Hello there, @dnneuen.
Allow me to add more information on how QuickBooks handles the new statewide insurance plan.
This update will automatically be implemented in the system and will take effect on your 2019 your employee’s payroll check. Once you’ll run a paycheck, it will auto-calculate the appropriate deductions.
On the other hand, the ability to set up your WA State Tax manually will be available on or after January 1, 2019. If your employee has a tax-exempt status, you can add it under the employee’s individual profile under “Taxes and Exemptions.”
Regarding your exemption status as an employer, I’d recommend reaching out to Washington State Tax agency so you’ll be guided accurately on setting it up on your account.
Please feel free to drop a comment below if you have other questions about setting up your state tax information. I’m always here to help.