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Level 1

UI tax rate change

I see where to change the percentage of the OR SUI tax rate for 2019 but don't know where I change the taxable wage base.


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QuickBooks Team

UI tax rate change

Hi there, carriellisac.


Thanks for taking the time to reach out to us. I'm here to help and provide some insights about taxable wage base.


Intuit wants to make sure our customers are compliant with their state guidelines. You don't have to change your taxable wage base since QuickBooks Online (QBO) will automatically update it once we receive the new rate from your state agency. 


For additional reference, you can check these articles: 

Please know that you're always welcome to post if you have any other concerns about tax wage. Wishing you and your business continued success. 

Level 2

UI tax rate change

I have changes to state taxable wage base limits in two different states, however, the latest payroll update does not reflect those changes.  i also have a new payroll tax item for the state of WA regarding paid family & medicalleave insurance, that is not showing up either.  All of these items are referenced in the summary of payroll updates document, but are not reflected in the payroll items themselves.

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UI tax rate change

Great day, KimB,


Thanks for joining the conversation. I can help you with your payroll update.


May I know if you're using the Desktop version of QuickBooks? If so, what specific states are you referring to that's not updating the wage base limits? Any details you can provide will help us narrow things down.


The current QuickBooks Desktop Payroll tax table update version is 21902, that was released last December 27, 2018. You can view your tax table version by going to the Employees tab and selecting Get Payroll Updates. Please see screenshot below:



If you're not using the correct version, please make sure to re run the update. Please check out this article for your reference: Download The Latest Payroll Tax Table


After you install the payroll update, the Add Payroll Item tool will help you create the 2 new payroll items for Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave. For the instructions with setting up the payroll items, please follow the steps outlined in the Desktop Payroll section of this article: Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave (New Tax 2019)


Please feel free to get back to me if you need further assistance with the payroll set up. I'm here to help you with your payroll account anytime.

Level 1

UI tax rate change

How and when do you know it has been changed because I have always done it, but since it's once a year I can never remember how to do it.


UI tax rate change

Hello Lisa18,


Thank you for posting in the Community. I'm here to help provide some additional clarification on your question.


However, I need more information about what specific changes you're referring to in QuickBooks. Are you talking about the payroll update or the changes to state taxable wage base limits? I also need to know if you're using the desktop or the online version of the product? Any additional details you could provide would be a great help.


If you're referring to the payroll updates for desktop payroll subscribers, these updates happen when there are changes released from the federal or state agencies.


I'm including an article for additional insight on this: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about QuickBooks Payroll Updates.


Please feel free to get back to me here for all of your QuickBooks needs. I value your time and service.

Level 2

UI tax rate change

Everything is working now.  I had previously updated Payroll to the most current version, but the limits had not changed at the time of my inquiry.  It turns out that QB didn't change the rates until the calendar rolled to 2019.  I was under the impression that since I had no more payroll expenses for 2018, I could go ahead and update to new rates and limits with no problem before 1/1/2019 because I had to run payroll on 1/2/2019 - just wanted to allow time for any problems that might arise before needing to run the payroll.  All is working well, including the two new payroll items for the state of Washington.  Thanks.

QuickBooks Team

UI tax rate change

Hi @KimB.


I'm happy to hear you're payroll is working properly now. 


Here is an article that has information about QuickBooks Desktop Payroll for future reference. 


Please remember, I'm always here for any other questions or concerns.

Level 1

UI tax rate change

I need to send Intuit the UI TAX rate for Calendar yr 2021.  Can I do this with you?  Or is there a specific E-mail address?

QuickBooks Team

UI tax rate change

Hello @asesanto, thank you for reaching out to the Community! I'm happy to help you update your UI tax rate.


Since I'm not certain which product you have, use this link to get the steps: Update your State Unemployment Insurance (SUI) rate in QuickBooks or Intuit Payroll.


Once you open the link, scroll down and choose the product you use. 


If you're in Desktop:

  1. Go to the Lists menu and select Payroll Item List.
  2. Double-click [state abbreviation] - Unemployment Company.
  3. Select Next until you reach the page “Company tax rates”.
  4. Enter the correct rates for each quarter.
  5. Select Next, then Finish.

If you use QuickBooks Online (Core, Premium Elite and Enhanced):

  1. Sign in to QuickBooks Online.
  2. Go to Settings ⚙, then select Payroll settings.
  3. (For Core, Premium and Elite) In the State tax section, select the Edit ✎ icon.

    (For Enhanced) Select State Taxes.

  4. In the State Unemployment Insurance (SUI) Setup section, select Change or add new rate.
  5. Enter your new rate and its effective date.
  6. Select OK to save your changes.

For any other questions, feel free to reach back out to us through this post. All of us in the Community are eager to help you. :)

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