IRS Asks Businesses to Wait for Payroll Guidance when Applying Tax Reform Measures in 2018 by Cherry Laufenberg, CPA

Posted on January 09, 2018 by Cherry Laufenberg

Due to the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that President Trump signed into law in late 2017, business and payroll service providers will need to adjust employees withholding calculations for the 2018 tax year. However, as the IRS works to apply the new law, it asks businesses to continue to use the existing 2017 withholding tables during the month of January. The agency expects to issue guidance on this matter in the coming weeks to enable businesses to make payroll changes based on employees’ existing W-4 information.

Workers should expect to see an increase in their take-home pay, with less taxes withheld from their paychecks, beginning in February 2018.

The advisors and accountants with Berkowitz Pollack Brant work closely with businesses of all sizes and across virtually all industries to implement strategies intended to minimize tax liabilities, maintain regulatory compliance, improve efficiencies and achieve long-term growth goals.

About the Author: Cherry Laufenberg, CPA, is an associate director of Tax Services with Berkowitz Pollack Brant, where she works with corporations, pass-through entities, trusts and foreign entities.  She can be reached at the CPA firm’s Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., office at (954) 712-7000 or via email at