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Georgia state income tax withholding is based on a 'step' table similar to the federal payroll tax tables. Withholding rates did not change in 2017. They have only changed 4 times in the past 27 years, most recently in 2013.

HINT-- Turtle Creek Software provides free annual updates for US federal and Georgia tax withholding rates.

Georgia 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 Georgia dependents into the State Exemptions field.
  7. Enter the Georgia 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.

Georgia State Unemployment Tax Instructions

Georgia SUTA tax (unemployment insurance) applies to the first $9,500 in annual wages for each employee (2017 cutoff amount). The current rate for new companies is 2.7%. After that the rate is adjusted, based on past hiring and layoff history.

To enter your Georgia 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 Georgia SUTA tax in the list, and double-click on it. HINT: If you don't see Georgia SUTA in the list, you'll need to import your state's payroll info first.
  3. Enter your SUTA percentage rate 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.

Georgia Marital Status

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

  • Single- single employee with one personal exemption
  • Married- married employee with two personal exemptions
  • Dual Income- married employee with one personal exemption
  • Head of House- employee claims Head of Family status
  • Other- not used


Georgia Tax Contacts

Tax Forms-- (404) 656-4181
SUTA rate info-- 706 721-3131

Georgia Department of Revenue Field Services Division
PO Box 211708 Augusta GA 30917 1708


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