Adjust your wage withholding Resident withholding

You want to make sure you have the right amount of income tax withheld from your pay.

  • Need to withhold more money from your paycheck for taxes, decrease the number of allowances you claim, or have additional money taken out.
  • Need to withhold less money from your paycheck for taxes, increase the number of allowances you claim.
  • Only need to adjust your state withholding allowance, go to the Employment Development Department (EDD) website and get Form DE 4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate
  • Need to adjust both your federal and state withholding allowances, go to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website and get Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate

After you determine the forms needed:

  1. Use the calculators to determine the number of allowances you should claim
  2. Complete the forms and give them to your employer to make the changes

Calculators

Forms & publications

IRS

EDD

Form DE 4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate