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Federal Free Printable 2021 Form W-4 for 2021 Federal Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate

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Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate
2021 Form W-4

W-4 Employee’s Withholding Certificate Form (Rev. December 2020) ▶ Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service Step 1: Enter Personal Information OMB No. 1545-0074 Complete Form W-4 so that your employer can withhold the correct federal income tax from your pay. ▶ Give Form W-4 to your employer. ▶ Your withholding is subject to review by the IRS. (a) First name and middle initial (b) Social security number Last name Address ▶ Does your name match the name on your social security card? If not, to ensure you get credit for your earnings, contact SSA at 800-772-1213 or go to www.ssa.gov. City or town, state, and ZIP code (c) 2021 Single or Married filing separately Married filing jointly or Qualifying widow(er) Head of household (Check only if you’re unmarried and pay more than half the costs of keeping up a home for yourself and a qualifying individual.) Complete Steps 2–4 ONLY if they apply to you; otherwise, skip to Step 5. See page 2 for more information on each step, who can claim exemption from withholding, when to use the estimator at www.irs.gov/W4App, and privacy. Step 2: Multiple Jobs or Spouse Works Complete this step if you (1) hold more than one job at a time, or (2) are married filing jointly and your spouse also works. The correct amount of withholding depends on income earned from all of these jobs. Do only one of the following. (a) Use the estimator at www.irs.gov/W4App for most accurate withholding for this step (and Steps 3–4); or (b) Use the Multiple Jobs Worksheet on page 3 and enter the result in Step 4(c) below for roughly accurate withholding; or (c) If there are only two jobs total, you may check this box. Do the same on Form W-4 for the other job. This option is accurate for jobs with similar pay; otherwise, more tax than necessary may be withheld . . . . . ▶ TIP: To be accurate, submit a 2021 Form W-4 for all other jobs. If you (or your spouse) have self-employment income, including as an independent contractor, use the estimator. Complete Steps 3–4(b) on Form W-4 for only ONE of these jobs. Leave those steps blank for the other jobs. (Your withholding will be most accurate if you complete Steps 3–4(b) on the Form W-4 for the highest paying job.) Step 3: Claim Dependents If your total income will be $200,000 or less ($400,000 or less if married filing jointly): Multiply the number of qualifying children under age 17 by $2,000 ▶ $ Multiply the number of other dependents by $500 Add the amounts above and enter the total here Step 4 (optional): Other Adjustments . . ▶ $ . . . . . . . . . . . 3 $ (a) Other income (not from jobs). If you want tax withheld for other income you expect this year that won’t have withholding, enter the amount of other income here. This may include interest, dividends, and retirement income . . . . . . . . . . . . 4(a) $ (b) Deductions. If you expect to claim deductions other than the standard deduction and want to reduce your withholding, use the Deductions Worksheet on page 3 and enter the result here . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4(b) $ (c) Extra withholding. Enter any additional tax you want withheld each pay period 4(c) $ ▲ Employers Only . . . Under penalties of perjury, I declare that this certificate, to the best of my knowledge and belief, is true, correct, and complete. ▲ Step 5: Sign Here . . Employee’s signature (This form is not valid unless you sign it.) Employer’s name and address For Privacy Act and Paperwork Reduction Act Notice, see page 3. First date of employment Cat. No. 10220Q Date Employer identification number (EIN) Form W-4 (2021) Page 2 Form W-4 (2021) General Instructions Specific Instructions Future Developments Step 1(c). Check your anticipated filing status. This will determine the standard deduction and tax rates used to compute your withholding. Step 2. Use this step if you (1) have more than one job at the same time, or (2) are married filing jointly and you and your spouse both work. Option (a) most accurately calculates the additional tax you need to have withheld, while option (b) does