Montana 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 Montana.

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.

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Montana Salary Paycheck Calculator

Starting a small business in Big Sky country? Or are you preparing to hire your first Montana employee? Congratulations! Those are no small feats. Running a small business means you’ll likely need to hire employees at some point. We know the thought of payroll taxes might make you dizzy with confusing deadlines, tax rates, and tax forms. We’re here to help by answering the most common questions business owners have about Montana payroll taxes. And if you need more information, contact a payroll professional who has years of experience navigating payroll waters.

Montana state payroll taxes

How do Montana employers know how much tax state withholding tax to take out of employee paychecks?

There are three pieces of information employers need to calculate withholding tax:

  • The employee’s gross pay
  • The length of your payroll period
  • Information on Form MW-4, Montana Employee’s Withholding Allowance and Exemption Certificate

You’ll want employees to complete Form MW-4 when they start working for your company. Although a new form isn’t required each year, it’s wise to have them review it annually for any changes.With these three bits of information, you’ll use Montana’s withholding tables to determine the withholding amount.

How often does withholding tax need to be paid to the state?

How often you’ll need to pay withholding tax depends on the amount of tax withheld in a year. 

Montana Withholding Tax Payment Schedule
Amount withheldPayment schedule
$1,199 or lessAnnually: due by January 31 
$1,200 – $11,999Monthly: due by the 15th of the following month
$12,000 or moreAccelerated: follow your federal payment schedule

New employers start paying monthly. If your payment schedule ever changes, the Montana Department of Revenue will notify you by November 1. 

Montana encourages all employers to pay their tax online, but they do allow you to mail a check. 

Employers also need to submit an annual summary report using Form MW-3, Montana Annual W-2 1099 Withholding Tax Reconciliation. You’ll also need to send copies of your:

  • Federal Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, and
  • Federal Form 1099s that have Montana state withholding

How does Montana calculate unemployment tax?

If you meet the state’s criteria, you’ll need to pay unemployment tax. Employers pay this tax. It’s not deducted from workers’ paychecks. Employers pay unemployment tax on the first $38,100 of each employee’s pay each year. New employers start off paying rates based on the average for their industry. Once you’ve established a history with the unemployment program, you’ll pay rates that range from 0% to 6.30%. Note that quarterly payments and wage reports are required even in quarters that you paid no wages or have no tax due.

What is the salary threshold in Montana?

Because the state of Montana doesn’t have its own 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.

When do new hires need to be reported to the state?

Employers have 20 days to report newly hired or rehired employees to Montana’s Child Support Division at DPHHS.

When do employers need to have Workers’ Compensation insurance in Montana?

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 insurance in your state, 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. 

When an employee leaves, when are final paychecks due?

The deadline for final paychecks depends on whether the employee left voluntarily or not. If the employee resigns, you’ll have until the next regularly scheduled payday—but no later than 15 days after their last day of employment—to deliver their final wages. If a worker’s employment is terminated or they are laid off,final wages are due to them immediately. 

Federal payroll taxes in Montana

In addition to Montana state taxes, you’re required to pay federal payroll taxes.

How is FICA tax calculated?

The Federal Insurance Contributions Act, or 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% of 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.

FICA Tax
Social Security tax6.2% on the first $147,000 of wages in 2022
Medicare tax1.45% on all wages

How do I calculate how much federal withholding tax to take out of my employees’ paychecks?

The amount of tax you’ll withhold from paychecks depends on information from Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Certificate. Have employees complete it when they start working for you. Details like tax filing status, the number of dependents, and your employee’s pay affect how much tax you’ll take out. Using the federal withholding tables or payroll software, you can figure out the tax amount. 

Do employers need to pay federal unemployment tax if they already pay state unemployment tax?

Yes. 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 many employers only have to pay 0.6% each year.

How is the Additional Medicare tax calculated?

While not all employees will have to pay the Additional Medicare tax, as an employer, you’ll need to withhold it from any worker earning more than $200,000 per year. The 2022 tax rate for the Additional Medicare tax is 0.9% on wages over $200,000.

When are federal payroll taxes paid?

Like Montana’s state payroll taxes, how often you pay depends on how much tax you owe.

Federal withholding tax (also known as FICA) and Additional Medicare tax are usually paid monthly or semi-weekly—but some employers with large payrolls may need to pay the next business day.

Regardless of when you pay, quarterly summary reports on Form 941, Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return, need to be submitted to the IRS.

Federal unemployment tax is generally paid annually, but if you owe more than $500, you’ll need to make quarterly payments. Each time you make a payment, you’ll send the IRS Form 940, Employer’s Annual Federal Unemployment (FUTA) Tax Return.
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