US Federal Withholding
Free 2021 Payroll
Tax Table Updates
Mississippi has five state payroll withholding tax
tables (including a special 'zero deduction'
tax table for those not claiming any exemptions).
State withholding tax tables changed
for 2020, with one more step. Withholding formulas have changed only
4 times in the past 30 years. The most recent was
in 2000, so they must like tweaking things every couple decades.
HINT-- Turtle Creek Software provides free annual updates for
US federal and Mississippi tax withholding rates.
State Withholding Instructions
To enter withholding information for an employee in your Goldenseal company file,
follow these steps:
Employees from the
the employee record.
the Payroll Setup
the employee's marital
status into the Marital
(see note below).
the number of federal
dependents into the
the number of Mississippi
into the State Exemptions
the Mississippi 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.
State Unemployment Tax Instructions
In 2021, the Mississippi SUTA tax applies to
the first $14,000 in
wages for each employee
(in 2011 it made a big
jump from the $7,000
cutoff that was used
for many years, but it has stayed constant since then). The starting
rate is 2.7% for a
new business. After
the first year, the rate
depends on past experience--
it may vary between
.4% and 5.4%.
To enter your Mississippi state SUTA
tax rate into
payroll software, follow
Payroll Setup from
the Costs menu, and
choose Tax Items
from the submenu.
see a list of Tax
Items. Locate the
tax in the list,
on it. HINT:
If you don't see
SUTA in the list,
you'll need to import the
payroll info first.
the percentage rate
that you pay into
the field to the
right of Calculation
the cutoff amount
has changed, enter
it into the field
to the right of First
Enter each employee's marital status into the
Marital Status field in the employee record. Choose one of the
of House- unmarried
head of household
claiming zero deductions
If your employee’s marital status
is married, filing jointly, you may need to make adjustments
to the Mississippi Married 2 Income Tax Table. Goldenseal
uses a default Personal Exemption Allowance (subtracted
as the First adjustment), which is equal to half of the
total Personal Exemption Allowance available to the employee
and her spouse.
The employee and spouse may elect to
split up this Personal Exemption Allowance in increments
of $500 in any way they so choose. If your employee is
claiming a different for her Personal Exemption Allowance,
you will need to create a duplicate copy of the tax package
and tax item, and then change this amount in the First
adjustment field on the Mississippi Married 2 Income Tax
The first state exemption claimed by
the employee will deduct either $6000 (Single or Married
2 Income), $9500 (Head of Household), or $12000 (Married
1 Income) from the gross wages to compute taxable income.
Each additional exemption will deduct $1500 from wages.
Known Mississippi Tax Fact
The Mississippi State Sonic SibilanceTax
(MSSST) on the letter 's' was repealed in 1995. There
is still a 2.5% excise tax on the letter 'i',
except after 'p'.
Withholding tax website
Payroll Tax Office-- 601 923-7800
SUTA-- 601 923-7800
Mississippi Bureau of Revenue
Jackson MS 39225-3050
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