Payroll software one employee

Payroll software recommendations for a single employee company

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My client, a property management company, is owned by husband and wife.

The wife does the office work, (bookkeeping, marketing, regulatory stuff etc.), and the husband is a surveyor who managed the properties.

They have agreed that she should be paid a salary - just the SPA - but don't have any software.

I have looked at a few, including HMRC's Basic offfering. They are not minded to have to pay for it because the margins are already very tight.

Do you have any experience and recommendations for single-person - or possibly two-person - free payrolls?  If you do, what might you recommend?

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By janelm
14th Feb 2024 14:05

Mettle business bank account for free gives FreeAgent for free (provided one transaction/month goes through the Mettle bank account) which includes monthly payroll.

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By rmillaree
14th Feb 2024 14:54

beat me to it +1

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By paulhammett
14th Feb 2024 14:17

HMRC’s Basic PAYE tools is free and in my opinion is adequate in your circumstances. Give it a try.

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By paul.benny
14th Feb 2024 14:32

+1

I use it for my two-person payroll. It's a bit clunky but does the job.

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By Cambridge Business
14th Feb 2024 15:49

Thank you both. it's certinaly a good option.

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By FactChecker
14th Feb 2024 15:46

OP hasn't said whether their 'client' will be running the Payroll themselves (in essence unaided) - or whether they are seeking a suitable payroll for OP to run on their behalf.

If the former, then almost any software (preferably from HMRC's list of recognised UK payroll software) will do - including those already mentioned by others.

But if the latter, then OP really should consider one of the better, grown-up varieties (everyone has their favourite) unless they are already very confident in the wider aspects of payroll. It's not just gross/tax/ni/net ... and the better systems will nudge you when any other aspect is becoming pertinent, so you're less likely to end up relying on your PII!

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By Cambridge Business
14th Feb 2024 15:51

Thank you. Good point.

The client shall be running it themselves. I'm a part-time FD and the idea of doing proper work, such as payroll, is terrifying!

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By rmillaree
14th Feb 2024 17:40

i would be terrified at the prospect any any non payroll expert running payroll nowadays myself included - i used to run a couple so i was on the ball ref my job - reality is now its best left to experts due to the increasing complexity - i would say that however simple payroll is - would be interesting to see what % of "think i can do it" peeps get it right year 1. from my experience many start of using the non directors method for directors - that is an option but involves adjustmenst at year end that may that not automatically be dealt with by the package - thats not even getting onto pensions ....

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By Cambridge Business
14th Feb 2024 18:14

Yes. These are all good points.
However, they shall be paid £1,047.50 p.m., which shall not change, until the SPA does. They are beyond retirement age, so don't pay NIC and pensions are sorted elsewhere.
So, I think they shall be OK but I shal keep an eye on - without being legally responsible.

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By rmillaree
14th Feb 2024 18:37

are you aware that for single salaried director paid 12570 pa then employers ni will be payable by the company?

all too easy to tick the wrong box and presume they didnt need to pay any !!

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By Tom+Cross
14th Feb 2024 16:57

For less than £10.00 (including vat) per month, I'll put Moneysoft, Payroll manager into the pot.

https://moneysoft.co.uk/prices/

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By Dougscott
14th Feb 2024 18:53

I've used HMRC's offering for years for the dozen or so clients I have in a similar situation.

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By mbee1
15th Feb 2024 10:17

Brightpay - one employer up to three employees is £79pa.

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