Rhode Island State Income Tax Withholding

Reference Number: NFC-24-1713895312
Published: April 29, 2024
Effective: Pay Period 06, 2024


The income tax withholding for the State of Rhode Island includes the following changes:

No action on the part of the employee or the personnel office is necessary.

Tax Formula

State Abbreviation:


State Tax Withholding State Code: 


Acceptable Exemption Form: 

RI W-4

Basis for Withholding:

State Exemptions

Acceptable Exemption Data: 

0/Number of Exemptions

TSP Deferred: 


Special Coding:

Determine the Total Number of Allowances Claimed field as follows:
First Position - Enter 0 (zero).
Second and Third Positions - Enter the number of exemptions claimed.

Additional Information: 

All employees must now submit an RI W-4 form and withholding cannot be based on prior Federal W-4 forms. In the event an employee does not file a State withholding allowance certificate, then zero (00) exemptions will be used as the basis for withholding.

 Withholding Formula (Effective Pay Period 06, 2024)

  1. Subtract the nontaxable biweekly Thrift Savings Plan contributions from the gross biweekly wages.
  2. Subtract the nontaxable biweekly Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan payment(s) (includes dental and vision insurance program and Flexible Spending Account — health care and dependent care deductions) from the amount computed in step 1.
  3. Add the taxable biweekly fringe benefits (e.g., taxable life insurance) to the amount computed in step 2 to obtain the adjusted gross biweekly wages.
  4. Multiply the adjusted gross biweekly wages by the number of pay dates in the tax year to obtain the gross annual wages.
  5. Multiply the number of exemptions claimed by the exemption amount in the following table and subtract this result from the annualized gross pay to determine the annualized taxable wages:

Annualized Gross Pay:

Exemption Amount:

Up to $274,650


Greater than $274,650


  1.  Apply the following tax rates to annualized taxable wages to determine the annual tax amount:

Taxable Wages

If the Amount of Taxable Income Is:

The Amount of Tax Withholding Should Be:

Over $0 but not over $77,450


Over $77,450 but not over $176,050

$2,904.38 plus 4.75% of excess over $77,450

Over $176,050

$7,587.88 plus 5.99% of excess over $176,050

  1. Divide the annual Rhode Island tax withholdings calculated in step 6 by the number of pay dates in the tax year to obtain the biweekly Rhode Island tax withholding.


To view the updated tax formula, go to the HR and Payroll Clients page from the MyNFC drop-down menu on the National Finance Center (NFC) Home page. Select the Publications tab and select Taxes from the Publications menu to launch the tax map. Select the desired State from the map provided for the formula.

Previous Tax Bulletin


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