Vision Payroll

February 20, 2009

Question of the Week: Why Did Federal Income Tax Withholding Start on My Wages?

This week’s question comes from Angela, a part-time employee. I only work a few hours each month to help with school expenses. I claimed exemption from withholding when I started work last year. Yesterday’s check had federal withholding for the first time. Why did federal income tax withholding start on my wages? Answer: Employees who have provided a Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate, claiming exemption from federal income tax withholding needed to file a new 2009 Form W-4 by February 16, 2009 in order to continue their exemption from federal income tax withholding. Any employee who did not provide a 2009 Form W-4 claiming exemption before last Monday must have tax withheld based on a previously filed Form W-4 not claiming exemption, if available, or using single, zero allowances, if not. File a new Form W-4 or Formulario W-4(SP), Certificado de Exención de la Retención del Empleado to claim exemption from withholding or to correct the number of withholding allowances claimed. Employers may not refund any federal income tax withheld unless the over-withheld tax was due to a calculation error. Tax properly withheld from an employee who failed to file an updated Form W-4 is not considered tax withheld due to a calculation error. Employers should update the allowances claimed by logging in to their company file or providing Vision Payroll with the updated information.

February 9, 2009

Washington’s Birthday Holiday May Require Change in Processing Schedule

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Monday, February 16, 2009 will be Washington’s Birthday, a federal holiday. Although the offices of Vision Payroll will be open and payrolls will be processed, most banks will be closed in observance of the holiday.

Date Paid

Process Deadline

2/16/09

2/11/09

2/17/09

2/12/09

2/18/09

2/13/09

Payrolls dated February 16 will be paid February 13 unless a previous change in schedule has been submitted. Payrolls submitted after these processing deadlines will be pushed back until the next available processing day. No changes are required for payrolls dated February 19.

The next federal holiday will be Monday, May 25, 2009, Memorial Day. Contact Vision Payroll as soon as possible to make changes to or for questions on your processing schedule.

December 31, 2008

Tip of the Week: Start Now to Collect 2009 Forms W-4

Employees who have provided a Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate claiming exemption from federal income tax withholding must file a new 2009 Form W-4 by February 16, 2009 in order to continue their exemption from federal income tax withholding. Employers must start withholding on February 16, 2009 if employees have not provided a 2009 Form W-4 claiming exemption. Even employees who are no longer claiming exemption should file a 2009 Form W-4 so that employers may calculate the proper amount of withholding. If an employee has not provided a 2009 Form W-4 by February 16, 2009, the employer should withhold based on a previously filed Form W-4 not claiming exemption, if available or using single, zero allowances, if not. Spanish-speaking employees may complete Formulario W-4(SP), Certificado de Exención de la Retención del Empleado. Upon request, Vision Payroll can provide employers with pre-printed 2009 Forms W-4 for all active employees. Vision Payroll will not automatically change any employee’s claimed withholding allowances. Employers should update the allowances claimed by logging in to their company file or providing Vision Payroll with the updated information.

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