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Federal free state tax 1. Federal free state tax   Tax Withholding for 2014 Table of Contents Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Salaries and WagesDetermining Amount of Tax Withheld Using Form W-4 Completing Form W-4 and Worksheets Getting the Right Amount of Tax Withheld Rules Your Employer Must Follow Exemption From Withholding Supplemental Wages Penalties Tips Taxable Fringe BenefitsSpecial rule. Federal free state tax Exceptions. Federal free state tax Sick Pay Pensions and AnnuitiesPeriodic Payments Nonperiodic Payments Eligible Rollover Distributions Choosing Not To Have Income Tax Withheld Gambling WinningsException. Federal free state tax Identical wagers. Federal free state tax Unemployment Compensation Federal Payments Backup WithholdingTaxpayer identification number. Federal free state tax Underreported interest or dividends. Federal free state tax Introduction This chapter discusses income tax withholding on: Salaries and wages, Tips, Taxable fringe benefits, Sick pay, Pensions and annuities, Gambling winnings, Unemployment compensation, and Certain federal payments. Federal free state tax This chapter explains in detail the rules for withholding tax from each of these types of income. Federal free state tax The discussion of salaries and wages includes an explanation of how to complete Form W-4. Federal free state tax This chapter also covers backup withholding on interest, dividends, and other payments. Federal free state tax Useful Items - You may want to see: Form (and Instructions) W-4 Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate W-4P Withholding Certificate for Pension or Annuity Payments W-4S Request for Federal Income Tax Withholding From Sick Pay W-4V Voluntary Withholding Request See chapter 5 of this publication for information about getting these publications and forms. Federal free state tax Salaries and Wages Income tax is withheld from the pay of most employees. Federal free state tax Your pay includes your regular pay, bonuses, commissions, and vacation allowances. Federal free state tax It also includes reimbursements and other expense allowances paid under a nonaccountable plan. Federal free state tax See Supplemental Wages , later, for definitions of accountable and nonaccountable plans. Federal free state tax If your income is low enough that you will not have to pay income tax for the year, you may be exempt from withholding. Federal free state tax This is explained under Exemption From Withholding , later. Federal free state tax You can ask your employer to withhold income tax from noncash wages and other wages not subject to withholding. Federal free state tax If your employer does not agree to withhold tax, or if not enough is withheld, you may have to pay estimated tax, as discussed in chapter 2. Federal free state tax Military retirees. Federal free state tax   Military retirement pay is treated in the same manner as regular pay for income tax withholding purposes, even though it is treated as a pension or annuity for other tax purposes. Federal free state tax Household workers. Federal free state tax   If you are a household worker, you can ask your employer to withhold income tax from your pay. Federal free state tax A household worker is an employee who performs household work in a private home, local college club, or local fraternity or sorority chapter. Federal free state tax   Tax is withheld only if you want it withheld and your employer agrees to withhold it. Federal free state tax If you do not have enough income tax withheld, you may have to pay estimated tax, as discussed in chapter 2. Federal free state tax Farmworkers. Federal free state tax   Generally, income tax is withheld from your cash wages for work on a farm unless your employer both: Pays you cash wages of less than $150 during the year, and Has expenditures for agricultural labor totaling less than $2,500 during the year. Federal free state tax Differential wage payments. Federal free state tax   When employees are on leave from employment for military duty, some employers make up the difference between the military pay and civilian pay. Federal free state tax Payments to an employee who is on active duty for a period of more than 30 days will be subject to income tax withholding, but not subject to social security or Medicare taxes. Federal free state tax The wages and withholding will be reported on Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. Federal free state tax Determining Amount of Tax Withheld Using Form W-4 The amount of income tax your employer withholds from your regular pay depends on two things. Federal free state tax The amount you earn in each payroll period. Federal free state tax The information you give your employer on Form W-4. Federal free state tax Form W-4 includes four types of information that your employer will use to figure your withholding. Federal free state tax Whether to withhold at the single rate or at the lower married rate. Federal free state tax How many withholding allowances you claim (each allowance reduces the amount withheld). Federal free state tax Whether you want an additional amount withheld. Federal free state tax Whether you are claiming an exemption from withholding in 2014. Federal free state tax See Exemption From Withholding , later. Federal free state tax Note. Federal free state tax You must specify a filing status and a number of withholding allowances on Form W-4. Federal free state tax You cannot specify only a dollar amount of withholding. Federal free state tax New Job When you start a new job, you must fill out a Form W-4 and give it to your employer. Federal free state tax Your employer should have copies of the form. Federal free state tax If you need to change the information later, you must fill out a new form. Federal free state tax If you work only part of the year (for example, you start working after the beginning of the year), too much tax may be withheld. Federal free state tax You may be able to avoid overwithholding if your employer agrees to use the part-year method. Federal free state tax See Part-Year Method , later, for more information. Federal free state tax Employee also receiving pension income. Federal free state tax   If you receive pension or annuity income and begin a new job, you will need to file Form W-4 with your new employer. Federal free state tax However, you can choose to split your withholding allowances between your pension and job in any manner. Federal free state tax Changing Your Withholding During the year changes may occur to your marital status, exemptions, adjustments, deductions, or credits you expect to claim on your tax return. Federal free state tax When this happens, you may need to give your employer a new Form W-4 to change your withholding status or number of allowances. Federal free state tax If the changes reduce the number of allowances you are allowed to claim or changes your marital status from married to single, you must give your employer a new Form W-4 within 10 days. Federal free state tax See Marital Status (Line 3 of Form W-4) and Withholding Allowances (Line 5 of Form W-4) , later. Federal free state tax Generally, you can submit a new Form W-4 whenever you wish to change your withholding allowances for any other reason. Federal free state tax See Table 1-1 for examples of personal and financial changes you should consider. Federal free state tax Table 1-1. Federal free state tax Personal and Financial Changes Factor Examples Lifestyle change Marriage Divorce Birth or adoption of child Loss of an exemption Purchase of a new home Retirement Filing chapter 11 bankruptcy Wage income You or your spouse start or stop working, or start or stop a second job Change in the amount of taxable income not subject to withholding Interest income Dividends Capital gains Self-employment income IRA (including certain Roth  IRA) distributions Change in the amount of adjustments to income IRA deduction Student loan interest deduction Alimony expense Change in the amount of itemized deductions or tax credits Medical expenses Taxes Interest expense Gifts to charity Job expenses Dependent care expenses Education credit Child tax credit Earned income credit If you change the number of your withholding allowances, you can request that your employer withhold using the Cumulative Wage Method , explained later. Federal free state tax Checking Your Withholding After you have given your employer a Form W-4, you can check to see whether the amount of tax withheld from your pay is too much or too little. Federal free state tax If too much or too little tax is being withheld, you should give your employer a new Form W-4 to change your withholding. Federal free state tax You can get a blank Form W-4 from your employer or print the form from IRS. Federal free state tax gov. Federal free state tax You should try to have your withholding match your actual tax liability. Federal free state tax If not enough tax is withheld, you will owe tax at the end of the year and may have to pay interest and a penalty. Federal free state tax If too much tax is withheld, you will lose the use of that money until you get your refund. Federal free state tax Always check your withholding if there are personal or financial changes in your life or changes in the law that might change your tax liability. Federal free state tax See Table 1-1 for examples. Federal free state tax Note. Federal free state tax You cannot give your employer a payment to cover federal income tax withholding on salaries and wages for past pay periods or a payment for estimated tax. Federal free state tax When Should You Check Your Withholding? The earlier in the year you check your withholding, the easier it is to get the right amount of tax withheld. Federal free state tax You should check your withholding when any of the following situations occur. Federal free state tax You receive a paycheck stub (statement) covering a full pay period in 2014, showing tax withheld based on 2014 tax rates. Federal free state tax You prepare your 2013 tax return and get a: Big refund, or Balance due that is: More than you can comfortably pay, or Subject to a penalty. Federal free state tax There are changes in your life or financial situation that affect your tax liability. Federal free state tax See Table 1-1. Federal free state tax There are changes in the tax law that affect your tax liability. Federal free state tax How