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Set up state unemployment insurance (SUI)

If you need to set up all of your payroll (compensation, benefits, employees, taxes, and payroll history), run the Payroll Setup interview. Shortcut

Most states collect unemployment insurance from employers. You need a payroll item for each state to which you pay unemployment insurance.

For additional information that will help you fill in the fields, go to the Go onlinePayroll Tax Compliance page.

To do this task

  1. Go to the Lists menu and then click Payroll Item List. Shortcut

  2. Click the Payroll Item button and then click New.

  3. Choose Custom Setup, then click Next.

  4. Click State Tax as the type of tax you want to create and click Next.

  5. Click the state's two-letter abbreviation from the drop-down list.

  6. Click State Unemployment and click Next.

  7. Follow the onscreen instructions. You can click the Help button in any window for additional information.

    If you are required to pay state unemployment insurance as a company expense and also withhold it from employee earnings, QuickBooks helps you set up the separate payroll items for the company expense and the employee withholding at the same time.

If you need to go back to a previous window, click Prev.

If your state places an annual limit on taxable income, QuickBooks stops computing the tax for an employee when the year-to-date total for income subject to tax reaches this limit.

Note: To compute payroll taxes on paychecks, you must have a Go onlinepayroll service subscription.

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