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Payroll Iowa, Unique Aspects of Iowa Payroll Law and Practice
The Iowa State Agency that oversees the collection and reporting of State income taxes deducted from payroll checks is:
This information must be reported within 15 days of the hiring or rehiring.
The information can be sent as a W4 or equivalent by mail, fax or electronically.
There is a penalty contempt of court for a late report in Iowa.
The Iowa new hire-reporting agency can be reached at 515-281-533 or on the web at http://icer.dhs.state.ia.us/.
Iowa does not allow compulsory direct deposit.
Iowa requires the following information on an employee's pay stub:
The State Wage and Hour Law provisions concerning pay stub information in Iowa is that it must be provided within 10 days of employee's request, only once a year unless earnings, hours, or deductions are changed.
Iowa requires that employee be paid no less often than monthly, semimonthly, or biweekly.
Iowa requires that the lag time between the end of the pay period and the payment of wages to the employee not exceed twelve days after pay period; excluding Sundays and holidays.
Iowa payroll law requires that involuntarily terminated employees must be paid their final pay by their next regular payday; 30 days for commissions and that voluntarily terminated employees must be paid their final pay by the next regular payday; 30 days for commissions or by mail if employee requests it.
There is no provision in Iowa law concerning paying deceased employees.
Escheat laws in Iowa require that unclaimed wages be paid over to the state after one year.
The employer is further required in Iowa to keep a record of the wages abandoned and turned over to the state for a period of 4 years.
Iowa payroll law mandates no more than 40% of minimum wage may be used as a tip credit.
In the Iowa payroll law there is no provision covering required rest or meal periods.
There is no provision in Iowa law concerning record retention of wage and hour records therefor it is probably wise to follow FLSA guidelines.
The Iowa agency charged with enforcing Child Support Orders and laws is:
Child Support Recovery Unit
Department of Human Services
Hoover Bldg., 5th Fl.
Des Moines, IA 50319
Iowa 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,