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How to Calculate 2020 Federal Income Withhold Manually with New 2020 W4 form

(If your employee filled out the old 2019 Form W4, follow this guide)

ezPaycheck payroll software speeds up and simplifies payroll tax calculation, paycheck printing and tax reporting for small businesses. However if you like to calculate the taxes manually, you can find the step by step guide below.

Follow the steps in this sample if employee submitted 2020 W4 Form

Example: Karen, married filling jointly, 2020 W4 form, semimonthly pay period, gross pay 1208.63 per paycheck.

The employee information set up



Steps to calculate the tax manually

1. Download and print page 5 of Publication 15-T(2020)

https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p15t.pdf(full version)

2. Fill in box 1a to 2a



3. Refer to the 2020 federal tax tables for box 2b, 2c, and 2d.



4. Fill in box 2e to 4b
The federal tax is $17.53.


If you generate the paycheck with ezPaycheck payroll software, you will see the same result there.




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More Information

  • 2020 Federal tax table

  • How to calculate federal tax automatically and withhold it from each paycheck

  • How to create after the fact paychecks and generate the paystubs

  • How to make federal income tax deposit

  • Why the federal income tax is not correct on paystub





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