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February 28, 2018 
 The Internal Revenue Service has released an updated Withholding Calculator on and a new version of Form W-4 to help taxpayers check their 2018 tax withholding following the December passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

February 9, 2018 
– New federal tax withholding rates went into effect January 11, 2018. The tax tables in the commonwealth’s payroll system have been updated to reflect the new rates, beginning with pay date February 23. The new rates will be applied retroactively, which, depending on each employee's pay area, may result in additional net pay on February 23 or March 2.

January 7, 2018 
– Starting today, employees can access their 2017 W-2 forms in ESS. Follow the Instructions for Accessing and Printing Electronic W-2/W-2c via ESS (PDF) to obtain your form. Paper W-2 forms will be mailed January 19 to employees who did not choose the electronic W-2. See the W-2 FAQs (PDF) for answers to frequently-asked questions.

November 13, 2017 – The start of tax return season is just around the corner. Payroll Operations reminds commonwealth employees that they can choose to obtain W-2 forms from ESS and stop receiving paper copies. Eliminate costly paper, access your W-2 earlier, and reduce the risk of your form being lost or damaged in the mail.   Follow the procedures to choose an online W-2 (PDF) to enroll and view our Electronic W-2 FAQs (PDF) for answers to commonly-asked questions.