Idaho Payroll Instructions

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Calculation of Idaho income tax withholding uses a 'step' table similar to the federal tax tables. The state payroll withholding formulas changed significantly in 2019 (they have changed 15 times in the past 29 years).

NOTE-- In 2018, we changed the base period from weekly to annual. The weekly tables round deductions to the nearest whole dollar, which is very inaccurate for some wages. Using annual tables reduces the errors to just a penny or two.

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

Idaho 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 Idaho dependents into the State Exemptions field.
  7. If an employee uses the zero deduction table (O table), enter the Zero Deduction tax package into the Tax Package field. Otherwise enter the standard Idaho tax package.
  8. Click OK

Idaho State Unemployment Tax Instructions

In 2019, the Idaho SUTA tax (unemployment insurance) applies to the first $40,000 in wages for each employee (up from $38,200 in 2018). In 2019 the base rate for new companies is 1.0%. After six quarters, the rate is adjusted based on prior UI claims.

To enter your Idaho 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 the Idaho SUTA tax in the list, and double-click on it. HINT: If you don't see Idaho SUTA in the list, you'll need to import your state's payroll info first.
  3. Enter the percentage rate for your business 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.

Idaho 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


Idaho Tax Contacts

Payroll withholding website

Tax Forms-- 208 334-7660
SUTA rate info-- 208-334-6100

Idaho Department of Revenue & Taxation
700 West State Sts
PO Box 56 Boise ID 83707


Little Known Idaho Tax Facts

Thanks to the Panhandle Prosperity Act of 1987, residents of the Idaho panhandle may purchase goods tax-free from businesses located in the Texas, Florida and Oklahoma panhandles.


Official State Lawn Ornament

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