Some well-received, free payroll software options include CKZ Time Clock Free Edition, Paymastr Payroll and OpenMiracle. All three allow users to calculate payroll. CKZ Time Clock also includes clock-in and clock-out functionality, Paymastr Payroll provides in-depth tools for benefits, and OpenMiracle features a user-friendly interface.
Other popular free payroll applications include EzWagez, Dynacom Accounting, Open Bazara HR Payroll and Piccolo Payroll Management System.
Additionally, many popular subscription payroll services offer free trials. Intuit Quickbooks Payroll, FreshBooks, and Patriot Payroll feature free 30-day trial versions as of 2015. These services also offer cost-effective versions for small businesses. In general, they are significantly more comprehensive and user-friendly than free alternatives.