Do You Check Your Withholding? You can use the worksheets and tables in this publication to see if you are having the right amount of tax withheld. Federal free state tax You can also use the IRS Withholding calculator at www. Federal free state tax irs. Federal free state tax gov/individuals. Federal free state tax If you use the worksheets and tables in this publication, follow these steps. Federal free state tax Fill out Worksheet 1-5 to project your total federal income tax liability for 2014. Federal free state tax Fill out Worksheet 1-7 to project your total federal withholding for 2014 and compare that with your projected tax liability from Worksheet 1-5. Federal free state tax If you are not having enough tax withheld, line 6 of Worksheet 1-7 will show you how much more to have withheld each payday. Federal free state tax For ways to increase the amount of tax withheld, see How Do You Increase Your Withholding? If line 5 of Worksheet 1-7 shows that you are having more tax withheld than necessary, see How Do You Decrease Your Withholding, for ways to decrease the amount of tax you have withheld each payday. Federal free state tax How Do You Increase Your Withholding? There are two ways to increase your withholding. Federal free state tax You can: Decrease the number of allowances you claim on Form W-4, or Enter an additional amount that you want withheld from each paycheck on Form W-4. Federal free state tax Requesting an additional amount withheld. Federal free state tax   You can request that an additional amount be withheld from each paycheck by following these steps. Federal free state tax Complete Worksheets 1-5 and 1-7. Federal free state tax Complete a new Form W-4 if the amount on Worksheet 1-7, line 5: Is more than you want to pay with your tax return or in estimated tax payments throughout the year, or Would cause you to pay a penalty when you file your tax return for 2014. Federal free state tax Enter on your new Form W-4, the same number of withholding allowances your employer now uses for your withholding. Federal free state tax This is the number of allowances you entered on the last Form W-4 you gave your employer. Federal free state tax Enter on your new Form W-4, the amount from Worksheet 1-7, line 6. Federal free state tax Give your newly completed Form W-4 to your employer. Federal free state tax   If you have this additional amount withheld from your pay each payday, you should avoid owing a large amount at the end of the year. Federal free state tax Example. Federal free state tax Early in 2014, Steve Miller used Worksheets 1-5, 1-6, and 1-7 to project his 2014 tax liability ($4,316) and his withholding for the year ($3,516). Federal free state tax Steve's tax will be underwithheld by $800 ($4,316 − $3,516). Federal free state tax His choices are to pay this amount when he files his 2014 tax return, make estimated tax payments, or increase his withholding now. Federal free state tax Steve gets a new Form W-4 from his employer, who tells him that there are 50 paydays remaining in 2014. Federal free state tax Steve completes the new Form W-4 as before, entering the same number of withholding allowances as before, but, in addition, entering $16 ($800 ÷ 50) on the form as the additional amount to be withheld from his pay each payday. Federal free state tax He gives the completed form to his employer. Federal free state tax What if I have more than one job or my spouse also has a job?   You are more likely to need to increase your withholding if you have more than one job or if you are married filing jointly and your spouse also works. Federal free state tax If this is the case, you can increase your withholding for one or more of the jobs. Federal free state tax   You can apply the amount on Worksheet 1-7, line 5, to only one job or divide it between the jobs any way you wish. Federal free state tax For each job, determine the extra amount that you want to apply to that job and divide that amount by the number of paydays remaining in 2014 for that job. Federal free state tax This will give you the additional amount to enter on the Form W-4 you will file for that job. Federal free state tax You need to give your employer a new Form W-4 for each job for which you are changing your withholding. Federal free state tax Example. Federal free state tax Meg Green works in a store and earns $46,000 a year. Federal free state tax Her husband, John, works full-time in manufacturing and earns $68,000 a year. Federal free state tax In 2014, they will also have $184 in taxable interest and $1,000 of other taxable income. Federal free state tax They expect to file a joint income tax return. Federal free state tax Meg and John complete Worksheets 1-5, 1-6, and 1-7. Federal free state tax Line 5 of Worksheet 1-7 shows that they will owe an additional $4,459 after subtracting their withholding for the year. Federal free state tax They can divide the $4,459 any way they want. Federal free state tax They can enter an additional amount on either of their Forms W-4, or divide it between them. Federal free state tax They decide to have the additional amount withheld from John's wages, so they enter $91 ($4,459 ÷ 49 remaining paydays) on his Form W-4. Federal free state tax Both claim the same number of allowances as before. Federal free state tax How Do You Decrease Your Withholding? If your completed Worksheets 1-5 and 1-7 show that you may have more tax withheld than your projected tax liability for 2014, you may be able to decrease your withholding. Federal free state tax There are two ways to do this. Federal free state tax You can: Decrease any additional amount you are having withheld, or Increase the number of allowances you claim on Form W-4. Federal free state tax You can claim only the number of allowances to which you are entitled. Federal free state tax To see if you can decrease your withholding by increasing your allowances, see the Form W-4 instructions and the rest of this publication. Federal free state tax Increasing the number of allowances. Federal free state tax   Figure and increase the number of withholding allowances you can claim as follows. Federal free state tax On a new Form W-4, complete the Personal Allowances Worksheet. Federal free state tax If you plan to itemize deductions, claim adjustments to income, or claim tax credits, complete a new Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet. Federal free state tax If you plan to claim tax credits, see Converting Credits to Withholding Allowances, later. Federal free state tax If you meet the criteria on line H of the Form W-4 Personal Allowances Worksheet, complete a new Two-Earners/Multiple Jobs Worksheet. Federal free state tax If the number of allowances you can claim on Form W-4, is different from the number you already are claiming, give the newly completed Form W-4 to your employer. Federal free state tax Converting Credits to Withholding Allowances Table 1-2 , later, shows many of the tax credits you may be able to use to decrease your withholding. Federal free state tax The Form W-4 Personal Allowances Worksheet provides only rough adjustments for the child and dependent care credit and the child tax credit. Federal free state tax Complete Worksheet 1-8 to figure these credits more accurately and also take other credits into account. Federal free state tax Include the amount from line 12 of Worksheet 1-8 in the total on line 5 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet. Federal free state tax Then complete the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet and the rest of Form W-4. Federal free state tax If you take the child and dependent care credit into account on Worksheet 1-8, enter -0- on line F of the Personal Allowances Worksheet. Federal free state tax If you take the child tax credit into account on Worksheet 1-8, enter -0- on line G of the Personal Allowances Worksheet. Federal free state tax Example. Federal free state tax Brett and Alyssa Davis are married and expect to file a joint return for 2014. Federal free state tax Their expected taxable income from all sources is $68,000. Federal free state tax They expect to have $15,900 of itemized deductions. Federal free state tax Their projected tax credits include a child and dependent care credit of $960 and an adoption credit of $1,500. Federal free state tax The Davis' complete Worksheet 1-8, as follows, to see whether they can convert their tax credits into additional withholding allowances. Federal free state tax Line 1, expected child and dependent care credit—$960. Federal free state tax Line 9, expected adoption credit—$1,500. Federal free state tax Line 10, total estimated tax credits—$2,460. Federal free state tax Line 11. Federal free state tax Their combined total income from all sources, $68,000, falls between $42,001 and $98,000 on the table for married filing jointly or qualifying widow(er). Federal free state tax The number to the right of this range is 6. Federal free state tax 7. Federal free state tax Line 12, multiply line 10 by line 11—$16,482. Federal free state tax Then the Davis' complete the Form W-4 worksheets. Federal free state tax Because they choose to account for their child and dependent care credit on the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet, they enter -0- on line F of the Personal Allowances Worksheet and figure a new total for line H. Federal free state tax They take the result on line 12 of Worksheet 1-8, add it to their other adjustments on line 5 of the Form W-4 Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet, and complete the Form W-4 worksheets. Federal free state tax When Will Your New Form W-4 Go Into Effect? If the change is for the current year, your employer must put your new Form W-4 into effect no later than the start of the first payroll period ending on or after the 30th day after the day on which you give your employer your revised Form W-4. Federal free state tax If the change is for next year, your new Form W-4 will not take effect until next year. Federal free state tax Retirees Returning to the Workforce When you first began receiving your pension, you told the payer how much tax to withhold, if any, by completing Form W-4P, Withholding Certificate for Pension or Annuity Payments (or similar form). Federal free state tax However, if your retirement pay is from the military or certain deferred compensation plans, you completed Form W-4 instead of Form W-4P. Federal free state tax You completed