On December 5, 2019, the Internal Revenue Service released a final Form W-4 for use in 2020. Employees who have submitted Form W-4 in any year before 2020 are not required to submit a new form merely because of the redesign. Employers should continue to compute withholding based on the information from the employee’s most recently submitted Form W-4.
Employees complete the Form W-4 so that their employers can withhold the correct amount of federal tax from their paycheck. A significant change for the 2020 form is that it does not have withholding allowances because employees may no longer claim personal exemptions or dependency exemptions. Previously, the value of a withholding allowance was tied to the amount of the personal exemption.
The new form is divided into five steps and employees will provide information for the steps that apply to them (steps 2-4 may not).
Publication 15-T (still in draft form) assists employers in determining the amount of federal income tax to withhold from their employees’ wages.
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