Alabama Payroll Tax module

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Important reminder!

Licenses for Payroll CS, Trial Balance CS, and Write-Up CS (but not Engagement CS) permanently expired on March 1, 2017.

For details, see CSA license expiration 2017 – frequently asked questions.

Some processes documented in the Help & How-To Center are no longer applicable, due to the discontinuation of these CSA modules.

The Alabama Payroll Tax module supports the following forms, as well as SUTA and withholding file creation:

Choose Payroll Tax Processing from the Utilities menu, and then either click the AL state flag icon on the shortcut bar or choose Alabama from the View menu. Click the appropriate tab to access the applicable form. (Alabama must be selected in the Payroll tab of the Client Properties dialog in order for the AL flag to appear on the shortcut bar.)


  • Payroll tax processing data is kept in separate files, so any changes made to the retrieved data will not carry back to your payroll data.
  • When SUTA and withholding files are created, they are automatically encrypted for security and stored in the \CSASYS\MAGMEDIA\year folder. Before submitting these files to the appropriate agency, you must use the Save to Submittable Format command, at which point the files are decrypted. Using the Restore from Submittable Format option encrypts the files once again. You can use the preview function to view the decrypted files.

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Special information

Alabama forms A-1, A-3, and A-6 have been approved. However, it is your responsibility to confirm that the name and account number match the Department of Revenue records. You can verify your name and account number by referencing your Alabama withholding tax coupon booklet or by calling the State of Alabama Withholding Tax Section.

For each state that you will be processing for a client, you must first enter the two-character state postal code in the Payroll tab of the File > Client Properties dialog.

To have the application calculate SUTA amounts and the SUTA Worksheet report, the state field must be completed for the applicable state(s) for each employee - in the Other tab of the Setup > Employees window.

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Related topics

Processing state payroll tax forms

State Payroll Tax modules in CSA

Alabama supplemental payroll tax information

Alabama e-filing

Creating a SUTA file for a payroll tax form

Creating a withholding file for a payroll tax form

Unemployment file formats by state

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