either form based on your projected income at that time. Federal free state tax Now that you are returning to the workforce, your new Form W-4 (given to your employer) and your Form W-4 or W-4P (on file with your pension plan) must work together to determine the correct amount of withholding for your new amount of income. Federal free state tax The worksheets that come with Forms W-4 and W-4P are basically the same, so you can use either set of worksheets to figure out how many withholding allowances you are entitled to claim. Federal free state tax Start off with the Personal Allowances Worksheet. Federal free state tax Then, if you will be itemizing your deductions, claiming adjustments to income, or claiming tax credits when you file your tax return, complete the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet. Federal free state tax The third worksheet is the most important for this situation. Federal free state tax Form W-4 calls it the Two-Earners/Multiple Jobs Worksheet, Form W-4P calls it the Multiple Pensions/More-Than-One-Income Worksheet—both are the same. Federal free state tax If you have more than one source of income, in order to have enough withholding to cover the tax on your higher income, you may need to claim fewer withholding allowances or request your employer to withhold an additional amount from each paycheck. Federal free state tax Once you have figured out how many allowances you are entitled to claim, look at the income from both your pension and your new job, and how often you receive payments. Federal free state tax It is your decision how to divide up your withholding allowances between these sources of income. Federal free state tax For example, you may want to “take home” most of your weekly paycheck to use as spending money and use your monthly pension to “pay the bills. Federal free state tax ” In that case, change your Form W-4P to zero allowances and claim all that you are entitled to on your Form W-4. Federal free state tax There are a couple of ways you can get a better idea of how much tax will be withheld when claiming a certain number of allowances. Federal free state tax Use the withholding tables in Publication 15 (Circular E), Employer's Tax Guide. Federal free state tax Contact your pension provider and your employer's payroll department. Federal free state tax And remember, this is not a final decision. Federal free state tax If you do not get the correct amount of withholding with the first Forms W-4 and W-4P you submit, you should refigure your allowances (or divide them differently) using the information and worksheets in this publication, or the resources mentioned above. Federal free state tax You should go through this same process each time your life situation changes, whether it be for personal or financial reasons. Federal free state tax You may need more tax withheld, or you may need less. Federal free state tax Table 1-2. Federal free state tax Tax Credits for 2014 For more information about the . Federal free state tax . Federal free state tax . Federal free state tax See . Federal free state tax . Federal free state tax . Federal free state tax Adoption credit Form 8839 instructions Child and dependent care expenses, credit for Publication 503, Child and Dependent Care Expenses Child tax credit (including the additional child tax credit) Instructions for Form 1040 or Form 1040A Earned income credit Publication 596, Earned Income Credit Education credits Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education Elderly or the disabled, credit for the Publication 524, Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled Foreign tax credit (except any credit that applies to wages not subject to U. Federal free state tax S. Federal free state tax income tax withholding because they are subject to income tax withholding by a foreign country) Publication 514, Foreign Tax Credit for Individuals General business credit Form 3800, General Business Credit Mortgage interest credit Publication 530, Tax Information for First-Time Homeowners Qualified electric vehicle passive activity credit Form 8834 Prior year minimum tax, credit for (if you paid alternative minimum tax in an earlier year) Form 8801 instructions Retirement savings contributions credit (saver's credit) Publication 590, Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs) Tax credit bonds, credit to holders of Form 8912 instructions Completing Form W-4 and Worksheets When reading the following discussion, you may find it helpful to refer to Form W-4. Federal free state tax Marital Status There is a lower withholding rate for people who qualify to check the “Married” box on line 3 of Form W-4. Federal free state tax Everyone else must have tax withheld at the higher single rate. Federal free state tax Single. Federal free state tax   You must check the “Single” box if any of the following applies. Federal free state tax You are single. Federal free state tax If you are divorced, or separated from your spouse under a court decree of separate maintenance, you are considered single. Federal free state tax You are married, but neither you nor your spouse is a citizen or resident of the United States. Federal free state tax You are married, either you or your spouse is a nonresident alien, and you have not chosen to have that person treated as a resident alien for tax purposes. Federal free state tax For more information, see Nonresident Spouse Treated as a Resident in chapter 1 of Publication 519. Federal free state tax Married. Federal free state tax   You qualify to check the “Married” box if any of the following applies. Federal free state tax You are married and neither you nor your spouse is a nonresident alien. Federal free state tax You are considered married for the whole year even if your spouse died during the year. Federal free state tax You are married and either you or your spouse is a nonresident alien who has chosen to be treated as a resident alien for tax purposes. Federal free state tax For more information, see Nonresident Spouse Treated as a Resident in chapter 1 of Publication 519. Federal free state tax You expect to be able to file your return as a qualifying widow or widower. Federal free state tax You usually can use this filing status if your spouse died within the previous 2 years and you provide more than half the cost of keeping up a home for the entire year that was the main home for you and your child whom you can claim as a dependent. Federal free state tax However, you must file a new Form W-4 showing your filing status as single by December 1 of the last year you are eligible to file as a qualifying widow or widower. Federal free state tax For more information on this filing status, see Qualifying Widow(er) With Dependent Child under Filing Status in Publication 501, Exemptions, Standard Deduction, and Filing Information. Federal free state tax Married, but withhold at higher single rate. Federal free state tax   Some married people find that they do not have enough tax withheld at the married rate. Federal free state tax This can happen, for example, when both spouses work. Federal free state tax To avoid this, you can check the “Married, but withhold at higher Single rate” box (even if you qualify for the married rate). Federal free state tax Also, you may find that more tax is withheld if you fill out the Two-Earners/Multiple Jobs Worksheet, explained later. Federal free state tax Withholding Allowances The more allowances you claim on Form W-4, the less income tax your employer will withhold. Federal free state tax You will have the most tax withheld if you claim “0” allowances. Federal free state tax The number of allowances you can claim depends on the following factors. Federal free state tax How many exemptions you can take on your tax return. Federal free state tax Whether you have income from more than one job. Federal free state tax What deductions, adjustments to income, and credits you expect to have for the year. Federal free state tax Whether you will file as head of household. Federal free state tax If you are married (filing jointly), it also depends on whether your spouse also works and claims any allowances on his or her own Form W-4. Federal free state tax Or, if married filing separately, whether or not your spouse also works. Federal free state tax Form W-4 worksheets. Federal free state tax    Form W-4 has worksheets to help you figure how many withholding allowances you can claim. Federal free state tax The worksheets are for your own records. Federal free state tax Do not give them to your employer. Federal free state tax   Complete only one set of Form W-4 worksheets, no matter how many jobs you have. Federal free state tax If you are married and will file a joint return, complete only one set of worksheets for you and your spouse, even if you both earn wages and each must give Form W-4 to your employers. Federal free state tax Complete separate sets of worksheets only if you and your spouse will file separate returns. Federal free state tax   If you are not exempt from withholding (see Exemption From Withholding , later), complete the Personal Allowances Worksheet on page 1 of the form. Federal free state tax Also, use the worksheets on page 2 of the form to adjust the number of your withholding allowances for itemized deductions and adjustments to income, and for two-earner or multiple-job situations. Federal free state tax If you want to adjust the number of your withholding allowances for certain tax credits, use the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet on page 2 of Form W-4, even if you do not have any deductions or adjustments. Federal free state tax   Complete all worksheets that apply to your situation. Federal free state tax The worksheets will help you figure the maximum number of withholding allowances you are entitled to claim so that the amount of income tax withheld from your wages will match, as closely as possible, the amount of income tax you will owe at the end of the year. Federal free state tax Multiple jobs. Federal free state tax   If you have income from more than one job at the same time, complete only one set of Form W-4 worksheets. Federal free state tax Then split your allowances between the Forms W-4 for each job. Federal free state tax You cannot claim the same allowances with more than one employer at the same time. Federal free state tax You can claim all your allowances with one employer and none with the other(s), or