so with a little less accuracy. If you (and your spouse) have a total of only two jobs, you may instead check the box in option (c). The box must also be checked on the Form W-4 for the other job. If the box is checked, the standard deduction and tax brackets will be cut in half for each job to calculate withholding. This option is roughly accurate for jobs with similar pay; otherwise, more tax than necessary may be withheld, and this extra amount will be larger the greater the difference in pay is between the two jobs. Multiple jobs. Complete Steps 3 through 4(b) on only ! one Form W-4. Withholding will be most accurate if CAUTION you do this on the Form W-4 for the highest paying job. Step 3. This step provides instructions for determining the amount of the child tax credit and the credit for other dependents that you may be able to claim when you file your tax return. To qualify for the child tax credit, the child must be under age 17 as of December 31, must be your dependent who generally lives with you for more than half the year, and must have the required social security number. You may be able to claim a credit for other dependents for whom a child tax credit can’t be claimed, such as an older child or a qualifying relative. For additional eligibility requirements for these credits, see Pub. 972, Child Tax Credit and Credit for Other Dependents. You can also include other tax credits in this step, such as education tax credits and the foreign tax credit. To do so, add an estimate of the amount for the year to your credits for dependents and enter the total amount in Step 3. Including these credits will increase your paycheck and reduce the amount of any refund you may receive when you file your tax return. Step 4 (optional). Step 4(a). Enter in this step the total of your other estimated income for the year, if any. You shouldn’t include income from any jobs or self-employment. If you complete Step 4(a), you likely won’t have to make estimated tax payments for that income. If you prefer to pay estimated tax rather than having tax on other income withheld from your paycheck, see Form 1040-ES, Estimated Tax for Individuals. Step 4(b). Enter in this step the amount from the Deductions Worksheet, line 5, if you expect to claim deductions other than the basic standard deduction on your 2021 tax return and want to reduce your withholding to account for these deductions. This includes both itemized deductions and other deductions such as for student loan interest and IRAs. Step 4(c). Enter in this step any additional tax you want withheld from your pay each pay period, including any amounts from the Multiple Jobs Worksheet, line 4. Entering an amount here will reduce your paycheck and will either increase your refund or reduce any amount of tax that you owe. For the latest information about developments related to Form W-4, such as legislation enacted after it was published, go to www.irs.gov/FormW4. Purpose of Form Complete Form W-4 so that your employer can withhold the correct federal income tax from your pay. If too little is withheld, you will generally owe tax when you file your tax return and may owe a penalty. If too much is withheld, you will generally be due a refund. Complete a new Form W-4 when changes to your personal or financial situation would change the entries on the form. For more information on withholding and when you must furnish a new Form W-4, see Pub. 505, Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax. Exemption from withholding. You may claim exemption from withholding for 2021 if you meet both of the following conditions: you had no federal income tax liability in 2020 and you expect to have no federal income tax liability in 2021. You had no federal income tax liability in 2020 if (1) your total tax on line 24 on your 2020 Form 1040 or 1040-SR is zero (or less than the sum of lines 27, 28, 29, and 30), or (2) you were not required to file a return because your income was below the filing threshold for your correct filing status. If you claim exemption, you will have no income tax withheld from your paycheck and may owe taxes and penalties when you file your 2021 tax return. To claim exemption from withholding, certify that you meet both of the conditions above by writing “Exempt” on Form W-4 in the space below Step 4(c). Then, complete Steps 