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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…eir eventual tax liability (through withholding or other means, all absolutely completely described), or face substantial penalties, interest and other problems.
Withholding is optional on regular periodic retirement pension payments. You may request withholding if you wish. Ask the payer for a withholding form. However, pension paym…ents (except for return of employee after-tax contributions and Roth 401k employee contributions and earnings) are taxable. You will have to pay tax on them when you file your tax return at the end of the year. And if you don't have withholding, you may have to make quarterly estimated tax payments in order to avoid an underpayment penalty.
That is the money not in the check you receive but rather taken from the amount you earned and sent to the Fed gov't (IRS) on your behalf, where it is in an account and you cl…aim to pay for the TAX due from you on earnings for the year. It is an estimate of how much you may owe on those earnings, the actual amount, which changes with every persons situation, may be more or less.
Use the tables and instructions in Publication 15: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p15.pdf and Publication 15A: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p15a.pdf If you just want… to calculate your own withholding, here is a handy online calculator: http://www.paycheckcity.com/NetPayCalc/netpaycalculator.asp
They use the Form W-4 that the employee fills out and gives them and then they look up the amount to be withheld in Publication 15 (a.k.a. Circular E).
It uses withholding because it needs a steady stream of income to pay for its expenditures and also because most people would not save enough money to be able to pay their tax…es all in one lump sum after the end of the year.
YOUR QUESTION MAY HAVE BEEN REDIRECTED HERE. There are many questions that basically come down to determining what amount is "correct" to be withheld from a paycheck. Boy do… we all wish it was as easy as that! There are many factors that affect what will be taken out (withheld) from payroll. Some questioners may consider some "income tax" or a "tax", while others don't. And certainly someplaces one may be mandated by law and others voluntary or only if provided by the employer. Each is generally entirely independent and include different things in their calculation of taxable base than the other. Some have minimum or maximum limits as to what amount of that income is applicable. All of this means that even if ther was a "rate" one could use, you would not easily figure out what the rate is applied to. Some of the items commonly withheld include: * Federal Income Tax * State Income Tax * City Income Tax * Social Security Insurance * Unemployment Insurance * And Benefits including life insurance, medical insurance, disability ins, etc. - which can even be different between different employees at the same company! The links below can give you a good approximation of what FEDERAL INCOME TAX withholding should be. However, withholding is based on an income amount that includes some things and excludes some others, so you can't just use your gross wage, as that is rarely the correct amount. Speak to your payroll provider for a full explanation of what they include and exclude. This is something completely within your control, and not a prescribed amount for everyone by law. You should work through the calculations that are part of the W-4 instructions to make sure that amount is as close to what is required as possible. Having too little withheld can cause substantial underpayment penalties as well as additional interest. Over payments are simply refunded, but it is money that you are 'loaning' the government at no interest. If you are an employer trying to figure how much you must withhold from your employees, see Publication 15: Make sure to pay special attention as to what salaries and forms of income (like fringe benefits) are subject to tax for different things. For example; the income subject to FICA can be different than the income subject to income tax withholding and the income for Federal withholding is different than the income for State withholding. If you just want to see approximately how much will be deducted from your own pay, you can use the calculator linked below to determine how much tax will be deducted from your paycheck. Remember that the amount of income tax deducted depends on how you fill out Form W-4 that you give to your employer. Properly doing so, and using the accompanying worksheets, is the best way to assure the right amount is withheld. IT IS NOT A FIXED OR SPECIFIC AMOUNT - YOU CONTROL IT...It is not the real amount of tax you owe. The real amount is calculated when you fill out your tax return at the end of the year, and includes other income (like interest or investments, or self employment), and applicable deductions...like dependents, mortgage interest, business losses, etc. As noted above, you want to have an amount paid in close to what you owe and because of all the variables - any two people, even at the same job and salary, rarely have the same tax situation and will actually pay the same tax, or should have the same amount withheld. Finally, you'll normally find that your payroll provider is happy to explain what is happening with yours....but I would suggest asking them sometime other than the day their reports are due! It depends on many, many things...not the least of which is what you consider tax. Many people group all their withholdings as a type of tax, but many may not be. Workers Comp, Unemployment, even FICA are all really more an insurance payment than a withholding against an income tax. The amount of tax withheld also depends on many other things...obviously which state (or even city) your in, the amount of income your projected on earning over the year, (which helps determine your tax bracket and the percent that may be required), as well as your filing status, number of dependents and other deductions (like interest on a mortgage) or contributions to 401K, or medical slections. All these things can be adjusted for your circumstances by properly and completely filling out (or changing) the Form W-4 all employers ask you to. The variations are so numerous that it is fair to say that it would be uncommon for 2 people, working a the same job making the same salary would have the same amount withheld. There are even a number of different legal ways for the payroll provider to calculate the amount to withhold...but overall they make only a small difference. Remember, anything withheld is just being done as an estimated installment payment toward whatever tax, if any, you do ultimately owe. If too much is withheld, it is refunded. (Too little, and you could pay a penalty and interest charges). Again, adjusting your W-4 is the way to correct for any of these circumstances.
When calculating my tax refund and I am asked to enter the amount of federal taxes paid does that also include withholdings for medicare and social security?
No. Only INCOME Tax estimated or wittholding...payments made toward INCOME tax that you are calculating. By the way, Medicare/SS are considered insurance payments.
It is neither, tax exempt OR income. Qualifies as a foolish question
The IRS can garnish up to 15% of your Social Security check unless you work out an alternate repayment plan or are categorized as "uncollectible" due to income and expenses. … If your Social Security benefits are in a bank account that has funds from other sources, the IRS may levy the account and take a larger amount. It would be in your best interest to contact the IRS to discuss your options.
Can you instruct your payroll department not to withhold any federal and state taxes from your paycheck?
Only under very limited circumstances if, for some reason, you are qualified to be exempt from withholding taxes. Under most circumstances, no. The company is required to with…hold taxes and report employee earnings.
What happens if an employer did not withhold federal income taxes from your checks even after being questioned as to why not?
Its pretty simple "You owe money to the FED. GOV no matter what" consequences of that scenario is you will have to pay to IRS when you file you're taxes at end of the year.
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Every one that has income from sources that are required to withhold taxes from the income that the taxpayer receives.
Your state can flag your account to withhold your federal refund in order to meet a debt owed;however, in general, your state,they can only take your taxes if you owe on a stu…dent loan, have back child support, or owe taxes. I guess you need to contact Dept of revenue of your state.
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