divide them any other way. Federal free state tax Married individuals. Federal free state tax   If both you and your spouse are employed and expect to file a joint return, figure your withholding allowances using your combined income, adjustments, deductions, exemptions, and credits. Federal free state tax Use only one set of worksheets. Federal free state tax You can divide your total allowances any way, but you cannot claim an allowance that your spouse also claims. Federal free state tax   If you and your spouse expect to file separate returns, figure your allowances using separate worksheets based on your own individual income, adjustments, deductions, exemptions, and credits. Federal free state tax Alternative method of figuring withholding allowances. Federal free state tax   You do not have to use the Form W-4 worksheets if you use a more accurate method of figuring the number of withholding allowances. Federal free state tax   The method you use must be based on withholding schedules, the tax rate schedules, and the 2014 Estimated Tax Worksheet in chapter 2. Federal free state tax It must take into account only the items of income, adjustments to income, deductions, and tax credits that are taken into account on Form W-4. Federal free state tax   You can use the number of withholding allowances determined under an alternative method rather than the number determined using the Form W-4 worksheets. Federal free state tax You still must give your employer a Form W-4 claiming your withholding allowances. Federal free state tax Employees who are not citizens or residents. Federal free state tax   If you are neither a citizen nor a resident of the United States, you usually can claim only one withholding allowance. Federal free state tax However, this rule does not apply if you are a resident of Canada or Mexico, or if you are a U. Federal free state tax S. Federal free state tax national. Federal free state tax It also does not apply if your spouse is a U. Federal free state tax S. Federal free state tax citizen or resident and you have chosen to be treated as a resident of the United States for tax purposes. Federal free state tax Special rules apply to residents of South Korea and India. Federal free state tax For more information, see Withholding From Compensation in chapter 8 of Publication 519. Federal free state tax Personal Allowances Worksheet Use the Personal Allowances Worksheet on page 1 of Form W-4 to figure your withholding allowances based on all of the following that apply. Federal free state tax Exemptions. Federal free state tax Only one job. Federal free state tax Head of household filing status. Federal free state tax Child and dependent care credit. Federal free state tax Child tax credit. Federal free state tax Exemptions (worksheet lines A, C, and D). Federal free state tax   You can claim one withholding allowance for each exemption you expect to claim on your tax return. Federal free state tax Self. Federal free state tax   You can claim an allowance for your exemption on line A unless another person can claim an exemption for you on his or her tax return. Federal free state tax If another person is entitled to claim an exemption for you, you cannot claim an allowance for your exemption even if the other person will not claim your exemption. Federal free state tax Spouse. Federal free state tax   You can claim an allowance for your spouse's exemption on line C unless your spouse is claiming his or her own exemption or another person can claim an exemption for your spouse. Federal free state tax Do not claim this allowance if you and your spouse expect to file separate returns. Federal free state tax Dependents. Federal free state tax   You can claim one allowance on line D for each exemption you will claim for a dependent on your tax return. Federal free state tax Only one job (worksheet line B). Federal free state tax    You can claim an additional withholding allowance if any of the following apply for 2014. Federal free state tax You are single and you have only one job at a time. Federal free state tax You are married, you have only one job at a time, and your spouse does not work. Federal free state tax Your wages from a second job or your spouse's wages (or the total of both) are $1,500 or less. Federal free state tax If you qualify for this allowance, enter “1” on line B of the worksheet. Federal free state tax Head of household filing status (worksheet line E). Federal free state tax   Generally, you can file as head of household if you are unmarried and pay more than half the cost of keeping up a home that: Was the main home for all of 2014 of your parent whom you can claim as a dependent, or You lived in for more than half the year with your qualifying child or any other person you can claim as a dependent. Federal free state tax For more information, see Publication 501. Federal free state tax   If you expect to file as head of household on your 2014 tax return, enter “1” on line E of the worksheet. Federal free state tax Reduction of personal allowances. Federal free state tax   For 2014, your deduction for personal exemptions on your tax return is reduced if your adjusted gross income (AGI) is more than the AGI shown next for your filing status. Federal free state tax Personal Allowance Phaseout Threshold Single $254,200 Married filing jointly or qualifying widow(er) $305,050 Married filing separately $152,525 Head of household $279,650   If you expect your AGI to be more than the amount listed, use Worksheet 1-1 to figure your reduced number of personal allowances on lines A, C, and D of the Personal Allowances Worksheet. Federal free state tax Worksheet 1-1. Federal free state tax Personal Allowances Worksheet (Form W-4) Reduction of Personal Allowances if AGI Above Phaseout Threshold 1. Federal free state tax Enter the total amount of allowances on lines A, C, and D of the Personal Allowance Worksheet without regard to the phaseout rule 1. Federal free state tax   2. Federal free state tax Enter your expected AGI 2. Federal free state tax       3. Federal free state tax Enter $254,200 if single $305,050 if married filing jointly or qualifying widow(er) $152,525 if married filing separately $279,650 if head of household 3. Federal free state tax       4. Federal free state tax Subtract line 3 from line 2 4. Federal free state tax       5. Federal free state tax Divide line 4 by $125,000 ($62,500 if married filing separately). Federal free state tax Enter the result as a decimal 5. Federal free state tax   6. Federal free state tax Multiply line 1 by line 5. Federal free state tax If the result is not a whole number, increase it to the next higher whole number 6. Federal free state tax   7. Federal free state tax Subtract line 6 from line 1. Federal free state tax The total of the numbers you enter on A, C, and D of the Personal Allowances Worksheet can not be more than this amount 7. Federal free state tax     Child and dependent care credit (worksheet line F). Federal free state tax   Enter “1” on line F if you expect to claim a credit for at least $2,000 of qualifying child or dependent care expenses on your 2014 return. Federal free state tax Generally, qualifying expenses are those you pay for the care of your dependent who is your qualifying child under age 13 or for your spouse or dependent who is not able to care for himself or herself so that you can work or look for work. Federal free state tax For more information, see Publication 503, Child and Dependent Care Expenses. Federal free state tax   Instead of using line F, you can choose to take the credit into account on line 5 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet, as explained under Tax credits , later. Federal free state tax Child tax credit (worksheet line G). Federal free state tax   If your total income will be less than $65,000 ($95,000 if married), enter “2” on line G for each eligible child. Federal free state tax Subtract “1” from that amount if you have three to six eligible children. Federal free state tax Subtract “2” from that amount if you have seven or more eligible children. Federal free state tax   If your total income will be between $65,000 and $84,000 ($95,000 and $119,000 if married), enter “1” on line G for each eligible child. Federal free state tax   An eligible child is any child: Who is your son, daughter, stepchild, foster child, brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister, half brother, half sister, or a descendant of any of them (for example, your grandchild, niece, or nephew), Who will be under age 17 at the end of 2014, Who is younger than you (or your spouse if filing jointly) or permanently and totally disabled, Who will not provide over half of his or her own support for 2014, Who will not file a joint return, unless the return is filed only as a claim for refund, Who will live with you for more than half of 2014, Who is a U. Federal free state tax S. Federal free state tax citizen, U. Federal free state tax S. Federal free state tax national, or U. Federal free state tax S. Federal free state tax resident alien, and Who will be claimed as a dependent on your return. Federal free state tax If you are a U. Federal free state tax S. Federal free state tax citizen or U. Federal free state tax S. Federal free state tax national and your adopted child lived with you all year as a member of your household, that child meets the citizenship test. Federal free state tax   Also, if any other person can claim the child as an eligible child, see Qualifying child of more than one person in the 2013 instructions for Form 1040 or 1040A, line 6c. Federal free state tax   For more information about the child tax credit, see the instructions for Form 1040 or Form 1040A. Federal free state tax   Instead of using line G, you can choose to take the credit into account on line 5 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet, as explained under Tax credits , later. Federal free state tax Total personal allowances (worksheet line H). Federal free state tax    Add lines A through G and enter the total on line H. Federal free state tax If you do not use either of the worksheets on the back of Form W-4, enter the number from line H on line 5 of Form W-4. Federal free state tax Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet Use the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet on page 2 of Form W-4 if you plan to itemize your deductions, claim certain credits, or claim adjustments