1(a), 1(b), and 5. Do not complete any other steps. You will need to submit a new Form W-4 by February 15, 2022. Your privacy. If you prefer to limit information provided in Steps 2 through 4, use the online estimator, which will also increase accuracy. As an alternative to the estimator: if you have concerns with Step 2(c), you may choose Step 2(b); if you have concerns with Step 4(a), you may enter an additional amount you want withheld per pay period in Step 4(c). If this is the only job in your household, you may instead check the box in Step 2(c), which will increase your withholding and significantly reduce your paycheck (often by thousands of dollars over the year). When to use the estimator. Consider using the estimator at www.irs.gov/W4App if you: 1. Expect to work only part of the year; 2. Have dividend or capital gain income, or are subject to additional taxes, such as Additional Medicare Tax; 3. Have self-employment income (see below); or 4. Prefer the most accurate withholding for multiple job situations. Self-employment. Generally, you will owe both income and self-employment taxes on any self-employment income you receive separate from the wages you receive as an employee. If you want to pay these taxes through withholding from your wages, use the estimator at www.irs.gov/W4App to figure the amount to have withheld. Nonresident alien. If you’re a nonresident alien, see Notice 1392, Supplemental Form W-4 Instructions for Nonresident Aliens, before completing this form. ▲ Page 3 Form W-4 (2021) Step 2(b)—Multiple Jobs Worksheet (Keep for your records.) If you choose the option in Step 2(b) on Form W-4, complete this worksheet (which calculates the total extra tax for all jobs) on only ONE Form W-4. Withholding will be most accurate if you complete the worksheet and enter the result on the Form W-4 for the highest paying job. Note: If more than one job has annual wages of more than $120,000 or there are more than three jobs, see Pub. 505 for additional tables; or, you can use the online withholding estimator at www.irs.gov/W4App. 1 2 Two jobs. If you have two jobs or you’re married filing jointly and you and your spouse each have one job, find the amount from the appropriate table on page 4. Using the “Higher Paying Job” row and the “Lower Paying Job” column, find the value at the intersection of the two household salaries and enter that value on line 1. Then, skip to line 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 $ Three jobs. If you and/or your spouse have three jobs at the same time, complete lines 2a, 2b, and 2c below. Otherwise, skip to line 3. a 3 1 Find the amount from the appropriate table on page 4 using the annual wages from the highest paying job in the “Higher Paying Job” row and the annual wages for your next highest paying job in the “Lower Paying Job” column. Find the value at the intersection of the two household salaries and enter that value on line 2a . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2a $ b Add the annual wages of the two highest paying jobs from line 2a together and use the total as the wages in the “Higher Paying Job” row and use the annual wages for your third job in the “Lower Paying Job” column to find the amount from the appropriate table on page 4 and enter this amount on line 2b . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2b $ c 2c $ Add the amounts from lines 2a and 2b and enter the result on line 2c . . . . . . . . . . Enter the number of pay periods per year for the highest paying job. For example, if that job pays weekly, enter 52; if it pays every other week, enter 26; if it pays monthly, enter 12, etc. . . . . . 3 Divide the annual amount on line 1 or line 2c by the number of pay periods on line 3. Enter this amount here and in Step 4(c) of Form W-4 for the highest paying job (along with any other additional amount you want withheld) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 $ 1 $ 2 $ Step 4(b)—Deductions Worksheet (Keep for your records.) 