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Wave Payroll

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Payroll solution for small businesses

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Wave Payroll FAQs

Q. What type of pricing plans does Wave Payroll offer?

Wave Payroll has the following pricing plans:
Starting from: $0.00
Free Trial: Available

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Q. Who are the typical users of Wave Payroll?

Wave Payroll has the following typical customers:
Freelancers, Non Profit, Public Administrations, Small Business

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Q. What languages does Wave Payroll support?

Wave Payroll supports the following languages:
English

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Q. Does Wave Payroll support mobile devices?

Wave Payroll supports the following devices:
Android, iPad, iPhone

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Q. Does Wave Payroll offer an API?

No, Wave Payroll does not have an API available.

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Q. What level of support does Wave Payroll offer?

Wave Payroll offers the following support options:
Email/Help Desk, Chat, Phone Support, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, 24/7 (Live rep)

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Wave Payroll product overview

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What is Wave Payroll?

Wave Payroll is a payroll management solution designed to help small businesses simplify and automate payroll processes, as well as stay compliant with taxes and deductions. With Wave Payroll, users can track and manage vacations, benefits, and overtime accurately and efficiently, and provide users with quick access to accurate pay stubs and reports. As a cloud based solution, Wave Payroll gives users the flexibility to access and manage payroll information anytime, anywhere, via any internet-enabled device.

Key benefits of using Wave Payroll

  • Wave Payroll manages vacations, bonuses and other benefit calculations, and provides accurate pay stubs and reports.
  • In Canada, New York, California, Florida, Texas, Illinois, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington, Wave’s complete payroll tax service can automatically pay and file state and federal payroll taxes.
  • Payroll journal entries automatically record as Wave Payroll connects seamlessly with the rest of a Wave account.
  • Supports direct deposits, allowing users to make deposits directly to employee your bank accounts quickly and reliably.
  • Employees can log into Wave securely to access their pay stubs and tax forms, and manage their contact and banking information.
  • Typical customers

    Freelancers
    Small businesses
    Mid size businesses
    Large enterprises

    Platforms supported

    Web
    Android
    iPhone/iPad

    Support options

    Email/Help Desk
    Chat
    Phone Support
    FAQs/Forum
    Knowledge Base
    24/7 (Live rep)

    Training options

    Videos
    Webinars
    Live Online
    Documentation

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    Wave Payroll pricing information

    Value for money

    3.5

    /5

    60

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    Wave Payroll features

    Functionality

    3.6

    /5

    60

    Total features

    17

    2 categories

    Most valued features by users

    Activity Dashboard
    Reporting & Statistics
    Self Service Portal
    Reminders
    Approval Process Control
    Benefits Management
    Check Printing
    Compliance Management

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    Wave Payroll users reviews

    Overall Rating

    4.0

    /5

    60

    Positive reviews

    Rating breakdown
    • Value for money
    • Ease of use
    • Features
    • Customer support
    • Likelihood to recommend7.4/10
    Rating distribution

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    8

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    8

    Pros
    Wave Accounting is definitely one of the best companies for accounting, and their payroll app has really come out on top. It's easy to use, easy to learn, and the user experience is optimal.
    I love that it is easy to use and figure out. Costumer service is helpful.
    Overall the experience has been a great one, it has been reliable for the last year.
    Cons
    My biggest problem was customer support, very limited and useless. There is a hidden fee that is not mentioned which should be disclosed.
    It is really ugly and you can't customize the features and the service, because it doesn't left you enough control over the payroll.
    They missed some notes about things we need to file and it cost us money and time.

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    Barbara H.

    Human Capital Manager

    Information Technology and Services, 11-50 employees

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    Good until you Deactivate

    Reviewed 2 years ago

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    Shaun D S.

    Used daily for 6-12 months

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    • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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    If was any simpler it'd be illegal

    Reviewed 5 years ago

    Super simple. We were actually able to get everything set-up in 4 hours, not missing a beat, employees were paid on time and reporting cash in - cash out doesn't require a degree from MIT.

    Pros

    I can't even begin to say how SIMPLE it is! I was looking for something that my Daughter and Wife could use to do AR/AP as well as payroll. It took me literally 4 hours to get 237 employees added with their payroll information. Didn't miss a payday :-)

    Cons

    The invoicing was/is clunky. You only have 3 designs to choose from. I haven't found a way to import designs from another invoicing software that I was using. I'd kind of like to just have one......but it's not too important right now.

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    Marketing and Advertising, self-employed

    Used weekly for less than 6 months

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    • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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    Wave is better than Xero & QuickBooks

    Reviewed 3 years ago

    My overall experience has been spectacular. It was easy for me to add bank accounts and integrate other key extensions. I prefer this over Xero only because it's free and easy to use on both mobile and desktop. It's packed with many things that I still have to explore when I get the chance. I think everyone should give this software a shot before they decide on moving on to a paid platform.

    Pros

    I like that it's completely free and has many easy aspects of adding receipts, reporting, tracking your expenses, bank accounts and more. I compared it with other bookkeeping software and Wave is the best because it's free and does the same things as other platforms but more. I will mainly be using this in my business to keep track of taxes and file it accordingly.

    Cons

    There are no cons for me for this software as I recently started using it. I think the only thing they should do is continuously adding more features and updates.

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    Food & Beverages, 1-10 employees

    Used weekly for 6-12 months

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    do not waste your time.

    Reviewed a month ago
    Pros

    Nothing, the service was lackluster and offered little positives.

    Cons

    Bad customer support, bad functionality, features we paid for were never given to us; pricing is very deceptive and increased with little notice. Extorted us to keep us with them by refusing to issue our T4's if we cancelled our subscription.

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    Larissa P.

    Consumer Services, 1-10 employees

    Used weekly for 2+ years

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    Do not use this product! Trust me, it’s good until it’s not.

    Reviewed 7 months ago

    Overall, really liked it, but without customer service, it’s a very dangerous software to use, especially when dealing with employees pay. If anything goes wrong or you need support, you’re hooped.

    Pros

    Fairly easy to set up, user friendly, good interface.

    Cons

    If you need support you will be waiting over 2 days for a reply, after somehow getting through the bot to get to submit a ticket. I was late paying my employee because I could not get help that I needed to resolve my payroll issue in a timely manner. Initial response took 3 days.

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    Oladipo A.

    Broadcast Media, 11-50 employees

    Used monthly for 2+ years

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    • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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    Payroll Review

    Reviewed a year ago

    On a general note, the wave payroll dashboard always give a quick caption of all payroll related information. The application is one of the best.

    Pros

    Wave payroll is a software used by small/medium scale business owners to pay the wages of their workers or contractors. It has been simplified to a level that it saves time and money while one will still access high quality payroll facilities. I am very comfortable with wave payroll because it connects to other wave application like wave accounting but not to third party. It is easy to understand and easy to manage income and expenses.

    Cons

    It is not completely free. It is not easily accessible I.e wave payroll don't have an app that work on Andriod and IOS devices. It cannot be accessed without adequate internet connections.

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