Employee taxes can be managed under the employee record > pay setup > taxes. However, there a few steps we should be aware of prior to making adjustments to this area.
Adding Tax Information When Adding an Employee
You can setup tax information as soon as you add a new employee into the system.
If applicants are entering their information in HRCenter, their W-4 information will automatically populate in the pay setup section on the employee's record. A copy of the electronically created W-4 will be available in the documents sections.
If later an employee needs to fill out a new copy of their W-4, you can assign them the W-4 page that they will complete in HRCenter. For more information, check out Assigning HRCenter Workflows/pages from Enterprise.
When Manually Adding an Employee
Tax setup information can be entered when you select the + icon next to employee in the navigation tree:
Once the information is entered here, it will be saved on the employee record under employee > pay setup.
Editing or Reviewing Employee Tax Information
All employee tax information can be found under the Pay Setup section on the left.
Under Required Tax Information, W-4 information can be reviewed or edited including exemptions, withholding amounts, and martial tax status.
*Note* The dependents field listed here is only for those living/working in Louisiana who can not claim more than 2 regular exemptions. Always consult a tax professional if you are unsure about a tax setup.
Since employees are taxed based on where they live and work, Enterprise will take both the permanent address listed on the employee record as well as the address on the order worksite to calculate tax amounts.
Employee Permanent Address:
The employee's address is located on the details page of the employee's record.
When you enter a Zip Code here, you will see a drop down of local tax options. This determines what state and local taxes appear in the pay setup section. Always update the local taxes here on the employee's address.
When setting up the worksite address, local taxes are picked in a drop down when typing in the zip code.
*Note* If the employee should only be taxed by the state in which they live, you can select the check box “Tax by Employee State” under the employee record > pay setup. Doing this will ignore the address on the order worksite. Since each state has a different reciprocity agreement, please consult with a tax professional before selecting this option.
There will not be any tax jurisdictions set up yet under employee > pay setup > taxes on an employee who has not been paid. Enterprise automatically populates these once the employee has received their first check. See screen shots below for before and after the employee has been paid.
*Note* if you do need to enter additional state withholding prior to cutting a check for the employee, you can select the "+" icon in the upper right hand corner of the employee taxes screen and select which jurisdiction the additional withholding amount should be for. See screen shots below for examples.
1. Employee has not received any checks 2. Employee has received at least one check
Once the taxes have populated based on the employee and worksite addresses, we can see those taxes appear under the pay setup area. To view the jurisdiction details, you can double click the juris to bring up additional tax information. If you’d like to add additional allowances or state withholding amounts, you may do so from this area.
*Note* You may also select the "exempt" box in this tax wizard area if the employee should be exempt from all taxability. When selecting the exempt box, Tempworks will prompt you with a notification clarifying what this action will do. Please make sure you consult with a tax professional before selecting this option as it will lead to no W2 being generated for this employee and could cause issues during year-end if set up incorrectly.
Entering 99 Federal or State Exemptions on the pay setup section will make you exempt from these taxes:
- Reports earnings as taxable
- W2 will be generated for this employee
- Federal/State tax will not be taken out