to the income on your 2014 tax return and you want to reduce your withholding. Federal free state tax Also, complete this worksheet when you have changes to those items to see if you need to change your withholding. Federal free state tax Use the amount of each item you reasonably can expect to show on your return. Federal free state tax However, do not use more than: The amount shown for that item on your 2013 return (or your 2012 return if you have not yet filed your 2013 return), plus Any additional amount related to a transaction or occurrence (such as payments already made, the signing of an agreement, or the sale of property) that you can prove has happened or will happen during 2013 or 2014. Federal free state tax Do not include any amount shown on your last tax return that has been disallowed by the IRS. Federal free state tax Example. Federal free state tax On June 30, 2013, you bought your first home. Federal free state tax On your 2013 tax return, you claimed itemized deductions of $6,600, the total mortgage interest and real estate tax you paid during the 6 months you owned your home. Federal free state tax Based on your mortgage payment schedule and your real estate tax assessment, you reasonably can expect to claim deductions of $13,200 for those items on your 2014 return. Federal free state tax You can use $13,200 to figure the number of your withholding allowances for itemized deductions. Federal free state tax Not itemizing deductions. Federal free state tax   If you expect to claim the standard deduction on your tax return, skip lines 1 and 2, and enter “0” on line 3 of the worksheet. Federal free state tax Itemized deductions (worksheet line 1). Federal free state tax   Enter your estimated total itemized deductions on line 1 of the worksheet. Federal free state tax   Listed below are some of the deductions you can take into account when figuring additional withholding allowances for 2014. Federal free state tax You normally claim these deductions on Schedule A of Form 1040. Federal free state tax Medical and dental expenses that are more than 10% (7. Federal free state tax 5% if either you or your spouse was born before January 2, 1950) of your 2014 AGI (defined under AGI , later). Federal free state tax State and local income or property taxes. Federal free state tax Deductible home mortgage interest. Federal free state tax Investment interest up to net investment income. Federal free state tax Charitable contributions. Federal free state tax Casualty and theft losses that are more than $100 and 10% of your AGI. Federal free state tax Fully deductible miscellaneous itemized deductions, including: Impairment-related work expenses of persons with disabilities, Federal estate tax on income in respect of a decedent, Repayment of more than $3,000 of income held under a claim of right that you included in income in an earlier year because at the time you thought you had an unrestricted right to it, Unrecovered investments in an annuity contract under which payments have ceased because of the annuitant's death, Gambling losses up to the amount of gambling winnings reported on your return, and Casualty and theft losses from  income-producing property. Federal free state tax Other miscellaneous itemized deductions that are more than 2% of your AGI, including: Unreimbursed employee business expenses, such as education expenses, work clothes and uniforms, union dues and fees, and the cost of work-related small tools and supplies, Safe deposit box rental, Tax counsel and assistance, and Certain fees paid to an IRA trustee or custodian. Federal free state tax AGI. Federal free state tax   For the purpose of estimating your itemized deductions, your AGI is your estimated total income for 2014 minus any estimated adjustments to income (discussed later) that you include on line 4 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet. Federal free state tax Phaseout of itemized deductions. Federal free state tax   For 2014, your total itemized deductions may be phased out (reduced) if your AGI is more than the following thresholds. Federal free state tax    Itemized Deduction Phaseout Threshold Single $254,200 Married filing jointly or qualifying widow(er) $305,050 Married filing separately $152,525 Head of household $279,650   If you expect your AGI to be more than the amount listed, use Worksheet 1–2 to figure your reduction in itemized deductions. Federal free state tax Worksheet 1-2. Federal free state tax Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet (Form W-4)—Line 1 Phaseout of Itemized Deductions 1. Federal free state tax Enter the estimated total of your itemized deductions 1. Federal free state tax   2. Federal free state tax Enter the amount included in line 1 for medical and dental expenses, investment interest, casualty or theft losses, and gambling losses 2. Federal free state tax   3. Federal free state tax Is the amount on line 2 less than the amount on line 1? ❑ No. Federal free state tax Stop here. Federal free state tax Your deduction is not limited. Federal free state tax Enter the amount from line 1 above on line 1 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet. Federal free state tax  ❑ Yes. Federal free state tax Subtract line 2 from line 1. Federal free state tax 3. Federal free state tax       4. Federal free state tax Multiply line 3 by 80% (. Federal free state tax 80) 4. Federal free state tax       5. Federal free state tax Enter your expected AGI 5. Federal free state tax       6. Federal free state tax Enter $305,050 If married filing jointly or qualifying widow(er), $279,650 if head of household, $254,200 if single, or $152,525 if married filing separately 6. Federal free state tax   7. Federal free state tax Is the amount on line 6 less than the amount on line 5? ❑ No. Federal free state tax Stop here. Federal free state tax Your deduction is not limited. Federal free state tax Enter the amount from line 1 above on line 1 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet. Federal free state tax  ❑ Yes. Federal free state tax Subtract line 6 from line 5. Federal free state tax 7. Federal free state tax       8. Federal free state tax Multiply line 7 by 3% (. Federal free state tax 03) 8. Federal free state tax       9. Federal free state tax Enter the smaller of line 4 or line 8 9. Federal free state tax     10. Federal free state tax Subtract line 9 from line 1. Federal free state tax Enter the result here and on line 1 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet 10. Federal free state tax     Adjustments to income (worksheet line 4). Federal free state tax   Enter your estimated total adjustments to income on line 4 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet. Federal free state tax   You can take the following adjustments to income into account when figuring additional withholding allowances for 2014. Federal free state tax These adjustments appear on page 1 of your Form 1040 or 1040A. Federal free state tax Net losses from Schedules C, D, E, and F of Form 1040 and from Part II of Form 4797, line 18b. Federal free state tax Net operating loss carryovers. Federal free state tax Certain business expenses of reservists, performing artists, and fee-based government officials. Federal free state tax Health savings account or medical savings account deduction. Federal free state tax Certain moving expenses. Federal free state tax Deduction for self-employment tax. Federal free state tax Deduction for contributions to self-employed SEP, and qualified SIMPLE plans. Federal free state tax Self-employed health insurance deduction. Federal free state tax Penalty on early withdrawal of savings. Federal free state tax Alimony paid. Federal free state tax IRA deduction. Federal free state tax Student loan interest deduction. Federal free state tax Jury duty pay given to your employer. Federal free state tax Reforestation amortization and expenses. Federal free state tax Deductible expenses related to income reported on line 21 from the rental of personal property engaged in for profit. Federal free state tax Repayment of certain supplemental unemployment benefits. Federal free state tax Contributions to IRC 501(c)(18)(D) pension plans. Federal free state tax Contributions by certain chaplains to IRC 403(b) plans. Federal free state tax Attorney fees and court costs for certain unlawful discrimination claims. Federal free state tax Attorney fees and court costs for certain whistleblower awards. Federal free state tax Estimated amount of decrease in tax attributable to income averaging using Schedule J (Form 1040). Federal free state tax Tax credits (worksheet line 5). Federal free state tax   Although you can take most tax credits into account when figuring withholding allowances, the Personal Allowances Worksheet uses only the child and dependent care credit (line F) and the child tax credit (line G). Federal free state tax But you can take these credits and others into account by adding an extra amount on line 5 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet. Federal free state tax   If you take the child and dependent care credit into account on line 5, do not use line F. Federal free state tax If you take the child tax credit into account on line 5, do not use line G. Federal free state tax   In addition to the child and dependent care credit and the child tax credit, you can generally take into account the following credits. Federal free state tax See the individual tax form instructions for more details. Federal free state tax Foreign tax credit, except any credit that applies to wages not subject to U. Federal free state tax S. Federal free state tax income tax withholding because they are subject to income tax withholding by a foreign country. Federal free state tax See Publication 514, Foreign Tax Credit for Individuals. Federal free state tax Credit for the elderly or the disabled. Federal free state tax See Publication 524, Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. Federal free state tax Education credits. Federal free state tax See Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education. Federal free state tax Retirement savings contributions credit (saver's credit). Federal free state tax See Publication 590. Federal free state tax Mortgage interest credit. Federal free state tax See Publication 530, Tax Information for Homeowners. Federal free state tax Adoption credit. Federal free state tax See the Instructions for Form 