IRS reminds tax payers to perform a paycheck checkup

Recently, the IRS requested that all employers remind their employees to review their federal income tax withholding for the current tax year. The amount of federal income tax withheld from your pay check is determined by the marital status and number of exemptions that you claim on your Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate.

Changes in marital status, number of dependents, amount of itemized deductions, available tax credits, additional outside income and many other factors may require individuals to modify the amount of federal income tax they have withheld from their pay checks. In addition, the changes to the tax laws enacted for 2018 under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) may require tax payers to modify their withholding to prevent over withholding or under withholding of their federal income tax.

Employers cannot advise employees as to what they should claim on their Form W-4.  However, the IRS has information available to assist you. Publication 505 [PDF], Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax, is available on the IRS website. In addition, the IRS offers an online tool, the Tax Withholding Calculator, to help you determine what you should claim on your Form W-4.

You may review your current federal income tax withholding status and make updates to your Form W-4 through Employee Self Service website. Click on “Payroll Self Service” and then choose the “W-4 Tax Information” link from the left hand column. If any changes are required, make them on the form and click “Submit”.

If you have any questions about accessing your W-4 Tax Information through Employee Self Service, please contact the Payroll Department at payroll@mlhs.org.

Thank you for taking the time to review your federal income tax withholding status and make sure your withholding is correct for the year.

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