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Payroll Arizona, Unique Aspects of Arizona Payroll Law and Practice
The Arizona State Agency that oversees the collection and reporting of State income taxes deducted from payroll checks is:
This information must be reported within 20 days of the hiring or rehiring.
The information can be sent as a W4 or equivalent by mail, fax or electronically.
There is no penalty for a late report in Arizona.
The Arizona new hire-reporting agency can be reached at 888-282-2064 / 602-340-0555 or on the web at www.az-newhire.com
Arizona does not allow compulsory direct deposit.
Arizona requires the following information on an employee's pay stub:
Earnings and deductions if employee paid by direct deposit information.
In Arizona pay frequency is semimonthly within 16 days of each other; FLSA-exempt employees can be paid monthly by out of state employer.
The lag time between when the services are performed and when the employee must be paid is five days after the pay period (10 days if payroll system is out of state); 16 days for exception or overtime pay.
Arizona payroll law requires that involuntarily terminated employees must be paid their final pay with in 3 working days and that voluntarily terminated employees must be paid their final pay by the next regular payday or by mail if employee requests it.
Deceased employee's wages up to a maximum of 00.00 must be paid to the surviving spouse after an affidavit showing employee's death and status of surviving spouse is tendered.
Escheat laws in Arizona require that unclaimed wages be paid over to the state after one year.
The employer is further required in Arizona to keep a record of the wages abandoned and turned over to the state for a period of five years.
There is no provision in Arizona law concerning tip credits against State minimum wage.
In the Arizona payroll law there is no provision covering required rest or meal periods.
There is no provision in Arizona law concerning record retention of wage and hour records therefor it is probably wise to follow FLSA guidelines.
The Arizona agency charged with enforcing Child Support Orders and laws is:
Division of Child Support Enforcement
3443 N. Central Ave., 4th Fl.
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Arizona has the following provisions for child support deductions:
Please note that this article is not updated for changes that can and will happen from time to time.
About the Author: Charles J. Read, CPA has been in the payroll, accounting and tax business for 30 years,