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What Is Payroll Relief?

Designed exclusively for accountants and independent payroll providers, Payroll Relief offers a powerful cloud-based payroll processing center, so you can offer highly profitable, fully automated payroll services with zero compliance headaches. Set up Payroll Relief to automatically perform direct deposit, tax payment, tax form e-filing, and child support tasks, on time, with 100% accuracy - guaranteed. That's why 65% of our customers have seen 25% or more improvement in their payroll practice.

Who Uses Payroll Relief?

Payroll Relief is a highly automated payroll processing system designed for accountants and independent payroll processors.

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Reviews of Payroll Relief

Average score

Overall
3.7
Ease of Use
3.8
Customer Service
3.6
Features
3.7
Value for Money
3.7

Reviews by company size (employees)

  • <50
  • 51-200
  • 201-1,000
  • >1,001
Verified Reviewer
Verified LinkedIn User
Accounting, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

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Love this software

5.0 5 years ago

Comments: It has made the end of the year a delight. Before it was very hard but with this software it is a breeze

Pros:

It is put together so that it is easy to use and if you need any help they are just a phone call away

Cons:

It doesn't keep ALL years active so that you can look back in them. It only leaves two.

Bessy
Office Administrator in US
Accounting, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Alternatives Considered:

Payroll Processing Done Fast ad Easy

5.0 4 years ago

Comments: We like the software. We use all of the products AW offers. We just don't like their customer service. We compromise because for a small business it's a good choice.

Pros:

My favorite things about this software are: 1) Payroll processing for companies under 10 employees takes less than 2 minutes to process 2) You can print, email and archive check copies and reports in a few clicks 3) Clients can so as much or as little as they want 4) It's fairly inexpensive

Cons:

My issue with Payroll Relief and all of the Accountants World software is the customer service. When things don't work and it's because they're having issues, you won't know until you call in. They don't bother informing their customers. We've been with them for over 10 years and while they offer new products or services, when you have an issue, they're very slow to respond or take responsibility.

Lisa
President in US
Accounting, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 1-5 months
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Accountants and Bookkeepers - DO NOT PURCHASE THIS SOFTWARE

1.0 2 years ago

Comments: I tried to ask them to refund even a small portion of the fees I prepaid as I had to transfer the majority of my clients over to QuickBooks Online Payroll to ease my clients minds. They refused and eventually stopped responding to my emails. I'm now using the software with a few very simple clients payrolls to try and utilize and recoup some of the money I paid, but there's no way I can put a larger client or one with complicated payroll on the software as I don't have the time to babysit the tax deductions and reporting features. One of my clients also just realized that they withdrew funds for one of the employees payroll which was to be direct deposited to their account, however, the direct deposit didn't show up. I contacted their support team to find out if there was a way we could trace the funds, they said no that they don't have access to that since they are no longer a client and then disconnected the chat on me. I just don't understand how it's possible that they don't have record of a payroll that happened just over a month ago. Their customer service is horrible and you can't get in touch with anyone higher up to escalate the situation. I would absolutely not recommend this software to anyone unless you want to invite stress into your life, the savings is not worth it.

Pros:

The price could have been very affordable, however, I had to cancel my service due to errors within the software and they wouldn't refund my money.

Cons:

I transferred about 25 of my client's payroll over to their software from Intuit Online Payroll. After the transfer we realized that the state of Utah withholdings weren't included on their calculations or payroll reports. I contacted them and let them know that and they had no answers for me and left me hanging for days. In the meantime, I had to explain to my clients the errors and this made them very uneasy about using the software, and understandably so, as calculating taxes and reporting should be the basics of a payroll software. Due to the fact that I had upcoming payrolls, (and I had no answers from support at this point) I had to make the decision to switch to another payroll software to keep everything running for my clients. At the point that this happened I was just over my initial 30 days to cancel and they would offer no refund or even partial refund of the $6000 I had to prepay.

Jenna
Office Manager in US
Accounting, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
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Review

5.0 4 years ago

Comments: It is a great easy payroll software

Pros:

I like that you can efile tax forms for quarterlys no more printing off. Also, I like that it can intergrade with Accountants world.

Cons:

I don't like how customer service has no clue to what is always going on.

Debbie
Debbie
President in US
Verified LinkedIn User
Accounting, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Decent Balance of Features and Price

4.0 4 years ago

Comments: It is the backbone that our business is built on. Several years ago we attempted to transition to a more robust platform (Evolution) which was a disaster, so we came back and have learned to live within the restrictions of their system. While there have been many enhancements in the 11 years we have been using the product, the developer does a poor job of rolling them out. Doesn't seem to be any beta testing and users and support personnel are often left to fumble through. While they maintain a user forum, management is typically not very inclined to respond to complaints or implement suggestions. While there is no perfect system, overall I would probably give them a rating of about 65%.

Pros:

This software was priced within reach for our startup and allowed up to ramp-up quickly. As we've grown, their tiered pricing has allowed us to increase our margins. It's easy to demo to prospects and overall impression from our clients is that is is easy to use. Integrated ACH services are a critical differentiator.

Cons:

There are significant limitations in reporting and HRIS capabilities. As we continue to reach upmarket to larger, more complex clients, we have been forced to cobble together several different solutions to meet their needs, since these extended features are not available.