Starting January 1, 2019, all Washington State employers (with very few exceptions) must begin collecting Paid Family and Medical Leave premiums via payroll deduction and company contribution (if applicable). The total insurance premium for 2019 is 0.4% of an employee's gross wages, and the employee and employer may split the payment.*

Please visit the Washington Paid Family & Medical Leave Help website for important additional information, to determine if you are subject, and a premium calculator.

This tax is supported by QuickBooks Desktop and QuickBooks Online Payroll.

  • Employers must collect and remit premiums starting in 2019 with the first payroll of the year.
  • Once created, this will be collected per paycheck.  New payroll taxes will be added to the payroll system.
  • The total employee and company contributions for 2019 is 0.4% of the employee's total gross wages up to the Social Security limit.
  • *Employers with fewer than 50 employees are not required to pay the employer portion of the premium.
  • An employer can elect to pay the employee’s share of the premium.  This is not currently supported by Online Payroll.
  • Premiums must be remitted quarterly during the month following each completed calendar quarter.

Employee & Employer Rates

Employers with MORE than 50 employees (Employer not paying Employee portion)

Employee Portion Rate 63% (of 0.4% premium)
Company Portion Rate 37% (of 0.4% premium)

In QuickBooks Desktop enter the amount as 63 and 37 with no percentage sign or decimals.


Employers with LESS than 50 employees (Employer NOT required to pay their portion; Employees required to pay their portion)

Employee Portion Rate 63% (of 0.4% premium)
Company Portion Rate 0% (of 0.4% premium)

In QuickBooks Desktop enter the amount as 63 for the employee portion and 0 for the company portion with no percentage sign or decimals. If the employer elects to pay the employee premium, enter 63 in the company portion and 0 in the employee portion.

Employers with MORE than 50 employees (Employer paying Employee portion)*

*Not currently available to Online Payroll customers

Employee Portion Rate 0% (of 0.4% premium)
Company Portion Rate 100% (of 0.4% premium)

Select your payroll service (Desktop or Online) for detailed instructions on setting up the item.

Pay and file the Payroll item

QuickBooks Desktop Payroll Assisted
Intuit Full Service Payroll (IFSP)
QuickBooks Online Full Service Payroll (QBFSP):

  • Intuit will support the filing and payment

QuickBooks Online Payroll Enhanced (QBOP)
Intuit Online Payroll (IOP):

  • We’re still waiting for information from the agency. Please return to this article for updates.

FAQs

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