AccountantsWorld - Accounting Relief
Best Fit: Any accounting firm that wants to offer payroll services directly to their clients. This cloud-based payroll service is private-labeled and can be configured to meet the needs of different clients. It is also a good fit for firms that would like to work with a web-based suite of tax & accounting firm tools.
From the Sept. 2011 Review of Professional Payroll Programs
Payroll Relief is the wholly web-based payroll solution included in the AccountantsWorld suite of web-based applications for accounting professionals. Payroll Relief is designed and marketed exclusively to accounting professionals to manage multiple payroll clients. It offers accountants a wide range of analytical, management and marketing tools to help build a profitable payroll service. The program is all-inclusive and offers rich functionality. Since first released in 2004, Payroll Relief has introduced a number of enhancements to assist accounting professionals in increasing payroll processing profitability.
BASIC SYSTEM FUNCTIONS:
Payroll Relief is a SaaS solution, accessed through most modern Internet browsers. An unlimited number of users may concurrently access the same client file, but may not concurrently access the same screens while working on a common client file. Navigation is accomplished through a series of logical categories, each with a logically grouped drop-down menu of related options.
Payroll Relief offers a dashboard view for each client, providing a quick overview of upcoming payroll runs and any tax payments due. The page also lists other performance metrics such as the number of active employees and a bar chart detailing trends in total gross pay by month for the last two years. The dashboard has an error field that details any employee social security numbers that have verification exceptions.
Payroll processing is clearly laid out for quick data entry. Users can export a time entry screen to Excel, which may then be populated by a client, and uploaded to Payroll Relief. The entries are automatically incorporated into the company file, and payroll is ready to be reviewed and verified immediately. All state and localities are supported, though not all employer forms are supported for local taxes. Unlimited earnings and deduction codes are allowed for each employee, as well as the ability to assign locations and departments. Direct deposit is included with the service and allows up to three separate accounts per employee. Those without direct deposit capabilities may receive a prepaid debit card, which carries an additional service fee to the employer.
AccountantsWorld also provides a number of employer tools for accounting professionals. Some examples include direct deposit authorization forms, state new hire reports, and materials to help market the accounting professional’s payroll service offerings. An after-the-fact module is also available as a separate component of the AccountantsWorld suite of products.