Virginia Payroll Instructions

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Virginia has state payroll income tax withholding, which is calculated from some fairly simple "step" formulas. Withholding tables are unchanged in 2017. They last changed in 2010, and that was the first revision since 1999.

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

Virginia State Withholding Instructions

To enter withholding information for a Virginia employee, 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 Virginia 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,

There is a special deduction available for workers who are blind, or over 65 years of age. To include it for an employee, follow these steps:

  1. Choose Employees from the Accounts menu.
  2. Use the browser control at upper left to locate the employee.
  3. Click the Payroll Setup button.
  4. Enter the number of blind/over 65 exemptions into the Other Exemptions field.
  5. Click OK.

Virginia State Unemployment Tax Instructions

Virginia state unemployment tax rates are different for each employer, depending on their past hiring and layoff history. The tax is based on the first $8,000 of wages for each employee (2017 cutoff amount, unchanged from last year).

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

Virginia Marital Status

In each Employee account, enter one of the following Marital Status values:

  • 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


Virginia Tax Contacts

State withholding taxes website

Payroll Tax Office-- 804 367-8038
SUTA-- 804 786-7159

Virginia Department of Taxation
Box 6-L
Richmond VA 23282


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