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APA Sends Thanks to IRS for Delaying Major Changes to Form W-4 Until 2020

BY: APA Staff | 09/27/18

On September 21, APA sent a letter to Kirsten Wielobob, IRS Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement, commending the IRS team for increasing stakeholder involvement and considering APA’s recommendations in delaying major changes to the Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate, until 2020. APA said, “These efforts will return dividends for U.S. employers by reducing the cost of compliance and easing the transition burden on American businesses.”

APA’s Government Relations Task Force Subcommittee on IRS Issues has been working closely with the IRS and Treasury Department on the many changes created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Pub. L. 115-97). APA said, “Of critical importance is ensuring that payroll managers and IRS employees have sufficient time to upgrade software systems and adjust processes before these changes are implemented.”

APA’s comments on the preliminary draft 2019 Form W-4 also raised concerns about employees’ ability to understand the form and related instructions along with the IRS’s Withholding Calculator, especially considering the significant change from an allowance system to dollar amounts reflecting withholding by household and highest paying job.

APA continues to offer support to the IRS in implementing the agency’s Strategic Plan that reflects a commitment to strengthening and expanding partnerships with stakeholders. APA is grateful for the full consideration that the IRS is giving to developing a Form W-4 that makes sense for employers, employees, and the IRS and Treasury Department.

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