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On the W-4 withholding form, what exactly is the meaning of additional amount from "each paycheck"?

To avoid under withholding, I calculate the total amount I want withheld for the year, subtract the amount that the standard withholding will take, divide the remainder by the number of pay periods left in the year, and enter that on the W-4 form.

That always worked with previous employers who withheld the extra amount only from regular paychecks, not any miscellaneous payments.

A current employer, though, tries to take out that extra amount from every check they send including little ones for ESOP dividends, etc. This results in more withholding that I wanted. And since I don't know in advance the number and amount of these miscellaneous checks, I can't just adjust my calculation to allow for them.

Is this something that is at the employer's option, or is there a "right" way to do it? And if the right way is regular paychecks only, could someone point me to an official source of this info to send to the payroll department?

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