Form W-4 (2014)
Purpose. Complete Form W-4 so that your employer
can withhold the correct federal income tax from your
pay. Consider completing a new Form W-4 each year
and when your personal or financial situation changes.
Exemption from withholding. If you are exempt,
complete only lines 1, 2, 3, 4, and 7 and sign the form
to validate it. Your exemption for 2014 expires
February 17, 2015. See Pub. 505, Tax Withholding
and Estimated Tax.
Note. If another person can claim you as a dependent
on his or her tax return, you cannot claim exemption
from withholding if your income exceeds $1,000 and
includes more than $350 of unearned income (for
example, interest and dividends).
Exceptions. An employee may be able to claim
exemption from withholding even if the employee is a
dependent, if the employee:
• Is age 65 or older,
• Is blind, or
• Will claim adjustments to income; tax credits; or
itemized deductions, on his or her tax return.
The exceptions do not apply to supplemental wages
greater than $1,000,000.
Basic instructions. If you are not exempt, complete
the Personal Allowances Worksheet below. The
worksheets on page 2 further adjust your
withholding allowances based on itemized
deductions, certain credits, adjustments to income,
or two-earners/multiple jobs situations.
Complete all worksheets that apply. However, you
may claim fewer (or zero) allowances. For regular
wages, withholding must be based on allowances
you claimed and may not be a flat amount or
percentage of wages.
Head of household. Generally, you can claim head
of household filing status on your tax return only if
you are unmarried and pay more than 50% of the
costs of keeping up a home for yourself and your
dependent(s) or other qualifying individuals. See
Pub. 501, Exemptions, Standard Deduction, and
Filing Information, for information.
Tax credits. You can take projected tax credits into account in figuring your allowable number of withholding allowances. Credits for child or dependent care expenses and the child
tax credit may be claimed using the Personal Allowances
Worksheet below. See Pub. 505 for information on
converting your other credits into withholding allowances.
Nonwage income. If you have a large amount of
nonwage income, such as interest or dividends,
consider making estimated tax payments using Form
1040-ES, Estimated Tax for Individuals. Otherwise, you
may owe additional tax. If you have pension or annuity
iincome, see Pub. 505 to find out if you should adjust
your withholding on Form W-4 or W-4P.
Two earners or multiple jobs. If you have a
working spouse or more than one job, figure the
total number of allowances you are entitled to claim
on all jobs using worksheets from only one Form
W-4. Your withholding usually will be most accurate
when all allowances are claimed on the Form W-4
for the highest paying job and zero allowances are
claimed on the others. See Pub. 505 for details.
Nonresident alien. If you are a nonresident alien,
see Notice 1392, Supplemental Form W-4
Instructions for Nonresident Aliens, before
completing this form.
Check your withholding. After your Form W-4 takes
effect, use Pub. 505 to see how the amount you are
having withheld compares to your projected total tax
for 2014. See Pub. 505, especially if your earnings
exceed $130,000 (Single) or $180,000 (Married).
Future developments. Information about any future
developments affecting Form W-4 (such as legislation
enacted after we release it) will be posted at www.irs.gov/w4.
Personal Allowances Worksheet (Keep for your records.)
Enter “1” for yourself if no one else can claim you as a dependent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A
• You are single and have only one job; or
Enter “1” if:
• You are married, have only one job, and your spouse does not work; or . . .
• Your wages from a second job or your spouse’s wages (or the total of both) are $1,500 or less. Enter “1” for your...
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