Florida Salary Paycheck and Payroll Calculator

Calculating paychecks and need some help? Use Gusto’s salary paycheck calculator to determine withholdings and calculate take-home pay for your salaried employees in Florida.

We’ll do the math for you—all you need to do is enter the applicable information on salary, federal and state W-4s, deductions, and benefits.

The information provided by the Paycheck Calculator provides general information regarding the calculation of taxes on wages for Florida residents only. It is not a substitute for the advice of an accountant or other tax professional. The Paycheck Calculator may not account for every tax or fee that applies to you or your employer at any time. ZenPayroll, Inc., dba Gusto ("Gusto") does not warrant, promise or guarantee that the information in the Paycheck Calculator is accurate or complete, and Gusto expressly disclaims all liability, loss or risk incurred by employers or employees as a direct or indirect consequence of its use. By using the Paycheck Calculator, you waive any rights or claims you may have against Gusto in connection with its use.

Florida Salary Paycheck Calculator

The Sunshine State is big on sun, surf, and sand. But it’s small on taxes and payroll rules. With no state income tax on individuals and limited labor rules, being an employer in Florida is smooth sailing.
We’ll answer your top questions about Florida payroll taxes and rules so you can get out and enjoy the sun in the Sunshine State.

Florida Payroll Taxes

Is it true that Florida doesn’t tax individual income?

Answer: Yes, that’s correct. Florida is one of the nine states (along with Alaska, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, Wyoming, New Hampshire, and Tennessee) without a personal income tax on wages. So that means you won’t have to worry about withholding this tax from your employees’ pay.  

You will have to withhold some federal taxes, which we’ll discuss later.

What payroll taxes are there in Florida?

Answer: The only Florida payroll tax is its Reemployment Tax. This is their unemployment tax, which only employers pay. 

Florida employers pay this tax on the first $7,000 of an employee’s wages each year. If you’re a new employer, you’ll pay a 2.7% rate until you report ten quarters of wages. After that, your rate is adjusted based upon your historic payroll amounts and the amount of claims paid to your unemployed workers. 

For 2022, the Florida Reemployment Tax rates range from 0.10% to 5.4%. 
You’ll report your total wages and tax due to the Florida Department of Revenue each quarter using the Form RT-6. Remember, you’ll have to file each quarter even if no wages were paid or no tax is due.

What is the salary threshold in Florida?

Because Florida does not have its own state salary threshold, it adheres to the federal salary threshold, which is now $684 per week (equivalent to $35,568 per year for a full-year worker). The Department of Labor permits employers to count some bonuses, commissions, and other incentive payments toward meeting the standard salary level (up to 10%). Employees who earn at least $107,432 per year may qualify as “highly compensated.” See this Department of Labor fact sheet for details.

Are Florida employers required to have workers’ compensation insurance?

Answer: Requirements to obtain workers’ compensation vary by state. This table outlines some of these requirements.

If you determine that your company is required to purchase workers’ compensation, learn how to sign up for this insurance with Gusto.
Sometimes, companies get a request for a workers’ comp audit. Head to this article and click the workers’ comp audit reports dropdown for more information.

I own an agricultural business and employ seasonal migrant workers. Do I need to be aware of any special rules?

Answer: As an agricultural employer in Florida, you’ll need to comply with The Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act. That means you must:

  • Provide written documentation of all terms and conditions of employment.
  • Pay workers their wages when owed.
  • Ensure all your vehicles are safe and insured and only operated by licensed drivers. 
  • Meet all federal and state safety requirements, noting that there are specific safety requirements if you provide your migrant workers with housing.

How does new hire reporting work in Florida?

Answer: All employees hired, or re-hired, must be reported to the Florida Department of Revenue within 20 days of their start date.

Are there other labor rules for Florida that I need to know about?

Answer: Florida doesn’t have its own set of labor laws. Instead, it relies on the federal laws and regulations prescribed by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Federal payroll taxes

Which federal payroll taxes does my business have to pay?

Answer: There are four federal payroll taxes that either your business pays or you withhold from your employees’ paychecks.

Federal Payroll Taxes
Paid by EmployeePaid by EmployerPaid by Employee and Employer
Federal Income Tax (FIT)
Additional Medicare Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)FICA (Social Security and Medicare)

What is FICA tax and who pays it?

Answer: The FICA tax is made up of the Medicare tax and the Social Security tax.
In 2022, the Social Security tax requires employers and employees to each contribute 6.2% on wages up to $147,000. The Medicare tax requires each to contribute 1.45% of all wages. See the IRS webpage for details, like maximum thresholds.

Is the federal unemployment tax similar to the Florida reemployment tax?

Answer: Yes. They are used to provide benefits to unemployed workers. 
Like the state, the federal government also has an unemployment tax. It’s called FUTA and it’s an annual tax employers pay on the first $7,000 of each employee’s wages. The FUTA rate for 2022 is 6%, but most employers only have to pay 0.6% each year.

How will I know how much to withhold from my employee’s paychecks for federal income tax?

Answer: The federal income tax withholding is driven primarily by the information on Form W-4.

Each employee should complete a W-4 when they begin working for you. You’ll input information from the W-4 into your payroll software to calculate the withholding. 

New form W-4s are not required each year. Employees should consider updating it when their tax situation changes—for example if they get married, divorced, or have a child.

Hold on to those W-4s. Keep them in your payroll files, but don’t send them to the IRS.

What is the Additional Medicare Tax?

Answer: The Additional Medicare Tax is relatively new compared with the other federal payroll taxes. It was established in 2013 as a part of the Affordable Care Act.    

Whether or not your employee owes this tax depends on their earnings and tax filing status. However, as an employer, you’re responsible for withholding this tax for any employee with wages over $200,000 in a year. The withholding rate is 0.9% of the excess wages.

When Do I Have to Pay the Federal Payroll Taxes?

Answer: Your payment and filing frequency is controlled by the amount of tax you owe. You’ll pay annually, quarterly, monthly, or semi-weekly. 

Federal Payroll Tax Payment Frequency
Monthly or semi-weeklyQuarterly or annually
Federal income tax
Additional Medicare tax

The IRS has a useful guide to help you understand federal tax deposits.

With your most pressing Florida payroll questions answered, you’re on your way to processing payroll with ease. You can use the Gusto Florida Salary Paycheck Calculator to see for yourself just how easy it is.

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