Rhode Island Payroll Instructions

Payroll Links

Goldenseal Payroll Software Info

US Federal Withholding Tables

Free 2017 Payroll Tax Table Updates

Other Links

New & Used Swiss Army Knives

Rhode Island has state income tax withholding. Payroll tax tables changed slightly in 2017 (RI tax tables have changed every year since 1988, including a complete revision in 2011).

RI is one of four states that have an employee deduction for disability insurance (TDI).

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

Rhode Island 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 dependents into the State Exemptions field.
  7. Enter the Rhode Island 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

Rhode Island State Unemployment Tax Instructions

In 2017 the Rhode Island Employment Security Insurance tax applies to the first $23,900 of wages for each employee (reduced to $22,400 for some employers). The starting rate for a new business is 2.36%. After the first year the rate can be between 0.6% and 10.0% depending on your company's fund balance.

There is also an additional .21% job development tax on the same base rate (starting in 2005, Goldenseal payroll software lists this tax separately, for easier tax reporting).

To enter the Rhode Island SUTA tax rate for your business, 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 Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island state payroll tax tables first.
  3. Get the SUTA tax rate for your business, and enter it into the percentage field for Calculation method.
  4. If the state SUTA cutoff amount has changed, enter it into the field to the right of First Adjustment.

Rhode Island Marital Status

Enter any of the following values into 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


Rhode Island Temporary Disability Insurance

Employees pay a TDI tax which covers insurance coverage for temporary disabilities. This is an employee withholding which employers must collect and then pay to the state of Rhode Island, along with SUTA and Job Development taxes.

For 2017, the TDI withholding rate is 1.2% on the first $68,100 of wages.


Rhode Island Tax Contacts

Withholding tax website

Payroll Tax Office-- 401 277-2905
General Tax Info-- 401 574-8TAX
Forms by Fax-- 401 277-3676
SUTA-- 401 277-3696

TDI website link
TDI (RI disability insurance)-- 401 462-8420

Rhode Island Division of Taxation
One Capitol Hill
Providence RI 02908-5800


Official State Lawn Ornament

State does not have enough space for lawn ornaments.