Federal Form W-4 is used to help employers collect information needed to take out the proper amount of federal income taxes from employees’ paychecks. What the employee enters on this form will affect the amount of federal taxes withheld from their pay and ultimately, the amount of federal tax refund received or tax to be paid when filing their annual federal tax return.
Penn is unable to assist individuals in completing their W-4 form. However, the IRS provides a tax withholding calculator to assist individuals in completing the form. You may also consult with a tax advisor.
Please visit Workday@Penn to complete your W-4 securely online at any time. Refer to the Self-Service: Access to W-2, W-4, and State Reciprocal Forms tip sheet on how to access your W-4 in Workday.
Nonresident Alien Instructions
The IRS has special instructions for Form W-4 for Nonresident alien employees. Nonresident aliens cannot claim “Exempt” withholding status on Line 7. Instead, nonresident aliens must claim “Single” on Line 3, regardless of their actual marital status, and one withholding allowance on Line 5.
For more information, see Notice 1392, Supplemental Form W-4 Instructions for Nonresident Aliens.