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Paying Employees in Massachusetts

  • Massachusetts 2022 Minimum Wage:

    • $14.25 per hour
    • $6.15 per hour for tipped employees

    Massachusetts Overtime Rules: 1.5 x’s the regular rate of pay for all hours worked in excess of 40 in a workweek

    Massachusetts Paystub Requirements:

    An employer must provide to an employee at the time of payment a record of all deductions taken from wages.

    How often do you have to pay employees in Massachusetts?

    • Nonexempt employees must be paid at least weekly or bi-weekly.  
    • Both exempt and non-exempt employees must be paid within six days of the pay period end date.

    When is an employee’s final check due in Massachusetts?

    • Voluntary resignation – wages are due on the next payday or the Saturday following resignation, whichever is sooner
    • Involuntary termination – wages are due immediately

    Massachusetts Withholding Tax 

    Massachusetts Withholding Tax Registration

    Wages Subject to Massachusetts Withholding

    • Wages earned by Massachusetts residents within the state and outside the state
    • Wages earned by non-residents in the state of Massachusetts

    Massachusetts Employee’s Withholding Exemption Certificate

    Reciprocity

    • None

    Massachusetts Withholding Tax Due Dates

    • Due annually by Jan 31 if annual withholding is $100 or less
    • Due quarterly on last day of the month following quarter-end if withholding is $101-$1200,
    • Due monthly by 15th of the following month if withholding is $1201-$25000
    • Due by 7th, 15th, 22nd, and last day of the month when income tax accumulates over $500 if annual withholding is more than $25,000

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    Massachusetts Unemployment Tax

    Massachusetts Unemployment Tax Registration

    Massachusetts Unemployment Tax Employer Liabilities

    • New employer rate: 2.42%
    • 2022 Wage Base: $15,000

    Massachusetts Unemployment Tax Due Dates

    • Return and payment are due quarterly on the last day of the month following the end of the reporting period

    Massachusetts New Hire Reporting

    • Report new hires online via MassTaxConnect
    • Massachusetts Department of Revenue
      P.O. Box 55141
      Boston, MA 02205-5141 
    • Phone: (800) 332-2733
    • Fax: (617) 376-3262

    Massachusetts Child Support

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