Review time

It is time for employees to review their current Form W-4 (Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate) status for preferred changes in filing status and/or number of allowances needed for tax year 2019. Current tax withholding elections may be easily viewed in the upper-right corner of the pay advice found in iPeople and selecting “Self Service-Payroll & Compensation-View Paycheck.”

Claimed tax exempt for 2018?

All employees who claimed total exemption from income tax withholding in 2018 must submit a new 2019 Form W-4 by February 15, 2019, to continue to claim exemption from withholding in the new year. After that date, Illinois State must begin withholding income tax if the 2019 Form W-4 is not submitted.

W-4 requirements for international employees

International nonresident employees must not fill out a new W-4 or make changes to an existing W-4 without guidance from a tax specialist in the University Payroll Office. If applicable, treaty benefits need to be renewed each calendar year. For information on contacting or scheduling an appointment with a campus tax specialist, call (309) 438-3106 or e-mail

IRS resources

The following resources may be helpful to employees making withholding decisions: