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What is the Federal W-4 form?

The IRS Federal W4 Form is also known as the ‘Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate’.  All new employees need to fill out the Federal W4 Form since it determines how much federal (National) tax will be withheld from your paycheck and sent to the government.

The IRS, or Internal Revenue Service, is the group within the government that collects federal taxes. The government uses the information from the 2019 W4 Form to determine how much federal tax should be withheld from you throughout the year, instead of waiting to send you big bill at the end of the year.

Special Instructions for Form W-4 For Nonresident Alien Employees
A nonresident alien subject to wage withholding must give the employer a completed Form W-4 to enable the employer to figure how much income tax to withhold. In completing the form, F-1 Visa students should refer to and follow the special Form W-4 instructions for nonresident alien employees.