Payroll Tax Calculator

Welcome to Tipalti’s Payroll Tax Calculator, designed to help you quickly and accurately calculate payroll taxes for your business. Our advanced calculator simplifies the payroll process, ensuring that your finance team can focus on more strategic tasks.

Easy-to-Use Payroll Tax Calculator

Federal Income Tax:


Social Security Tax:


Medicare Tax:


Total Payroll Tax:


What is Payroll Tax?

Payroll tax refers to a tax that is imposed based on wages or salaries for a specific pay period or pay frequency (biweekly, semi-monthly, etc.). The tax is withheld from an employee’s paycheck by the employer and paid to the IRS on behalf of the employee. The main purpose of this tax liability is to fund government programs and initiatives. Payroll deductions fund programs like:

  • Social Security
  • Unemployment tax
  • Medicare tax and Medicaid

In the United States, the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA taxes) imposes two main types of payroll taxes: Social Security tax and Medicare

How is Payroll Tax Calculated?

Payroll taxes are generally calculated as a percentage of an employee’s wages and taxable income (subject to certain limits). Both employers and employees are responsible for paying payroll taxes, with each party contributing a specific amount of tax.

The employer is responsible for presenting the federal income tax withholding, local income tax, state income tax, and payroll tax on the pay stub, in addition to the net pay, health insurance, and any other benefits (like 401K). The employer is also responsible for withholding the required amount from the employee’s wages and sending it to the government, while the share is deducted from their take-home pay.

It’s important to note, when you run payroll, specific rules and rates apply to payroll taxes depending on countries and jurisdictions.

Understanding the Payroll Tax Calculator

Our payroll calculator takes into account factors like the gross pay of employee wages, tax rates, and tax deductions, to provide you with an accurate calculation of payroll taxes. By using our calculator, you can ensure that your business remains compliant with all employment tax regulations and avoids costly penalties or payroll liabilities.

Payroll Tax Calculation Formula and Example

To better understand how our Payroll Tax Calculator works, let’s take a look at the formula and an example calculation.

The formula to calculate payroll taxes is:

Payroll Tax = (Gross Wages * Tax Rate) - Deductions

or example, if an employee’s gross wages are $1,000, the tax rate is 15%, and deductions amount to $50, the payroll tax would be:

Payroll Tax = ($1,000 * 0.15) - $50 = $100
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Frequently Asked Questions

You should use the Payroll Tax Calculator each time you process employee payroll. This ensures that you always calculate payroll taxes accurately and stay compliant with tax regulations.

Yes, our Payroll Tax Calculator can be used for multiple employees. Input the relevant information for each employee, and the calculator will provide you with accurate payroll tax calculations for each individual.

Our Payroll Tax Calculator is designed to handle varying tax rates and pre-tax deductions. Just input each employee’s tax rate and deductions; the calculator will provide accurate payroll tax calculations. This can apply to hourly or salaried employees for any number of pay periods.

While our Payroll Tax Calculator is primarily designed for use in the United States, it can be adapted for use in other countries by inputting the appropriate tax rates and deductions. However, consulting with a tax professional is important to ensure compliance with local tax regulations. You don’t want to wait to ask questions post-tax or when an employee is trying to file a tax return.