1 Enter an estimate of your 2021 itemized deductions (from Schedule A (Form 1040)). Such deductions may include qualifying home mortgage interest, charitable contributions, state and local taxes (up to $10,000), and medical expenses in excess of 7.5% of your income . . . . . . . . . . . . { } • $25,100 if you’re married filing jointly or qualifying widow(er) • $18,800 if you’re head of household • $12,550 if you’re single or married filing separately 2 Enter: 3 If line 1 is greater than line 2, subtract line 2 from line 1 and enter the result here. If line 2 is greater than line 1, enter “-0-” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 $ Enter an estimate of your student loan interest, deductible IRA contributions, and certain other adjustments (from Part II of Schedule 1 (Form 1040)). See Pub. 505 for more information . . . . 4 $ Add lines 3 and 4. Enter the result here and in Step 4(b) of Form W-4 . 5 $ 4 5 Privacy Act and Paperwork Reduction Act Notice. We ask for the information on this form to carry out the Internal Revenue laws of the United States. Internal Revenue Code sections 3402(f)(2) and 6109 and their regulations require you to provide this information; your employer uses it to determine your federal income tax withholding. Failure to provide a properly completed form will result in your being treated as a single person with no other entries on the form; providing fraudulent information may subject you to penalties. Routine uses of this information include giving it to the Department of Justice for civil and criminal litigation; to cities, states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. commonwealths and possessions for use in administering their tax laws; and to the Department of Health and Human Services for use in the National Directory of New Hires. We may also disclose this information to other countries under a tax treaty, to federal and state agencies to enforce federal nontax criminal laws, or to federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies to combat terrorism. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . You are not required to provide the information requested on a form that is subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act unless the form displays a valid OMB control number. Books or records relating to a form or its instructions must be retained as long as their contents may become material in the administration of any Internal Revenue law. Generally, tax returns and return information are confidential, as required by Code section 6103. The average time and expenses required to complete and file this form will vary depending on individual circumstances. For estimated averages, see the instructions for your income tax return. If you have suggestions for making this form simpler, we would be happy to hear from you. See the instructions for your income tax return. Page 4 Form W-4 (2021) Married Filing Jointly or Qualifying Widow(er) Higher Paying Job Annual Taxable Wage & Salary $0 - 9,999 $10,000 - 19,999 $20,000 - 29,999 $30,000 - 39,999 $40,000 - 49,999 $50,000 - 59,999 $60,000 - 69,999 $70,000 - 79,999 $80,000 - 99,999 $100,000 - 149,999 $150,000 - 239,999 $240,000 - 259,999 $260,000 - 279,999 $280,000 - 299,999 $300,000 - 319,999 $320,000 - 364,999 $365,000 - 524,999 $525,000 and over Lower Paying Job Annual Taxable Wage & Salary $0 9,999 $0 190 850 890 1,020 1,020 1,020 1,020 1,020 1,870 2,040 2,040 2,040 2,040 2,040 2,720 2,970 3,140 $10,000 - $20,000 - $30,000 - $40,000 - $50,000 - $60,000 - $70,000 - $80,000 - $90,000 - $100,000 - $110,000 19,999 29,999 39,999 49,999 59,999 69,999 79,999 89,999 99,999 109,999 120,000 $190 1,190 1,890 2,090 2,220 2,220 2,220 2,220 3,150 4,070 4,440 4,440 4,440 4,440 4,440 5,920 6,470 6,840 $850 1,890 2,750 2,950 3,080 3,080 3,080 3,160 5,010 5,930 6,500 6,500 6,500 6,500 6,500 8,780 9,630 10,200 $890 2,090 2,950 3,150 3,280 3,280 3,360 4,360 6,210 7,130 7,900 7,900 7,900 7,900 7,940 10,980 12,130 12,900 $1,020 2,220 3,080 3,280 3,410 3,490 4,490 5,490 7,340 8,260 9,230 9,230 9,230 9,230 10,070 13,110 14,560 15,530 $1,020 2,220 3,080 3,280 3,490 4,490 5,490 6,490 8,340 9,320 10,430 10,430 10,430 10,470 12,070 15,110 16,860 18,030 $1,020 2,220 3,080 3,360 4,490 5,490 6,490 7,490 9,340 10,520 11,630 11,630 11,630 12,470 14,070 17,110 19,160 20,530 $1,020 2,220 3,160 4,360 5,490 6,490 7,490 8,490 10,340 11,720 12,830 12,830 12,870 14,470 16,070 19,110 21,460 23,030 $1,020 2,300 4,160 5,360 6,490 7,490 8,490 9,490 11,340 12,920 14,030 14,030 14,870 16,470 18,070 21,190 23,760 25,530 $1,100 3,300 5,160 6,360 7,490 8,490 9,490 10,490 12,340 14,120 15,230 15,270 16,870 18,470 20,070 23,490 26,060 28,030 $1,870 4,070 5,930 