Regulatory Updates

IRS Postpones Requirement to Use Updated Forms W-4P and W-4R

The IRS has issued a fourth draft of the 2022 Form W-4P, Withholding Certificate for Periodic Pension or Annuity Payments. In it, the IRS indicates that while final versions of the redesigned Form W-4P and Form W-4R will be released for 2022, based on comments received on prior drafts from stakeholders, the IRS will postpone requirements to begin using the redesigned forms until January 1, 2023. Payors should update their system programming for these new forms but may otherwise continue to use the 2021 Form W-4P.

As previously announced, the revised Form W-4P will only be used to withhold federal income tax from periodic retirement plan and IRA payments. Periodic payments are installment payments at regular intervals generally over a period of more than one year. New Form W-4R, Withholding Certificate for Nonperiodic Payments and Eligible Rollover Distributions, will be used for nonperiodic and rollover distributions. Nonperiodic distributions are subject to a 10 percent withholding rate unless a different rate is elected. Eligible rollover distributions are subject to a mandatory 20 percent withholding rate on the taxable amount of the distribution unless a higher rate is elected.

This current draft of Form W-4P states that included computational steps should not change and can be relied upon for system programming purposes.