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Payroll Missouri, Unique Aspects of Missouri Payroll Law and Practice
The Missouri 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 a penalty for a late report and 0 for conspiracy in Missouri.
The Missouri new hire-reporting agency can be reached at 800-585-9234 or 800-859-7999 or on the web at http://www.dss.mo.gov/
Missouri does allow compulsory direct deposit but the employee's choice of financial institution must meet federal Regulation E regarding choice of financial institutions.
Missouri requires the following information on an employee's pay stub:
Missouri requires that employee be paid no less often than semimonthly; every 15 days for manufacturers; monthly for FLSA-exempts.
Missouri requires that the lag time between the end of the pay period and the payment of wages to the employee not exceed sixteen days after pay period; five days for manufacturers.
Missouri payroll law requires that involuntarily terminated employees must be paid their final pay on the day of discharge or within 7 days if employee requests it by mail.
There is no provision in Missouri law concerning paying deceased employees.
Escheat laws in Missouri require that unclaimed wages be paid over to the state after five years.
The employer is further required in Missouri to keep a record of the wages abandoned and turned over to the state for a period of 5 years.
Missouri payroll law mandates no more than 50% of minimum wage may be used as a tip credit.
In the Missouri payroll law there is no provision covering required rest or meal periods.
There is no provision in Missouri law concerning record retention of wage and hour records therefore it is probably wise to follow FLSA guidelines.
Missouri statute requires that wage and hour records be kept for a period of not less than three years. These records will normally consist of at least the information required under FLSA.
The Missouri agency charged with enforcing Child Support Orders and laws is:
Division of Child Support Enforcement
Department of Social Services
P.O. Box 2320
227 Metro Dr.
Jefferson City, MO 65102-2320
Missouri 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,