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  • Are employees required to fill out both the Minnesota Form W-4MN and the federal Form W-4? Back to top

    You must complete both forms if you:

    • Choose to claim fewer Minnesota withholding allowances than for federal purposes (Minnesota allowances cannot exceed the number of federal allowances),
    • Request additional Minnesota withholding be deducted each pay period,
    • Claim more than 10 Minnesota withholding allowances, or
    • Claim to be exempt from Minnesota income tax withholding and you reasonably expect your wages to exceed $200 per week.

  • When should I start using this form?Back to top

    Employees should complete a new form whenever their personal or financial situation changes.  ​

  • Am I required to submit Form W-4MN to Minnesota if I previously submitted federal Form W-4?Back to top

    Employers must submit Form W-4MN to the department if the employee:


    • Claims more than 10 Minnesota withholding allowances; or
    • Claims to be exempt from Minnesota withholding and you reasonably expect their wages to exceed $200 per week (exception: if the employee is a resident of a reciprocity state and has completed form MWR); or
    • You believe the employee is not entitled to the number of allowances claimed.

  • Are all employees required to complete this form?Back to top

    Employees are only required to fill out Form W-4MN if they:

    • Choose to claim fewer Minnesota withholding allowances than for federal purposes (Minnesota allowances cannot exceed the number of federal allowances),
    • Request additional Minnesota withholding be deducted each pay period,
    • Claim more than 10 Minnesota withholding allowances, or
    • Claim to be exempt from Minnesota income tax withholding and you reasonably expect their wages to exceed $200 per week.

  • How do I get Form W-4MN?Back to top

    You may find Form W-4MN at www.revenue.state.mn.us. ​

  • Where do I find instructions to complete the Form W-4MN?Back to top

    Instructions can be found on the second and third page of the form.​

  • When is an employer required to send a copy of this form to the Minnesota Department of Revenue?Back to top

    Employers must submit Form W-4MN to the department if the employee:

    • Claims more than 10 Minnesota withholding allowances; or
    • Claims to be exempt from Minnesota withholding and you reasonably expect their wages to exceed $200 per week (exception: if the employee is a resident of a reciprocity state and has completed form MWR); or
    • You believe the employee is not entitled to the number of allowances claimed.

  • What if my employee refuses to complete this form?Back to top

    If the employee does not give you a completed Form W-4 or Form W-4MN before the first wage payment, withhold Minnesota tax as if the employee is single with zero withholding allowances.​