# TAXES 20-14, California State Income Tax Withholding

Published: April 21, 2020

Effective: Pay Period 04, 2020

## Summary

The income tax withholdings for the State of California includes the following changes:

- The low income exemption amount for Single, and Married with 0 or 1 allowance has increased from $14,573 to $15,042.
- The low income exemption amount for Married with 2 or more allowances, and Head of Household has increased from $29,146 to $30,083.
- The standard deduction for Single, and Married with 0 or 1 allowance has increased from $4,401 to $4,537.
- The standard deduction for Married with 2 or more allowances, and Head of Household has increased from $8,802 to $9,074.
- The Single, Married, and Head of Household income tax withholdings has changed.
- The annual personal exemption credit has increased from $129.80 to $134.20.

No action on the part of the employee or the personnel office is necessary.

## Tax Formula

State Abbreviation: |
CA |

State Tax Withholding State Code: |
06 |

Acceptable Exemption Form: |
DE-4 or W-4 (see the Additional Information section) |

Basis for Withholding: |
State or Federal Exemptions (see the Additional Information section) |

Acceptable Exemption Data: |
S/M/H, Number of Regular Allowances, Number of Additional Allowances |

TSP Deferred: |
Yes |

Special Coding: |
Determine the Total Number of Allowances Claimed field as follows: - Enter the employee's marital status indicated on the allowance certificate. Enter M (married), S (single), or H (head of household). - Enter the total number of regular allowances claimed in Item 1 of the DE-4. If less than 10, precede with a 0. If no exemptions are claimed, enter 00. Determine the Additional Exemptions Claimed field as follows: - Enter the number of additional allowances claimed on the DE-4. If less than 10, precede with a 0. If no allowances are claimed, enter 00. |

Additional Information: |
Employees who have not previously submitted a DE-4 and have submitted a new 2020 Federal Form W-4 will default to Single and zero (S00). Employees who have not previously submitted a DE-4 and have not submitted a new 2020 Federal Form W-4 will default to the prior to 2020 Federal Form W-4 submission. |

### Withholding Formula (Effective Pay Period 04, 2020)

- Subtract the nontaxable biweekly Thrift Savings Plan contribution from the gross biweekly wages.
- Subtract the nontaxable biweekly Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan payment(s) (includes dental and vision insurance program and Flexible Spending Account — health care and dependent care deductions) from the amount computed in step 1.
- Add the taxable biweekly fringe benefits (e.g., taxable life insurance) to the amount computed in step 2 to obtain the adjusted gross biweekly wages.
- Multiply the adjusted gross biweekly wages by the number of pay dates in the tax year to obtain the gross annual wages.
- Determine if the employee's gross salary and wages are less than or equal to the amount shown in the Low Income Exemption Table below. If so, no income tax is to be withheld.
**Low Income Exemption Table**Single

$15,042

Married Claiming 0 or 1 exemption

^{1}$15,042

Married Claiming 2 or more exemptions

^{1}$30,083

Head of Household

$30,083

^{1}Number of regular allowances claimed on DE-4 or W-4. - Determine the additional withholding allowance for itemized deductions (AWAID) by applying the following guideline and subtract this amount from the gross annual wages:
AWAID = $1,000 x Number of Itemized Allowances Claimed for Itemized Deductions on DE-4 or W-4.

- Subtract the standard deduction shown in the Standard Deduction Table below from the result of step 6 to determine the taxable income.
**Standard Deduction Table**Single

$4,537

Married Claiming 0 or 1 exemption

^{1}$4,537

Married Claiming 2 or more exemptions

^{1}$9,074

Head of Household

$9,074

^{1}Number of regular allowances claimed on DE-4 or W-4.**Single Tax Withholding Table**If the Amount of Taxable Income Is:

The Amount of Tax Withholding Should Be:

Over $0 but not over $8,809

1.1%

Over $8,809 but not over $20,883

$96.90 plus 2.2% of excess over $8,809

Over $20,883 but not over $32,960

$362.53 plus 4.4% of excess over $20,883

Over $32,960 but not over $45,753

$893.92 plus 6.6% of excess over $32,960

Over $45,753 but not over $57,824

$1,738.26 plus 8.8% of excess over $45,753

Over $57,824 but not over $295,373

$2,800.51 plus 10.23% of excess over $57,824

Over $295,373 but not over $354,445

$27,101.77 plus 11.33% of excess over $295,373

Over $354,445 but not over $590,742

$33,794.63 plus 12.43% of excess over $354,445

Over $590,742 but not over $1,000,000

$63,166.35 plus 13.53% of excess over $590,742

Over $1,000,000

$118,538.96 plus 14.63% of excess over $1,000,000

**Married Tax Withholding Table**If the Amount of Taxable Income Is:

The Amount of Tax Withholding Should Be:

Over $0 but not over $17,618

1.1%

Over $17,618 but not over $41,766

$193.80 plus 2.2% of excess over $17,618

Over $41,766 but not over $65,920

$725.06 plus 4.4% of excess over $41,766

Over $65,920 but not over $91,506

$1,787.84 plus 6.6% of excess over $65,920

Over $91,506 but not over $115,648

$3,476.52 plus 8.8% of excess over $91,506

Over $115,648 but not over $590,746

$5,601.02 plus 10.23% of excess over $115,648

Over $590,746 but not over $708,890

$54,203.55 plus 11.33% of excess over $590,746

Over $708,890 but not over $1,000,000

$67,589.27 plus 12.43% of excess over $708,890

Over $1,000,000 but not over $1,181,484

$103,774.24 plus 13.53% of excess over $1,000,000

Over $1,181,484

$128,329.03 plus 14.63% of excess over $1,181,484

**Head of Household Tax Withholding Table**If the Amount of Taxable Income Is:

The Amount of Tax Withholding Should Be:

Over $0 but not over $17,629

1.1%

Over $17,629 but not over $41,768

$193.92 plus 2.2% of excess over $17,629

Over $41,768 but not over $53,843

$724.98 plus 4.4% of excess over $41,768

Over $53,843 but not over $66,636

$1,256.28 plus 6.6% of excess over $53,843

Over $66,636 but not over $78,710

$2,100.62 plus 8.8% of excess over $66,636

Over $78,710 but not over $401,705

$3,163.13 plus 10.23% of excess over $78,710

Over $401,705 but not over $482,047

$36,205.52 plus 11.33% of excess over $401,705

Over $482,047 but not over $803,410

$45,308.27 plus 12.43% of excess over $482,047

Over $803,410 but not over $1,000,000

$85,253.69 plus 13.53% of excess over $803,410

Over $1,000,000

$111,852.32 plus 14.63% of excess over $1,000,000

- Determine the tax credit by applying the following guidelines and subtract this amount from the result in step 7:
Tax Credit = $134.20 x Number of Regular Allowances Claimed on DE-4 or W-4.

- Divide the annual California tax withholding calculated in step 8 by the number of pay dates in the tax year to obtain the biweekly California income tax withholding.

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