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Change your tax withholdings to update your Form W-4

Change your Federal tax withholdings 

Calculate your new withholdings

  1. Gather your most recent paystub (and your spouse’s, if you’re filing jointly), your most recent tax return, and info for any other sources of income. 
  2. Calculate your new withholdings by using the IRS withholding calculator or filling out the W-4 worksheet by hand. 

For more help calculating your withholdings, check out our blog for step-by-step info or read the IRS FAQs. For personal tax advice, consult a CPA or licensed tax advisor.

Enter your new withholdings in Gusto 

  1. Sign in to Gusto. 
  2. Go to the Job & Pay section.
  3. Scroll to "Federal taxes” and click edit.
  4. Enter your federal filing status.
    • If you choose "Exempt from withholding," Gusto won't withhold federal income tax from your wages. All taxable wages will still be reported on your W-2.
  5. Fill in the additional fields if applicable.
  6. Click Save.
  7. Click Sign Document and sign your new W-4 form.

Your changes will take effect the next time your employer runs payroll. On or after the check date, view your paystub and review your withholdings under “Employee Taxes Withheld.” 

Change your state tax withholdings 

  1. Sign in to Gusto. 
  2. Go to the Job & Pay section.
  3. Scroll to the "State taxes" section and click edit.
  4. Enter your state filing status.
    • If you choose "Do Not Withhold," Gusto won’t withhold state income tax from your wages. All taxable wages will still be reported on your W-2.
  5. Fill out the remaining fields.
  6. Click Save.

Your changes will take effect the next time your employer runs payroll. On or after the check date, view your paystub and review your withholdings under “Employee Taxes Withheld.” 

 

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