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How To Find the Best Payroll Services in Los Angeles County CA

When it comes to processing employee paychecks, business are legally obligated to deduct and pay payroll taxes, and produce, file, and distribute end-of-year wage reports such as W-2 forms. There can be expensive penalty fines for late filing of W-2 forms, incorrect or late employee payroll checks, and errors in payroll or form filings. That's where outside payroll processing services can save money, time, and hassle instead of a business trying to do it all internally. Payroll services in Los Angeles County CA will process employee paychecks, figure and deduct payroll taxes, prepare end of year W-2 statements, and can do direct deposit of employee payroll earnings into each employee's bank account.

The following research by The Prime Buyer's Report identifies the best payroll services in Los Angeles County and the issues related to hiring them.



Updated February 18, 2017

 The TOP 10 Payroll Services in Los Angeles County CA

Alba Professional Services H&R Block
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(562) 868-3518
11825 Alondra Blvd
Norwalk, CA 90650
CTEC Registration #A228508, EA (Enrolled Agent)
   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10  Better Business Bureau CTEC (California Tax Education Council) Chamber of Commerce-Norwalk IRS Authorized e-file Provider Federacion de Clubes Jaliscienses del Sur de California FCZSC (Federacion de Clubes Zacatecanos Del Sur De California

Areas Served: the Los Angeles Area incl. Norwalk CA, Agoura Hills, Alondra Park, Atwater Village, ...
Services: payroll processing, payroll services

Charles Carroll Associates
8939 Sepulveda Boulevard Suite 350
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Areas Served: Beverly Hills CA, West Hollywood CA, Long Beach CA, Glendale, Los Angeles CA

WPS Payroll
5301 Beethoven St, Suite 101
Los Angeles, CA 90066

Areas Served: Malibu CA, Long Beach CA, Los Angeles CA, Torrance CA, Beverly Hills CA

Payroll Centric
5250 W. Century Blvd Suite 432
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Areas Served: Century City CA, Los Angeles CA, West Hollywood CA, Culver City CA

Pay Plus Co
8306 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 1070
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Areas Served: West Hollywood CA, Beverly Hills CA, Torrance CA, Long Beach CA, Glendale

American Brand Payroll Services
Los Angeles, CA

Areas Served: Norwalk CA, Long Beach CA, Santa Monica CA, Los Angeles CA, Culver City CA

How To Find the Best Payroll Services in Los Angeles County CA  

Payroll companies in Los Angeles County are not required to be licensed by the State, nor are they legally required to have professional liability insurance to protect you the client from financial loss due to a payroll processing mistake, however all payroll services bearing The Prime Buyer's ReportTOP 10 symbol do have that liability insurance for your protection, in addition to passing all of the other requirements for Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 status such as our research phone calls to their previous clients to verify high satisfaction, hiring only documented workers, sufficient length of time in business, clean complaint record, and more.

Payroll services will process your employee paycheck information and can issue checks drawn from a separate payroll checking account set up for this purpose, or from your own existing business checking account, or do direct deposit from either of these directly to your employees' accounts.

Many payroll companies in Los Angeles County allow you to submit online all your information for processing employee paychecks, negating the need for phone calls and faxes. And some do more than just payroll services, also offering human resources support with standardized forms, workers compensation support, and management reports that cover payroll recap, vacation and sick time accrual, and do the new hire reporting to the state that is legally required of businesses.   

Certain payroll services in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Malibu, Long Beach and Redondo Beach CA specialize in processing employee paychecks for specific industries such as restaurant payroll which has its own complexities including allocated Tip Reporting, Tip-to-Minimum Validation, Shortfall Reports and the FICA Tip Credit Report.

Some Payroll Services in Los Angeles County Are Much Better than Others
The Prime Buyer's Report lists these services for payroll in Los Angeles County CA: Alba Professional Services H&R Block, Payroll Centric, WPS Payroll, Charles Carroll Associates, American Brand Payroll Services, Pay Plus Co. Other companies for payroll in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Malibu, Long Beach and Redondo Beach CA that might still be in business include: Nationwide Payroll Service, Mauro M D'Amico Payroll Services. Didn't find what you wanted with the TOP 10 Payroll Services in Los Angeles County? Then click here to see additional companies in this category.



Questions to Ask Payroll Companies in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Malibu, Long Beach and Redondo Beach CA  

Questions To Ask Services that Process Employee Paychecks

When it comes to hiring for employee paycheck processing in Los Angeles County, ask these questions about their abilities, experience, and credentials:

• How long has the payroll company been in business?

• How long have they been processing employee paychecks in Los Angeles County CA?

• How many clients do they have in the same industry as you? (Some industries have specific and complex needs such as for restaurant payroll.)

• How many clients do they have with a similar number of employees as you do?

• Can they give you names and phone numbers of clients that you call as references? (All payroll services bearing the Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already had their client references called by research staff at The Prime Buyer's Report so you don't have to.)

• Do they have any special certifications? Examples include CPP (Certified Payroll Professional).

• What are their hours of operation in case you need to reach them?

• Will they show you proof of professional liability insurance (such as Errors & Omissions) which protects you from paying fines in the event of a mistake? (All payroll companies bearing the Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already shown proof of liability insurance to research staff at The Prime Buyer's Report)

• Do they attend continuing education courses? If so, how often? This is important to be able to stay current with constant changes in the law.

