Third Party Payroll

Third Party Payroll

There are many choices when it comes to third party payroll administrators. The diocese has worked with a number of them over the years. In 2008, the diocese started working with Episcopal Payroll Services (EPS), a service of the Church Pension Group. EPS provides customer service for payroll issues that relate specifically to churches and clergy. In 2011, they contracted with ADP, a leader in payroll processing, to provide third party payroll processing.

ADP and EPS work together to provide churches with convenient payroll solutions. Since EPS started working with ADP, the diocese is very satisfied with their services. Payroll processing is now more convenient, user-friendly, and cost-effective. Here’s how it works:


Episcopal Payroll Services facilitates and assists in the set-up of a new client with ADP. EPS ensures that the proper paperwork is complete, the correct fees are applied, and provides customer service throughout. ADP has an Implementation Team for set-up of a new client. Once set-up, the client is introduced to the Client Service Team from the Implementation Team and provided with contact information for ADP's Client Services Team email and phone numbers.

ADP’s Service Center is responsible for ensuring client satisfaction. Clients have on-going support and assistance regarding ADP payroll products and services, including EPS' on-going support on clergy payroll and tax issues, vendor management, quality assurance, and customer service and resolution.
 EPS is located on the east coast and maintains eastern hours of operations and ADP is nation-wide. Services will be provided by a representative in your area.


Once set up, ADP offers two options for payroll processing: telephone and web based processing.

Telephone Payroll is easy to implement, use and understand. Once the set-up is complete, ADP will call and you will report the number of hours each employee worked and they will process everything from there.

Web-based Payroll is called PayExpert. It is a simple, easy-to-use system that reduces potential errors and allows for direct report access.

Under either option, ADP will calculate payroll, including the deductions and withholdings for all relevant taxes, as well as payments to other third parties. Then, you will receive reports for each pay period.


The relationship with ADP through EPS costs less than other third party options. Also, the cost through EPS is far less than working with ADP directly.

EPS Payroll Processing Rate Structure:

Payroll Processing fees: Base fee - $8.50 plus $1.50 per employee per payroll
Service features included in the fees are: direct deposit, paper checks with signatures, full level tax filing (federal, state and local where applicable), new hire reporting, employer online access to payroll reports, and employee online access to paystubs (check vouchers).

(Ex. $8.50 + $1.50 x 3 Employees per pay period = $13.00 -- Annual cost to run payroll semi-monthly: $312.00)

To learn more about payroll services with EPS and ADP, visit or call 800.223.6602 ext. 6286 or email

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