Complete Steps 2 -4 ONLY if they apply to you: otherwise skip to Step 5.
See page 2 for more information on each step, who can claim exemption from withholding, when to use the online estimator, and privacy.
Step 2: Multiple Jobs or Spouse Works
Complete this step if you (1) hold more than one job at a time, or (2) are married filing jointly and your spouse also works. The correct amount of withholding depends on income earned from all of these jobs. Do only one of the following:
2 (a) Use the estimator at www.irs.gov/W4app for most accurate withholding for this step (and Steps 3–4); or
2 (b) Use the Multiple Jobs Worksheet on page 3 and enter the result in Step 4(c) below for roughly accurate withholding; or
2 (c) If there are only two jobs total, you may check this box. Do the same on Form W-4 for the other job. This option is accurate for jobs with similar pay; otherwise, more tax than necessary may be withheld.
TIP: To be accurate, submit a 2020 Form W-4 for all other jobs. If you (or your spouse) have self-employment income, including as an independent contractor, use the estimator.
Complete Steps 3–4(b) on Form W-4 for only ONE of these jobs. Leave those steps blank for the other jobs. (Your withholding will
be most accurate if you complete Steps 3–4(b) on the Form W-4 for the highest paying job.)
Step 3: Claim Dependents
If your income will be $200,000 or less ($400,000 or less if married filing jointly):