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Delaware has state income tax withholding, with payroll deductions that are calculated from a 'step' table similar to the federal payroll tax tables. Rates did not change in 2017 (withholding rates have changed in 6 of the last 27 years).

We provide free withholding tax table updates for Delaware taxes and federal taxes each year.

NOTE-- Delaware is the second smallest state. It is also the state with the second lowest highest point (a mere 448 ft)! Only Florida has a lower highest point.

Delaware State Withholding Instructions

To enter withholding information for an employee in your Goldenseal company file, 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 number of Delaware dependents into the State Exemptions field.
  7. Enter the Delaware 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.
  8. Click OK.

Delaware State Unemployment Tax Instructions

In 2016, Delaware calculates state unemployment tax on the first $18,500 of wages for each employee (unchanged since 2013, when it jumped from a $10,500 cutoff). The tax rate is different for each company, based on its past employment history (range .3% to 8.2%). For most new businesses, the starting rate is 2.3%, though it is higher for construction businesses.

To enter your state SUTA tax rate into the Goldenseal 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 the Delaware SUTA tax in the list, and double-click on it. HINT: If you don't see Delaware SUTA in the list, you'll need to import payroll info first.
  3. Enter the percentage rate that you pay into the percentage field next to Calculation method.
  4. If the tax cutoff amount has changed, enter it into the dollar field to the right of First Adjustment.

Maryland Residents who work in Delaware

If you have employees who live in Maryland but work in Delaware, use one of the special tax packages for Maryland residents. Otherwise enter the standard state tax package into the Tax Package field of the Employee account.


Delaware Marital Status

Use the following to determine the value for the Marital Status popup menu in each Employee account:

  • Single- single employee
  • Married- married, filing joint return
  • Dual Income- married, filing separate returns
  • Head of House- not used
  • Other- not used


Delaware Tax Contacts

Tax agency website

Payroll Tax Office-- (302) 577-8230
SUTA rate info-- 302 368-6749

Delaware Division of Revenue
Box 8995 Wilmington DE 19899-8995


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