West Virginia Payroll Instructions

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West Virginia has state income tax withholding. Tax tables did not change in 2017 (the only changes in the past 27 years happened in 1999 and 2007).

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

West Virginia 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 West Virginia dependents into the State Exemptions field.
  7. Enter the West 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.

West Virginia State Unemployment Tax Instructions

In 2017, the WV SUTA tax is based on the first $12,000 of annual wages for each employee (the cutoff amount jumped from $9,000 in mid-2009, and has stayed constant since then).

The starting rate is 7.5% for construction businesses, and 2.7% for others. After three years, the rate is adjusted, depending on your payroll experience and jobless claims.

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

West Virginia Marital Status

Enter one of the following values for the Marital Status popup 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


West Virginia Tax Contacts

Payroll tax withholding tax forms website

Payroll Tax Office-- 304 344-2068
SUTA-- 304 558-2630

West Virginia State Tax Department
Taxpayer Services Div
Box 3784
Charleston WV 25337-3784


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