TAXES 21-22, Maryland State and Local Income Tax Withholding

Published: April 28, 2021
Effective: Pay Period 08, 2021

Summary

The maximum amount for the standard deduction for the State of Maryland has changed from $2,300 to $2,350.

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

Tax Formula

State Abbreviation:

MD

State Tax Withholding State Code:

24

Acceptable Exemption Form:

MW 507

Basis for Withholding:

State Exemptions

Acceptable Exemption Data:

S/M, Number of Allowances

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 exemptions claimed.

Additional Information:

The Maryland State income tax formula contains a computation for Maryland county tax. Refer to the withholding formula for information on the individual county rates. In the event an employee does not file a State withholding exemption certificate, then Single and zero (00) exemptions will be used as the basis for withholding.

 

Withholding Formula (Effective Pay Period 08, 2021)

  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 annualized wages.1

    1 If gross annualilzed wages are less than $5,000, taxes will not be withheld.

  5. Determine the standard deduction by applying the following guideline and subtract this amount from the gross annualized wages computed in step 4:

    Standard Deduction2 = 15 percent x Annualized Wages

    2 Minimum of $1,550/Maximum of $2,350

  6. Determine the dependent allowance by applying the following guideline and subtract this amount from the result of step 5 to determine the taxable income:

    Multiply the number of Allowances by $3,200.

  7. Apply the taxable income computed in step 6 to the following table to determine the annual Maryland tax withholding:

    All Other Employees

    Married

    If the Amount of Taxable Income Is:

    The Amount of Tax Withholding Should Be:

    Over $0 but not over $150,000

    4.75%

    Over $150,000 but not over $175,000

    $7,125.00 plus 5.00% of excess over $150,000.00

    Over $175,000 but not over $225,000

    $8,375.00 plus 5.25% of excess over $175,000.00

    Over $225,000 but not over $300,000

    $11,000.00 plus 5.50% of excess over $225,000.00

    Over $300,000

    $15,125.00 plus 5.75% of excess over $300,000.00

     

    Single

    If the Amount of Taxable Income Is:

    The Amount of Tax Withholding Should Be:

    Over $0 but not over $100,000

    4.75%

    Over $100,000 but not over $125,000

    $4,750.00 plus 5.00% of excess over $100,000.00

    Over $125,000 but not over $150,000

    $6,000.00 plus 5.25% of excess over $125,000.00

    Over $150,000 but not over $250,000

    $7,312.50 plus 5.50% of excess over $150,000.00

    Over $250,000

    $12,812.50 plus 5.75% of excess over $250,000.00

     

  8. Divide the result of step 7 by the number of pay dates in the tax year to obtain the biweekly Maryland State tax. Proceed to step 9 to compute Maryland county tax.
  9. Compute the annual county tax withholding as follows:
    1. Repeat steps 1 through 5.
    2. Determine the dependent allowance by applying the following guideline and subtract this amount from the result of step 9a to determine the taxable county income:

      Exemption Allowance = $3,200 x Number of Exemptions

    3. Apply the taxable income computed in 9b to the following guideline to determine the appropriate county income tax:

      Compute the Annual Income Tax Withholding For:

      By Multiplying the Annualized Taxable Wage By:

      Allegany

      3.05%

      Anne Arundel

      2.81%

      Baltimore

      3.20%

      Baltimore City

      3.20%

      Calvert

      3.00%

      Caroline

      3.20%

      Carroll

      3.03%

      Cecil

      3.00%

      Charles

      3.03%

      Dorchester

      3.20%

      Fredrick

      2.96%

      Garrett

      2.65%

      Harford

      3.06%

      Howard

      3.20%

      Kent

      3.20%

      Montgomery

      3.20%

      Prince George's

      3.20%

      Queen Anne's

      3.20%

      St. Mary's

      3.17%

      Somerset

      3.20%

      Talbot

      2.40%

      Washington

      3.20%

      Wicomico

      3.20%

      Worcester

      2.25%

       

    4. Divide the result of step 9c by the number of pay dates in the tax year to obtain the biweekly Maryland county tax.
    5. Add the results of steps 8 and 9d to determine the biweekly Maryland State and county tax combined 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) Home page. 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.

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