When you've chosen the best payroll processors in Los Angeles County for your specific needs, make sure they have a clean complaint record with the State. (All payroll services bearing the Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already had their complaint status checked by research staff at The Prime Buyer's Report so you don't have to.)



Glossary of Terms Related to Payroll Processing of Employee Paychecks 


Advance Earned Income Credit: If employees are eligible for this tax credit, it can be advanced to them by withholding less federal income tax from each employee paycheck.    

Archer Medical Savings Account: A pre-tax account where either an employee or employer (not both) can deposit funds for use at a later date.

Cafeteria Plan: A plan where pre-tax benefits are taken out of employee pay.    

Circular E Employers Tax Guide: A guide published annually that outlines employer tax responsibilities. 

Constructive Receipt: When employee pay is made available.  For example, direct deposit of employee pay into their own account means constructive receipt is achieved earlier than issuing a paper employee check.

Deferred Compensation: A deferral of a portion of employee pay to a future date, such as a pension plan, 401K or employee savings account.

Defined Benefit Plan: A plan of employee benefits usually based on pay rate and length of employment, where only the employer makes contributions to the account.

Direct Deposit: The process of depositing employee paycheck amounts directly into the employee bank account.  Construction receipt is achieved faster and it can be cheaper than printing and disbursing paper employee paychecks.   

EIN (Employer Identification Number): A number issued to a business by the IRS to indentify the business for tax purposes, similar to how a social security number works for individuals.

EFPTS (Electronic Federal Tax Payment System): A system that allows an employer to electronically pay the employees withholding taxes directly to the IRS. 

FICA: The tax withheld from employee paychecks for Social Security. 

Withholding Amount: The amount withheld from employee paychecks for the payment of their taxes to the State and IRS.

Gross Pay: Total amount of employee compensation before the necessary deductions are made.

Independent Contractor: Someone who performs work for an employer as a non-employee for which the employer is not obligated to deduct any withholding, pay employee benefits or conform to labor laws governing employees. There are rules defining when someone may be paid as an independent contractor rather than an employee and unless that definition is met and adhered to, there can be penalties assessed on an employer if they are found to have skirted employee withholding and labor laws by granting independent contractor status to someone who is really meets the definition of an employee.

IRA (Individual Retirement Account): An account that allows an employee to deposit a portion of their employee paycheck for retirement and get certain tax advantages.    

Payroll Register: A report that specifies employee pay, withholding amounts, and other payments made related to employee payroll processing.

Percentage Method: Method for determining how much withholding to deduct from employee paychecks.

W-2: An annual statement of employee earnings, withholding, and other payments that is required to be produced and distributed to employees. 

W-4: The form filled out by new employees that indicates the amount to be withheld from employee paychecks.



Resources About Payroll Processing in Los Angeles County CA  

The following is a list of trade associations, regulatory bodies, and publications related to payroll companies.

Regulatory Bodies & Trade Associations for Payroll Companies in Los Angeles County CA

DCA California Department of Consumer Affairs

State Attorney General

APA (American Payroll Association)

IPPA (Independent Payroll Providers Association)

Direct Deposit and Direct Payment Coalition

PSCA (Profit Sharing Council of America)

ERIC (The ERISA Industry Committee)

SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management)

IHRIM (International Association for Human Resource Information Management)

IFEBP (International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans)

NACHA (The Electronic Payments Association)

CAE (California Association of Employers)

Publications Relevant to Payroll Services in Los Angeles County 

Purely Payroll

Keep Up to Date on Payroll

Payroll Legal Alert


The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Payroll Services in Los Angeles County within the following zip codes:

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The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Payroll Companies in Los Angeles County within the following cities:

Lomita, East La Mirada, Lawndale, Crenshaw, Marina del Rey, Bellflower, Alondra Park, Rolling Hills, Bel Air, West Carson, Norwalk, Long Beach, Hancock Park, Downey, Cerritos, Beverly Crest, Mid-Wilshire, Redondo Beach, Silver Lake, Del Rey, Compton, Los Angeles, La Mirada, Eagle Rock, Los Feliz, Rancho Dominguez, Ladera Heights, Koreatown, Whittier, Hawaiian Gardens, West Hollywood, Brentwood, Torrance, Inglewood, Harvard Heights, Westwood, Venice, North Whittier, San Pedro, Malibu, Pico Rivera, Beverlywood, Lynwood, Boyle Heights, Beverly Hills, Cheviot Hills, Palos Verdes Estates, West L.A., Sawtelle, Bell Gardens, Century City, Wilmington, Hermosa Beach, Culver City, Glassell Park, East Whittier, Playa Vista, Harbor Gateway, Carson, Maywood, Mar Vista, Larchmont Village, Montebello, El Segundo, Huntington Park, Hollywood Hills, Westlake, Pico-Robertson, Palms, Glendale, Pacific Palisades, Highland Park, Westchester, El Sereno, East Los Angeles, Signal Hill, Santa Monica, Montecito Heights, Hollywood, Pico-Union, South Central L.A., Rolling Hills Estates, Gardena, Watts, Echo Park, South Gate, East Hollywood, Bell, Manhattan Beach, Hawthorne, Atwater Village, Lakewood, Catalina Island / Avalon, Harbor City and Paramount CA