Minnesota Publishes 2019 Income Tax Withholding Guide

Tom Hospod
January 10, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Revenue has published its 2019 Instruction Booklet and Tax Tables for withholding. This guide will become effective January 1, 2019. There are a few changes of which filers and taxpayers should be aware:

  • The interest rate for 2019 will be 5%
  • The W-2 and 1099 e-services systems have been upgraded. Filers may upload files up to 30 MB, including compressed .zip files.
  • Filers no longer need to keep an active withholding account in order to submit W-2s and 1099s. Then you only maintain and e-services account.
  • W-2c may now be submitted via e-services.
  • Form W-4N has been updated to include instructions for calculating Minnesota withholding allowances. Due to federal tax law changes, these instructions should be used for calculating Minnesota withholding allowances separately from federal allowances. In absence of a W-4N, employers may use federal Form W-4 for withholding allowances.
  • Minnesota has made a tax law change that allows individual taxpayers to either claim the standard deduction or itemized deductions for 2018 regardless of what they chose to do on their federal tax return.

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Tom Hospod

Tom Hospod is a Regulatory Counsel at Sovos Compliance. Within Sovos’ Regulatory Analysis function, Tom focuses om Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting, Tax Withholding, and Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI). Prior to Sovos, Tom worked as a legislative aide in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Tom is a member of the Massachusetts Bar, earned his B.A. from Boston College and his J.D. from the University of Miami.
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