TAXES 18-32, Massachusetts State Income Tax Withholding | National Finance Center

TAXES 18-32, Massachusetts State Income Tax Withholding

Published: March 21, 2018
Effective: Pay Period 06, 2016

Summary

This tax bulletin is being updated to remove the number of pay periods in steps 4, 7 and 11 and replace with the phrase "number of pay dates in the tax year," thereby preventing any confusion in future years. All other information in this bulletin remains the same.

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

Tax Formula

State Abbreviation:

MA

State Tax Withholding State Code:

25

Acceptable Exemption Form:

M-4

Basis for Withholding:

State Exemptions

Acceptable Exemption Data:

0/A/B/C, Number of Exemptions

TSP Deferred:

Yes

Special Coding:

Determine the Total Number of Allowances field as follows:

First Position - Refer to the blocks under Item 5 on the M-4.

Enter 0 (zero) if no blocks have been checked.

Enter A if Block A has been checked (Head of Household).

Enter B if Block B or C has been checked (employee or spouse is blind).

Enter C if Block B and C have been checked (employee and spouse are blind).

Note: If Block D has been checked, enter ONL. No tax will be withheld due to limited earnings.

Second and Third Positions - Enter the total number of exemptions claimed on Line 4 of the M-4. If less than 10, precede with a 0 (zero).

Additional Information:

None

 

Withholding Formula (Effective Pay Period 06, 2016)

  1. Subtract the nontaxable biweekly Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) contribution 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 by the number of pay dates in the tax year to obtain the gross annual wages.

    Note: If the employee claims one or more exemptions while making less than $8,000 annually, do not withhold any tax.

  5. Determine the employee’s current retirement deduction amount using the following guidelines:
    1. Multiply the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) wages year-to-date (not including current wages) by the employee’s FICA rate to obtain the previous year-to-date FICA contribution.
    2. Add the previous year-to-date FICA contribution computed in step 5a to the employee’s year-to-date contribution to all other retirement systems to obtain the previous year-to-date retirement contribution.

      Note: If this amount is greater than $2,000, the current retirement deduction amount is zero. Omit steps 5c through 5e and proceed to step 6.

    3. Multiply the current State taxable wages by the employee’s FICA rate to obtain the current FICA contribution.
    4. Add the current FICA contribution computed in step 5c to the employee’s current contribution to all other retirement systems to obtain the current retirement contribution.
    5. Add the previous year-to-date retirement contribution computed in step 5b to the current retirement contribution computed in step 5d to obtain the new year-to-date retirement contribution.

      Note: If this amount is greater than $2,000, the current retirement deduction amount is $2,000 minus the previous year-to-date retirement contribution (e.g., $2,000 minus the amount computed in step 5b).

      OR

      Note: If this amount is less than or equal to $2,000, the current retirement deduction amount is equal to the current retirement contribution computed in step 5d.

  6. Subtract the current retirement deduction amount computed in step 5, if applicable, from the current adjusted gross biweekly wages computed in step 3 to obtain the current adjusted gross biweekly wages.

    Note: If the employee’s current retirement deduction amount computed in step 5 is zero, the current adjusted gross biweekly wages is the amount computed in step 3.

  7. Multiply the current adjusted gross biweekly wages by the number of pay dates in the tax year to obtain the current adjusted gross annual wages.
  8. Subtract the following amounts, as applicable, from the current adjusted gross annual wages computed in step 7:
    1. If the employee claims one exemption only, deduct $4,400.

      OR

    2. If the employee claims more than one exemption, deduct $1,000 times the number of exemptions plus $3,400.
  9. Multiply the result of step 8 by 5.10 percent to obtain the annual Massachusetts tax withholding.
  10. Subtract the following tax credits, as applicable, from the annual Massachusetts tax withholding computed in step 9:
    1. If the employee claims Head of Household, deduct $122.40.
    2. If the employee and/or spouse is blind, deduct $112.20 for each blind exemption.
  11. Divide the annual Massachusetts tax withholding by the number of pay dates in the tax year to obtain the biweekly Massachusetts tax withholding.

Resources

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 and select U.S. Income Tax Formulas from the Publications menu to launch the tax map. Select the desired State from the map provided for the formula.

Previous Tax Bulletin

Inquiries

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 customer service portal.