Employee tax exempt status expires Feb. 15

If you want to continue claiming exempt status for your federal or state withholding, you must update your tax information in ESS

Employees claiming exempt status for their federal or state withholding are required to update their tax information each year before Feb. 15. If you do not update your status, your current exemption will expire on Feb. 15, 2024.

Employees who want to continue their exempt status are required by law to supply their employer with new tax withholding forms for each year.

To update your tax information before Feb. 15, go to the Employee Self Service website.

Once you're logged into ESS, review your withholding status, select "renew," and save the record for both federal and state tax if you wish to be exempt for both.

  • You must review, renew, and save your information before Feb. 15.
  • If you review the records but do not save them, your exempt status will expire on Feb. 15.
  • If ESS is not updated by Feb. 15, the exempt status will be changed to withhold at the default tax rates, which is "single" for federal and "single with one exemption" for states that allow exemptions.

If you have questions, contact HR–Payroll Shared Services at 443-997-5828.

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