Completing a W-4 form
A W-4 form is a form that you complete for your employer. It tells your employer how much to deduct from your paycheck in taxes. The deducted amount is called withholding.
It is important to complete your W-4 form correctly, so that the correct amount of taxes is withheld. When you start a job, the W-4 will be one of the first forms you fill out. You may also update your W-4 if your financial situation changes in any year.
To complete the W-4 form, follow these steps:
- Provide your personal information on lines 1-4.
- Use the Personal Allowances Worksheet to calculate the number of allowances you wish to claim. If you are single and have only one job, enter 1 on line A and 1 on line B. Total your allowances on line H.
- Enter the number from line H on line 5 of the W-4 form.
- Unless lines 6 and 7 apply to you, leave these lines blank.
- Sign and date your form. Your employer will complete lines 8 through 10, so leave these blank.
Submit the form to your employer. You may wish to keep a copy for your tax records. If you have questions about the form, ask your human resources office for help.
Take a look at the W-4 on the IRS website.