North Dakota Payroll Instructions

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North Dakota has state income tax withholding- the calculation uses standard "step" tables that are similar to the federal "formula method" (and most other states). Rates changed for 2021. ND withholding rates have changed in 20 of the past 31 years, including oil-boom-fueled tax rate decreases for 2012, 2014 and 2016.

As of 2021, North Dakota now has two sets of withholding tables, for the old W4 and the new one. You will need to choose the correct Tax Package for each employee, depending on which W4 they use.

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

North Dakota 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 North Dakota dependents into the State Exemptions field.
  7. Enter the North Dakota 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.

North Dakota State Unemployment Tax Instructions

In 2021, the North Dakota SUTA unemployment insurance tax is calculated on the first $38,500 of wages for each employee (a slight increase from the previous year). The starting tax rate for new companies is 8.09% for construction companies and 1.6% for others. After the first year the rate is adjusted, based on hiring and layoff experience (construction companies have to wait two years for a rate change).

To enter your North Dakota state SUTA tax rate into the Goldenseal payroll accounting 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 North Dakota SUTA tax in the list, and double-click on it. HINT: If you don't see N Dakota SUTA in the list, you'll need to import that info first..
  3. Enter the rate that you pay into the percentage field to the right of Calculation method.
  4. Enter the current SUTA cutoff amount into the dollar field to the right of First Adjustment.

North Dakota Marital Status

Use the following to determine the value of the Marital Status popup field in each Employee account record:

  • 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

North Dakota Tax Contacts

Withholding taxes website

Payroll Tax Office-- 701-224-2770

North Dakota State Tax Commission
State Capitol 600 E. Boulevard Ave.
Bismarck ND 58505-0599

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North Dakota State Withholding Instructions


North Dakota Unemployment Tax Instructions


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