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Why is pri-state tax deducted from my paycheck?

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My recent paycheck has Pri-state tax deducted, but before, they were not. However, during the pay period (biweekly) of my recent paycheck, I worked overtime. For what it’s worth, I work a minimum wage job, but I am wondering if the additional tax deduction has to do with overtime and a certain gross payment.

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  1. Bobbie on Aug 19, 2011 Reply

    Percentage of Wages (Primary Method)
    Yes it very well could be related to the additional overtime pay for this purpose.
    But to get the correct answer you really should contact your employer payroll department and ask them very nicely and politely to PLEASE help you to understand this Pri-state tax deducted $ amount to you so that you can understand what it is about and then after they do this you should THANK them very nicely and politely for taking this time to clear the matter up for you at this time in your life.
    Hope that you find the above enclosed information useful. 07/31/2011

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  2. tro on Aug 19, 2011 Reply

    not familiar with that designation, ask your pr dept. what it means

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  3. efflandt on Aug 19, 2011 Reply

    Pri-state means tax withholding for your primary state. For example in my state (IL) there is a $ 2000 per person exemption before state tax is charged, so with one allowance on state W-4 they would not start withholding state tax until income was over $ 2000. Your state may have something similar.

    If you lived in one state and lived in another there might also be a separate entry for the secondary state.

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