Back in the day
(see The Picket Line
Dave Ridley went to his local
office and handed leaflets to the employees there, asking them to quit their
jobs and take up a more honorable line of work instead.
He was later charged with “Distribution of Handbills” — apparently it’s
illegal to hand leaflets to
employees while they’re on duty.
Ridley thought that was ridiculous, and refused to pay the $125 fine.
his contempt of court was officially
acknowledged, and he was sentenced to a four-day jail term. If you want to
drop him a line, he’ll be at:
Essex County Jail
165 Marston Street
Lawrence, MA 01841
Those of you who are doing
“W-4 resistance” — adjusting the allowances you claim on your W-4
form so that less income tax is withheld from your paychecks — may note that
has been making some changes to its W-4 policies in
recent years (see The Picket Line
The final regulations do not require the routine submission of Forms W-4,
but permit the
require submission of Forms W-4 under specific criteria either by written
notice or by future published guidance. The final regulations do not change
an employee’s obligation to provide an accurate Form W-4 to an employer and
to satisfy his or her tax liability on a timely basis. Employees may be
subject to penalties if they claim excessive withholding exemptions on Forms
W-4 or fail to file their tax returns and pay their full tax liabilities on a
Notice on maximum exemptions
may issue a notice to an employer specifying the maximum number of
withholding exemptions permitted for a specific employee. The
will send the notice both to the employer (with a copy for the employee) and
to the employee directly. The final regulations provide that the earliest the
notice may be effective is 45 calendar days after the date of the notice.…
The notice to an employer specifying the maximum withholding exemptions
permitted for a specific employee will also specify the marital status for
purposes of calculating the required withholding under the notice. The
employer must use the maximum number of withholding exemptions permitted and
marital status specified in the notice for calculating income tax
withholding, unless a new withholding exemption certificate is submitted by
the employee that must be honored under these final regulations.
If, at any time, the employee furnishes a withholding exemption certificate
that claims a marital status, a number of withholding exemptions, and any
additional withholding that results in more withholding than would result
from applying the marital status and number of withholding exemptions
permitted in the notice, the employer must withhold tax based on that
Employers may not accept a substitute form developed by an employee, and the
employee submitting such form will be treated as failing to furnish a
withholding exemption certificate.
The phrase “withholding exemption certificate” is a new one to me, and I
wasn’t able to find much in the way of clarification on-line. It may just be
another name for the W-4 form (the
titles its version of this form “Employee’s Withholding Allowance
Certificate”), or perhaps it is some additional piece of paperwork.
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