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How to Calculate California Income Tax Withholdings

Paying employees accurately and on time is very important for any business. Usually you can calculate California payroll income tax withholdings in the following ways.

  • Calculate California it manually by using state tax table
  • Use payroll software to simplify the tax calculations
  • Hire an accountant
  • Option 1: Calculate CA State Income Tax Manually

    If you like to calcualte state tax withholdings manually, you can refer to the California tax tables and step by step guide here.
  • How to Create After the Fact Paychecks and Generate the Paystubs by Entering Taxes Manually

  • Option 2: Payroll Software Saves CA Businesses Time and Money

    EzPaycheck Payroll software is a good choice for many small business employers. Once you set up company and employee, ezPaycheck will calculate California income tax for you automatically. Here are the quick guide.

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    (For Windows and Mac)

  • Trusted by Thousands for Two decades.
  • Calculate Federal & State Taxes, Print Paychecks, Print W2, W3, 941, 943 and 940.
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    With ezPaycheck Payroll Software, You Can Print Your Paychecks in Minutes After Your Set up Company and Employees.

    Step 1: Download and install ezPaycheck payroll software

    We have ezPaycheck 2008 to current available from our site. Please choose the right version to download. For example: If you need to calculate Year 2024 income tax, please download ezPaycheck 2024.

    Step 2: Set up Company

  • Select the rigth Pay Period Start ezPaycheck application, click the left menu "Company Settings" then click the sub menu "Company" to open the company setup screen. Please make sure you select the correct Pay Period there. payroll system company setup screen
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  • Set up company tax information option
  • You can click the left menu "Company Settings" then click the sub menu "Tax Information" to open the company tax setup screen

    Step 3: Set up Employee Profile

  • Enter employee address correctly

  • Start ezPaycheck application, click the left menu "Employees" then click the sub menu "Add Employee" to add employee profile. EzPaycheck calculates state tax based on employee address.

  • Enter the tax option for this employees

  • Step 4: Add and Print a check

  • You can click the "ADD" button above check list on the main screen to add a new check. Or you can click the ezPaycheck payroll software left menu "Checks" then click the sub menu "New Check" to open New Check screen.
    new payroll check

  • Print paychecks
  • You can select one or multiple paychecks from list and click the Print button to print paychecks together.

    More Information for CA Customers

    1. How to handle CA SDI

    2. How ezPaycheck works for California companies

    3. How to handle PTO?

    4. California State Tax Tables

    5. How to Calculate California Income Tax Withholdings

    6. What is the cost of using ezPaycheck payroll software

    7. How to handle CA ETT

    8. ezPaycheck 30-day Free demo download link

    9. ezPaycheck feature list

    10. How to file ACA forms 1095 & 1094 to California State - Minimum Essential Coverage Information Reporting(MEC IR)

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