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ITG FAQ #3 Answer-Can an employer withhold taxes if a Form W-4 is never completed and handed in?

Yes. The employer is required to withhold income taxes. Publication 15, Circular E, Employer's Tax Guide, states that if an employee does not give you a completed Form W-4, Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate, you should withhold tax as if he or she is single with no withholding exemptions.

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