Basic payroll calculator

Calculate weekly payroll with this no-frills program.

PayCal is a basic database program that allows users to quickly calculate payroll. The program is pretty bare-bones--you won't actually be able to print checks from it--but for a basic calculator, it works well.

PayCal's interface is fairly straightforward. A timesheet-style display for each employee allows users to enter hours worked, including a deduction for lunch. Users enter the pay rate and percentage withheld for taxes or other payroll deductions, and the program calculates the employee's gross and net pay for the pay period. Each sheet shows Monday through Sunday for one week, so users who don't pay on a weekly schedule may find that the program doesn't entirely meet their needs. Each group of timesheets can be saved in a separate database, allowing users to organize information by pay period. The program offers a couple of report options, including a copy of each employee's timesheet and a list of employees and their pay for a given pay period. The program also offers a graph function, although it's not entirely clear what is being graphed. The program's built-in Help file is very basic and does not fully explain the program's functions, but the program is intuitive enough that this is not a major hindrance.

PayCal is free. It comes as a ZIP file and functions after extraction with no need for installation. We recommend this program to all users seeking a basic payroll calculator.

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