IRS issues reminder on the tax withholding estimator
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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

IRS issues reminder on the tax withholding estimator

By Payroll and Entitlements Editorial Staff

The IRS is encouraging taxpayers to take control of the size of their refund using the Tax Withholding Estimator on IRS.gov. The estimator has a “slider” feature to let users to choose the refund they want from a range of amounts based on the information they enter. The feature helps taxpayers set their withholding to get a large refund or more money in their paychecks throughout the year.

Withholding. Starting in 2020, income tax withholding is generally based on the worker’s expected filing status and standard deduction. Employers generally use withholding tables to determine how much tax to withhold and send to the IRS. Those who are not subject to withholding should make quarterly estimated tax payments during the year. The improved and mobile-friendly estimator offers retirees, employees and self-employed individuals a user-friendly way to check their withholding. It also has features specially tailored to the unique needs of those receiving pension payments and Social Security benefits. People with more than one job and families where both spouses work may need to adjust their withholding to avoid having too little withheld. Not paying enough during the year, either through withholding or by making timely estimated tax payments, may mean paying a penalty. (IRS News Release IR-2020-53, March 10, 2020).

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