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IRS HAS REVISED FORM W-4 EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2020 (Posted January 2020)


The Internal Revenue Services (IRS) has released a redesigned 2020 Form W-4 applicable January 1, 2020 and later.  The IRS provides a 2020 Form W-4 and Instructions and the following general guidance:

  • Current employees DO NOT have to submit a new 2020 Form W-4.


    • The employees’ most currently submitted Form W-4 prior to 2020 will remain to be used for the withholding computation which includes withholding allowances.


  • New employees hired January 1, 2020 or later must use the redesigned 2020 Form W-4.


  • Withholding exemption is still available. For employees claiming to be exempt from withholding in 2019, the 2019 exemption is set to expire on February 17, 2020 and the redesigned 2020 Form W-4 must be submitted to recertify the withholding exemption for 2020.


  • Employees may consider Form W-4 adjustments throughout the year and review paychecks to ensure your withholding needs. The IRS provides and encourages taxpayers to use a withholding estimator, to help determine your W-4 tax information.


  • Employees with foreign status (Nonresident aliens, NRA) withholdings will be adjusted as indicated by the IRS. Please refer to the 2020 Publication 15-T and Notice 1392. The GLACIER online application record will continue to be required to be completed.


What changes are made by the IRS on this redesigned Form W-4?

Due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, individual taxpayers can no longer claim the personal or dependency exemptions. The 2020 Form W-4 does not have the withholding allowances for computing withholding amounts. Optional adjustments such as other income or deductions other than the basic standard deduction can be included.


When will the updates be effective?

The redesigned 2020 Form W-4 will be accepted and effective January 1, 2020 or later. If you wish to apply the revised 2020 Form W-4 adjustments, the IRS requires the use of the redesigned 2020 Form W-4 beginning January 1, 2020 or later.


The IRS provides the following information:

IRS FAQ on 2020 Form W-4
IRS Withholding Estimator
2020 Form W-4 and Instructions


Mandatory Training for All Employees (Posted May 2019)  

Unlawful Harassment Prevention & Managing Bias

Jackson State University is committed to maintaining an environment free from sexual harassment and discrimination. In support of our goal to foster the model learning and working environment, and to facilitate campus wide compliance with Governor Bryant’s January 2017 Executive Order 1392, we have arranged for all employees and student employees to have access to the automated, self-paced online training program, "Harassment Prevention."

The program offers a convenient and practical means of educating employees and supervisors about state and federal laws, University policies, and procedures for reporting inappropriate conduct.

All personnel are asked to prioritize completion of the Harassment Prevention and the Managing Bias Training module (within 30 days for newly hired personnel).

Employee Training Portal: (Posted September 2019)

Student Employment Center  

The Student Employment Center is committed to stimulate and promote part-time employment through federal work-study, University work-aid, and graduate assistantship for students who require earnings from such employment to help meet the on-going cost of attending the University. It is our goal to oversee general administrative authority over student employment placement, terminations, transfers, employment verifications, equitable wage rates, appropriate work conditions, and monitor state and federal compliance towards affirmative action and equal opportunity guidelines.

Student Payroll Forms


JSU International Student Employment

JSU International Student On-Campus Employment Guidelines

Guidelines to Obtain Letter for Social Security Number


SEC Training Resources

Click the 2017-2018 SEC Training Schedule link below to acces the listing of upcoming training sessions for STUDENT EMPLOYEES AND SUPERVISORS OF STUDENT EMPLOYEES.  Training is MANDATORY for all new student employees and new supervisors of student employees  

Registration Link:  Student Employment Center (2017-2018) Training Schedule

Additional Training Resources:  Presentation for Supervisors Training | Presentation for Student Training 


Electronic Personnel Action Forms (EPAF) Support

EPAF Security Application – Once you've completed EPAF training, submit your EPAF Security Application via email at using the email title: EPAF Security Application.

 Staff Development Center Quarterly Training Calendar 

SDC Training Calendar- February 2020 –  June 2020    (Posted February 2020 )