The Pros and Cons of Payroll Outsourcing

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A payroll error can throw a wrench in company plans quickly. As a business in a technical, engineering, or science field, you may prefer to focus your resources on innovation, development, research, and field work. Outsourcing is a growing trend across businesses of all sizes today, and it provides a viable alternative to in-house payroll and accounting functions.

Here’s what you need to know to make an informed decision about payroll outsourcing for your business.

Pros
Outsourcing payroll tasks reduces the risk of errors, improves business efficiencies, and cuts overhead costs. Since outsourcing service providers specialize in certain functions, they often have a streamlined system of checks and balances in place to ensure data quality, security, and efficiency. In other words, an outside company may be able to do the work faster and with better reliability.

When tax season rolls around, companies that outsource can feel confident in their record-keeping and tax return documentation. Professional payroll companies can also identify and recommend potential tax deductions to save a client more money every year.

Large companies such as Unilever outsource their payroll departments to streamline in-house HR functions and reduce the number of employees needed for related activities. Small companies that outsource gain access to a professional team of payroll experts without having to hire a full-time employee.

Cons
When you decide to outsource, choosing the right partner is essential. The wrong payroll company could increase the number of inaccuracies instead of reducing them or cost your company more than necessary to complete the work at hand. A business—not the outsourcing partner—is ultimately responsible for payroll accountability.

Getting Started With Payroll Services
As with any outsourcing role, businesses should partner with companies they trust that operate under a similar set of core values. Choosing a strategic payroll partner can save time and money while providing peace of mind. Reach out to PT Systems to learn more about our complete payroll services.