Income Tax Service
5200 W Market St
Greensboro, NC 27409
March 02, 2018
IRS Withholding Calculator
The IRS encourages everyone to use the Withholding Calculator to perform a
quick paycheck checkup. This is even more important this year because of recent
changes to the tax law for 2018.
The Calculator helps you identify your tax withholding to make sure you have
the right amount of tax withheld from your paycheck at work.
There are several reasons to check your withholding:
Checking your withholding can help protect against having too little tax
withheld and facing an unexpected tax bill or penalty at tax time next year.
At the same time, with the average refund topping $2,800, you may prefer to
have less tax withheld up front
and receive more in your paychecks.
If you are an employee, the Withholding Calculator helps you determine whether
you need to give your employer a new Form W-4, Employee's Withholding Allowance
You can use your results from the Calculator to help fill out the form and
adjust your income tax withholding.
Plan Ahead: Tips For Using This Program
The Calculator will ask you to estimate values of your 2018 income, the number
of children you will claim for the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax
Credit, and other items that will affect your 2018 taxes. This process will
take a few minutes.
Ready to start? Click the link below. When finished, click the backarrow to
return to this page.
Gather your most recent pay stubs.
Have your most recent income tax return handy; a copy of your completed Form
1040 will help you estimate your 2018 income and other characteristics and
speed the process.
Keep in mind that the Calculatorís results will only be as accurate as the
information you provide. If your circumstances change during the year, come
back to this Calculator to make sure that your withholding is still correct.
The Withholding Calculator does not ask you to provide sensitive
personally-identifiable information like your name, Social Security number,
address or bank account numbers. The IRS does not save or record the
information you enter on the Calculator.
This Withholding Calculator works for most taxpayers.
People with more complex tax situations should use the instructions in
Publication 505, Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax, expected to be updated in
early spring. This includes taxpayers who owe self-employment tax, alternative
minimum tax, the tax on unearned income of dependents or certain other taxes,
and people with long-term capital gains or qualified dividends.
To Change Your Withholding:
Use your results from this Calculator to help you complete a new
Form W-4, Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate
, and Submit the completed Form to your employer as soon as possible.
Withholding takes place throughout the year, so itís better to take this step
as soon as possible.
Special Note for 2019:
If you follow the recommendations at the end of this Calculator and change
your withholding for 2018, the IRS reminds you to be sure to recheck your
withholding at the start of 2019. This is especially important if you reduce
your withholding sometime during 2018. A mid-year withholding change in 2018
may have a different full-year impact in 2019. So if you do not file a new Form
W-4 for 2019, your withholding might be higher or lower than you intend. To
help protect against having too little withheld in 2019, we encourage checking
your withholding again early in 2019.
If you have additional questions about your withholding, consult your employer
or tax advisor.
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All information provided is general in nature and intended to create awareness,
not to address the specific circumstances or concerns of any individual or
entity. Although we try to provide correct and timely information, we cannot
guarantee the accuracy of any information or that such information will
continue to be accurate in the future due to the changing nature of the tax
laws. Before acting on any of the information provided here, you should consult
with a professional advisor who knows all of the unique facts and circumstances
pertinent to your particular situation.