Alaska Payroll Instructions

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Alaska has no state income tax, but you'll still need to withhold federal taxes, and pay the Alaska state unemployment tax (SUTA) and federal unemployment (FUTA). Alaska also requires that employers maintain worker's compensation insurance for their employees, but that is usually handled as a separate insurance policy rather than as a payroll tax item.

Because of low oil prices and dwindling production, Alaska is considering additional taxes. Unfortunately, it may soon need to leave the ranks of income-tax-free states!

HINT-- We provides free updates for Alaska and federal payroll tax tables in our payroll software. Click here to download the latest version of the Alaska tax tables for Goldenseal.

Alaska State Withholding Tax

There is currently no state income tax in Alaska, so there is also no state payroll withholding. You'll still need to set up for federal withholding-- follow these steps:

  1. Choose Employees from the Accounts menu.
  2. Locate the employee record.
  3. Click the Payroll Setup button.
  4. Enter the employee's marital status into the Marital Status field.
  5. Enter the number of federal dependents into the Federal Exemptions field.
  6. Enter the Alaska Tax Package into the Tax Package field. HINT-- If you don't see it in the list, you'll need to import the tax info first.
  7. Click OK.

Alaska State Unemployment Tax Instructions

In 2017 the Alaska unemployment tax applies to the first $39,800 of each employee's annual wages (up slightly from $39,700 last year). The 2017 standard rate for new businesses is 2.23%, adjusted for experience after the first year.

There is also an employee withholding of 1/2% for unemployment coverage, with a maximum deduction of $173 per year.

To enter your Alaska SUTA tax rate into the Goldenseal construction payroll software, follow these steps:

  1. Choose Payroll Setup from the Costs menu, and choose Tax Items from the submenu.
  2. You'll see a list of Tax Items. Locate your state's SUTA tax in the list, and double-click on it. HINT: If you don't see SUTA listed, you'll need to import your state's payroll info.
  3. Enter the percent that you pay into the percentage field to the right of Calculation method.
  4. If the cutoff amount has changed, enter it into the dollar field to the right of First Adjustment.

Alaska Tax Contacts

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Alaska Department of Revenue
Pouch SA, PO Box 110420 Juneau AK 99811-0400
907 465-2320

Alaska Department of Labor, Employment Security Division (SUTA)
PO Box 25509
Juneau, AK 99802
800 448-3527, 907 465-2787 or 907 465-2700


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