Best Payroll Software For Mac 2023 – Forbes Advisor


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When assessing today’s best payroll software for Macs, we evaluated each provider based on cost, Mac compatibility, customer support and features and functionality, based on several metrics that were weighted to favor features that small business owners find valuable in a provider. Here is a closer look at each of these criteria.


We looked for options with a mix of cost and features that are appropriate for different-sized businesses. For small businesses, for example, we looked for providers with plans of $40 per month or lower. We also evaluated each provider based on the affordability of add-on features such as time tracking or HR tools that require an extra fee to access. Pricing accounted for 25% of the total score.


We looked for providers that offer ways users can access the software and fully use its features from a Mac computer or Apple device. This compatibility may take the form of Apple apps, a Mac desktop solution or an online cloud-based version available on all devices, including Mac computers or desktops.

We also looked for providers that offer basic payroll features most businesses use, such as the ability to pay 1099 workers, quickly process payroll, file end-of-year taxes and track workers’ time at work. We preferred providers that go beyond these basics with tools and processes to pay W-2 employees, robust integrations, automation tools and complimentary HR and accounting tools. iOS compatibility and general features accounted for 40% of the final score.

Third-party reviews

We prioritized providers with above-average customer support ratings by users on software review sites. Our ranking combined both the overall score from customers and the number of reviews for these scores (looking only at those the providers received that were 3.5 or higher out of 5) to give the fullest picture of reality and reduce bias. These accounted for 15% of the total score.

Expert analysis

Our experts took all of these criteria into consideration while making a final analysis of each software. We based this analysis on customer reviews on key points that included ease of use, popularity, value for the money and any features that stood out…