“The 2019 Tax filing season left many taxpayers unhappy when filing their 2018 tax returns. Many people who typically received refunds in prior years found that their refund was much smaller, and in some cases had an amount due. As a result, the IRS has issued a new Form W-4: Employees withholding certificate, for employees to use starting in 2020. The new form is an effort to assist employees in more accurately estimating the necessary Federal Income Tax in response to the statute changes from The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. The major difference is the shift from the allowance-based calculation to an income tax-based calculation. On the old W-4, if you claimed more allowances, less tax was withheld (so you got a bigger paycheck). If you claimed fewer allowances, more tax was withheld (so your paycheck shrank). The changes in tax law removed allowances from Form 1040: U.S. Individual Income tax Return, making the allowance based withholding calculation ineffective. The new form also establishes a more straightforward method to calculate withholdings for Married filing Joint (MFJ) filers where both spouses are employed. This affects approximately 61.9% of families according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics “Employment Characteristics of Families Summary” released on April 18, 2019. The 2020 Form W-4 also responds to estimating Income tax withholding for taxpayers who report child tax credits, large itemized deductions, withholding exemptions and work side jobs where income tax is not withheld. In addition to the new Form, the IRS has institutes a tax withholding estimator that could help even further (https://www.irs.gov/individuals/tax-withholding-estimator). -Written by Dylan Stone, MBA

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