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Chasing payroll information

June 18, 2013

Suppose you’re ready to run payroll and discover that a new employee didn’t submit a W-4 form. The employee is out on the road and cannot be reached. Payroll can’t wait. What does the IRS want you to do?

The IRS is clear on this subject. If an employee does not provide a W-4 form, you must withhold federal taxes at the highest rate, as though the employee were single claiming no allowances.

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