Kentucky Payroll Instructions

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Kentucky has state income tax withholding. The standard deduction changed in 2021. (tax rates have changed in 17 of the past 31 years, mostly on even years)

Kentucky withholding formulas changed signficantly back in 2019. It's now a flat 5% tax rate for everyone, instead of a graduated tax table. Just one standard deduction. We still use a two-step table so it's easier to go back, in case the Kentucky legislature changes their mind. Both steps just calculate the flat tax amount.

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

Kentucky 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 Kentucky dependents into the State Exemptions field.
  7. Enter the Kentucky 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.

Kentucky State Unemployment Tax Instructions

Kentucky state unemployment tax is calculated on the first $11,100 of wages for each employee (2021 cutoff limit). For new companies, the starting rate is 2.7%. After the first year, the rate is different for each company, based on your past hiring experience.

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

Kentucky Marital Status

Enter one of the following values in the Marital Status field for each employee:

  • 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

Kentucky Tax Contacts

Withholding taxes website

Payroll Tax Office-- 502 564-4580
Forms-- 502 564-3658
SUTA-- 502-564-2900 or 502 564-2272

Kentucky Property & Mail Services
Revenue Cabinet
859 E Main
Frankfort KY 40620

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