You can change your tax withholding details any time, including filing status (single or married), number of allowances claimed, additional withholding, and tax exempt status.

Make tax-withholding changes

Visit the “Tax Withholding/Filing Status” page on Atlas. Here, you can change

Prefer to submit a paper form to change your tax withholding info? You’ll find the form and instructions for submission here. [anchor links to Payroll section of Forms pages]

Increase or decrease your additional withholding

Visit the “Tax Withholding” section on Atlas and enter the extra amount you would like to have withheld from your pay in the “Additional Withholding” field. This will increase the taxes withheld from your pay. The sum you indicate will continue to be withdrawn from your pay unless you make further changes to this form. 

Keep in mind that taxes are calculated and withheld before deductions are taken (for your health insurance and 401K, for example). When you increase your tax withholding amount, be sure you will have sufficient funds after taxes to cover your deductions.

Change your tax-exempt status

To change your tax-exempt status, visit the Atlas site and select “yes” or “no” from the Tax Exempt dropdown menu. If you choose “yes,” no federal taxes will be deducted from your pay. To change your exemption from state taxes, contact VPF’s Payroll Service Center (617-253-4255).

Review withholding for foreign nationals

If you are an international student or visitor, consult the International Scholars Office (ISchO) on tax questions or get further details on managing your foreign national tax status on the VPF web site.

The Details

Make tax-withholding changes

Visit the “Tax Withholding/Filing Status” page on Atlas. Here, you can change

Prefer to submit a paper form to change your tax withholding info? You’ll find the form and instructions for submission here. [anchor links to Payroll section of Forms pages]

Increase or decrease your additional withholding

Visit the “Tax Withholding” section on Atlas and enter the extra amount you would like to have withheld from your pay in the “Additional Withholding” field. This will increase the taxes withheld from your pay. The sum you indicate will continue to be withdrawn from your pay unless you make further changes to this form. 

Keep in mind that taxes are calculated and withheld before deductions are taken (for your health insurance and 401K, for example). When you increase your tax withholding amount, be sure you will have sufficient funds after taxes to cover your deductions.

Change your tax-exempt status

To change your tax-exempt status, visit the Atlas site and select “yes” or “no” from the Tax Exempt dropdown menu. If you choose “yes,” no federal taxes will be deducted from your pay. To change your exemption from state taxes, contact VPF’s Payroll Service Center (617-253-4255).

Review withholding for foreign nationals

If you are an international student or visitor, consult the International Scholars Office (ISchO) on tax questions or get further details on managing your foreign national tax status on the VPF web site.

Did You Know?

You can customize your direct deposit preferences online to add an additional account.
Research and teaching assistant stipends are considered earned income and are subject to income tax withholding requirements.
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