TAXES 20-11, Maine State Income Tax Withholding

Published: April 8, 2020
Effective: Pay Period 04, 2020

Summary

The income tax withholding formula for the State of Maine includes the following changes:

No action on the part of the employee or the personnel office is necessary.

Tax Formula

State Abbreviation:

ME

State Tax Withholding State Code:

23

Acceptable Exemption Form:

W-4ME

Basis for Withholding:

State Exemptions

Acceptable Exemption Data:

S/M, Number of Exemptions

TSP Deferred:

Yes

Special Coding:

Determine the Total Number of Allowances Claimed field as follows:

First Position - S = Single; M = Married

Second and Third Positions - Enter the number of allowances claimed. If less than 10, precede with a 0 (zero).

Additional Information:

In the event that the employee does not file a State withholding exemption certificate, then Single and zero exemptions (S00) will be used as the basis for withholding.

Withholding Formula (Effective Pay Period 04, 2020)

  1. Subtract the nontaxable biweekly Thrift Savings Plan contribution from the gross biweekly wages.
  2. Subtract the nontaxable biweekly Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan payment(s) (includes dental and vision insurance program and Flexible Spending Account — health care and dependent care deductions) from the amount computed in step 1.
  3. Add the taxable biweekly fringe benefits (e.g., taxable life insurance) to the amount computed in step 2 to obtain the adjusted gross biweekly wages.
  4. Multiply the adjusted gross biweekly wages by the number of pay dates in the tax year to obtain the gross annual wages.
  5. Subtract the standard deduction adjustment from the following tables, based on marital status, from the annualized gross pay to get adjusted annualized gross pay:

    Single Taxpayer

    Annualized Gross Pay

    Standard Deduction Adjustment

    Over $0 but not over $82,900

    $9,550

    Over $82,900 but not over $157,900

    [($157,900 - Taxable wages) / $75,000] x $9,550

    Over $157,900

    $0

    Married Taxpayer

    Annualized Gross Pay

    Standard Deduction Adjustment

    Over $0 but not over $165,800

    $21,950

    Over $165,800 but not over $315,800

    [($315,800 - Taxable wages) / $150,000] x $21,950

    Over $315,800

    $0

  6. Determine the exemption allowance by applying the following guideline and subtracting this amount from the results in step 5 to compute the taxable income:

    Multiply the number of Allowances by $4,300.

  7. Apply the taxable income in step 6 to the following tables to determine the annual Maine tax withholding:

    Single Tax Withholding Table

    If the Amount of Taxable Income Is:

    The Amount of Tax Withholding Should Be:

    Over $0 but not over $22,200

    5.8%

    Over $22,200 but not over $52,600

    $1,288.00 plus 6.75% of excess over $22,200

    Over $52,600

    $3,340.00 plus 7.15% of excess over $52,600

    Married Tax Withholding Table

    If the Amount of Taxable Income Is:

    The Amount of Tax Withholding Should Be:

    Over $0 but not over $44,450

    5.8%

    Over $44,450 but not over $105,200

    $2,578.00 plus 6.75% of excess over $44,450

    Over $105,200

    $6,679.00 plus 7.15% of excess over $105,200

  8. Divide the annual Maine income tax withholding calculated in step 7 by the number of pay dates in the tax year, and round to the nearest dollar to obtain the biweekly Maine income tax withholding.
  9. Add additional amount or percentage elected by the employee to the pay period tax calculated in the above step, and round to the nearest dollar to determine the amount of tax to be withheld for this pay period.

Resources

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