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Download the latest payroll tax table

It is important to download or install the latest payroll tax table in QuickBooks Desktop to ensure your payroll has accurate information. Learn how to update your payroll tax tables within QuickBooks and using a Payroll Update CD.

  • You must have an active payroll subscription.
  • Intuit recommends you download the tax table every time you pay your employees, or at least every 45 days.
  • To know if you have the latest tax table version, check out Intuit QuickBooks Desktop Payroll News & Updates.

Download the payroll tax table update within QuickBooks Desktop

  1. Go to the Employees menu, then select Get Payroll Updates.
  2. Put a check in the Download Entire Update checkbox.
  3. Select Download Latest Update.
  4. A window appears when the download is complete.

Install the payroll tax table update from a CD (Disk Delivery service)

  1. Insert the Payroll Update CD.
  2. Go to the Employees menu, then select Get Payroll Updates.
  3. Select Install Update from Disk.
  4. Select Browse.
  5. In the Install From window, from the Look in: drop-down, select the CD drive.
  6. Select either update.dat or update3.dat from the Payroll Update Disk, then Open.
  7. Select OK.
  8. In the Install Confirmation window, verify that you're installing from the correct location and that the tax table version in the Current and New fields are correct.
  9. Select Install.
  10. When the update is complete, or the new tax table is installed, a confirmation message appears. Read the message, then select OK.
    • A new tax table has been installed on your computer. Click OK to read about the changes. appears if the tax table version has changed.
    • You have successfully installed payroll update [PS###]. appears if the tax table version has not changed.
Automatic payroll tax table updates

To receive payroll tax table updates automatically when they are released, turn on the automatic updates feature in QuickBooks Desktop.  See Update QuickBooks Desktop to the latest release for detailed instructions.

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