Louisiana Payroll Instructions

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Louisiana has state income tax withholding. Rates did not change in 2019 (the withholding formulas have changed 4 times in the past 29 years, most recently in 2003).

Louisiana state calculates payroll withholding tax amounts with a 'step' tax table that is similar to the federal tax "formula method" calculation tables, though with fewer steps. They use text and math formulas to explain the steps and exemptions. Unfortunately, that makes it more difficult than other states. Sometimes a simple table is worth a thousand words!

HINT-- Turtle Creek Software provides free annual updates for US federal and Louisiana tax withholding rate formulas.

Louisiana 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 Louisiana dependents into the State Exemptions field.
  7. Enter the number of dependency credits claimed in the Other Exemptions field. Every child and stepchild may be claimed as a dependency credit (as described in Internal Revenue Code, Section 152).
  8. Enter the Lousiana 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.
  9. Click OK.

Louisiana State Unemployment Tax Instructions

In 2019, Louisiana state unemployment insurance tax applies to the first $7,700 of wages for each employee (the same since 2010). The starting rate varies for new businesses, depending on the type of business. After two years, the rate is based on past payroll amounts and claims.

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

Other Louisiana Taxes

In the past, employers paid an SAFDST Debt Service Tax, which was a direct 1.4% tax on each employee’s gross wages. However we haven't seen any mention of this tax recently, so it appears to be repealed.

We are still keeping a Tax Item for it in each of the Louisiana State Tax Packages, just in case it is reinstated, but this employer tax currently calculates a zero amount.


Louisiana Marital Status

Use one of the following choices in the Marital Status popup field for each Employee account:

  • Single- employee with 0 or 1 deduction
  • Married- employee with 2 or more deductions
  • Dual Income- not used
  • Head of House- not used
  • Other- not used


Louisiana Tax Contacts

Withholding tax website

Payroll Tax Office-- 225 219-0102
Forms-- 225 219-2112
SUTA-- 504 342-2944

Louisiana Department of Revenue & Taxation
330 N Ardenwood Dr
Baton Rouge LA 70823


Little Known Louisiana Tax Fact

Louisiana residents may pay their state income tax in currency, alligator hides, or gumbo.

Use form LS-406a to accompany alternate forms of payment.


Official State Lawn Ornament

Coastal Regions-- Alligator
Interior Regions-- Fracking Rig
New Orleans-- Plastic beads