Payroll services for small businesses

Easily pay your employees on time

Crunch clients can enjoy a complete, Real Time Information (RTI) compliant payroll service delivered by our payroll team and supported by our expert, Chartered Certified Accountants.

Whether you’re a director looking to pay yourself a salary above the National Insurance (NI) threshold, or a small business owner with up to 10 employees, Crunch can help. You can speak to your client managers about this additional service, or you can contact one of our friendly advisors on 0333 311 0800 to discuss how we can support your every need as your business grows.

Why you'll love our payroll services

What we offer

Payroll for up to 10 employees

Crunch clients on our Small Business accounting package have payroll for up to 10 employees (including directors) included in their subscription. Pro or Premium accounting package clients can add our payroll service to their package if required to meet any payroll needs.

All your tax and HMRC filing

Our payroll software will automatically calculate and file your monthly payroll with HMRC and produce payslips, Form P60 and other tax forms for you, your fellow directors, and your employees. We’ll calculate the Income Tax and National Insurance due as well.

HMRC compliance assured

Our Real Time Information (RTI) payroll can be set up in minutes, letting you expand your workforce safe in the knowledge that you’re staying compliant.

Businesses with up to
five employees

Choose our hassle-free payroll service for businesses with up to five employees including directors, for just £16.50 +VAT a month. You also need to use this service if you’re a director on our Pro package and wish to take a salary from your business above the National Insurance Threshold level.

Businesses with six to
ten employees

We can also run payroll for businesses that have grown to take on between six and ten employees for just £21.50 +VAT a month.

IR35 Payroll 


We offer a payroll service for limited company clients who may have a contract or assignment which is inside IR35. We’ll deduct the correct tax and National Insurance each month to make sure you’re compliant and only paying what you need to, and all for a low monthly fee of £27.50 +VAT. This service is included as part of our Premium or Small Business packages.

Got a question about our payroll service?

Who needs to think about payroll?


If you’re a company director on our Pro package and you're looking to pay yourself a salary above the National Insurance threshold, or you have employees, you may need to use our payroll service, or upgrade to our Premium or small business package. Speak to an advisor or to your client managers.

Taking on an employee


Learn the basic legal requirements and best practice when taking on an employee for your business, and get tips on how to find the best candidates in our handy Knowledge article and checklist.

Why might I want to take a salary above the National Insurance threshold?


If you’re looking to pay a salary higher than the National Insurance threshold, you’ll need to pay employee’s National Insurance Contributions (NICs) and your company will need to pay employer’s NICs. There may be valid reasons for paying a higher salary, such as to qualify for increased benefits (i.e. higher maternity pay). In addition:

  • You may want to run a payroll if you are working as an IR35 contractor through your limited company - this service is included on our Premium and Small Business packages.
  • If your company has two or more directors and you all take a salary over the NI threshold, or if you have other employees, you may be eligible for the Employment Allowance (The Employment Allowance gives a company up to £4,000 relief towards their Employer NIC bill for the 2020/21 tax year). There are rules which must be followed, particularly if you work in the public sector or are a freelancer or a contractor, please contact us to see if you’re eligible to apply
  • You may wish to pay yourself a higher salary to help with a mortgage application. If you believe this applies to you, don't forget that it's not always necessary and our Crunch Mortgages advisors can help you understand what you need to apply for a mortgage when you're self-employed
  • Alternatively, you might just want to take a little more home each month. You can find out why we usually recommend a salary set at the National Insurance threshold in our article “How much should I take as a salary from my limited company?”.

Why business owners love us

Zoë Quirk

September 20, 2021

Always a pleasure to ring Crunch for support - their friendly staff always talk through clear, simple steps so that my query is resolved on the phone call and I can go back to thinking less about accounts and more about my work.



September 17, 2021

Crunch look after all my accounting. The platform is super easy and the team are always on hand to help.


Joe Haigh

September 15, 2021

just a nice young fresh team always sounding like they want to help. love it!


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