The November 2019 payroll of Walnut Company is $17,500,000, of which $2,150,000 is exempt from Social Security tax because it represented amounts paid to certain employees in excess of $132,900. The amount paid to employees in excess of $7,000 was $16,980,000. Amounts withheld by Walnut were $3,080,000 for federal income taxes, $871,000 for state income taxes, $475,000 in charitable contributions, and $620,000 for 401-K employee contributions. Walnut’s effective state unemployment tax rate is 1.1% and the effective federal unemployment tax rate 0.6%. Prepare the journal entries Walnut should make to reflect its payroll expense and its payroll taxes expense.

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The November 2019 payroll of Walnut Company is $17,500,000, of which $2,150,000 is exempt from Social Security tax because it represented amounts paid to certain employees in excess of $132,900. The amount paid to employees in excess of $7,000 was $16,980,000. Amounts withheld by Walnut were $3,080,000 for federal income taxes, $871,000 for state income taxes, $475,000 in charitable contributions, and $620,000 for 401-K employee contributions. Walnut’s effective state unemployment tax rate is 1.1% and the effective federal unemployment tax rate 0.6%. Prepare the journal entries Walnut should make to reflect its payroll expense and its payroll taxes expense.

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