Red Wing Software Review

Red Wing Software
CenterPoint Payroll
Red Wing Software
Red Wing, MN
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CenterPoint Payroll At A Glance

Good: Affordable Care Act reporting as standard feature; option of paying employees by check, direct deposit or debit cards; tax availability for all 50 states.
Bad: On-premised version isn't Mac-compatible.
Bottom Line: Flexible solution designed for small and medium-sized businesses that want to eliminate manual payroll.

Product Overview

Red Wing Software markets a variety of products, however, this review focuses on its CenterPoint Payroll system.

CenterPoint Payroll is designed for small to medium-sized businesses looking to outgrow a basic payroll solution. It’s deployed both on-premised and in the cloud.

In addition to saving time and expenses for processing payroll, here are the benefits:

  • Eliminates the need for spreadsheets, as the software makes calculations on common and complex formulas such as hourly/salary pay, taxes, overtime pay, garnishment and benefit deductions
  • Flexible paycheck options, including direct deposit, checks and debit cards
  • Files all federal, state and local taxes for customers (state tax filing is available for all 50 states)
  • Electronic tax filing

CenterPoint Payroll integrates with different accounting systems, including Red Wing’s own accounting software. It also uses the newest Microsoft  .NET technology, as well as the latest operating system (Windows 11).


CenterPoint Payroll includes many standard features, such as

  • Accommodating an unlimited number of users, employees and companies
  • State tax calculations and filing for all 50 states (with local tax calculations available in some cases)
  • Standard tax forms (W-2, W-4, 1099, I-9, etc.) in both electronic and paper formats
  • Accommodating an unlimited number of deductions and earnings codes (Note: The software already includes pre-defined codes that users can edit if they wish.)
  • Ability to enter time worked per employee or import data from different time and attendance software
  • Automatic payroll processing on a weekly, biweekly or monthly basis
  • Ability to use direct deposit from a company’s banks and deposit paychecks in an unlimited number of bank accounts
  • Ability to directly deposit funds for employee deductions such as health insurance costs and 401(k)s
  • Ability to preview checks before printing, have them printed in English or another language, and enter check information manually
  • Pay cards/debit cards for employees without a bank account
  • Menu in the interface that can be set up to display commonly-used tasks
  • Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting

CheckPoint Payroll also offers the following optional add-ons:

  • Publish Pay Advice module for employees to view their pay stubs online
  • CenterPoint Time Clock, an online time clock
  • CenterPoint Employee Portal for employees to see their paystubs, update their personal information and get company announcements

Target Market

Red Wing Software markets its products to small and-medium-sized businesses that’s looking to outgrow spreadsheets or basic payroll software.

We’ve listed 10 of its customers below:

  • American Implement
  • Brinkman Bros. Inc.
  • California Forensic Medical Group
  • A Company Portable Restrooms
  • Carisch, Inc.
  • City National Bank
  • Diversified Management Inc.
  • McDonalds of Fairmont (MN)
  • Pizza Hut of Uniontown (KS)
  • Quoin Financial Bank

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Clients can choose to implement the software on their own or have a technician from Red Wing Software install it. Red Wing Software also provides optional data migration services for customers who wish to migrate payroll data from either an older Red Wing software or another system.

In addition, the vendor gives users a number of training options, including videos and online training.

Customer Service & Support

Businesses can purchase the Customer Care membership plan for CenterPoint Payroll. There are two plans: Silver and Gold.


  • Unlimited access to Support Center
  • Free downloads of software releases/upgrades
  • Updated federal/state tax forms and tables
  • One-hour response time guarantee
  • Discounted training workshops

Gold (includes all of the benefits of the Silver plan, plus):

  • Customized one-hour online training session
  • Guaranteed response of next available technician

Users can also access the the Help Center to browse videos and documentation on specific topics related to the software.


Red Wing Software doesn’t publicly release their pricing information. Please contact the vendor directly for a quote.


CenterPoint Payroll’s on-premised version is not Mac compatible, however, those users can opt for cloud-based deployment.


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Red Wing Software has a long history in the payroll software business. It was established in 1979 to provide business solutions and service to small and medium-sized businesses. Its mission is to give personalized customer service to businesses looking for and using accounting and payroll software.

In addition to payroll software, Red Wing’s products include accounting software (even specialized farm accounting software), depreciation software, tax-forms software, and checks and forms.

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