Information and answers to FAQs about payroll tax table updates.


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What is a Payroll Update?

QuickBooks Payroll provides payroll updates to QuickBooks Payroll subscribers. 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 pay options.

The majority of the supported changes are released at the end of the year since federal and state agencies release the bulk of its changes for the upcoming year. However, QuickBooks Payroll releases payroll updates throughout the year because various agencies make changes to their payroll tax calculations and tax forms during the year.

*State payroll tax forms are available as part of the QuickBooks Enhanced Payroll service.

Which Payroll Update Do I Have?

In QuickBooks, from the Employees menu, choose Get Payroll Updates, then Update. In the Get Payroll Updates window, check the number next to the words "You are using tax table version". If this matches the number of the latest payroll update, you are up-to-date.

The latest payroll update is 21902 delivered December 27, 2018. The next payroll update is 21904 which currently is scheduled for January.

Our latest payroll release does include an update for disk delivery customers.

How do I get Payroll Updates?

If you subscribe to QuickBooks Payroll, you can download your updates over the Internet. The easiest way to do this is to set up automatic updates so that QuickBooks downloads payroll updates automatically as soon as they are available. You can also download the latest payroll update anytime while in QuickBooks.

Subscribers to the Disk Delivery service of QuickBooks Payroll receives payroll updates on CD via the mail. We highly recommend that you download and install the payroll update if you have internet access.

What are Automatic Updates?

QuickBooks downloads payroll updates automatically as soon as they are available over the Internet.

Note: The information contained here is meant to provide general information about the payroll process and is not intended to provide tax or legal advice. Always consult your tax professional when preparing tax documents.