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NC-4 Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate

Why do I need to fill out the NC-4 form?

The NC-4 Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate is a legal form that shows your witholding allowances for the state of North Carolina and is required by the state for tax purposes. Be sure to sign your form before you turn it in!

Why do I have to submit an NC-4 if I submitted the same information on my federal W-4?

These forms are legal documents for two different tax systems. You must submit the NC-4 as part of your requirements to the state of North Carolina.

Do I have to declare the same number of allowances on the W-4 as I do on the NC-4?

You do not have to declare the same number of allowances on the two forms.

What happens if I do not identify a number of allowances?

Just as with the federal tax system, if you do not enter a number for the dependents allowance, the state will consider the number to be zero (0) and taxes will be deducted based on no dependents.

What happens if I have not submitted my form in enough time for payroll to deduct the correct number of allowances?

The taxes will be deducted based on zero (0) number of dependents from your first paycheck. The correct number of dependents will be used to affect your tax deductions in future paychecks as soon as your NC-4 is submitted and processed.

May I change my number of allowances? If so, how do I do that?

Yes, you may change your number of allowances at any time during the year. Submit a new NC-4 form to your HR department to make the change.


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