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Georgia Payroll Tax and State Taxes

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Did you know that nonresidents are subject to Georgia tax if they work in Georgia for more than 23 days in a calendar quarter, earn more than 5% of their wages in Georgia, or can attribute more than $5,000 of their wages to Georgia? That residents working out-of-state are exempt from Georgia income tax withholding if their compensation is subject to withholding in that state?

Georgia Wage and Hour Laws

Employees covered by Georgia's minimum wage law must be paid $5.15*** an hour. Employees covered under the Fair Labor Standards Act must receive the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.

All employees are covered except for:

  • those working for employers with sales of $40,000 or less a year;
  • farm owners, sharecroppers and land renters;
  • those paid wholly or partially in tips; and
  • high school and college students.

Georgia Payroll for Employers

Employers covered by Georgia's wage payment law must pay wages at least twice in a calendar month. All employees are covered, except those specifically exempt by statute; among those exempt are heads and subheads of departments or executives employed by the month or year.

Georgia Unemployment:

Taxable Wage Base ($000s):                        9,500

New Employer Rate (% Taxable Wages)    2.7**

Employee Tax Rate (% Taxable Wages)     None

Georgia Income Tax Withholding

Georgia requires employers to withhold state income tax from employees' wages and remit the amounts withheld to the Department of Revenue.

Georgia residents working outside the state are exempt from Georgia income tax withholding if their compensation is subject to withholding in that state.

Georgia Benefits

Georgia Voting Rights:

Employer Right to Schedule Voting Hours         Yes

Pay Deduction for Voting Time Leave                 Not Specified

All employers in Georgia must allow employees time off to vote.

Georgia requires employers to allow employees sufficient leave time to vote if time is not available to them before or after work. Private employers must allow employees to take up to two hours of leave to vote. However, if employees have at least two hours before beginning work or after leaving work during which the polls are open, employers do not have to grant voting time leave.

Georgia State Tax Resources

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**Rates include surcharges.
***Special rules apply to minimum wage standards for this state. Please refer to state laws.
Information accurate as of December 2020