The IRS issues a change to Form W-4

The IRS issues a change to Form W-4

For the first time in more than three decades the IRS has revamped the W-4 form, also known as the “Employee’s Withholding Certificate.”

2020 IRS Form W-4

Employers use IRS Form W-4 to determine each employee’s federal tax withholdings. The new form is intended to harmonize tax withholding declarations with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which affected individuals for the first time during the last tax filing season.

Employees may complete a new W-4 each year or each time they experience a change in their personal financial situation. However, the new form does not invalidate prior versions, and employers are not expected to replace W-4 forms from previous years with the 2020 version.


Employers should become familiar with the updates to IRS Form W-4 and make it available for all new hires and employees who wish to amend their withholding declarations in 2020.

Please note that employers are not required to update W-4 forms that were completed and filed on or before 2019.

Watch the video here for an overview of how this might affect you.

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