How to Use Payroll Software to Print Checks Online

The method of generating paychecks for your W-2 employees—or 1099 contractors, for that matter—is a vexing decision with numerous options. Some employers use print checks from online vendors, or else their bank has a convenient option for ordering business checks online. Just because an option seems convenient in the short term doesn’t mean it’s the most effective solution for savvy business owners who know how to plan for the future. Instead, a better option for print checks online is to use a software suite with AMS Payroll and Software Generated Forms that can generate MICR checks for your business.

A Cost-Effective Method to Print Checks Online

It’s easy to think that the only way to print checks online is to use a subscription-based software service. But it’s not true. AMS Payroll offers support for more than 30 different check types that you can use to print payroll checks. Indeed, one of the reasons to invest in an in-house check printing solution is the ability to customize different types of checks for different types of business vendors. Plus, our software can tie this information to your end-of-year filing forms.

But here’s the real kicker: Whereas subscription-based software solutions with these types of features frequently run more than $50/month, you can get a comprehensive check writing software suite from AMS for under $300. You can also customize the software package itself to fit your company’s priorities. Leaning toward using direct deposit and avoiding MICR checks altogether? You may not need Software Generated Forms and can trim back your AMS software package accordingly. You’ll still be able to create and print paystubs and check vouchers as needed. (That said, Software Generated Forms is also valuable for printing blank forms for recipient copies and record keeping purposes.)

Looking for a truly full-service payroll solution? Our options for E-File Software include piecemeal e-file and mailing services, as well as E-File Direct, which let you e-file an unlimited number of forms for one flat fee rate. Check out all our products and prices to determine which package is right for your business:

  • W2- 1099 Software
  • Payroll Software
  • Software-Generated Forms
  • E-File Direct
  • Affordable Care Act Filer
  • 1042-S Filer
  • Forms Filer Plus

You can also download our free demo, or talk to our Sales and Information team at (800) 536-1099.

Using Print Checks with Online Ordering? You Still Need Software Support

Nearly every modern-day business needs some type of software support for their employer-based filing forms. Every AMS system is built on our W-2/1099 Forms Filer. This platform software offers a menu-driven interface and a core set of data management capabilities for preparing W-2 and 1099 filing forms:

  • Data Entry: Multiple options for entering data include a spreadsheet format or through a screen that resembles the actual form. You can import data from any number of common file types.
  • Data Printing & Reporting: Reports incl­­­­­ude tables, worksheets, client letters, recipient lists, and mailing labels. Encrypted PDF files are used for security. SSN/TIN hash totals verify data accuracy. Easy form alignment and large-batch print jobs create automated, error-free printing.
  • More Features: Free network installation. Multiple PC installation (site license may apply). Payer backup and restore. Supports up to 1,999 payers/employers and up to 99,999 recipients per payer.

Software Solutions from AMS

Our W-2 and 1099 Forms Filer is our only required platform. From there, users pick the services they need. Choose from the tools below to build out your customized accounting software.