Payroll

Payroll is simple with Wave

Whether you’re handling vacation time or benefit calculations, Wave has all the tools you need to run your business.

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Simplify your payroll experience

Run payroll in minutes
No hidden fees
100% guaranteed accuracy

Why choose Payroll by Wave

Pay employees and contractors

Pay independent contractors and employees, and generate T4 and T4-A forms for tax season.

Pay employees and contractors

Pay independent contractors and employees, and generate W2 and 1099 forms for tax season.

Direct deposit

Deposit payments directly into your employees’ bank accounts, quickly and reliably. Less work for you, and your team will love it.

Automatic tax remittances

Wave will send your tax remittances and all the associated paperwork to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for you—part of your low monthly rate.

Automatic filings and payments

In New York, California, Florida, Texas, Illinois, and Washington, Wave’s complete payroll tax service can automatically pay and file your state and federal payroll taxes. (Coming soon to more states.)

Automatic payroll journal entries

Payroll by Wave is seamlessly connected with the rest of your Wave account to reduce the time you spend on manual bookkeeping.

Employee access

Your employees can log into Wave securely to access their pay stubs and T4s, and manage their contact and banking information.

Self-service pay stubs and tax forms

Employees can log into Wave securely to access their pay stubs and W2s, and manage their contact and banking information.

Easily switch from another payroll provider

When you switch from another payroll software, migrating your data is simple. Learn more about how you can switch to Wave.

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Payroll pricing

No set-up fees or hidden charges.

Monthly Fee
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Tax service states

California, Florida, New York, Texas, Illinois, and Washington

$35 monthly base fee
+ $4 per active employee
+ $4 per independent contractor paid

Wave handles your payroll taxes.

These six states include tax services from Wave. This means we automatically transfer tax payments and file the paperwork with your state tax office and the IRS.


Self service states

All other 44 states

$20 monthly base fee
+ $4 per active employee
+ $4 per independent contractor paid

Wave makes filing your own payroll taxes easy.

The remaining 44 states are self-serve, which means you’ll have to pay and file the paperwork yourself. Wave makes it easy by showing you what information and how much money you’ll need per payroll.

Monthly Fee
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Available in all provinces and territories, except Quebec
$20 monthly base fee
+ $4 per active employee
+ $4 per independent contractor paid

Your monthly price includes direct deposit, T4s, full tax remittances to the CRA, and Wave’s payroll accuracy guarantee.

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  • Integrates seamlessly and instantly with Wave’s free, award-winning accounting, invoicing and receipt scanning software
  • Priority customer support, direct from Wave headquarters
  • Calculations for vacations, bonuses, and other benefits
  • Payroll reminders in your inbox
  • Great for seasonal businesses; put employees on hold any time at no charge
  • Easy to understand tax liabilities
  • Payroll in the cloud: Pay your employees from anywhere
  • Self-service check printing
  • Secure collaboration with your bookkeeper, partner or assistants
  • 256-bit SSL encryption
  • Data is backed up automatically for peace of mind
  • Integrates seamlessly and instantly with Wave’s free, award-winning accounting, invoicing and receipt scanning software
  • Priority customer support, direct from Wave headquarters
  • Payroll reminders in your inbox
  • Great for seasonal businesses; put employees on hold any time at no charge
  • Easy to understand tax liabilities
  • Employee self-serve portal for pay stubs, T4 forms and T4-A forms
  • Payroll in the cloud: Pay your employees from anywhere
  • Automated holiday pay for Canadian statutory holidays
  • Self-service cheque printing
  • Secure collaboration with your bookkeeper, partner or assistants
  • 256-bit SSL encryption
  • Data is backed up automatically for peace of mind

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  • How does the 30-day free trial work?

    Upon processing your first payroll, you can use Payroll by Wave for up to 30 days, commitment-free. At any time, you can activate to start your billing cycle and gain access to items like tax filing and approving payrolls beyond the current month. See our full terms here.

  • How does the 30-day free trial work?

    Upon processing your first payroll, you can use Payroll by Wave for up to 30 days, commitment-free. At any time, you can activate to start your billing cycle and gain access to items like tax filing and approving payrolls beyond the current month. See our full terms here.

  • Why is the base price different for some states?

    The base rate is higher in tax service states (California, Florida, New York, Texas, Illinois, and Washington) because Wave automatically transfers tax payments and files the necessary paperwork with your state tax office and or IRS.

    In self service states (all other 44 states) Payroll by Wave does not make payments or file on your behalf.

  • Can I pay contractors with Payroll by Wave?

    You sure can! Payroll by Wave supports paying both employees and independent contractors when you run payroll. The proper T4-A tax forms are also generated for you.

  • Can I pay independent contractors with Payroll by Wave?

    You sure can! Payroll by Wave supports paying both employees and independent contractors when you run payroll. The proper 1099 tax forms are also generated for you.

  • How do I migrate my data from a different payroll provider to Wave?

    If you're switching to Wave mid-year, you’ll want to provide us with your historical payroll data so that employee tax forms and pay stubs are accurate. You can learn how to do that with this handy support article.

  • What if I want to pause my payroll for a period of time?

    You can deactivate your payroll account at any time by navigating to Settings > Billing > Deactivate.

  • What provinces and territories is Payroll by Wave available in?

    Our payroll service is available in every province and territory with the exception of Quebec.

Smooth payroll, and more!

Payroll is great, but it’s even greater when used with the rest of Wave.

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