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WendyJT
Level 3

Maine CSSF Payroll Tax

On January 1, 2021 the Maine CSSF Payroll tax changed.  How do I change this on Quickbooks Desktop Pro 2020?   When I try to change it, QuickBooks states that number comes from a table.  When will these tables be updated?  Is there a way for me to change it now?   It was 0.6% and is now 0.7%.  CSSF=Competitive Skills Scholarship Fund.

 

 

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WendyJT
Level 3

Maine CSSF Payroll Tax

That should say 0.06% to 0.07%.

CharleneMae_F
QuickBooks Team

Maine CSSF Payroll Tax

Let's update your tax table, WendyJT.

 

This way,  you'll have the most current and accurate rates and calculations for supported state and federal tax tables, payroll tax forms, e-file, and payment options. 

 

Here's how:

  1. Go to the Employees menu
  2. Select Get Payroll Updates.
  3. Choose the Download Entire Update checkbox.
  4. Click on Download Latest Update.
  5. Once done, a window appears when the download is complete.

 

For more information about the process, I suggest checking this article: Get the Latest Payroll Tax Table Update.

 

To ensure that you have the latest tax table, I encourage visiting this article: Latest Payroll News and Updates.

 

Lastly, you can check out this link for additional reference when preparing your year-end tasks: QuickBooks Desktop Year End Prep and Resources.

 

Don't hesitate to reach out to us again if you need anything else.  This way, we'll be able to provide the assistance you need.

CJAC
Level 2

Maine CSSF Payroll Tax

The previous person who posted on this issue correct.  The Maine CSSF rate for 2021 is .07% and has not been adjusted in QuickBooks yet (nor can it be adjusted by the user), and our firm is using the latest payroll tax table version (22102) released on 01/07/21.  Additionally, Maine also has another new employer payroll tax (UPAF) that began on 01/01/21 and is not in the latest release.  I am running the first payroll of 2021 today, and so these two employer taxes will not be correct.  I am assuming that the next release will correct this and that QuickBooks will automatically make YTD corrections on the next payroll run.  Where these taxes are paid quarterly, I suppose that's not the end of the world as long as there are no staffing changes before the next update corrects this.  Still, it's rather surprising that these changes were not included in the latest update; they should have been prepared in 2020 and ready to roll out.  It's not like they were last minute unexpected changes, and should have been relatively easy to put in place by Intuit.

Charies_M
Moderator

Maine CSSF Payroll Tax

Thanks for sharing an input, CJAC.

 

Our team is working to include the new Maine CSSF rate on our next update release. Once this is available, QuickBooks automatically prompts you to run the Latest payroll news and updates. These updates provide the most current and accurate rates and calculations for supported state and federal tax tables, payroll tax forms, and e-file and payment options.

 

I'm leaving this article so you'll be updated with the latest tax information for Maine state: Maine Payroll Tax Compliance.

 

Keep me posted for additional questions or other concerns. I'd be more than happy to help.

CJAC
Level 2

Maine CSSF Payroll Tax

Thank you for the response.  I have two follow up questions:

1)  Per my original post, once the new update has been issued and the CSSF rate has been updated, I assume QuickBooks  will automatically make adjustments on the subsequent payroll run to bring YTD totals where they should be to correct for paychecks already issued with the old rate?

2)  Do you know if the next update will also add the new Maine UPAF employer withholding effective 01/01/21  and, if  so, same question as to YTD adjustments.

Nick_M
QuickBooks Team

Maine CSSF Payroll Tax

Hi there, CJAC.

 

Thanks for dropping by the Community. I'm happy to assist you today. You're correct as far as the CSSF rate. When the update occurs, QuickBooks will make the necessary adjustments. You can check for additional information on the State of California Employment Development Department website.

 

As far as Maines UPAF employer withholding, I would suggest updating your software to the latest software. You can follow the steps provided above by my colleague, Charlene. If you need further assistance with that process, you can reach out to our support team as they can guide you click by click. 

CJAC
Level 2

Maine CSSF Payroll Tax

Hi - thanks for the response.  Per my prior post, I already have the most current payroll tax table installed, and there is no UPAF payroll tax item therein.  Thus my query about that alsobeing contained in the next release.

WendyJT
Level 3

Maine CSSF Payroll Tax

Perfect!  Thank you CJAC for saying everything more clearly than I was able and straightening out Quickbooks.  I will continue to try updates until the CSSF table for Maine has been corrected and hopefully the UPAF will be added at that time.  

Mainer
Level 1

Maine CSSF Payroll Tax

I have the same issue! I spent 4 hours today and 4 hours last week in a chat to try to resolve this! 
the outcome was to tell the state of Maine I use quickbooks online and to work with me! The state says get a different payroll service! I pay extra to quick books unbelievable! 

CJAC
Level 2

Maine CSSF Payroll Tax

Hello, again -

 

I've just updated yet again to the latest release (QuickBooks 2020 Payroll Update 22102) and I see that the Maine CSSF rate is still incorrect, nor has the new Maine employer UPAF payroll tax, which went into effect on 01/01/21, been included.  Your most recent response indicated that the latest release would address these issues, but that does not appear to be the case, and the link that you provided to the California (!) site was obviously not helpful.  I can see from other posts that there are a number of Maine users who are waiting for these two issues to be addressed with a QuickBooks update.  Any status update on when these issues will be corrected via a payroll update would be greatly appreciated.

