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Questions tagged [withholding]

related to the practise at times required by law to deduct money upfront before paying the balance. Generally used in the context to taxes.

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How can I adjust tax withholding so that I don't get a large Tax Refund?

I'm a few years out of college now. I've filled out my W4 accurately and I still get a tax refund every year of a pretty sizable sum. The thing is, I have student loans and I would much rather have ...
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I claim one and my wife claimed zero on our W-4s, but we still owe…why?

I'm getting a head start on this year's income taxes for my wife and I. I have my W-2 already and I have her last paystub for the year. I claimed one exemption on my W-4, and according to her paystub,...
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Does owing taxes or getting a tax refund imply my paycheck is off?

A thought crossed my mind recently and I was wondering if someone could explain if I'm missing something, and if so what. Simply put, as an individual filing taxes (single, no dependents), taking the ...
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401k and Payroll Deduction - $0 Take Home

I'm trying to dump as much money into my 401k as soon as possible. I have authorized 90% of my gross pay to go to my 401k. The company I work for is making that deduction correctly. My concern is the ...
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What is the best way to calculate the optimal tax withholding from my paycheck?

My tax refund for this past year (United States) was much higher than I would have liked it to have been. I'm single and have no dependents. My tax refund was about 4% of my salary. Is that normal? ...
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How does tax withholding work for capital gains of selling stock?

I am new in the United States, and before I moved here I did not deal with the concept of tax withholding and capital gains tax. I understand my employer withholds part of my salary to pay taxes, and ...
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What happens if I intentionally throw out a paycheck?

Setting aside the fact that most rational people would never try this, I am genuinely curious what would happen if somebody did it. Say I am a full-time, salaried employee in the US. I'm paid twice a ...
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How do I calculate net monthly salary (after taxes) in Germany?

If I were to say that my yearly, gross salary was 50,000 euros, then what would be my monthly net after-tax income? For example, this calculator looks OK to me: http://calculatenetsalary.com/...
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Is the return of an IRS withholding taxable?

I am expecting a large check (ca 70k) from the IRS for a withholding of a house we sold back in 2013 (I finally got the ok that I will get the withholding back). (We didn't live in the US anymore and ...
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Is there a way to get more money monthly and not a big tax return, but not owe?

I am about to purchase a house and our realtor told us that most people change their w4 so that they get a bigger paycheck and no tax rfund. My question is complicated (or at least to me). What can we ...
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Is it a good idea to increase W4 allowance claim in order to fully fund 401k?

My company matches my 401k contributions, up to a limit, 6%. I don't currently contribute the max, but I would like to start. I know when I increase the W4 allowances, my take-home pay goes up, and ...
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Lower withholding based on my calculations. How to get employer to change withheld amount?

My employer will withhold taxes from my paycheck as if I have been working at a particular salary range all year. Basically: pay period = (base salary / 2080 hours) * 80, and taking all taxes as a ...
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How will my income tax vary throughout a year where my income fluctuated

I am in the USA: Will the income tax percentage change throughout the year if my (hourly) wage in the spring was low, then high in the summer, then in the middle of the start and end now in the fall? ...
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$65000/year or $2500 every two weeks: If I claim 3 exemptions instead of zero, how much would my take home pay be?

I live in Pennsylvania. They take out about $750 per paycheck as of right now. I recently changed the allowances that I had from 0 to 3. It had no effect whatsoever on my take home pay. And I had ...
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How is federal tax withholding calculated per paycheck?

I just started at a new company and received my first paycheck. It included a signing bonus, which of course made the paycheck much higher than a normal one will be. The fed withholding amount on the ...
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How can I make a one-time income tax-prepayment to the US Treasury?

I am a bit confused over the rules and requirements for individuals (and not businesses) making income tax-prepayments to the US Treasury. For instance, I've read that you can make quarterly payments,...
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How are bonuses taxed? Why is withheld amount not same as final amount?

I have not found any clarity looking at a lot of search engine results and articles. Most articles state that there are 2 possibilities, that taxes from bonuses can be withheld at a flat 25% rate, or ...
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How to minimize over-withholding of taxes

I want to lower the amount of taxes I pay in a year. Currently I claim 1 federal and IL allowances Additional amounts deducted for FED and State (ILLINOIS): $0.00. I'm single and don't have any ...
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Why a federal tax withholding of 25% when previous federal withholding tax was 8.9%?

I did some contract coaching work for a university and received a one-time payment for the services rendered over 3 months. The amount taxed for Federal Withholding was a staggering 25%. For someone ...
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Is there a penalty to withholding more taxes at the end of the year?

Suppose that Bob realizes in November that he has severely underwithheld taxes and would have a large penalty due when he files. Since he works at a salary-paying job, he elects to increase his ...
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Income tax withholding for single person vs. married person?

Page No: 45 of this IRS publication http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p15.pdf gives the Percentage Method Tables for Income Tax Withholding. I am married, but my spouse works as well. In my case, will ...
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W4 withholding for “Married filing joint” filing seems higher? Why?

My husband took a new job recently and is making 125K in salary in California. I make 65K. When we were filling his W4 (married filing joint), the additional withholding on his W4 came to 'additional $...
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Is this the correct math for estimating federal taxes using marginal tax brackets?

(I updated this because I think I wasnt making myself clear in the first part of the question and I clarified what I'm trying to do. I'm just looking to use marginal tax brackets to derive a good ...
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Employer did not withhold taxes on last 3 pay periods (W2 employee)

I was a W2 employee at a startup. For the first several months of my employment my employer withheld taxes normally. Later, the company experienced financial problems and was unable to make payroll ...
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Tax withholding on ESPP discount

I recently enrolled in my company's employee stock purchase plan (ESPP) with the maximum-allowed 10% of my salary. I get the stock at a 15% discount relative to the purchase date (no look-back ...
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Indian resident owning dividend-paying shares in company based in France: Can I save on withholding tax?

I am Indian and staying in India. I am holding stocks/shares of a French company which is listed on the Paris stock exchange. Every year, the French company declares dividend on the shares, and on ...
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Can I make estimated tax payments instead of withholding from my paycheck? [duplicate]

My employment provides me with a W-2 at the end of the year, and I currently have taxes withheld from my paychecks. In the opposite of this question, Pay estimated tax using W-4 withholding instead of ...
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Mortgage company withholding insurance proceeds

We recently lost our home due to fire and smoke damages. Our insurance company has estimated the replacement cost to be $161,000.00. The mortgage company has released $40,000.00 (the maximum amount ...
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Extra Tax Withholding, Is It Worth It? [duplicate]

When filling out a standard W4 form, there is always the ability to withhold an extra amount of cash from each of your paychecks. Until now, working at part time jobs, I needed as much of my money as ...
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My first pay had taxes withheld. How to get the personal allowance for income tax?

I paid tax on my first paycheck in the UK. However, I am a resident and am from an EEA country, so the personal allowance should apply to me, but I paid 100 pounds of my 545 pound pay in tax. Is ...
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Need advice on filling out w-4 form. Is it always good to withhold my income from taxes?

From what I understand, the more allowances I claim on w-4 form will allow me to keep more portion of my paycheck from being taken as taxes. So initially I thought I should always try to claim more ...
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How do I recover income tax withheld to wrong state (where my home state has no income tax)

I had been working as a contract to hire, working for Company A, employed by Company B. I was then directly hired by Company A, all within a tax year. Shortly after the transition, it was found that ...
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What do I tell the payroll company so that I can put 100% of my salary into a pretax 401k?

My spouse works part-time and qualifies for a 401k. She will make less than the $18,000 plus $6,000 catch up limit. So we want to put 100% of her earnings into the 401k. We understand OASDI and ...
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Understanding federal tax withholding on my pay stub?

Because I am a masochist and want my pay stubs in a spreadsheet format on my computer I am looking into the formulas used to calculate federal income tax. I read over IRS Publication 15 Circular E and ...
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Lower my tax withholding liability and increasing my net worth

My goal here is to optimize my net worth, not cash on hand. With the understanding that higher net worth makes access to capital easier. So tax deferred options are appealing to me, as long as I can ...
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Taxes and withholding on unpaid salary

I work as a consultant (1099) for a startup that has not paid my bills since June. Since I have not had any income I have not paid withholding since then. How do I handle my US personal income taxes ...
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What is deducted from a social security monthly payment?

About to retire in ~8 months and live in California. I would like to know what taxes and deductions I should expect to see in my SS payment check; the SS office tells me I will receive ~2300, but how ...
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Did not file W-8BEN but received dividend income from US stocks and zero withholding tax

I am an Indian citizen who worked in US for some time and returned in 2002 to India. I last filed a 1040NR return in 2002 and after that did not file 1040NR. I just realised that I have been receiving ...
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CP542 backup withholding notice from IRS

I've just received an utterly bizarre letter from the IRS, excerpted below: Notice: CP542 Form: 1040 Tax Period Ending: 12-31-1985 Our records show you have reported and paid all tax ...
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Underpaid federal tax by $5K in 2014 when claiming 0 with very “standard situation” (married filing jointly). Why?

Assumptions If I look at the tax brackets for 2014, if you're a couple filing jointly you have to have an AGI of more than 178,700 to start to see federal tax savings over if you were both not ...
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W4 --Additional amount withheld from my paycheck

I earn around 85k and my husband around 100k. Last year we paid around 5000$ in tax. Now my husband says to include 2500 as my additional withheld money from my each pay check. What does this mean? ...
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FICA was not withheld from my paycheck

Hello personal finance, I was filing my taxes for 2016 and I just found out that I transitioned from Non-Resident-Alien to Resident Alien around September last year by passing substantial presence ...
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Does it make sense to change tax withholding to married when wife switches to stay at home?

My wife is quitting her job and will stay-at-home. I'm considering changing my tax withholding from married at single rate to simply married to reduce withholdings. Does it make sense to change my ...
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If my withholding will pay my and my spouse's tax bill, does she still need to pay estimated taxes as an independent contractor?

I am a full-time employee. My spouse is effectively employed long-term with one company, but has always been paid as an independent contractor. If I plan on filing my 2018 taxes jointly with my ...
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Income taxes for sign-on bonus

I just joined a new company, and I'm in the US. As my first paycheck, I got my sign-on bonus and regular bi-weekly salary both in the same paycheck, summed together. Does it make any difference in ...
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Claiming different allowances on state and federal withholding?

I recently did my W4 and the number of allowances I had is 2, but on the state withholding form, since the options were kind of different, I had 0 allowances to claim. Do I have to stay consistent for ...
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What to claim on w-4 for a second job?

I am a single mom with 2 kids and work #1 job that pays 23,000 per year and I have just picked up a #2 job that will pay 21,000 per year. I don't want to owe taxes at the end of the year. What should ...
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W-4 and withholding taxes for self-employed spouse

My wife and I live in the SF bay area. My gross income is $320,000 and my wife's is $38,000. My wife is employed as a contractor though and gets a 1099 instead of W-2. No taxes are withheld from her ...
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Am I eligible for a refund of Social Security and Medicare taxes for when I was on an F-1 visa?

This question is for a friend. They came to the United States as a student in 2009 on OPT/F-1 visa. In November of 2011 they started to work for the Department of Defense as a teacher. They had Social ...
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Handling federal and state tax witholdings as a household employee

A friend has recently started a job as a nanny in Ohio and received their first paycheck. The employer family also provided a spreadsheet that records the gross pay, various withholdings, and net pay. ...