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Ohio has state tax withholding, based on tax tables that are similar to the federal payroll withholding tables. The state withholding tables did not change in 2021 (there have been six changes to withholding tax formulas since 1988).

Ohio also has 800+ local income taxes in cities, villages and school districts. Because of the huge number of districts, a few of those are guaranteed to change, every year (in 2021 there were 5 additions, and 3 rate changes).

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

Ohio State Withholding Instructions

To set up 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 Ohio dependents into the State Exemptions field.
  7. Enter the Ohio 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.

Ohio State Unemployment Tax Instructions

In 2021, Ohio state unemployment insurance tax applies to the first $9,000 in annual wages for each employee-- a cutoff amount that has remained unchanged for many years. The rate for new companies is 5% for construction companies and 2.7% for others. After the first year the rate depends on the employer's experience rating-- the lowest rate is .4% and the highest is 11.3%.

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


Ohio includes over 800 additional local tax withholdings for school districts, cities and villages. Starting in 2008, we are providing each locality as a separate Tax Item. You'll need to set up a Tax Package for each locality or group of localities for which you need to collect taxes.

To set up a new local tax package, follow these steps:

  1. Choose Payroll Setup from the Costs menu, and choose Tax Packages from the submenu.
  2. Click on one of the existing packages, and click the Duplicate button.
  3. Put a checkmark next to each tax that is included in this package.
  4. Click OK.
  5. Repeat steps 2 to 4 for each locality for which you collect taxes.

After you create the new payroll tax packages, assign them to each employee.

NOTE-- we try to keep up with changes in local tax rates, but there are so danged many of them! Please double-check rates for the localities that you use, and please inform us if any are incorrect.

Ohio Marital Status

Enter one of the following choices into the Marital Status popup field 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

Ohio Tax Contacts

Withholding taxes website

Payroll Tax Office-- 888 405 4089
SUTA-- 614 466-2319

Ohio Department of Taxation
Noc 2670
Columbus OH 43270-0001

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