Updated January 12, 2021
Delaware may be small in stature, but it is big in historical importance. After all, not everyone gets to call itself The First State. As a small business owner in the oldest state in America, you are also a big deal. But whether you own an old-fashioned diner in Dover or a new trendy cafe in Wilmington, there is one thing you don’t want to have to deal with: payroll taxes.
We love dealing with payroll taxes, and that’s why we’re here to help you. We designed a handy calculator to figure out your Delaware payroll and federal payroll taxes for you. All you need to do is enter wage and W-4 allowances for each employee below, and it will calculate gross pay, take out deductions, and come up with the net pay you’ll need for writing your employees’ paychecks.
First of all, let’s give Uncle Sam his due. Below is a quick overview of what you need to know when it comes to federal payroll tax withholdings. If you would like to get into each tax withholding in detail, check out our comprehensive step-by-step guide.
Now that we’re done with federal income taxes, let’s tackle Delaware state taxes. The State of Delaware has a progressive income tax, similar to how the federal income tax works. The more money your employees make, the higher the income tax. Tax rates range from 0% to 6.6%. Employees who make more than $60,000 will hit the highest tax bracket.
On top of paying Delaware state taxes, employees who live or work in Wilmington have to pay a local city tax. You will need to withhold 1.25% from their paychecks.
As an employer, you’re responsible for paying state unemployment insurance, which covers those unemployed through no fault of their own. The wage base in Delaware is $16,500 for 2021, and rates range from 0.3% to 8.2%.
If you’re a new employer, you’ll pay a flat rate of 1.8%. If you’re a new employer in the construction industry, you’ll have to pay 2.3%.
Remember, paying your SUI in full and on time qualifies you to get a whopping 90% off of your FUTA tax bill, so make sure you pay attention to the due dates.
That’s it! You’ve done it! You’ve checked “payroll taxes” off your to-do list so you can move onto important things like growing your small business. Once each employee’s net pay is calculated, you’re in the clear. All you have to worry about is getting your employees paid on time as well as setting aside whatever you owe in FICA and unemployment taxes. Those numbers can add up quickly!
You will need to use Form 941 to file federal taxes quarterly, and Form 940 to report your annual FUTA tax. You can pay taxes online using the EFTPS payment system. More information about employment tax due dates can be found here.
Our calculator is here to help, but of course, you can never learn enough, especially when it comes to payroll taxes. Here are some additional resources and contact information to help you run Delaware payroll: