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Changes to W-4 Form May Require
result of 2018 federal tax law changes, the 2020 Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Certificate has changed significantly from previous
versions. As a result, MCPS employees are strongly encouraged to review their
tax withholding to determine if an adjustment is needed.
employees are not required to complete the revised form given that the Internal
Revenue Service (IRS) has designed the withholding tables so they will work
with both the new and prior year forms. However, certain employees will be
required to use the new form: those hired in 2020 and those who make
withholding changes during 2020.
though the IRS does not require all employees to complete the revised form and
even if your tax situation has not changed, you are advised to 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
Tax Withholding Estimator.
To effectively use the estimator, it is helpful to have a copy of your most
recent ePaystub and tax return.
decide to complete a new W-4, you may do so by accessing the “My W-4” link
under the blue “My Taxes” section on the Employee Self-Service (ESS) webpage. Upon logon, select the
“Federal Withholding Taxes” option to access the new form. You must complete Steps 1 and 5 on the form.
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.
Steps to complete the new W-4 include—
1—for your personal
2—for households with
3—to claim tax
credits for dependents;
adjustments (additional income such as interest and dividends, itemized deductions that
exceed the standard deduction, and extra tax you want withheld); and
the “Continue” button, confirm the information and submit changes.
IRS suggests that, if you are concerned about reporting income from multiple
jobs in Step 2 or other income in Step 4(a), you either check the box in Step
2(c) or enter an additional withholding amount in Step 4(c). To determine the
additional withholding amount, you can use the withholding estimator.
IRS has also published Frequently Asked Questions that you may find helpful as you
complete the 2020 W-4 form. If you do not submit a new W-4, withholding will
continue based on your previously submitted form.