IRS Updates to 2021 Form W-4 and Publication 15-T

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Accordingly, the Treasury Department and the IRS certify that these final regulations will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities pursuant to the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. chapter 6). The redesigned Form W-4 does not use withholding allowances. An employee selects a filing status (single, married filing separately, head of household, married filing jointly, or qualifying widow) on the Form W-4, and this entry generally results in the basic standard deduction relating to the filing status being taken into account in determining the amount of tax withheld from the employee’s pay.

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Some of the topics covered in Publication 15-A include defining the differences between employees and independent contractors and explaining withholding rules for employees of exempt organizations. The publication also includes several examples designed to help employers correctly classify their workers. The discussion on the alternative methods for figuring Federal Income Tax Withholding and the Tables for Withholding on Distributions of Indian Gaming Profits to Tribal Members are no longer included in Pub.15-A.

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However, the comments will remain under consideration for future revisions to forms, instructions, publications, and other guidance relating to income tax withholding from wages, including revisions to the Form W-4. Because current employees are not required to file the 2020 Form W-4 with their employers, the IRS has been compelled to reconfigure the percentage method and wage-bracket method of income tax withholding to account for withholding under different versions of Form W-4. Before completing the 2020 Form W-4, please read the instructions that are included with the form.You must complete Steps 1 and 5.Steps 2, 3, and 4 are optional, but completing them will help ensure that your federal income tax withholding will more accurately match your tax liability. Step 1 is for your personal information; Step 2 is for households with multiple jobs; Step 3 is used to claim tax credits for dependents; Step 4 is for other adjustments ; and Step 5 is where you sign the form. IRS Publication 15-T helps employers calculate the amount of federal income tax to withhold from their employees’ wages based on different tax withholding methods.

The W-4 was released on December 4, 2019, and then was rereleased on December 31, 2019, to reflect a change in the medical expense deduction threshold under section 213 for 2020 made by the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, Public Law , 133 Stat. In the2021 Publication 15-T, the IRS allows the utilization of a new computational bridge when an employee has a 2019 Form W-4 or earlier version on file. To assist an employer in finding the 2020 Form W-4 comparable data for an employee using a 2019 Form W-4 or an earlier version, an employer should follow the computational bridge’s four steps. As background, the IRS modifies Publication 15-B each year to reflect any recent legislative and regulatory developments.

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  • Among the changes for 2021 is a new Form 1099-NEC. The Form 1099-NEC will be used to report nonemployee compensation paid in 2020 and will be due on February 1, 2021.
  • The IRS has also released adraft of Publication 15-T. Draft Publication 15-T provides worksheet and tables to figure federal income tax withholding for Forms W-4 from 2019 or earlier and Forms W-4 from 2020 or later.
  • Accordingly, the proposed regulations regarding the contents of the lock-in letter or modification notice will be adopted as final without change.
  • IRS Publication 15-T helps employers calculate the amount of federal income tax to withhold from their employees’ wages based on different tax withholding methods.

In addition to the annual tax rate and bracket changes, employers can still use the optional computational bridge released in 2021. Married taxpayers who reasonably expect to file as married filing jointly on their Federal income tax return for the estimation year determine the withholding allowance to which they are entitled under section 3402 on the basis of their combined wages, allowable credits or deductions, and estimated tax payments permitted to be taken into account. The deductions, credits, or estimated tax payments described in paragraphs , , and of this section to which either spouse is entitled may be claimed by either spouse or may be allocated between both spouses.

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The electronic system must ensure that the information received is the information sent and must document all occasions of employee access that result in the furnishing of a Form W-4. In addition, the design and operation of the electronic system, including access procedures, must make it reasonably certain that the person accessing the system and furnishing the Form W-4 is the employee identified in the form. The provisions of paragraph of this section apply on February 13, 2020. Taxpayers may choose to apply paragraph of this section on or after January 1, 2020 and before February 13, 2020. For rules that apply under paragraph of this section before February 13, 2020, see 26 CFR part 31, revised as of April 1, 2020.