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Oklahoma has state income tax withholding. In 2017, tax rates changed slightly. Withholding formulas have changed in 20 of the past 27 years, including four major changes to the calculation methods used.

For many years, Oklahoma was the second most difficult US state to maintain, surpassed only by Connecticut. However they simplified their tax calculations greatly in 2011, and are now about average.

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

Oklahoma State Withholding Instructions

Starting in 2006, we have made it much simpler to set up for Oklahoma payroll withholding.

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

Oklahoma State Unemployment Tax Instructions

In 2017, Oklahoma state unemployment insurance tax is based on the first $17,100 in wages for each employee (a slight increase). The starting rate for a new employer is 1.2%. After the first year the rate is based on the employer's experience rating-- the tax can be anywhere between 0.1% and 5.5%.

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

Oklahoma 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 or more personal exemptions
  • Dual Income- married employee with one personal exemption
  • Head of House- employee claims Head of Family status
  • Other- not used


Oklahoma Tax Contacts

Payroll withholding taxes website

Payroll Tax Office-- 405 521-3160
SUTA-- 405 557-7138
Worker's Comp-- 405 552-5414

Oklahoma Tax Commission
Income Tax Div.
2501 Lincoln Blvd
Oklahoma City OK 73194-0009


Little Known Oklahoma Tax Fact

Residents of the Oklahoma panhandle may purchase goods tax-free from businesses located in the Texas, Idaho and Florida panhandles.


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