Taxes : Income Tax Withholding

How much should I tell my employer to withhold from my paycheck for income taxes?

The IRS provides a form to your employer called a W-4.  You have to complete a W-4 form when you begin working for an employer.  On the W-4 form, you will state how many deductions you want to claim on your taxes.  Your employer will make the appropriate calculation based on the number of deductions that you claim, and will then withhold the right amount of tax from your paycheck.  Read more about the W-4 form now.

What do I need to know before I make adjustments to my income tax withholding?

Before you make any changes to your withholding, you should review the IRS 919 revised publication because it includes changes related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. 

How will the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 impact my income taxes?

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 includes a “Making Work Pay” provision effective no later than April 1, 2009. New tax tables have been developed to give workers a rebate/credit for the 2009 and 2010 tax years.  The credit is being issued through a change to payroll withholding tax tables.  Read more about these changes now.

See also the Forms & Education tab in this section for more information.

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