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The 2020 Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Certificate, is very different from previous versions. This is due to the federal tax law changes that took place in 2018. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is NOT requiring all employees to complete the revised form and has designed the withholding tables so that they will work with both the new and prior year forms. However, employees hired in 2020 and anyone who makes withholding changes during 2020 will be required to use the new form.

Even though the IRS does not require all employees to complete the revised form and even if your tax situation has not changed, the IRS recommends you perform a “paycheck checkup” to see if you need to make adjustments to your current withholding. To conduct the checkup, you can use the IRS’s Tax Withholding Estimator (www.irs.gov/W4App). To effectively use the estimator, it is helpful to have a copy of your most recent pay stub and tax return. It is likely that the estimator will be updated to account for the 2020 tax tables in early January. Please note: if you do not submit a new form, withholding will continue based on your previously submitted form.

Before completing the 2020 Form W-4 on your my.emich link, please familiarize yourself with the instructions that are located on the IRS website (www.irs.gov/forms-pubs/about-form-w-4) , or click on the Form W-4 2020 link at the top of the my.emich form.

To determine if you would prefer to report income from an additional job (step 2C) or you would prefer to have an additional amount withheld (Step 4C), you are encouraged to use the withholding estimator.

The IRS has also published Frequently Asked Questions that you may find helpful as you complete the form (https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/faqs-on-the-draft-2020-form-w-4) .