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16541: W4 - Federal Withholding Information (DAS20)


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Drake Accounting®: How do I select the new 2020 Form W-4?  

 

Starting with Drake Accounting® 2020, you can select either the W-4 prior to 2020 or the new W-4 for 2020.

There is no current requirement for an existing employee to use the new 2020 W-4. Existing employees can choose to use either form, however, any employee hired after January 1, 2020 is required to use the updated Form W-4. 

Pre-2020 Form W-4 

Go to Employees > Employee Setup > Choose an employee and click the Federal tax tab. Click the box Pre-2020 W-4 to show the simplified options that are applicable to the previous Form W-4. This feature will make this section remain the same as it has been in prior-year Drake Accounting®.

  • Filing Status Choose the applicable status that will be used on the federal tax return. 
  • Extra Withholdings - (optional) enter the dollar amount that the employee has chosen to be withheld in addition to the calculated amount. 
  • Exemptions - enter how many exemptions the taxpayer claimed (could claim under the prior law). 

2020 Form W-4

Go to Employees > Employee Setup > Choose an employee and click the Federal tax tab. Un-check the box Pre-2020 W-4 to show the options applicable to the new 2020 W-4, as follows: 

  • Filing Status Choose the applicable status that will be used on the federal tax return. 
  • Extra Withholdings - (optional) enter the dollar amount that the employee has chosen to be withheld in addition to the calculated amount.
  • Dependents - enter the dollar amount that corresponds to the amount of dependent credits claimed on the federal tax return. 
  • Other Income - enter any additional income to be used in the calculation. 
  • Deductions - enter any deductions that the taxpayer will claim on the federal tax return. 
  • Step 2 Checkbox

See the IRS FAQs on the 2020 Form for more information. 


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