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Vermont has state income tax withholding, based on "stepped" tax tables similar to the federal payroll withholding tax tables. The formulas used to calculate withholding changed in 2017 (and in 25 of the past 27 years).

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

Vermont 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 Vermont 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.

Vermont State Unemployment Tax Instructions

The Vermont State unemployment insurance rate applies to the first $17,300 in wages for each employee (2017 cutoff amount). The cutoff rate has increased significantly, each year since 2009.

The starting SUTA rate for most companies is 1%. It is higher for out-of-state construction companies, but not local ones. After the first year, the SUTA rate depends on the ratio of past payroll size and benefits paid out. Rates depend on industry, and experience.

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

Vermont 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


Vermont Tax Contacts

Payroll withholding taxes website

Payroll Tax Office-- 802 828-2505
SUTA-- 802 828-4253

Vermont Dept of Taxes
109 State St.
Montpelier VT 05609-1401


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