8839. Federal free state tax Credit for nonrefundable portion of prior year minimum tax if you paid alternative minimum tax in an earlier year. Federal free state tax See the Instructions for Form 8801. Federal free state tax General business credit. Federal free state tax See the Instructions for Form 3800. Federal free state tax Earned income credit. Federal free state tax See Publication 596. Federal free state tax Figuring line 5 entry. Federal free state tax   To figure the amount to add on line 5 for tax credits, multiply your estimated total credits by the appropriate number from Table 1-3 . Federal free state tax Example. Federal free state tax You are married and expect to file a joint return for 2014. Federal free state tax Your combined estimated wages are $68,000. Federal free state tax Your estimated tax credits include a child and dependent care credit of $960 and a mortgage interest credit of $1,700 (total credits = $2,660). Federal free state tax In Table 1-3, the number corresponding to your combined estimated wages ($42,001 – $98,000) is 6. Federal free state tax 7. Federal free state tax Multiply your total estimated tax credits of $2,660 by 6. Federal free state tax 7. Federal free state tax Add the result, $17,822, to the amount you otherwise would show on line 5 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet and enter the total on line 5. Federal free state tax Because you choose to account for your child and dependent care credit this way, do not make an entry on line F of the Personal Allowances Worksheet. Federal free state tax Nonwage income (worksheet line 6). Federal free state tax   Enter on line 6 your estimated total nonwage income (other than tax-exempt income). Federal free state tax Nonwage income includes interest, dividends, net rental income, unemployment compensation, alimony, gambling winnings, prizes and awards, hobby income, capital gains, royalties, and partnership income. Federal free state tax   If line 6 is more than line 5, you may not have enough income tax withheld from your wages. Federal free state tax See Getting the Right Amount of Tax Withheld , later. Federal free state tax Net deductions and adjustments (worksheet line 8). Federal free state tax    If line 7 is less than $3,950, enter “0” on line 8. Federal free state tax If line 7 is $3,950 or more, divide it by $3,950, drop any fraction, and enter the result on line 8. Federal free state tax Example. Federal free state tax If line 7 is $5,200, $5,200 ÷ $3,950 = 1. Federal free state tax 32. Federal free state tax Drop the fraction (. Federal free state tax 32) and enter “1” on line 8. Federal free state tax Two-Earners/Multiple Jobs Worksheet Complete the Two-Earners/Multiple Jobs Worksheet on page 2 of Form W-4 if you have more than one job or are married and you and your spouse both work and the combined earnings from all jobs are more than $50,000 ($20,000 if married). Federal free state tax Reducing your allowances (worksheet lines 1-3). Federal free state tax   On line 1 of the worksheet, enter the number from line H of the Personal Allowances Worksheet (or line 10 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet, if used). Federal free state tax Using Table 1 in the Two-Earners/Multiple Jobs Worksheet, find the number listed beside the amount of your estimated wages for the year from your lowest paying job (or if lower and you are filing jointly, your spouse's job). Federal free state tax Enter that number on line 2. Federal free state tax However, if you are married filing jointly and estimated wages from the highest paying job are $65,000 or less, do not enter more than “3. Federal free state tax ”    Table 1-3. Federal free state tax Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet (Form W-4)—Line 5 a. Federal free state tax  Married Filing Jointly or Qualifying Widow(er) If combined income from all sources is:   Multiply credits by: $0 – 42,000 10. Federal free state tax 0 $42,001 – 98,000 6. Federal free state tax 7 $98,001 – 180,000 4. Federal free state tax 0 $180,001 – 270,000 3. Federal free state tax 6 $270,001 – 440,000 3. Federal free state tax 0 $440,001 – 490,000. Federal free state tax . Federal free state tax . Federal free state tax . Federal free state tax 2. Federal free state tax 9 $490,001 and over 2. Federal free state tax 5 b. Federal free state tax  Single If combined income from all sources is:   Multiply credits by: $0 – 19,000 10. Federal free state tax 0 $19,001 – 47,000 6. Federal free state tax 7 $47,001 – 104,000 4. Federal free state tax 0 $104,001 – 205,000 3. Federal free state tax 6 $205,001 – 430,000 3. Federal free state tax 0 $430,001 and over 2. Federal free state tax 5 c. Federal free state tax  Head of Household If combined income from all sources is:   Multiply credits by: $0 – 30,000 10. Federal free state tax 0 $30,001 – 66,000 6. Federal free state tax 7 $66,001 – 150,000 4. Federal free state tax 0 $150,001 – 235,000 3. Federal free state tax 6 $235,001 – 430,000 3. Federal free state tax 0 $430,001 – 460,000 2. Federal free state tax 9 $460,001 and over 2. Federal free state tax 5 d. Federal free state tax  Married Filing Separately   If combined income from all sources is:   Multiply credits by: $0 – 21,000 10. Federal free state tax 0 $21,001 – 49,000 6. Federal free state tax 7 $49,001 – 90,000 4. Federal free state tax 0 $90,001 – 135,000 3. Federal free state tax 6 $135,001 – 220,000 3. Federal free state tax 0 $220,001 – 245,000 2. Federal free state tax 9 $245,001 and over 2. Federal free state tax 5   Subtract line 2 from line 1 and enter the result (but not less than zero) on line 3 and on Form W-4, line 5. Federal free state tax If line 1 is more than or equal to line 2, do not use the rest of the worksheet. Federal free state tax   If line 1 is less than line 2, enter “0” on Form W-4, line 5. Federal free state tax Then complete lines 4 through 9 of the worksheet to figure the additional withholding needed to avoid underwithholding. Federal free state tax Other amounts owed. Federal free state tax   If you expect to owe amounts other than income tax, such as self-employment tax, include them on line 8. Federal free state tax The total is the additional withholding needed for the year. Federal free state tax Getting the Right Amount of Tax Withheld In most situations, the tax withheld from your pay will be close to the tax you figure on your return if you follow these two rules. Federal free state tax You accurately complete all the Form W-4 worksheets that apply to you. Federal free state tax You give your employer a new Form W-4 when changes occur. Federal free state tax But because the worksheets and withholding methods do not account for all possible situations, you may not be getting the right amount withheld. Federal free state tax This is most likely to happen in the following situations. Federal free state tax You are married and both you and your spouse work. Federal free state tax You have more than one job at a time. Federal free state tax You have nonwage income, such as interest, dividends, alimony, unemployment compensation, or self-employment income. Federal free state tax You will owe additional amounts with your return, such as self-employment tax. Federal free state tax Your withholding is based on obsolete Form W-4 information for a substantial part of the year. Federal free state tax Your earnings are more than $130,000 if you are single or $180,000 if you are married. Federal free state tax You work only part of the year. Federal free state tax You change the number of your withholding allowances during the year. Federal free state tax You are subject to Additional Medicare Tax or Net Investment Income Tax. Federal free state tax If you anticipate liability for Additional Medicare Tax or Net Investment Income Tax, you may request that your employer withhold an additional amount of income tax withholding on Form W-4. Federal free state tax Part-Year Method If you work only part of the year and your employer agrees to use the part-year withholding method, less tax will be withheld from each wage payment than would be withheld if you worked all year. Federal free state tax To be eligible for the part-year method, you must meet both of the following requirements. Federal free state tax You must use the calendar year (the 12 months from January 1 through December 31) as your tax year. Federal free state tax You cannot use a fiscal year. Federal free state tax You must not expect to be employed for more than 245 days during the year. Federal free state tax To figure this limit, count all calendar days that you are employed (including weekends, vacations, and sick days) beginning with the first day you are on the job for pay and ending with your last day of work. Federal free state tax If you are temporarily laid off for 30 days or less, count those days too. Federal free state tax If you are laid off for more than 30 days, do not count those days. Federal free state tax You will not meet this requirement if you begin working before May 1 and expect to work for the rest of the year. Federal free state tax How to apply for the part-year method. Federal free state tax   You must ask your employer in writing to use this method. Federal free state tax The request must state all three of the following. Federal free state tax The date of your last day of work for any prior employer during the current calendar year. Federal free state tax That you do not expect to be employed more than 245 days during the current calendar year. Federal free state tax That you use the calendar year as your tax year. Federal free state tax Cumulative Wage Method If you change the number of your withholding allowances during the year, too much or too little tax may have been withheld for the period before you made the change. Federal free state tax You may be able to compensate for this if your employer agrees to use the cumulative wage withholding method for the rest of the year. Federal free state tax You must ask your employer in writing to use this method. Federal free state tax To be eligible, you must have been paid for the same kind of payroll period (weekly, biweekly, etc. Federal free state tax ) since the beginning of the year. Federal free state tax Aids for Figuring Your Withholding IRS Withholding Calculator. Federal free state tax   If you had too much or too little income tax withheld from your pay, the IRS provides a withholding calculator on its website. Federal free state tax Go to www. Federal free state tax irs. Federal free state tax gov/Individuals/IRS-Withholding-Calculator. Federal free state tax It can help you determine the correct amount to be withheld any time during the year. Federal free state tax Rules Your Employer Must Follow It may be helpful for you to know some of the withholding rules your employer must follow. Federal free state tax These rules can affect how to fill out your Form W-4 and how to handle problems that may arise. Federal free state tax New Form W-4. Federal free state tax   When you start a new job, your employer should give you a Form W-4 to fill out. Federal free state tax Beginning with your first payday, your employer will use the information you give on the form to figure your withholding. Federal free state tax   If you later fill out a new Form W-4, your employer can put it into effect as soon as possible. Federal free state tax The deadline for putting it into effect is the start of the first payroll period ending 30 or more days after you turn it in. Federal free state tax No Form W-4. Federal free state tax   If you do not give your employer a completed Form W-4, your employer must withhold at the highest rate, as if you were single and claimed no withholding allowances. Federal free state tax Repaying withheld tax. Federal free state tax   If you find you are having too much tax withheld because you did not claim all the withholding allowances you are entitled to, you should give your employer a new Form W-4. Federal free state tax Your employer cannot repay any of the tax previously withheld. Federal free state tax Instead, claim the full amount withheld when you file your tax return. Federal free state tax   However, if your employer has withheld more than the correct amount of tax for the Form W-4 you have in effect, you do not have to fill out a new Form W-4 to have your withholding lowered to the correct amount. Federal free state tax Your employer can repay the amount that was withheld incorrectly. Federal free state tax If you are not repaid, your Form W-2 will reflect the full amount actually withheld, which you would claim when you file your tax return. Federal free state tax IRS review of your withholding. Federal free state tax   Whether you are entitled to claim a certain number of allowances or a complete exemption from withholding is subject to review by the IRS. Federal free state tax Your employer may be required to send a copy of the Form W-4 to the IRS. Federal free state tax There is a penalty for supplying false information on Form W-4. Federal free state tax See Penalties , later. Federal free state tax   If the IRS determines that you cannot claim more than a specified number of withholding allowances or claim a complete exemption from withholding, the IRS will issue a notice of the maximum number of withholding allowances permitted (commonly referred to as a “lock-in letter”) to both you and your employer. Federal free state tax   The IRS will provide a period of time during which you can dispute the determination before your employer adjusts your withholding. Federal free state tax If you believe that you are entitled to claim complete exemption from withholding or claim more withholding allowances than the maximum number specified by the IRS in the lock-in letter, you must submit a new Form W-4 and a written statement to support your claims to the IRS. Federal free state tax Contact information (a toll-free number and an IRS office address) will be provided in the lock-in letter. Federal free state tax At the end of this period, if you have not responded or if your response is not adequate, your employer will be required to withhold based on the original lock-in letter. Federal free state tax   After the lock-in letter takes effect, your employer must withhold tax on the basis of the withholding rate (marital status) and maximum number of withholding allowances specified in that letter. Federal free state tax   If you later believe that you are entitled to claim exemption from withholding or more allowances than the IRS determined, you can complete a new Form W-4 and a written statement to support the claims made on the Form W-4 and send them directly to the IRS address shown on the lock-in letter. Federal free state tax Your employer must continue to figure your withholding on the basis of the number of allowances previously determined by the IRS until the IRS advises your employer otherwise. Federal free state tax   At any time, either before or after the lock-in letter becomes effective, you may give your employer a new Form W-4 that does not claim complete exemption from withholding and results in more income tax withheld than specified in the lock-in letter. Federal free state tax Your employer must then withhold tax based on this new Form W-4. Federal free state tax   Additional information is available at IRS. Federal free state tax gov. Federal free state tax Enter “withholding compliance questions” in the search box. Federal free state tax Exemption From Withholding If you claim exemption from withholding, your employer will not withhold federal income tax from your wages. Federal free state tax The exemption applies only to income tax, not to social security or Medicare tax. Federal free state tax You can claim exemption from withholding for 2014 only if both of the following situations apply. Federal free state tax For 2013 you had a right to a refund of all federal income tax withheld because you had no tax liability. Federal free state tax For 2014 you expect a refund of all federal income tax withheld because you expect to have no tax liability. Federal free state tax Use Figure 1-A to help you decide whether you can claim exemption from withholding. Federal free state tax Do not use Figure 1-A if you: Are 65 or older, Are blind, Will itemize deductions on your 2014 return, Will claim an exemption for a dependent on your 2014 return, or Will claim any tax credits on your 2014 return. Federal free state tax These situations are discussed later. Federal free state tax Students. Federal free state tax   If you are a student, you are not automatically exempt. Federal free state tax If you work only part time or during the summer, you may qualify for exemption from withholding. Federal free state tax Example 1. Federal free state tax You are a high school student and expect to earn $2,500 from a summer job. Federal free state tax You do not expect to have any other income during the year, and your parents will be able to claim an exemption for you on their tax return. Federal free state tax You worked last summer and had $375 federal income tax withheld from your pay. Federal free state tax The entire $375 was refunded when you filed your 2013 return. Federal free state tax Using Figure 1-A, you find that you can claim exemption from withholding. Federal free state tax Please click here for the text description of the image. Federal free state tax Figure 1-A: Exemption From Withholding on Form W-4 Example 2. Federal free state tax The facts are the same as in Example 1, except that you also have a savings account and expect to have $400 interest income during the year. Federal free state tax Using Figure 1-A, you find that you cannot claim exemption from withholding because your unearned income will be more than $350 and your total income will be more than $1,000. Federal free state tax    You may have to file a tax return, even if you are exempt from withholding. Federal free state tax See Publication 501 to see whether you must file a return. Federal free state tax    Age 65 or older or blind. Federal free state tax If you are 65 or older or blind, use Worksheet 1-3 or Worksheet 1-4, to help you decide whether you can claim exemption from withholding. Federal free state tax Do not use either worksheet if you will itemize deductions, claim exemptions for dependents, or claim tax credits on your 2014 return. Federal free state tax Instead, see Itemizing deductions or claiming exemptions or credits, next. Federal free state tax Itemizing deductions or claiming exemptions or credits. Federal free state tax   If you had no tax liability for 2013, and you will: Itemize deductions, Claim an exemption for a dependent, or Claim a tax credit, use the 2014 Estimated Tax Worksheet (also see chapter 2), to figure your 2014 expected tax liability. Federal free state tax You can claim exemption from withholding only if your total expected tax liability (line 13c of the worksheet) is zero. Federal free state tax Claiming exemption from withholding. Federal free state tax   To claim exemption, you must give your employer a Form W-4. Federal free state tax Do not complete lines 5 and 6. Federal free state tax Enter “Exempt” on line 7. Federal free state tax   If you claim exemption, but later your situation changes so that you will have to pay income tax after all, you must file a new Form W-4 within 10 days after the change. Federal free state tax If you claim exemption in 2014 but you expect to owe income tax for 2015, you must file a new Form W-4 by December 1, 2014. Federal free state tax   Your claim of exempt status may be reviewed by the IRS. Federal free state tax See IRS review of your withholding , earlier. Federal free state tax An exemption is good for only 1 year. Federal free state tax   You must give your employer a new Form W-4 by February 15 each year to continue your exemption. Federal free state tax Supplemental Wages Supplemental wages include bonuses, commissions, overtime pay, vacation allowances, certain sick pay, and expense allowances under certain plans. Federal free state tax The payer can figure withholding on supplemental wages using the same method used for your regular wages. Federal free state tax However, if these payments are identified separately from regular wages, your employer or other payer of supplemental wages can withhold income tax from these wages at a flat rate. Federal free state tax Expense allowances. Federal free state tax   Reimbursements or other expense allowances paid by your employer under a nonaccountable plan are treated as supplemental wages. Federal free state tax A nonaccountable plan is a reimbursement arrangement that does not require you to account for, or prove, your business expenses to your employer or does not require you to return your employer's payments that are more than your proven expenses. Federal free state tax   Reimbursements or other expense allowances paid under