SAN FRANCISCO (June 12, 2013) — ZenPayroll, Inc., today announced the launch of contractor payments - extending its modern approach to payroll from employees to independent contractors. Businesses can now reap the benefits of paying their entire workforce from the same delightful, intuitive payroll system.
“I've been paying my contractors by check, through my bank website, and PayPal. Every year I spend hours trying to gather all of my payment records to manually create a 1099. I love the time savings and convenience ZenPayroll provides, and my contractors love getting paid through direct deposit,” said Ryan Dawkins, President of Project Sport, a San Francisco-based sports marketing and event management company. “Everything is handled in one place and automatically recorded for me at the end of the year. Payroll couldn't get any easier!”
Businesses are required to file Form 1099 with the IRS at the end of the year for any contractor who received more than $600 in wages from the employer. The contractor is also entitled to receive a copy for income tax reporting purposes. While many small businesses are working with independent contractors - there are more than 43 million contractors in the US alone, nearly one-third of the workforce, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) - employers are overwhelmed with the complexities of tracking and reporting their wages.
Whether it's forgetting to file Form 1099 altogether, incorrectly reporting wages, or making filing errors with the government, sizable penalties can result. One Chicago-area housing contractor that failed to keep proper records and incorrectly classified 18 workers as contractors faced civil penalties of $327,000, plus $1,500 for poor recordkeeping.
“The nature of work is changing given the decline of lifetime employment. People often have several jobs at one time and many companies employ contractors as a part of running their business,” said Joshua Reeves, CEO and co-founder of ZenPayroll. “Payroll should encompass everyone in the workforce - whether it's a traditional employee or part-time contractor. We're excited to bring our focus on ease of use and delight to this important business process.”
With ZenPayroll, independent contractors can be paid through direct deposit and payments will be reported at the end of the year on IRS Form 1099. Once a contractor is added, an employer can also record historical payments made outside of the software.
Contractor payments are available immediately through ZenPayroll and pricing is the same for both employees and contractors - just $25 per company, plus $4 per employee or contractor, per month. When a company grows past 10 employees or contractors, the rate drops to $2 for each additional person. For more information about pricing, visit: ZenPayroll.com/pricing.
Gusto is on a mission to bring life to work by reimagining payroll, benefits, and HR. Gusto serves over 40,000 companies nationwide and makes the most complicated, impersonal business tasks simple and delightful. Gusto has offices in San Francisco and Denver and its investors include Google Capital, General Catalyst, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and the founders of Instagram, Stripe, Nest, PayPal, Yelp, Dropbox, and Eventbrite, among others.