-day pay) for only $36 and $6 monthly.
Oh, and for bonus points: Patriot guarantees accurate calculations and promises to pay penalties and interest if it gets something wrong, no matter which plan you choose. On the other hand, QuickBooks only makes such a promise on its top-tier Elite subscription, which costs triple digits to start.
We can go on and on about the differences in price and value, but the end result is almost always the same: Patriot costs less to cut checks while still offering a full array of features.