Lena9373
Level 1

Maine CSSF Payroll Tax

Hello

I am having the same issue with UPAF rate

 

Lena9373
Level 1

Maine CSSF Payroll Tax

I am having same issue. I cannot change the CSSF rate and also I can not add the UPAF rate

cbrown02
Level 1

Maine CSSF Payroll Tax

It is 1/15/21, and QuickBooks still has an incorrect ME CSSF Payroll Tax rate, and no programming at all for the ME UPAF Payroll Tax Rate.  Can we have an update as to when this will be corrected?  Thank you!

ShiellaGraceA
QuickBooks Team

Maine CSSF Payroll Tax

Thanks for joining us today, @cbrown02.

 

I'm here to help get this sorted out. If you haven't updated your tax table yet, please update your tax table to the latest release following these steps below.

 

Here's how:

  1. Go to the Employees menu at the top. Select Get Payroll Updates.
  2. Tick the radio-button next to Download entire payroll update.
  3. Click Update.

 

After running the tax table update, go back to the payroll item list page and check the tax rate again. If you're still getting the same result, I recommend contacting our Payroll Support so we can further investigate. Please use this link to reach out.

 

Additionally, here's a guide that covers all tasks you can do when using the payroll feature.

 

Keep me posted if you still have questions or concerns with payroll. I'm always here to help. Have a great day ahead.

WendyJT
Level 3

Maine CSSF Payroll Tax

Hi SheillaGraceA,

I just did an update this morning and it says it updated Maine's tables to a table effective 1/1/21, however, the rate on CSSF is still .06%.  So I then logged out of Quickbooks and back in, and it is still .06%.  Then I tried to change it, incase it gave me the ability to change it to the now .07%, and it does not.  So I'm still stuck at .06% without the ability to correct it.  

Also we need to add a new tax for the State of Maine, UPAF (Unemployment Program Administrative Fund).  

Maine has set it up so that the amount of the combined CSSF and UPAF is coming off of the State Unemployment contribution, so I'm not sure if these rates will differ from business to business depending upon the businesses current Unemployment rate.  

Is there any idea when these will be corrected in Quickbooks?

 

 

Perryelectric
Level 1

Maine CSSF Payroll Tax

I am also waiting for the rate for CSSF to be changed and the UPAF to be added.  I have the most up to date payroll (22102).  I have been updating daily in the hopes that these necessary changes have been made.  When can I expect Quickbooks to have completed these changes?

jamespaul
QuickBooks Team

Maine CSSF Payroll Tax

Hello, Perryelectric and WendyJT,

 

I'll give a brief update regarding the new CSSF and UPAF rates. 

 

As of today, our engineers are still working on bringing the new CSSF rate and the new UPAF Assessment into QuickBooks Desktop. 

 

We currently don't have an exact date on when this will be rolled out. For now, you don't have to edit the rate or change anything in your payroll settings. 

 

You'll want to run payroll as is if you have an upcoming payday. When an update for the CSSF and UPAF rates is rolled out, QuickBooks Desktop will automatically correct the tax rates and adjust them on the next paychecks. 

 

Also, a pop-up will automatically appear when an update is available. If you missed it, you can manually do it by following the steps provided by my colleagues.

 

I see that my colleagues have already provided this article. For convenience, you'll want to check this article for updates about the tax rates: Latest payroll news and updates.

 

Do you need to take care of your employees, handle other payroll taxes or check the previous year's liabilities? We have a bunch of help content to guide you on managing any payroll-related tasks. Check them out here: Articles list for QuickBooks Desktop Payroll

 

Do let me know if you have other concerns while doing payroll. I'm here to address them. If you also have questions for the processes in QuickBooks Desktop, include them to your reply and I'll help you out. 

EBCME
Level 1

Maine CSSF Payroll Tax

Literally on hold for this now. Is quickbooks online equally affected? I'm frustrated that it's taking so long to update, we pay a lot for the payroll service. 

PCF LLC
Level 1

Maine CSSF Payroll Tax

I am also waiting for these changes to be applied.

Mark_R
QuickBooks Team

Maine CSSF Payroll Tax

Hi @EBCME and @PCF LLC,

 

At this moment, we are still waiting for an update from our product engineers when the new tax rate for CSSF will be updated in QuickBooks Online (QBO), as well as in QuickBooks Desktop (QBDT). Rest assured that our product engineers continue working on this to get this new CSSF rate in QuickBooks as soon as possible.

 

Please know that when an update is already available for the new CSSF rate, QuickBooks will automatically adjust the tax rate on the next paychecks.

 

For now, you can visit our blog site so you'll be able to get the latest news about QuickBooks and what our Product Care Team is working on. 

 

Please know you can continue to reach me here with any additional questions. I'll be more than happy to assist you again.

Kelnevsab
Level 1

Maine CSSF Payroll Tax

Two weeks have gone by and a new update with nothing for the State of Maine.  Is there someone that we can all call to get this rolling.  Who is at fault here, Maine or Intuit?  We need CSSF updated to 0.7% and the new UPAF added!

Mainahs70
Level 1

Maine CSSF Payroll Tax

Still no updated CSSF or new UPAF.

bayside42
Level 2

Maine CSSF Payroll Tax

Nearly a month into 2021 and still no updated CSSF and UPAF.....clearly the "engineers" aren't making this a priority. 

Scott13
Level 2

Maine CSSF Payroll Tax

Count me in on the chorus of frustration here.  QB has a huge fee for assisted payroll, and this needs to be corrected by them ASAP.  Here is the latest update from a chat I had with support today:

"Maine Unemployment (ME-UI) has a new rate for the CSSF Assessment at 0.07%, and a new tagalong called the UPAF Assessment at 0.13%. Neither updates are currently available in-product.
Our Tax Compliance Team is currently working on remedying this so that it is updated for our customers in-product. No actions are needed at this time, as Maine Unemployment is a quarterly tax. First quarter is not due until April 2021."

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