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Welcome to our payroll calculator!

Before we jump in, who are you using this calculator for?

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Our calculators are designed for employers, and they’ll ask for information you may not have. For a better experience, please check out this employee-focused paycheck calculator.

How much did your employee earn?

Gross Pay: This is the total amount of wages your employee earned before taxes and deductions are withheld.


For salaried employees, gross pay equals their annual salary divided by the number of pay periods per year. For hourly employees, gross pay equals the number of hours worked multiplied by their hourly wage.


(Don’t forget to add on any tips, commissions, or bonuses!)

Gross Pay Method: Is the gross pay amount based on your employee’s annual compensation, or by how many hours they worked in the last pay period?

Gross Pay YTD: Enter the total gross pay your employee has earned this year, prior to this paycheck. Normally, this can be found on the last pay stub.

Pay Frequency: How often do you normally issue paychecks?

Check Date: Enter the check date that should appear on your paycheck.

Is your employee exempt from any taxes?

Federal: In some cases, public and governmental employees are exempt from federal taxes. Check “yes” if your employee is exempt and Federal taxes should not be deducted.

FICA: In some cases, public and governmental employees are exempt from FICA. Check “yes” if your employee is exempt and FICA taxes should not be deducted.

Medicare: In some cases, public and governmental employees are exempt from Medicare taxes. Check “yes” if your employee is exempt and Medicare taxes should not be deducted.

Please enter your employee’s withholding information.

2020 W4: Would you like to use the 2020 withholding tables? Here’s an article that covers the 2020 W-4 updates if you aren’t sure.

Federal Filing Status: Select your employee’s filing status for federal withholding. This helps determine how much federal tax will be withheld.

Two Jobs: If the employee indicated that they have more than one job or are married and filing jointly with a working spouse, select Yes here.

Dependents Amount: Enter the amount your employee listed on Line 3 of their W-4, if any. This is where they claim dependents.

Other Income: If your employee listed another other income on line 4(a) of their W-4, enter the amount here.

Deductions: Enter any deductions that your employee listed on line 4(b) of their W-4, if applicable.

Additional Federal Withholding: If your employee has asked to have additional funds withheld from each paycheck, enter the amount here. If they have not, enter “0”.

Round Federal Withholding: Would you like us to round your employee’s withholding totals to the nearest dollar? (It’s not required, but it is permitted)

Now, add information for their state.

State: Select the state where withholding should be calculated. It should be the same state where the work was performed.

Now, add locale information if applicable.

Does your employee have any voluntary deductions?

Please add any additional deductions for items like health insurance, 401(k), HSAs/FSAs, or any other benefits.


Select type of deduction needed:

401(k)

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HSA

Add deduction

Custom

Add deduction

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Updated: June 21, 2024

Over 5.3 million people make up Georgia’s labor force so employers have their hands full when it comes to payroll taxes. The good news is that the Georgia payroll calculator at the top of this page eliminates all the extra clutter associated with calculating payroll and employee paychecks. All you have to do is enter wage and W-4 information for each employee, and our calculator will process your employees’ gross pay, net pay, and deductions for Georgia and Federal taxes.

Federal payroll taxes for Georgia employers

Here’s a summary of what you need to know when you’re calculating federal payroll taxes. If you would like to see a detailed rundown, head on over to our step-by-step guide for more information.

  • Calculate Gross Wages:
    • For all your hourly employees, multiply their hours worked by the pay rate. Don’t forget to increase the rate for any overtime hours.
    • For all your salaried employees, divide each employee’s annual salary by the number of pay periods you have.
  • Calculate Any Pre-Tax Withholdings: If your employees contribute to HSA, 401(k) or other pre-tax withholdings, deduct the appropriate amount from their gross pay before you calculate payroll taxes.
  • Deduct Federal Income Taxes: Federal taxes can range anywhere from 0% to 37% of taxable earnings. You can find further withholding information through the IRS website.
  • Deduct and match any FICA taxes:
    • Social Security tax, which is 6.2% of each employee’s taxable wages up until they reach $168,600 for the year. Employers also have to pay a matching 6.2% tax up to the wage limit.
    • Medicare tax, which is 1.45% of each employee’s taxable wages up to $200,000 for the year. For any wages above $200,000, there is an Additional Medicare Tax of 0.9%, which brings the rate to 2.35%. Employers have to pay a matching 1.45% of Medicare tax, but only the employee is responsible for paying the 0.9% Additional Medicare Tax.
  • Calculate FUTA Unemployment Tax, which is 6% of the first $7,000 of each employee’s taxable income. Note that if you pay state unemployment taxes in full and on time, you are eligible for a tax credit of up to 5.4%, which brings your effective FUTA tax rate to 0.6%. Only employers are responsible for paying the FUTA tax, not employees.
  • Subtract Post-Tax Deductions, which can be anything from court-ordered wage garnishments to child support.

