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If you settle on using Intuit's Quickbooks online, here's a nice view at how to get started
After doing a thorough search of the web in 2012, we couldn't find a totally freeware version of payroll software. If you come across one, please let us know!
The best we could find was online payroll software that was free for the first month, many times with no strings attached.
FICA, or social security tax and medicare, state income tax, federal income tax, city or county income tax, along with voluntary deductions. You can also ask to have extra money taken out of your taxes and sent to the IRS.
If your stubs aren't looking right, you can get paper check stub blanks from an office supply store. You can also download our word or excel template, off to the left.
A salary pay stub is much easier to create than an hourly pay stub. That's because with an hourly stub you always have to be concerned about how many hours the employee actually worked. With a salary employee, they receive the same amount of pay (and you take out the same deductions) each pay period. So once you compute this the first time, the other times are really easy.
Direct deposit is a form of money wire transfer. You instruct your bank to wire (or transfer) the money to your employees bank. To set this up, you have to know your account information and your employee's account information. Fortunately, this isn't difficult at all. Most modern payroll software can handle it pretty much automatically. (Once they are configured)