The Form W4 Withholding interactive form helper takes you through each step of completing the Form W4. The Form W4 provides your employer with the details on how much federal, and in some cases, state, and local tax should be withheld from your paycheck. After completing the form, you can download and print it.To learn more about the Form W4, read the Frequently Asked Questions.
The 2024 W4 has been updated as of Jan 1, 2024
Do independent contractors file a W-4?
No. Independent contractors, freelancers, and consultants submit a Form W-9 to a hiring business.
What’s the difference between Forms W-4 and W-2?
Employees submit a W4 to their employer to define how they want their Federal Income Tax (FIT) withheld. An employee fills this out upon hiring and then anytime they want to make changes.
Employers submit a W2 each year (due Jan 31) for each employee to document how much they were paid and how much Federal Income Tax was withheld the previous year. W2’s are sent to the IRS, as well as distributed to each employee which they use to file taxes. To save time filling out your W2s, try out PaycheckCity Payroll for an inexpensive self-service payroll solution.
What are state withholding forms?
State withholding forms are tax documents completed by employees to have their employer withhold specific amounts on paychecks for their state taxes. It is similar to the federal Form W-4 that tells the employer about the employee’s withholding needs for federal taxes. Typically the states without income tax don’t have their own state W-4 since they don’t collect income tax. Otherwise most states have their own state W-4 form and update them annually.
The IRS redesigned the Federal W-4 form in 2020 that eliminated withholding allowances and made it easier for employee withholding to match your tax liability. Employees are currently not required to update their W4 on file if it’s in the old format. However if you do need to update it for any reason, you must now use the new Form W-4, which you can fill out using the wizard above.
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