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Payroll Georgia, Unique Aspects of Georgia Payroll Law and Practice
The Georgia State Agency that oversees the collection and reporting of State income taxes deducted from payroll checks is:
This information must be reported within 10 days of the hiring or rehiring.
The information can be sent as a W4 or equivalent by mail, fax or electronically.
There is a written warning for a late report in Georgia.
The Georgia new hire-reporting agency can be reached at 888-541-0469 / 404-525-2985 or on the web at https://newhirereporting.com/ga-newhire/default.asp .
Georgia does allow compulsory direct deposit but the employee's choice of financial institution must meet federal Regulation E regarding choice of financial institutions.
Georgia requires the following information on an employee's pay stub:
Georgia requires that employee be paid no less often than semi-monthly and at even intervals. There is an exemption for officials, superintendents and department heads.
In Georgia there are no statutory requirements concerning the lag time between when the services are performed and when the employee must be paid.
Georgia has no general provision on when terminated employees must be paid their final wages.
Deceased employee's wages up to ,500.00 must be paid to the designated beneficiary, surviving spouse or children's guardian (in that order).
Escheat laws in Georgia require that unclaimed wages be paid over to the state after one year.
The employer is further required in California to keep a record of the wages abandoned and turned over to the state for a period of ten years.
There is no provision in Georgia law concerning tip credits against State minimum wage.
In the Georgia payroll law there is no provision covering required rest or meal periods.
There is no provision in Georgia law concerning record retention of wage and hour records therefor it is probably wise to follow FLSA guidelines.
The Georgia agency charged with enforcing Child Support Orders and laws is:
Child Support Enforcement
State Department of Human Resources
2 Peachtree St., N.W. 15th Fl.
Georgia 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,