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In order to compute the income taxes you owe the federal government this year your employer is required to give you a that lists your earnings and withholding for the past year.?

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Yes! If you are in default of a student loan, your federal income tax will be taken every yeare until the loan is satisfied. At least, that was my experience.

Employer gives you a statement called a w-2 form. It's not a list. It gives you the total amount of witholdings and the total amount of earnings for 2007. If you worked this year, you'll get that statement either in Dec. January or Feb. of 2009.
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Can the Federal Government change the rate of the income tax from year to year?

  Well yes, and it can even be done retrospectively, or more than once a years, but it requires enacting law changes by Congress. Not normally an easy or fast process at b

Are employers required to withhold federal income tax?

  Absolutely, and many more things concerning payroll, etc...adhereing to the rules for this.   And of course, people are rerquired to make estimated payments toward th

Why does the government asks employers to withhold tax money from each paycheck instead of requiring taxpayers to pay a full years taxes all at once?

  First, even many, many of those people who had withholding from paycheck throuh the year, and then find they are a little short of what they ultimately owe (for whatever

Where does the employer get the information used to determine the amount of federal income tax to withhold from employees earnings?

From the IRS. They have instructions and pay charts telling employers what to withhold depending on how much the employee makes, how often they're paid, and what the employee