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Payroll Washington, Unique Aspects of Washington Payroll Law and Practice
Washington has no State Income Tax. There for there is no State Agency to oversee withholding deposits and reports. There are no State W2's to file, no supplement wage withholding rates and no State W2's to file.
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 .00 penalty for a late report and 0 for conspiracy in Washington.
The Washington new hire-reporting agency can be reached at 800-562-0479 or on the web at http://www1.dshs.wa.gov/
Washington does allow compulsory direct deposit but the employee's choice of financial institution must meet federal Regulation E regarding choice of financial institutions.
Washington requires the following information on an employee's pay stub:
Washington requires that employee be paid no less often than monthly.
Washington requires that the lag time between the end of the pay period and the payment of wages to the employee not exceed seven days.
Washington payroll law requires that involuntarily terminated employees must be paid their final pay by end of pay period and that voluntarily terminated employees must be paid their final pay by end of pay period.
Deceased employee's wages of ,500 must be paid to the surviving spouse, children, or parents (in that order).
Escheat laws in Washington require that unclaimed wages be paid over to the state after one year.
The employer is further required in Washington to keep a record of the wages abandoned and turned over to the state for a period of 6 years.
There is no tip credit in Washington.
In Washington the payroll laws covering mandatory rest or meal breaks are only that all employees must have 30 minutes rest after 2-5 hours after shift starts and after 3 hours overtime; 10 minutes rest each 4 hours.
Washington 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 Washington agency charged with enforcing Child Support Orders and laws is:
Division of Child Support
Department of Social and Health Services
P.O. Box 9162
Mail Stop HJ-31
Olympia, WA 98507-9162
Washington 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,