 

We also have a detailed overview of what goes into payroll processing that you may find useful after reading about Georgia payroll taxes.

Georgia payroll taxes for 2024

With six different tax brackets, payroll in Georgia is especially progressive, meaning the more your employees make, the more they have to pay. Rates range from 1% to 5.49%.

 

Though this could definitely be checked off as “complicated,” the rest of Georgia payroll taxes are a breeze. It doesn’t matter if you live in Savannah or Buford or Atlanta, because no city charges a local income tax.

Georgia unemployment insurance

Georgia doesn’t have state disability insurance, but it does have unemployment insurance. With a wage base of $9,500 in 2024, unemployment insurance covers those unemployed through no fault of their own. Rates range from 0.04% to 8.1%.

 

If you’re a new employer, use the standard rate of 2.7%. If crunching all the numbers is taking too much time, or you just want to be sure you’re keeping up with all your federal and state obligations, you have options. Most processes, including withholding taxes and deductions, can be automated when working with a payroll provider.

 

New hire reporting in the state of Georgia

Georgia statute 19-11-9.2 and the Federal Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 require all Georgia employers to report all newly hired employees, as well as rehires, to a state directory within 10 days of their hire date. There are no employer exemptions when it comes to new hire reporting. The good news is that the state of Georgia makes it simple through its new hire reporting center.

 

Maintaining records

The state of Georgia requires employers to keep records of total remuneration (a fancy way of saying the compensation or payment an employee receives for the work they do) for a period of at least four years, per O.C.G.A. 48-7-111 (2010). In addition, you might find our article on payroll record keeping guidelines helpful, which breaks down various federal requirements (as well as tips on how to store files).

Staying compliant

Did you know that almost all employers in the state must carry workers’ compensation? Learn more about who needs coverage, the benefits it provides, and how to get a policy in our employer’s guide to Georgia workers’ comp insurance.

The last step

You’ve almost crossed the finish line. Reached your destination. Spotted the light at the end of the tunnel. Whatever works for you, you’re nearly there. All you have to do after calculating your employee’s net pay is cut those checks. Just make sure you’re setting aside the amount your company needs to pay to avoid any FICA and UI tax fiascos. Federal tax filings are done by filing Forms 940 (annually) and 941 (quarterly), but deposits can be made on an ongoing basis through the EFTPS payment system. You can learn more about the tax reporting due dates here.

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Georgia payroll tax resources

Just in case you want to learn even more about Georgia payroll taxes, here are a few helpful links.

 

Georgia Department of Revenue: To put it simply: your new best friend.

 

Register as an Employer: Or call (404) 232-3301 for more information.

 

The Department of Labor: Basically the almanac of payroll taxes for all Georgia employers.

 

Answers to your questions: Unemployment Insurance and laws and regulations…all the things you need to know.

 

These rates are based on local legislation and can change at any time. Always consult a tax professional if you are unsure about your obligations.

More helpful payroll calculators

Georgia employers can use the calculator at the top of this page to quickly figure out their employees’ gross pay, net pay, and deductions. But every now and then, employers run into situations that require a bit more finesse. For example, do you have employees who are top performers and reward them with bonuses from time to time? Remember that Uncle Sam considers this type of payment to be supplemental wages (so taxes need to be withheld). What about workers who come and go? There may be times when you need to figure out what their final paycheck will be. So, if you can use a little more help managing the math, check out some of the calculators listed below.

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