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Georgia State Code
Title      48
Chapter       7  
Section Navigation     1 ... 24         25 ... 29.3  
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Section<<< 86 100 100.1 101 102 102.1 103 104 105 106 >>>  
Title 48, Chapter 7, Section 101 (48-7-101)

(a) Wages subject to withholding. The amount of wages subject to withholding shall be the amount of each wage payment less the total withholding exemption allowance applicable to the wage payment as computed under subsection (b) of this Code section and less the standard deduction allowance applicable to the wage payment, determined according to the payroll period and marital status of the employee as follows: Married Married Filing Filing Payroll_Period Jointly Single Separately

Weekly $ 57.50 $ 44.25 $ 28.75 Biweekly 115.00 88.50 57.50 Semimonthly 125.00 95.75 62.50 Monthly 250.00 191.50 125.00 Quarterly 750.00 575.00 375.00 Semiannual 1,500.00 1,150.00 750.00 Annual 3,000.00 2,300.00 1,500.00 Daily or Miscellaneous 8.20 6.30 4.10

(b) Withholding exemption allowance.

(1) The withholding exemption allowance applicable to a wage payment to an employee, determined according to the payroll period of the employee, shall be the amount shown in Column 1, below, or the amount shown in Column 2, below, as the withholding exemption status of the employee may be, plus the amount shown in Column 3, below, multiplied by the number of dependency exemptions claimed by the employee.

Col. 1 Col. 2 Col. 3 Single Marital Each Dependent Payroll_Period Exemption Exemption Exemption

Weekly $ 51.92 $ 103.85 $ 51.92

Biweekly 103.85 207.69 103.85

Semimonthly 112.50 225.00 112.50

Monthly 225.00 450.00 225.00

Quarterly 675.00 1,350.00 675.00

Semiannual 1,350.00 2,700.00 1,350.00

Annual 2,700.00 5,400.00 2,700.00

Daily or Miscellaneous 7.40 14.79 7.40

(2) If wages are paid for a miscellaneous payroll period or with respect to a period which is not a payroll period, the withholding exemption allowance with respect to each payment of wages shall be the exemption allowed for a daily payroll period multiplied by the number of days in the period including, but not limited to, Saturdays and Sundays, with respect to which the wages are paid. (3) In any case in which wages are paid by an employer without regard to any payroll period or other period, the withholding exemption allowance with respect to each payment of wages shall be exemption allowance for a daily payroll period multiplied by the number of days, including but not limited to, Saturdays and Sundays, which have elapsed since the last payment of wages by the employer during the calendar year, since the date of commencement of employment with the employer during the year, or since January 1 of the year, whichever is later.

(c) Requirement of withholding. Every employer making payments of wages shall deduct and withhold from the wages a tax computed in such manner as to result, so far as practicable, in withholding from the employee's wages during each calendar year an amount substantially equivalent to the income tax reasonably estimated to be due for the calendar year as a result of including the employee's wages received during the calendar year in the employee's Georgia adjusted gross income. The method of determining the amount to be withheld shall be prescribed by regulations of the commissioner, with due regard for the withholding exemption allowances of the employee provided in this Code section and the sum of any credits allowable against his tax.

(d) Other employer plans. Upon application by an employer and under conditions the commissioner deems proper, the commissioner may approve any plan of withholding developed by an employer to produce, insofar as practicable, the tax required to be withheld under the regulations prescribed by the commissioner under subsection (c) of this Code section. Any plan authorized under this subsection shall be in lieu of the tax required to be deducted and withheld under the regulations prescribed by the commissioner.

(e) Included and excluded wages. If the remuneration paid by an employer to an employee for services performed during one-half or more of any payroll period of not more than 31 consecutive days constitutes wages, all the remuneration paid by the employer to the employee for the period shall be deemed to be wages. If the remuneration paid by an employer to an employee for services performed during more than one-half of any payroll period of not more than 31 consecutive days does not constitute wages, then none of the remuneration paid by the employer to the employee for the period shall be deemed to be wages.

(f) Unusual cases. The commissioner may promulgate regulations for withholding in unusual cases, including the following:

(1) To authorize an employer to estimate the wages which will be paid to an employee in any quarter of the calendar year and to determine the amount to be deducted and withheld upon each payment of wages to the employee during the quarter as if the appropriate average of the wages so estimated constituted the actual wages paid;

(2) To authorize the employer to deduct and withhold from any payment of wages to an employee during a quarter the amount necessary to adjust the amount actually deducted and withheld during the quarter to the amount required to be deducted and withheld during the quarter if the payroll period of the employee were quarterly; (3) To authorize an employer to deduct and withhold an amount in addition to that otherwise required to be withheld under this article in cases in which the employer and the employee agree to the additional withholding. The additional withholding shall for all purposes be considered tax required to be deducted and withheld under this article;

(4) To authorize an employer to deduct from wages, before withholding and deducting tax, any amount attributable to travel and other necessary business expenses of employees who are not reimbursed by the employer for the expenses and whose duties require such expenditures, other than traveling to and from the employee's home and place of employment;

(5) To prescribe the manner and extent to which withholding tax shall apply to extra payments to employees for services rendered, including, but not limited to, bonuses, separation pay, and year-end Christmas, or birthday payments and to authorize, under such conditions as the commissioner deems proper, an employer to compute the tax to be withheld from the payments so as to make adjustments to the annual wages which the employer may pay to the employee. No withholding shall be required with respect to a Christmas payment or a birthday payment to an employee when the amount of the payment is not in excess of $100.00;

(6) To prescribe the manner and extent to which withholding tax shall apply to unusual payments of wages; and

(7) To prescribe the manner and extent to which withholding tax shall apply to the proceeds of any lottery prize of $5,000.00 or more awarded by the Georgia Lottery Corporation.

(g) Employees incurring no income tax liability.

(1) An employer is not required to deduct and withhold any tax under this article from a payment of wages to an employee if there is in effect with respect to the payment a withholding exemption certificate furnished to the employer by the employee certifying that the employee:

(A) Incurred no liability for income tax under this chapter for his preceding taxable year; and

(B) Anticipates that he will incur no liability under this chapter for income tax for his current taxable year.

(2) The withholding exemption certificate for use as provided in this subsection shall be in the form and shall contain such information as required by the commissioner.

(h) Withholding requirements for periodic payments.

(1) The payor of any periodic payment as defined in paragraph (8.1) of Code Section 48-7-100 shall withhold from such payment the amount which would be required to be withheld if such payment were a payment of wages by an employer to an employee for the appropriate payroll period.

(2) The payee of any periodic payment may elect to have paragraph (1) of this subsection not apply with respect to periodic payments made to such payee. Such an election shall remain in effect until revoked by the payee.

(3) The commissioner is authorized to prescribe forms and to promulgate rules and regulations setting forth the requirements for withholding from such periodic payments and the requirements for making elections not to withhold.

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