Nebraska Payroll Instructions

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US Federal Withholding Tables

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Nebraska uses single and married tax tables to calculate payroll withholding amounts for each employee. Withholding tax formulas did not change in 2021.

The Nebraska withholding tables have changed 8 times in the past 31 years.

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

Nebraska State Withholding Instructions

To enter Nebraska state withholding information for an employee in your Goldenseal company file, follow these steps:

  1. Choose Employees from the Accounts menu.
  2. Use the Find command to 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 Nebraska dependents into the State Exemptions field.
  7. Enter the Nebraska 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.

Nebraska State Unemployment Tax Instructions

For most employers, the Nebraska SUTA unemployment insurance tax applied to the first $9,000.00 in wages paid to each employee (2021 cutoff, unchanged since 2007). However, employers in "category 20" pay SUTA on the first $24,000 of wages. That includes new construction companies, which will need to adjust the cutoff amount.

For their first two years, new employers are assigned a tax rate that depends on the type of business (5.4% for new construction companies). After that, employers rates are based on their experience factor (rates can vary between .24% and 5.4%).

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

Nebraska Marital Status

Enter each employee's marital status into the Marital status field on their account record. Use the following choices:

  • 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

Nebraska Tax Contacts

State withholding website

Payroll Tax Office-- 402 471-2971
Forms-- 402 471-9000
SUTA-- 402 471-9933

Nebraska Department of Revenue
PO Box 94818
301 Centennial Mall
S Lincoln NE 68509-4818


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