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Free payroll software for agents

Is HMRC payroll product suitable for agents?

I deal with 4 company payrolls with one employee each.  Two of the payrolls are annual schemes with a single payment each year.  The other two make monthly payments each to the single employee.  I used to use Payroo's free product but they are now charging (and I've never liked it that much anyway so it is a good time to change).  I see that many other  'free' payroll providers have started charging as well.

Can anyone recommend an inexpensive or free, uncomplicated product?  Can agents use the HMRC free product and if so, how do they find this in practice?  I disliked it years ago but perhaps it has improved?  

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By jcace
29th Mar 2019 18:32

Given your situation, I would take a good look at the options BrightPay would give you. Depends on what you want exactly and how much you want to spend.
BrightPay might also enable you to comfortably expand your services.

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29th Mar 2019 19:23

Well, I use the HMRC basic PAYE tools for a few clients. It’s a bit clunky (just like me) and not very intuitive but you get used to it. And it works.

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30th Mar 2019 07:29

Our local bookeeper uses HMRC. I think I would be inclined to use Brightpay i this instance.

We use SAGE but its not cheap. We have a big payroll department though

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By Alex_T
01st Apr 2019 12:06

I wouldn't consider using Basic tools for a client's payroll. Have a look at BrightPay, it is well priced and caters for annual payrolls. Best of luck!

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01st Apr 2019 12:16

Thanks for feedback and BrightPay suggestions, however, it seems quite expensive for a total of 26 payments a year. I am not VAT registered so the cost is £300 a year, which is over £11.50 a payment (plus the cost of my time). Is there anything cheaper out there?

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to TaxAngel
01st Apr 2019 12:29

I don't have any recommendations that would fit. I fear the reason might be that RTI payroll is complicated - however simple your clients payments happen to be.

As others have mentioned, maybe use this as an opportunity to increase your payroll department?

Software is really expensive when clients fall into a "mini bureau". Whilst we have pushed through the payroll barrier to make profit, we are finding the same as you with CIS and are having to almost be at a break even for that service due to software costs (but its worth it considering the rest of the work we do for the client).

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