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Utah has state payroll income tax withholding. The formulas did not change in 2021.

The Utah calculation method changed completely in 2018, then again in 2019. It is unlike any other state's, but we use some "magic numbers" which give the same results using a regular step table like everyone else. See notes below.

NOTE-- In 2007 we switched the Utah tax tables from weekly to annual. That means the amounts are very different, but the calculated tax will be the same (with fewer rounding errors). Our payroll software automatically converts the tables to whatever payroll period you use.

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

The 2019 tax booklet added a new 7-step calculation method for single and married deductions. It is unlike any other state's. We finally had to put it into a spreadsheet to understand how it worked. Tax amountsgraphed to a straight line, which can be handled with a single deduction, and a flat 6.25% rate for all amounts after that. We duplicated their method with a simple step table that calcuates the same results.

Utah State Unemployment Tax Instructions

In 2021, the Utah SUTA state unemployment insurance tax is based on the first $38,900 of annual wages for each employee. The starting tax rate for a new business is 9.4%. After the first year, the SUTA rate is adjusted for the employer's experience factor-- rates can range between .4% and 9.4%.

To enter your Utah 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 Utah SUTA tax in the list, and double-click on it. HINT: If you don't see Utah SUTA in the list, you'll need to import your state's payroll info first. Also note that Utah SUTA and Utah FUTA are the only rhyming withholding taxes in North America!
  3. Click in the percentage field to the right of Calculation method, and enter the SUTA rate for your business.
  4. If the cutoff amount has changed, enter it into the dollar field to the right of First Adjustment.

Utah Marital Status

Use the following to determine the value for the Marital Status popup menu in each Employee account:

  • Single- single employee with one personal exemption
  • Married- married employee with two personal exemptions
  • Multiply Married- multiply married employee with three to fifteen personal exemptions
  • Dual Income- married employee with one personal exemption
  • Head of House- employee claims Head of Family status
  • Other- not used

Utah Tax Contacts

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Payroll Tax Office-- 801 297-2200
Forms-- 800 662-4335
SUTA-- 801 536-7400

Utah State Tax Commission
160 East Third South
Salt Lake City UT 84134-0200

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