TAXES 17-16, Rhode Island State Income Tax Withholding

Published: March 30, 2017
Effective: Pay Period 06, 2017


The income tax withholdings for the State of Rhode Island will include the following changes:

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

Tax Formula

State Abbreviation:


State Tax Withholding State Code:


Acceptable Exemption Form:

RI W-4 or W-4

Basis for Withholding:

State Exemptions

Acceptable Exemption Data:

0/Number of Exemptions

TSP Deferred:


Special Coding:

Determine the Total Number of Allowances Claimed field as follows:

First Position - Enter 0 (zero).

Second and Third Positions - Enter the number of exemptions claimed.

Additional Information:

Employees can use either the Federal W-4 form or submit Form RI W-4. Employees are no longer required to claim the same number of exemptions for State purposes as claimed for Federal withholdings.

Withholding Formula (Effective Pay Period 06, 2017)

  1. Subtract the nontaxable biweekly Thrift Savings Plan contributions from the gross biweekly wages.
  2. Subtract the nontaxable biweekly Federal 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 (i.e, taxable life insurance) to the amount computed in step 2 to obtain the adjusted gross biweekly wages.
  4. Multiply the adjusted gross biweekly wages times 26 to obtain the gross annual wages.
  5. Multiply the number of exemptions claimed by the exemption amount in the following table and subtract this result from the annualized gross pay to determine the annualized taxable wages:

    Annualized Gross Pay:

    Exemption Amount:

    Up to $217,350


    Greater than $217,350


  6. Apply the following tax rates to annualized taxable wages to determine the annual tax amount:

    Taxable Wages

    If the Amount of Taxable Income Is:

    The Amount of Tax Withholding Should Be:

    Over $0 but not over $61,300


    Over $61,300 but not over $139,400

    $2,298.75 plus 4.75% of excess over $61,300

    Over $139,400

    $6,008.50 plus 5.99% of excess over $139,400

  7. Divide the annual Rhode Island tax withholdings calculated in step 6 by 26 to obtain the biweekly Rhode Island tax withholding.


To view the updated tax formula, go to the HR and Payroll Clients page from the MyNFC drop-down menu on the National Finance Center (NFC) homepage. Select the Publications tab in the center ribbon. Select U.S. Income Tax Formulas from the Publication menu to launch the tax map. Select the desired State from the map provided for the formula.


For questions about NFC processing, authorized Servicing Personnel Office representatives should contact the NFC Contact Center at 1-855-NFC-4GOV (1-855-632-4468) or via the Internet using the Requester Console.