Exemption from Tax Withholding Claims Due by February 13

Federal and State regulations require that employees who claim exemption from Federal and State tax withholding must recertify their claim each calendar year by completing a new W-4/DE 4 form. If an employee filed a W-4/DE 4 in 2018 for an exemption from federal and/or state income tax withholding, it will automatically expire on February 15, 2019. If the exemption is not renewed, Payroll Services is required to withhold Federal and State tax at the single rate with maximum withholding for all paydays after February 15.

There are two ways for an employee to continue to claim an exemption from Federal or State withholding:

  1. The employee recertifies his/her exemption via At Your Service Online (AYSO). The deadline for entering information via AYSO is 3 p.m. on February 13, 2019. When W-4 information is entered via AYSO, a W-4 indicator will be set in the system confirming that a revised W-4 form was filed for exemption for 2019. Note: The indicator will only be set for 2019 if the employee went into AYSO to recertify their exemption after December 31, 2018.

    To recertify their exemption, employees should:
    • Log into MyAccess and select "At Your Service Online"
    • Go to "Tax Withholdings" under "Income and Taxes"
    • Select "Fed/CA Exemption"
    • Read the instructions, then click "continue"
    • Check the certification box and click "confirm"  

    Payroll recommends that employees retain a copy of the web confirmation for their records until they have confirmed that their earnings paid on the February 20 (biweekly) or March 01 (monthly) pay date properly reflect their exemptions.

  2. The employee may obtain a paper UC W-4/DE 4 form from their departmental payroll or HR coordinator, or from the Controller's Office website. The paper form must be received by Payroll or your HR coordinator no later than February 13, 2019.

Contact the Controller's Office Solution Center if you have questions about this process.