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2018 New Jersey Payroll Tax Rates

December 18, 2017 | posted by Abacus Payroll

Abacus Payroll and Alloy Silverstein present a a summary of all the payroll tax changes that New Jersey employers or business owners need to know for the 2018 calendar year. We keep this page updated, but if you’d like to be alerted to more changes to New Jersey Payroll Tax rates in future, you can subscribe to our Payroll Tax Alert Service

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New Jersey Minimum wage

The effective rate per hour for 2018 is $8.60 (effective 01/01/18)


New Jersey Gross Income Tax

The withholding tax rates for 2018 reflect graduated rates from 1.4% to 8.97%.  The 8.97% tax rate applies to individuals with taxable income over $500,000.


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New Jersey Unemployment Tax

The wage base increases to $33,700 for 2018.  The employee withholding rate will decrease to 0.705%.  The maximum unemployment tax withheld from wages will be $237.59 (SUI- $173.56, SDI $64.03).  The base week for 2018 will increase to $169.


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New Jersey Electronic Funds Transfer Program (EFT)

New Jersey taxpayers with a prior year tax liability of $10,000 or more are required to make tax payments by EFT. Once the taxpayer is required to make EFT deposits applying the threshold, all future payroll and business tax deposits must be made through EFT, regardless if the threshold is met each year after. Business taxpayers required to use EFT, and failing to do so, may be subject to severe penalties.

Please contact us is you have any questions or need help completing a Business Enrollment Application. You may also call 1-800-555-3453 (Federal) or 609-984-9830 (New Jersey) for assistance.


New Hire Reporting Requirements

All employers in the states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania are required to report basic information about employees who are newly hired, rehired and returning to work after separation of employment or leave of absence, temporary employees, and contracted entities. Employers must report this information within 20 days via the internet at Failure to report a new employee could result in a fine up to $25 per violation. New employers should receive instruction booklets upon registration with the state. Basic employee information which must be provided:

(1)   Employee’s name
(2)   Employee’s address
(3)   Employee’s social security number
(4)   Employee’s date of hire and birth
(5)   Employer’s name and address and
(6)  Employer’s federal identification number.

For further information contact us or call the State of New Jersey at 1-877-654-4737 (1-877-NJ HIRES).


2018 Wage Tax Rate Summary for New Jersey

View more rates on our Federal Payroll Tax Update page.

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Jan 1
through Dec 31, 2018
Employee % breakdown
Unemployment insurance 0.3825%
Disability insurance 0.1900%
Family leave insurance 0.0900%
Workforce development 0.0425%
Total 0.705%

2018 Current Year


2017 Prior Year

Minimum Wage $8.60  (1/1/2018) $8.44
Maximum taxable earnings $33,700 $33,500
Employee deduction 0.425% 0.425%
Maximum taxable earnings $33,700 $33,500
Employee deduction 0.19% 0.24%
Paid family leave insurance
Maximum taxable earnings $33,700 $33,500
Employee deduction 0.09% 0.10%
Employer deduction None None

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