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2020 - Withholding Computations for Unusual Circumstances to Avoid Under-withheld Tax Penalties



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KeywordsTax withholding; Raxpenalties; Form w4


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Employer federal income tax withholding is intended to collect, throughout the year, the approximate the amount of the employee's tax for the year. The wage bracket and percentage methods are the primary methods for computing the amount to withhold, but sometimes they just don't seem to get the right result.
When supplemental wages are added to the equation, the prescribed aggregate method and optional flat rate method frequently result in too much or too little withholding. Payroll professionals sometimes experience a flood of revised W-4 Forms just before and after scheduled bonus payments. This creates additional work and opportunities for mistakes for the payroll department and may not affect the withholding in the way the employee expected.
How to compute the "correct" or target annual withholding to avoid underestimated tax penalties
The part-year withholding method - what it does, when it works, and how to use it
Which methods require an employee request and which are employer options
How to test an employer designed method to assure compliance with IRS requirements
Which methods smooth withholding when compensation varies pay period to pay period
Which methods soften the impact of bonus payment withholding without changing the W-4
How regular use of the cumulative wage method automatically adjusts for fluctuating compensation
The danger for employers and payroll professionals is that failure to withhold the correct amounts per employee W-4 parameters may result in penalties and possible personal liability for the amounts the employer failed to withhold imposed on individuals deemed responsible for correctly collecting and paying employee taxes.
This course will provide a knowledge of alternative methods to compute withholding under special circumstances. In some cases, these methods can be used in place of employee’s making multiple changes to Form W-4 to avoid over-withholding on supplemental or irregular wage payments, such as commissions or bonuses.
The requirement to withhold and Form W-4 claims
The percentage and wage bracket methods with an example of use of the daily or miscellaneous withholding tables
Methods used to compute withholding on supplemental pay including examples
Automated systems tables
Annualized wage method - what it does, when and how to use it
Average wage method - what it does, when and how to use it
Cumulative wage method - what it does, when and how to use it
Part year employment method - what it does, when and how to use it
Other methods and maximum permissible deviations rules
Non-resident alien withholding rules
Payroll Supervisors and Personnel
Payroll Consultants
Payroll Service Providers
Public Accountants
Internal Auditors
Tax Compliance Officers
Enrolled Agents
Employee Benefits Administrators
Officers and Managers with Payroll or Tax Compliance Oversight
Company/Business Owners
Public Agency Managers
Audit and Compliance Personnel /Risk Managers
Patrick Haggerty is a tax practitioner, author, and educator. His work experience includes non-profit organization management, banking, manufacturing accounting, and tax practice. He began teaching accounting at the college level in 1988. He is licensed as an Enrolled Agent by the U. S. Treasury to represent taxpayers at all administrative levels of the IRS and is a Certified Management Accountant.
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Last modified: 2020-07-13 20:26:17