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Exemption from Federal Tax Withholding

February 4, 2018

Employees can claim exemption from federal taxes if both of the following apply:

  1. In the previous year, they had the right to a refund of all federal income tax withheld because they had no tax liability; and
  2. In the current year, the employee expects a refund of all federal income tax withheld because they plan to have no tax liability.

Employees who claim exemption must submit a new Form W-4 by February 15 if they wish to claim exemption for the current tax year. If employees do not submit a new form by that date, Payroll will withhold at the single filing status with no allowances.

For questions, contact Human Resources and Payroll at 703-993-2600 or hr@gmu.edu.