Payroll Tax Info : CA

The following information regarding California payroll tax changes is effective January 1, 2015. For the 2015 calendar year, these changes include the following:

Increase in the State of California Standard Deduction

The standard deduction for the State of California increases to $3,992 for Single, and $7,984 for Married/Head of Household. You can update these fields yourself on the Custom Screen (option "U") of the "CA" (California) record of the Tax Data File--see the sample screen that follows. (Reference: California Withholding Schedules for . 2015, Table 3, p6)

No Change in the State of California Bonus Pay Withholding Rate

The bonus pay withholding rate for the State of California remains unchanged at 6.6% (0.0660).  You can check this field yourself on the Data Screen (option "T") of the "CA" (California) record of the Tax Data File. Verify that the "BONUS PAY W/H RATE" of the "CA" (California) record of the Tax Data File is set to 0.0660.--see the sample screen that follows. (Reference: California Withholding Schedules for . 2015 )

Increase in the State of California Low Income Exemption

The low income exemption for the State of California increases to $13,267 for Single, and $26,533 for Married/Head of Household. You can update these fields yourself on the Custom Screen (option "U") of the "CA" (California) record of the Tax Data File--see the sample screen that follows.

Increase in the State of California Personal Exemption Credit

The personal exemption credit for the State of California increases to $118.80 per allowance. You can update this field yourself on the Custom Screen (option "U") of the "CA" (California) record of the Tax Data File. Change the "TAX CREDIT" value to "119". (Reference: California Withholding Schedules for . 2015 , Table 4, p6)

No Change in the State of California Unemployment Wage Limit

The California Unemployment wage limit remains unchanged at $7,000.

The California Unemployment Contribution rate, however, varies from company to company, from 1.5% to 6.2%. The Employment Training Tax rate remains at 0.1%. Refer to your Form DE-2088 that you receive from the State of California Employment Development Department (EDD) for your contribution rates for Unemployment Insurance and Employment Training Tax. Add these two rates together, and enter the sum as a decimal number for the employer unemployment rate. For example, if your DE-2088 indicates an Unemployment Contribution rate of 3.4% and an Employment Training Tax (ETT) rate of 0.1%, the total rate would be 3.5% or .03500 expressed as a decimal. Keep the "UNEMPLOYMENT TAX WAGE LIMIT" of the "CA" (California) record of the Tax Data File as 7000.00; the "UNEMPLOYMENT EMPLOYEE TAX RATE" is 0.00000, and the "UNEMPLOYMENT EMPLOYER TAX RATE" would be 0.03500, in the example I've just described--but your rate will probably be different. (If you have any questions on what your Unemployment rates should be, you can contact EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center at 888.745.3886.)

Increase in the State of California Disability Wage Limit

The California Disability Insurance (SDI) wage limit increases to $104,378. Change the value of the "DISABILITY TAX WAGE LIMIT" of the "CA" (California) record of the Tax Data File to 104378.00. (Reference: California Rates, Withholding Schedules, and Meals and Lodging Values for . 2015 )

Decrease in the State of California Disability Tax Rate

The California Disability Insurance (SDI) contribution rate decreases to 0.9%. Verify the "DISABILITY EMPLOYEE TAX RATE" is set to 0.00900. (Reference: California Rates, Withholding Schedules, and Meals and Lodging Values for . 2015 )

No Change in California Deduction for Additional Allowances

The Estimated Deduction for Additional Withholding Allowances remains at $1,000 per allowance. (Reference: California Withholding Schedules for . 2015, Table 2, p5)

New California Withholding Tables

Following this notice are sample screens with the withholding rates for 2015. These changes should be made to the "CA" (California) record of the Tax Parameter File. You must access the Single, Married, and Head of Household) screens individually.  (Reference: California Withholding Schedules for . 2015 , Table 5, p7)