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2020 New Jersey Payroll Tax Rates

December 17, 2019 | 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 2020 calendar year.

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New Jersey Minimum Wage

The effective rate per hour for 2020 is $11.00 (effective 01/01/2020).  Click to read more on New Jersey’s minimum wage increase. 


New Jersey Gross Income Tax

The withholding tax rates for 2020 reflect graduated rates from 1.5% to 11.8%. The 11.8% tax rate applies to individuals with taxable income over $5,000,000.


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New Jersey Unemployment Tax

Effective Jan. 1, 2020 the wage base will be computed separately for employers and employees. Employers the wage base increases to $35,300 for unemployment insurance, disability insurance and workforce development. Employee’s unemployment and workforce development wage base increase to $35,300, maximum withholding $150.03. However employee’s disability insurance and family leave insurance wage base increases to $134,900, maximum withholding $566.58. The base week for 2020 will increase to $200.

Jan 1 – Dec 31, 2020 Employee % breakdown
Unemployment insurance 0.3825%
Disability insurance 0.2600%
Family leave insurance 0.1600%
Workforce development 0.0425%
Total 0.8450%


New Jersey Paid Sick Leave

New Jersey’s earned sick leave affects almost every NJ employer. Law states for every 30 hours worked, 1 hour of sick time is earned up to a maximum of 40 hours per year took effect October 29, 2018. Please contact us for the specifics regarding this law.

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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 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 at Failure to report a new employee could result in a fine up to $25 per violation.

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).


2020 Wage Tax Rate Summary for New Jersey

View more rates on our Federal Payroll Tax Update page.

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2020 Current Year


2019 Prior Year

Minimum Wage $11.00  (1/1/2020) $8.85  (1/1/2019)
$10.00 (7/1/2019)
Maximum taxable earnings $35,300 $34,400
Employee deduction 0.425% 0.425%
Maximum taxable earnings- Employer $35,300 $34,400
Maximum taxable earnings- Employee $134,900 $34,400
Employee deduction 0.26% 0.17%
Paid family leave insurance
Maximum taxable earnings $134,900 $34,400
Employee deduction 0.16% 0.08%
Employer deduction None None


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