IRS Reveals New W-4 Form Draft

IRS Reveals New W-4 Form Draft

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In lieu of recent criticisms concerning the complexity of form W-4, aka an Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate, the IRS released a modified version in draft form at the end of May 2019. After being open to public comment, they intend to release an updated draft around the third quarter.

The W-4 has often been criticized as being too convoluted and bogged down with unnecessary information that taxpayers may find too personally intrusive. Items such as non-wage income, tax credits, total compensation from side-jobs, and other deductions are currently included in the attached worksheets to the W-4.

Part of the IRS’ decision to simplify their form stems from changes to the Tax Cut and Jobs Act, which took effect in 2018. This increased the standard deduction, removed personal exemptions, increased child tax credit, and changed tax rates and brackets.

Since this completely removes exemptions, many taxpayers will feel a shift in the size of their returns if they elected to have a higher percentage withheld throughout the year.

You can view an official version of the May 30th draft here.

According to the IRS, the average American’s tax return for 2018 year was $2,725, compared to $2,771 from last year. Total refunds processed decreased more than $14 Billion, in part, due to the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Because of this, the IRS wants to encourage taxpayers to better understand their elected withholdings and increase their knowledge around regular paycheck deductions. They encourage everyone to utilize both this form and the official IRS online withholding allowance calculator to help balance their returns come tax time.

To summarize, the new proposed changes to the 2020 W-4 include:

  • A simpler layout
  • Disclosure of multiple job incomes
  • The chance to claim child tax credits
  • A shorter section on withholding adjustments and other deductions (aside from standard deductions)
  • Space for additional tax withholdings
  • No more allowances worksheet
  • No more Two-Earners/Multiple Jobs Worksheet
  • No more personal exemptions

2019 W-4 Form

2020 W-4 Form Draft



This new W-4 form is set to release in time for the 2020 tax-filing season. Any new employees that start after January 1, 2020, will need to fill out the new W-4 to adjust their tax withholding accordingly.

Stay tuned for more information on new tax information from the AccessPoint HR team!

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[1] Internal Revenue Service: Filing Season Statistics

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