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Changes to the 2020 W-4 Form


Published on Jan 22, 2020


In December 2019, the IRS revised the W-4 form to reflect tax code changes made as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The revised Form W-4 eliminates withholding allowances that previously were tied to the personal exemption amount.

All new employees, or employees wanting to make any changes to their Form W-4, will have to use the 2020 W-4 form. If you are not making changes, then your current W-4 elections are still in effect until you decide to make a change to them or you change employers.

The Clerk’s payroll processing team is discovering errors on newly submitted W-4 forms, due to changes on the form. It appears that employees are confusing the allowances category on the old form with the dependents field on the new form.

Instructions for making changes are on the HUB and in a Human Resources Shared Drive file (S: CW_Docs&Forms) named “Steps to Update/Make Changes to Form W-4”. If you have questions about the Form W-4, you may contact Chris Comperchio, Payroll Manager, Lana Hicks, Fiscal Functional Analyst, Troy Hogue, Employment and Benefits Services Manager, or the following Human Resources Analysts: Samantha Hayes, Betzi Lacounte and Jennifer Carmack.

This correspondence should not be construed as providing you tax advice. You should consult a tax adviser, if you have questions about your tax filing requirements. You may also find these IRS links helpful:

PDF version of 2020 W-4 -  https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw4.pdf

Tax Estimator -  https://www.irs.gov/individuals/tax-withholding-estimator

IRS FAQ - https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/faqs-on-the-2020-form-w-4