Montana Payroll Instructions

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Montana collects state income tax-- rates are unchanged for 2017. The withholding rates last changed in 2005, and they've changed 5 times in the past 27 years.

Montana withholding rates are the same for single and married employees. We calculate state withholding amounts from a 'step' table that is similar to the federal payroll withholding tax tables.

HINT-- Turtle Creek Software provides free annual updates for US federal and Montana tax withholding rates, to all users of our payroll software programs.

Montana 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 (see note below).
  5. Enter the number of federal dependents into the Federal Exemptions field.
  6. Enter the number of Montana dependents into the State Exemptions field.
  7. Enter the Montana 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.

Montana State Unemployment Tax Instructions

The Montana SUTA rate for new employers varies depending on the type of business. After three years, the tax rate is computed via a formula based on past contributions and UI claims.

In 2017, the SUTA insurance payment applies to the first $31,400 of wages (up slightly from the $30,500 used in the previous year).

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

Montana Marital Status

Enter one of the following choices in the Marital Status popup field 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

Montana Tax Contacts

State withholding tax website

Payroll Tax Office-- 406 444-6900
Forms-- 406 444-3614

Montana Department of Revenue
Mitchell Building PO Box 5805
Helena MT 59604-5805


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