IRS Updates Withholding Tables

New Withholding Tables Affect Your Pay Check.

At the end of 2017, a significant new tax bill passed. The changes in withholding tables are the first in many steps the IRS is making to improve the accuracy of withholding taxes. You’ll begin to see a few changes including a reflection of the increase in the standard deduction, the repeal of personal exemptions and changes in the tax rates and brackets.

What do changes in withholding tables mean?

You should start seeing BIGGER paychecks. Employers should begin using the new withholding tables as soon as possible. For those employed by their own company, this is essential to implement with your payroll company sooner rather than later.

As soon as you start implementing the new withholding tables, you should see immediate changes to your paycheck. The whole purpose of this tax reform is to make things simpler and more accessible for tax reporting. One of the goals of the new withholding tables is to produce the correct amount of tax withholding for people with a more straightforward tax situation. Essentially, it helps them avoid over-or-under withholding of tax.

Updated 5/31/2019

The Treasury Department and the IRS are working to incorporate changes into the Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate, for 2020. The current 2019 version of the Form W-4  is similar to last year’s 2018 version.

The IRS is working closely with the payroll and the tax community as it makes additional changes to the Form W-4 for use in 2020.

For the current 2019 tax year, the IRS continues to strongly urge taxpayers to review their tax withholding situation as soon as possible to avoid having too little or too much withheld from their paychecks. To perform a quick “paycheck checkup” use the IRS withholding calculator.

You can view the draft of the 2020 W-4 (PDF) and submit any comments you have.

What should you do now?

If you are using an existing payroll company, you may want to talk with your provider to determine your new paycheck amount & how these tables will affect you directly.

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