7,130 8,260 9,260 10,260 11,260 13,260 15,090 16,190 17,040 18,640 20,240 21,840 25,560 28,130 30,300 $1,870 4,070 5,930 7,130 8,260 9,260 10,260 11,260 13,460 15,290 16,400 18,040 19,640 21,240 22,840 26,860 29,430 31,800 Single or Married Filing Separately Higher Paying Job Annual Taxable Wage & Salary $0 - 9,999 $10,000 - 19,999 $20,000 - 29,999 $30,000 - 39,999 $40,000 - 59,999 $60,000 - 79,999 $80,000 - 99,999 $100,000 - 124,999 $125,000 - 149,999 $150,000 - 174,999 $175,000 - 199,999 $200,000 - 249,999 $250,000 - 399,999 $400,000 - 449,999 $450,000 and over Lower Paying Job Annual Taxable Wage & Salary $0 9,999 $440 940 1,020 1,020 1,870 1,870 2,000 2,040 2,040 2,220 2,720 2,970 2,970 2,970 3,140 $10,000 - $20,000 - $30,000 - $40,000 - $50,000 - $60,000 - $70,000 - $80,000 - $90,000 - $100,000 - $110,000 19,999 29,999 39,999 49,999 59,999 69,999 79,999 89,999 99,999 109,999 120,000 $940 1,540 1,620 2,020 3,470 3,470 3,810 3,840 3,840 4,830 5,320 5,880 5,880 5,880 6,250 $1,020 1,620 2,100 3,100 4,550 4,690 5,090 5,120 5,120 6,910 7,490 8,260 8,260 8,260 8,830 $1,020 2,020 3,100 4,100 5,550 5,890 6,290 6,320 6,910 8,910 9,790 10,560 10,560 10,560 11,330 $1,410 3,020 4,100 5,100 6,690 7,090 7,490 7,520 8,910 10,910 12,090 12,860 12,860 12,860 13,830 $1,870 3,470 4,550 5,550 7,340 7,740 8,140 8,360 10,360 12,600 13,850 14,620 14,620 14,620 15,790 $1,870 3,470 4,550 5,720 7,540 7,940 8,340 9,360 11,360 13,900 15,150 15,920 15,920 15,920 17,290 $1,870 3,470 4,720 5,920 7,740 8,140 8,540 10,360 12,450 15,200 16,450 17,220 17,220 17,220 18,790 $1,870 3,640 4,920 6,120 7,940 8,340 9,390 11,360 13,750 16,500 17,750 18,520 18,520 18,520 20,290 $2,030 3,840 5,120 6,320 8,140 8,540 10,390 12,360 15,050 17,800 19,050 19,820 19,820 19,910 21,790 $2,040 3,840 5,120 6,320 8,150 9,190 11,190 13,410 16,160 18,910 20,150 20,930 20,930 21,220 23,100 $2,040 3,840 5,120 6,320 8,150 9,990 11,990 14,510 17,260 20,010 21,250 22,030 22,030 22,520 24,400 Head of Household Higher Paying Job Annual Taxable Wage & Salary $0 - 9,999 $10,000 - 19,999 $20,000 - 29,999 $30,000 - 39,999 $40,000 - 59,999 $60,000 - 79,999 $80,000 - 99,999 $100,000 - 124,999 $125,000 - 149,999 $150,000 - 174,999 $175,000 - 199,999 $200,000 - 249,999 $250,000 - 349,999 $350,000 - 449,999 $450,000 and over Lower Paying Job Annual Taxable Wage & Salary $0 9,999 $0 820 930 1,020 1,020 1,870 1,880 2,040 2,040 2,040 2,720 2,970 2,970 2,970 3,140 $10,000 - $20,000 - $30,000 - $40,000 - $50,000 - $60,000 - $70,000 - $80,000 - $90,000 - $100,000 - $110,000 19,999 29,999 39,999 49,999 59,999 69,999 79,999 89,999 99,999 109,999 120,000 $820 1,900 2,130 2,220 2,470 4,070 4,280 4,440 4,440 4,920 5,920 6,470 6,470 6,470 6,840 $930 2,130 2,360 2,450 3,700 5,310 5,710 5,870 5,870 7,150 8,150 9,000 9,000 9,000 9,570 $1,020 2,220 2,450 2,940 4,790 6,600 7,000 7,160 7,240 9,240 10,440 11,390 11,390 11,390 12,160 $1,020 2,220 2,850 3,940 5,800 7,800 8,200 8,360 9,240 11,240 12,740 13,690 13,690 13,690 14,660 $1,020 2,620 3,850 4,940 7,000 9,000 9,400 9,560 11,240 13,290 15,040 15,990 15,990 15,990 17,160 $1,420 3,620 4,850 5,980 8,200 10,200 10,600 11,240 13,240 15,590 17,340 18,290 18,290 18,290 19,660 $1,870 4,070 5,340 6,630 8,850 10,850 11,250 12,690 14,690 17,340 19,090 20,040 20,040 20,040 21,610 $1,870 4,110 5,540 6,830 9,050 11,050 11,590 13,690 15,890 18,640 20,390 21,340 21,340 21,340 23,110 $1,910 4,310 5,740 7,030 9,250 11,250 12,590 14,690 17,190 19,940 21,690 22,640 22,640 22,640 24,610 $2,040 4,440 5,870 7,160 9,380 11,520 13,520 15,670 18,420 21,170 22,920 23,880 23,880 23,900 26,050 $2,040 4,440 5,870 7,160 9,380 12,320 14,320 16,770 19,520 22,270 24,020 24,980 24,980 25,200 27,350
Extracted from PDF file 2021-federal-w-4.pdf, last modified December 2020

More about the Federal W-4 Individual Income Tax Estimated TY 2021

You must submit a form W-4 to your employer if you wish to withhold the correct amount for your federal income taxes. 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.

We last updated the Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate in February 2021, so this is the latest version of W-4, fully updated for tax year 2020. You can download or print current or past-year PDFs of W-4 directly from TaxFormFinder. You can print other Federal tax forms here.


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