I'll try to keep it short, first a few facts. I moved to the US last summer, but didn't get my visa (intracompany transfere) sorted until before Christmas. This (January) has been the first month I've gotten paid from my company's US branch and not from the country I come from.
Company's accountant in origin country is not very knowledgeable of how the tax system works here, neither am I. Company got an external company to take care of the payrolls, but they don't see to know too much either.. The lady from that payroll company emailed me asking me to tell her how much withholding should they put down in my monthly salary. I told her I don't have a clue, so she told me best option is to go to a tax advisor.
Now, I don't mind to pay some money for this specialist, but I just wanted to first ask your opinion here, as it may not be necessary. After doing some reading online I've seen some RSA websites saying I have to give my employer a W-4 and this and that, but as I said, company account doesn't have a clue what that is. I've also seen that I may be able to calculate the withholding by filing up that form for myself and then looking at what the results say (or do it online on the RSA withholding calculator)... No idea if this is doable or not.
A few more facts, I did get my payslip for this month, without telling this payroll company anything about my withholding, but obviously they did something as I can see I'm paying quite a lot of taxes. Here the numbers, not sure if they are legit, or I'm paying too much, or too few...
- Annual gross salary: 90K
- Total deductions: 7500.00
- Fed (S/O): 1471,98
- OASDI: 465.00
- Medicare: 108.75
- NY (S/O): 416.11
- New York City Res.: 258.40
NY Dis. Ins. Deduction: 2.60
Net Checking: 4777.16
A couple more facts:
- I rent an apartment, around 2k everymonth
- My wife is here with me, but she is still waiting for her work permit, so not likely to work for the next 2 or 3 months at least
- My company pays $650/month for my health insurance, but I top it up with around $70 to get Platinum insurance.
Not even sure what I'm asking here, whatever thoughts or feedback you have will be appreciated, even if you guys just tell me to go and see a tax specialist (suggestions!?).