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Basics Payroll 2016

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Basics Payroll 2013 is a free Excel workbook that simplifies the payroll process for small and medium-size businesses. It's compatible with Microsoft Excel 2007 and later; we tried it in Excel version 14 in Office 2010. While Basics Payroll 2013 is free, you must activate it to use it. And, like King Arthur, you must answer three simple questions to proceed: What is your city and state? What is your industry? And have you used Basics Payroll before?

When we first opened Basics Payroll 2013, Excel's Compatibility Checker listed components that are disabled or reduced in functionality in earlier versions of Excel, with recommendations for fixes. Basics Payroll's white font and green-on-black look don't resemble the typical Excel sheet, but everything's clearly laid out and labeled, including buttons at the top of the template for quickly opening the Data Sheet, viewing and printing checks, entering general information, and returning to the Menu. The Menu accesses the program's three steps: Submit General Info, Submit Payroll Input, and Process the Pay Period. Clicking Help opened a sheet of instructions with individually printable sections. We could also go directly to the tax tables or a particular timesheet. Since we didn't yet have any saved data, we started by entering our General Information in Step 1 and moving on to Step 2, Payroll Input. In Step 3, Print Checks, Basics Payroll offers two options, Print All Checks and Print Employee #, letting us run the payroll at once or cut checks as needed. We could center checks for neat printing, too, though we didn't have genuine check paper to test-print checks.

Basics Payroll 2013's simple, three-step process and familiar Excel format make for a short learning curve, and also make quick work of the payroll process. And it's free, if you answer these questions three!

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1 stars

"Not free, i filtered free payroll and this program incl"

April 28, 2015  |  By laurelp52

2015-04-28 16:58:07  |  By laurelp52

 |  Version: Basics Payroll 2015 8.0


Don't know


5 day trial although CNET filters it as a free program, not free to try or to purchase, but FREE, it is NOT>


Would never trust a program that starts out with deceit.

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1 stars

"not what i was looking for. sorry, not for me"

September 24, 2012  |  By KAPOUTi

2012-09-24 07:03:06  |  By KAPOUTi

 |  Version: Basics Payroll 2012 5.0


not what i was looking for. sorry, not for me


not what i was looking for. sorry, not for me


not what i was looking for. sorry, not for me

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1 stars

"Federal Tax does not use correct basis."

March 27, 2012  |  By weeblesue

2012-03-27 11:55:44  |  By weeblesue

 |  Version: Basics Payroll 2012 5.0


Snazzy interface, straightforward to understand.




Federal taxes are based on the ADJUSTED GROSS income, and this program does not calculate this properly. Enter values for someone's pay, say $3000 biweekly and see what tax it calculates. Then, add a "non-taxable" pre-tax deduction of, say, 10% for a 401K contribution. This is supposed to reduce the Adjusted Gross, so less taxes are taken out. However, the calculation shows exactly the same amount of taxes to be taken out no matter if this person contributes to a 401K or not.

Yes, the Social Security and Medicare taxes ignore 401K contributions for the calculated amount, but Federal Tax does not.

No matter what I did, I could not get the values of this program to match up with my employer's pay statement to me. It was close on the SS and Medicare, but not even remotely close on Federal.


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4 stars

"easy to use, for our small company with only 2 employees it is perfect. 941, w2, w3 we can do on our own."

August 10, 2008  |  By cypermonkey

2008-08-10 09:06:36  |  By cypermonkey

 |  Version: Basics Payroll 2008 1


easy to use

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5 stars

"Great! Great! Payroll Software"

October 05, 2006  |  By jgarcia96

2006-10-05 14:23:13  |  By jgarcia96

 |  Version: Basics Payroll 1


Very Basic. Friendly User. This program is design for a small business. At times I have more than 30 employees and can still use the program. Highly recommend. Tech support is great by e-mail and by phone.


NONE. Try BASIC PAYROLL and is you don't like. Go to and try PAYROLL SB.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 9.0
Version 9.0 includes 2016 Withholding Tables.
Publisher Small Business Friendly
Publisher web site
Release Date January 01, 2016
Date Added January 03, 2016
Version 9.0
Category Business Software
Subcategory Spreadsheet Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements Microsoft Excel
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File Size 1.54MB
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Total Downloads 120,533
Downloads Last Week 207
License Model Free
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Price Free

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