Mississippi Payroll Instructions

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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.

Mississippi 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 Mississippi state dependents into the State Exemptions field.
  7. Enter 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.
  8. Click OK.

Mississippi 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 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 Tax Items. Locate the Mississippi 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 Mississippi state payroll info first.
  3. Enter the percentage rate that you pay into the field to the right of Calculation method.
  4. If the cutoff amount has changed, enter it into the field to the right of First Adjustment.

Mississippi Marital Status

Enter each employee's marital status into the Marital Status field in the employee record. Choose one of the following:

  • Single- single employee
  • Married- married employee, one income
  • Dual Income- married employee, dual income
  • Head of House- unmarried head of household
  • Other- 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 Table.

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.

Little 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'.

Mississippi Tax Contacts

Withholding tax website

Payroll Tax Office-- 601 923-7800
SUTA-- 601 923-7800

Mississippi Bureau of Revenue
Box 23050
Jackson MS 39225-3050

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