Skip to main content

e-Alert – IRS to Release New W-4 for 2020

By November 12, 2019No Comments


A near final “early draft” of the Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Certificate for 2020, was recently released by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The final version of this new 2020 W-4 is scheduled to be released in late November.

This new form is for employees hired after 2019 and current employees who wish to adjust their withholding after 2019.


Changes for 2020
Despite new withholding tables being released for 2018 and 2019 after the significant changes to tax rates, deductions, tax credits, and withholding calculations with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), Form W-4 was not changed much. This new 2020 W-4 Form includes changes that reduce complexity and increase the transparency and accuracy of the withholding system. Some of these changes include:

  • Removal of the total number of allowances line
  • Addition of new input elements for Federal Income Tax withholding calculations
  • Removal of complicated worksheets
  • Addition of straightforward questions to make it easier for employees to make accurate withholding choices
  • Addition of a separate tax table for employees who would like the option of a higher withholding. This new table is intended to make it easier to adjust withholding for two-earner households.

Next Steps for Employers

  • Payroll departments may want to inform their Human Resources departments and others who are involved in the hiring process.
  • Remember that current employees can leave their 2019 W-4 forms or prior forms unchanged indefinitely.
  • You may want to inform your employees that if they wish to make changes after 2019, they will be required to use the new 2020 version of Form W-4.
  • If you are a Full-Service or Managed Payroll client utilizing ADP’s Workforce Now through HR Knowledge, this new form W-4 will be automatically update within the system.
  • If you are a Full-Service or Managed Payroll client on ADP RUN, we will automatically update the newly released W-4 into your New Hire Kits.


The People Simplifying HR

For almost twenty years, HR Knowledge has made it our mission to demystify the complex and daunting process of HR management. We do more than just provide the level of service and technology you’d expect from an industry leader.

We combine an unparalleled passion for service with our decades of HR, payroll, and benefits experience to provide our clients with personalized and actionable advice that is second—to—none.

From managed payroll to employee benefits to HR support, we can help your organization thrive, grow, and reduce operating costs — no matter what industry you serve. Whether you’re interested in our Full-Service solution or just need your employee handbook written, HR Knowledge can help you minimize risk while staying on top of compliance regulations.

The bottom line? We’re not just another cloud-based technology company that also does HR, #WeAreHR.

This content is provided with the understanding that HR Knowledge is not rendering legal advice. While every effort is made to provide current information, the law changes regularly and laws may vary depending on the state or municipality. The material is made available for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for legal advice or your professional judgment. You should review applicable laws in your jurisdiction and consult experienced counsel for legal advice. If you have any questions regarding this content, please contact HR Knowledge at 508.339.1300 or email us.