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What are QuickBooks Desktop Payroll Basic, Enhanced & Full Service Subscriptions?

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QuickBooks Desktop Software is used package by most of the small businesses, and accounting firms in the USA. Knowing about the available QuickBooks Desktop Payroll options might be complex as it becomes to decide which Payroll Service option suits your business.

QuickBooks Payroll is a subscription-based service that will allow you to easily set up and handle payroll& taxes. This facility in QuickBooks lets you organize and create your paychecks, also to calculate your payroll taxes.

There are 3 versions of Payroll available for QuickBooks Desktop-

  • QuickBooks Desktop Payroll Basic
  • QB Desktop Enhanced
  • QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise Full service

QuickBooks Payroll is a subscription-based feature that will allow you to easily set up and handle payroll taxes. This function of QuickBooks will allow you to organize your paychecks, create unlimited checks and calculate your payroll taxes so that you are sorted when it comes to paying your taxes.

Features of QuickBooks Payroll

  1. Instant paychecks for employees and contractors- with QuickBooks Payroll gone are the days of waiting for checks. You can pay your employees or vendors on the spot with printed checks from your QuickBooks account.
  1. Automatic tax calculations- QuickBooks Payroll will keep a track of all your transaction and bills. At the end of the year when it is tax season, QuickBooks Payroll will automatically calculate your tax and will save you the cumbersome task of tax calculation.
  1. Timely reminders on upcoming payday and tax deadlines- QuickBooks Payroll will sort out your bills according to their due dates and deadlines. When you set a deadline for a bill it will make sure to remind you periodically so that you are never behind your bills or taxes.
  1. Free direct deposit.
  1. Easy data transfer- You can transfer data easily from QuickBooks Payroll to any other QuickBooks versions. All you need to do is change the format of the file into an Excel sheet and you are good to go.
  1. Accurate reports and calculations- While you calculate reports manually, errors and miscalculations are bound to happen. To eliminate those errors QuickBooks makes the task easier and does the work for you.
  1. You can get free live support from our Payroll expert.
  1. QuickBooks Payroll has the ability to run payroll from iPad, iPhone, or Android devices (online version only).
  1. Automatic tax filing and submission- Apart from automatic Tax filing it will also submit your taxes on time. If you fail to submit your taxes on the time you will be penalized. QB takes care that your taxes are filed and submitted on time.

QuickBooks Desktop Basic Payroll

QuickBooks Basic Payroll costs $29/mo + $2/per employee. This is the minimum payroll plan that one can avail. With QuickBooks Basic Payroll, you can process your payroll and pay employees by check or direct deposit. There are also a ton of other features that you can access with the Basic version of QuickBooks Desktop Payroll.


  • Print instant paychecks
  • You can Pay W-2 employees
  • Pay 1099 employees
  • A free direct deposit can be made
  • The Payroll error support is excellent.

Also Read: Error PS032 or PS077 while updating Payroll in QuickBooks Desktop

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QuickBooks Desktop Enhanced Payroll

QuickBooks Enhanced Payroll costs $45/mo +$2/mo per employee. Enhanced payroll of QuickBooks Desktop comes with a do-it-yourself payroll option where you can customize your account according to your needs and wants. You can process your payroll and file your taxes directly and much more.


  • You can get Instant paychecks
  • You can Pay W-2 employees
  • Free direct deposits
  • E-filing for W-2’s are available
  • Download free tax forms. 

QuickBooks Desktop Full Service Payroll

QuickBooks Full Service Payroll costs $109/mo + $2/per employee. This plan also is known as QuickBooks assisted Payroll as it will automatically process your payroll taxes for you. QuickBooks Full Service is the most premium service of QB payroll.


  • You can get Instant paychecks
  • And, Pay W-2 employees
  • You can opt for a Free direct deposit
  • QuickBooks will file your taxes for you
  • You can download Free tax forms
  • You will not receive any tax penalties
  • Free year-end forms
  • Automatic payroll setup
  • The Payroll error support is excellent.

If you have any more questions in deciding which Payroll Plan suits best for your business – you can dial QuickBooks Payroll Support Number and speak to Certified QuickBooks Experts.

You ever feel the need of taking advice from your fellow business owners that happened to be our existing subscribers, you can visit our thriving QuickBooks Community.

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