How the 2018 tax reform will affect your Form W-4 in 2019
The 2018 tax reform will change the way how US citizens file and pay their taxes in 2019. The most relevant changes of the new tax law will affect the amount of tax withholdings from paychecks, especially those for taxpayers with children and other dependants. This means that employees have to recalculate their withholding allowances and fill out Form W-4 to avoid penalties and other misunderstandings with the IRS for the 2018 tax season.
Let’s review some potential Form W-4 setbacks and find out how to save time and headache filling it out.
What is Form W-4?
The Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate is used by employers to withhold a certain amount of federal tax from an employee paycheck. In this form, you should point out how many allowances you plan to claim. At the end of the tax year, the withheld funds will be released to the IRS. Then, depending on your individual IRS tax return information, you will either receive a refund or have the opportunity to finalize any outstanding balances.
Who completes Form W-4?
Every employee should complete the document and submit it to their employer. It’s very important to renew Form W-4 when you start a new job or if the status of your personal life changes – for example, when getting married or having a child. Moreover, the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act allows you to claim a credit for other dependants – for example, individuals aged 17 or older and supported parents. All these factors influence the number of your withholding allowances and thus the amount withheld from your income taxes. But don’t go too far by attempting to keep a balance: large sums of withholdings will ensure you a refund, but a single mistake can result in penalties from the IRS.
Where can I get Form W-4?
The easiest way to get the latest version of Form W-4 is in PDFfiller’s online library of fillable forms. Just choose the year you need and proceed with filling it out.
How can I complete Form W-4 online?
With PDFfiller you can save time filling out Form W-4 on any desktop or mobile device. Follow these easy steps to accurately add all your information before filing W-4 forms with employers.
Start completing your form the moment you upload it to your account
Once you’ve located and selected your W-4 form in PDFfiller’s online library of fillable documents, it will automatically open in the PDFfiller editor.
Use the fillable fields wizard to quickly add all required information
The fillable fields wizard will guide you through the completion process. Click Next to move to the next line, field or checkbox. The wizard makes it easy to insert all necessary content in seconds.
You’ll need to type in your personal information such as address, Social Security Number and your marital status. Indicate the number of allowances you’re claiming and any additional amounts you want to be withheld from each paycheck. Fill in the appropriate worksheets if needed.
Add your signature on the go
Finally, sign Form W-4 on your mobile device or desktop computer. You can draw your signature, type it or upload a photo of it. PDFfiller will add the current date automatically or you can easily change it if needed.
Email your Form W-4 to your employer in a single click
Once your W-4 is ready, click DONE and send it to your employer via email, fax or SMS. For your personal records, you can save the form to your personal computer or cloud storage as well as print your own hard copy.
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