IRS Releases Draft of 2019 Form W-4

Christine Porras

UPDATE:  The IRS has pushed the Form W-4 changes to 2020.

The IRS stated, ''Following feedback from the payroll and tax communities, the Treasury Department and the IRS will incorporate important changes into a new version of the Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate, for 2020. The 2019 version of the Form W-4 will be similar to the current 2018 version. A new draft version of the W-4 for 2019 will be available in the coming weeks."

The proposed 2019 Form W-4 reflects major changes including the elimination of the number of allowances, and the new marital status box – Head of Household.

At this time, all current employees’ W-4 forms are still valid. However, all new employees hired after December 31, 2018, and all employees filing exempt in 2018, will need to use the new 2019 Form W-4 form beginning January 1, 2019.

The IRS is strongly encouraging, but not mandating, all employees to file a new Form W-4 for 2019.

Employees may use the IRS Withholding Calculator to help them complete the new 2019 Form W-4.

For a copy of the proposed instructions, go to

For a copy of the proposed form, go to

The estimated timeline for the release of the final version of the 2019 Form W-4 is November 2018.

Christine Porras

Christine Porras

Payroll Supervisor

Christine Porras, CPP, is the Payroll Supervisor in the Consulting services department and leads the firm’s Payroll Services Group. Contact Christine via email at or call 989.793.9830.