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Get Started with Square Payroll for Contractors

Square’s online payroll services make it easy to pay your contractors. We handle everything from contractor direct deposit to automatically filing Form 1099-NEC. You’ll be up and running in minutes with our easy setup.

You can follow the steps below on how to get started with Square Payroll for contractors.

Gather your Required Business Information

To pay contractors, you'll need the following details:

  • Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN)

  • Legal business name and address (as registered with your EIN)

  • Bank Account Number and Routing Number

  • Contractor email address (if you are enabling online accounts)

  • Contractor’s Personal Details (home address, Social Security Number, and bank account information for direct deposit)

Create your Square Payroll Account

  1. Go to squareup.com/payroll and click Get Started.

  2. Select the option to pay Contractors Only.

  3. Enter the business information from above.

  4. Enable two-step verification to protect your account from unauthorized access and to add an additional layer of security.

  5. Finish verifying your identity by entering your legal name, date of birth, and full SSN (Social Security Number).

  6. Add your contractors.

You can also get started through the Square Payroll App.

Upload Prior Payroll History

You can follow our step by step instructions on how to Transfer Historical Contractor Payment Information.

Process Payroll

You can follow our step by step instructions on how to Pay your contractors.