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Wisconsin Payroll Tax and Labor Laws

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Did you know that Wisconsin has reciprocal withholding agreements with Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan to exempt Wisconsin residents working in those states from income tax liability and tax filing requirements in those states? Residents of the reciprocating states have the same exemptions on compensation earned in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Wage and Hour Laws

Employers must pay employees covered by Wisconsin's minimum wage law at least $7.25*** an hour. All employees are covered. 

Wisconsin Payroll for Employers

Employers covered by Wisconsin's wage payment law must pay wages at least monthly and not more than 31 days following the close of a pay period. Workers under valid collective bargaining agreements can be paid on different payment schedules. 
Wisconsin Unemployment:

Taxable Wage Base ($000s):                                       $14,000 

New Employer Rate (% Taxable Wages):          New Employer 3.05% - 3.25%, Construction 2.90% - 3.10% 

Wisconsin Income Tax Withholding

Wisconsin requires employers to withhold state personal income tax (PIT) from their employees' wages and remit the amounts withheld to the Department of Revenue. 

Wisconsin has reciprocal withholding agreements with Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Michigan.

Wisconsin Benefits

Wisconsin Voting Rights:

Employer Right to Schedule Voting Hours:         Yes 

Pay Deduction for Voting Time Leave:                   Yes 

Wisconsin requires employers to allow employees sufficient leave time to vote. 

All employers in Wisconsin must allow employees time off to vote. This summary is restricted to coverage of private employers. Employers must grant employees three hours of voting time leave. Employers can designate hours of voting time leave. 

Wisconsin State Tax Resources

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***Special rules apply to minimum wage standards for this state. Please refer to state laws. 

Revised 1/1/2024