We ROUTINELY run quarterly payroll tax returns before the end of the quarter. Payroll MUST be prepared in advance of the payroll date, so once the final payroll for the quarter is completed and updated, we run payroll tax returns. This can be up to 2 weeks or more before the end of the quarter. Forms and programs should be available for download and installation well before the end of the quarter so we can run accurate reports. Additionally, we have a third party software that integrates with Sage payroll that requires scheduling with our reseller and coordination with the office staff to ensure no payroll batches open and no one in the system.


  • I agree that it would be nice to get updates sooner, but are you aware that you no longer have to close a quarter before processing payroll in the next quarter (assuming you are on 2018 or above)? In addition, you can close a quarter and still print all reports from prior quarters.