Wisconsin issues withholding/reporting guidance
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Friday, December 27, 2019

Wisconsin issues withholding/reporting guidance

Payroll and Entitlements Editorial Staff

The Wisconsin Department of Revenue issued a withholding tax guide informing taxpayers that 2019 withholding tax rates continue for 2020. Further, the guide clarifies that federal Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Certificate, cannot be used for Wisconsin withholding tax purposes. Additionally, the guide states that the IRS’s redesigned 2020 Form W-4 removed federal allowances.

Prior to this change, an employee could use Form W-4 for Wisconsin purposes, if the employee's federal allowances equaled his or her Wisconsin exemptions. The following applies for Wisconsin withholding tax purposes beginning in 2020: (1) All newly hired employees must provide Wisconsin Form WT-4 to their employers; (2) Existing employees who change the number of their Wisconsin withholding exemptions must provide Wisconsin Form WT-4 to their employers; (3) Existing employees are not required to provide Wisconsin Form WT-4 to their employers (unless the employers requests it) if the employee wishes to maintain the same number of Wisconsin withholding exemptions used in 2019. (Wisconsin Department of Revenue, Publication No. 166, November 2019.)

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