an accountable plan that are more than your proven expenses are treated as paid under a nonaccountable plan if you do not return the excess payments within a reasonable period of time. Federal free state tax Accountable plan. Federal free state tax   To be an accountable plan, your employer's reimbursement or allowance arrangement must include all three of the following rules. Federal free state tax Your expenses must have a business connection. Federal free state tax That is, you must have paid or incurred deductible expenses while performing services as an employee of your employer. Federal free state tax You must adequately account to your employer for these expenses within a reasonable period of time. Federal free state tax You must return any excess reimbursement or allowance within a reasonable period of time. Federal free state tax    An excess reimbursement or allowance is any amount you are paid that is more than the business-related expenses that you adequately accounted for to your employer. Federal free state tax   The definition of reasonable period of time depends on the facts and circumstances of your situation. Federal free state tax However, regardless of those facts and circumstances, actions that take place within the times specified in the following list will be treated as taking place within a reasonable period of time. Federal free state tax You receive an advance within 30 days of the time you have an expense. Federal free state tax You adequately account for your expenses within 60 days after they were paid or incurred. Federal free state tax You return any excess reimbursement within 120 days after the expense was paid or incurred. Federal free state tax You are given a periodic statement (at least quarterly) that asks you to either return or adequately account for outstanding advances and you comply within 120 days of the statement. Federal free state tax Nonaccountable plan. Federal free state tax   Any plan that does not meet the definition of an accountable plan is considered a nonaccountable plan. Federal free state tax For more information about accountable and nonaccountable plans, see chapter 6 of Publication 463, Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses. Federal free state tax Penalties You may have to pay a penalty of $500 if both of the following apply. Federal free state tax You make statements or claim withholding allowances on your Form W-4 that reduce the amount of tax withheld. Federal free state tax You have no reasonable basis for those statements or allowances at the time you prepare your Form W-4. Federal free state tax There is also a criminal penalty for willfully supplying false or fraudulent information on your Form W-4 or for willfully failing to supply information that would increase the amount withheld. Federal free state tax The penalty upon conviction can be either a fine of up to $1,000 or imprisonment for up to 1 year, or both. Federal free state tax These penalties will apply if you deliberately and knowingly falsify your Form W-4 in an attempt to reduce or eliminate the proper withholding of taxes. Federal free state tax A simple error or an honest mistake will not result in one of these penalties. Federal free state tax For example, a person who has tried to figure the number of withholding allowances correctly, but claims seven when the proper number is six, will not be charged a Form W-4 penalty. Federal free state tax However, see chapter 4 for information on the penalty for underpaying your tax. Federal free state tax Tips The tips you receive while working on your job are considered part of your pay. Federal free state tax You must include your tips on your tax return on the same line as your regular pay. Federal free state tax However, tax is not withheld directly from tip income, as it is from your regular pay. Federal free state tax Nevertheless, your employer will take into account the tips you report when figuring how much to withhold from your regular pay. Federal free state tax Reporting tips to your employer. Federal free state tax   If you receive tips of $20 or more in a month while working for any one employer, you must report to your employer the total amount of tips you receive on the job during the month. Federal free state tax The report is due by the 10th day of the following month. Federal free state tax   If you have more than one job, make a separate report to each employer. Federal free state tax Report only the tips you received while working for that employer, and only if they total $20 or more for the month. Federal free state tax How employer figures amount to withhold. Federal free state tax   The tips you report to your employer are counted as part of your income for the month you report them. Federal free state tax Your employer can figure your withholding in either of two ways. Federal free state tax By withholding at the regular rate on the sum of your pay plus your reported tips. Federal free state tax By withholding at the regular rate on your pay plus a percentage of your reported tips. Federal free state tax Not enough pay to cover taxes. Federal free state tax   If your regular pay is not enough for your employer to withhold all the tax (including income tax and social security and Medicare taxes (or the equivalent railroad retirement tax)) due on your pay plus your tips, you can give your employer money to cover the shortage. Federal free state tax   If you do not give your employer money to cover the shortage, your employer first withholds as much Medicare tax and social security or railroad retirement tax as possible, up to the proper amount, and then withholds income tax up to the full amount of your pay. Federal free state tax If not enough tax is withheld, you may have to pay estimated tax. Federal free state tax When you file your return, you also may have to pay any Medicare and social security tax or railroad retirement tax your employer could not withhold. Federal free state tax Tips not reported to your employer. Federal free state tax   On your tax return, you must report all the tips you receive during the year, even tips you do not report to your employer (this includes the value of any noncash tips you received, such as tickets, passes, or other items of value). Federal free state tax Make sure you are having enough tax withheld, or are paying enough estimated tax (see chapter 2), to cover all your tip income. Federal free state tax Allocated tips. Federal free state tax   If you work in a large food or beverage establishment, your employer may have to report an allocated amount of tips on your Form W-2. Federal free state tax   Your employer should not withhold income tax, Medicare tax, and social security or railroad retirement tax on the allocated amount. Federal free state tax Withholding is based only on your pay plus your reported tips. Federal free state tax Your employer should refund to you any incorrectly withheld tax. Federal free state tax More information. Federal free state tax   For more information on the reporting and withholding rules for tip income and on tip allocation, see Publi
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Federal free state tax Part Six -   Cómo Calcular los Impuestos y Créditos Los ocho capítulos de esta sección explican cómo calcular sus impuestos y cómo calcular los impuestos de determinados hijos con ingresos no derivados del trabajo de $2,000 o más. Federal free state tax Explican también créditos tributarios que, a diferencia de las deducciones, se restan directamente de los impuestos y los disminuyen, dólar por dólar. Federal free state tax El capítulo 36 trata sobre el crédito por ingreso del trabajo y el capítulo 37 abarca una amplia gama de otros créditos, como por ejemplo, el crédito por adopción. Federal free state tax Table of Contents 30. Federal free state tax   Cómo Calcular los ImpuestosIntroduction Cómo Calcular los Impuestos Impuesto Mínimo Alternativo (AMT) Impuestos Calculados por el IRS Cómo Presentar la Declaración 31. Federal free state tax   Impuesto sobre Ingresos No Derivados del Trabajo de Determinados Hijos¿Que Hay de Nuevo? Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Cómo Saber si se Tiene que Utilizar la Declaración del Padre o de la MadrePadres que no Presentan la Declaración Conjunta Elección de los Padres de Declarar los Intereses y Dividendos del HijoConsecuencias de Incluir los Ingresos del Hijo Cómo Calcular los Ingresos del Hijo Cómo Calcular el Impuesto Adicional Impuesto para Determinados Hijos con Ingresos No Derivados del TrabajoCómo Facilitar Información sobre los Padres (líneas A-C del Formulario 8615) Paso 1. Federal free state tax Cómo Calcular los Ingresos Netos No Derivados del Trabajo del Hijo (Parte I del Formulario 8615) Paso 2. Federal free state tax Cómo Calcular el Impuesto Provisional a la Tasa Impositiva de los Padres (Parte II del Formulario 8615) Paso 3. Federal free state tax Cómo Calcular el Impuesto del Hijo (Parte III del Formulario 8615) 32. Federal free state tax   Crédito por Gastos del Cuidado de Menores y DependientesRecordatorios Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Requisitos Para Reclamar el CréditoRequisitos de la Persona Calificada Requisito del Ingreso del Trabajo Requisito de Gastos Relacionados con el Trabajo Requisito de la Declaración Conjunta Requisito de Identificación del Proveedor de Cuidados Cómo Calcular el CréditoCómo Calcular el Total de los Gastos Relacionados con el Trabajo Límite del Ingreso del Trabajo Límite de Dinero Cantidad de Crédito Cómo Reclamar el CréditoCrédito tributario no reembolsable. Federal free state tax Impuestos sobre la Nómina para Empleadores de Empleados Domésticos 33. Federal free state tax   Crédito para Ancianos o Personas IncapacitadasIntroduction Useful Items - You may want to see: ¿Reúne los Requisitos del Crédito?Persona que Reúne los Requisitos Límites sobre los Ingresos Cómo Reclamar el CréditoEl Crédito Calculado por el IRS El Crédito Calculado por Usted Mismo 34. Federal free state tax   Crédito Tributario por HijosIntroduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Hijo Calificado Cantidad de CréditoLímites del Crédito Cómo Reclamar el Crédito Crédito Tributario Adicional por Hijos Cómo Completar el Anexo 8812 (Formulario 1040A o Formulario 1040)Parte I Partes II a IV 35. Federal free state tax   Créditos Tributarios por EstudiosIntroduction Useful Items - You may want to see: ¿Quién Puede Reclamar un Crédito Tributario por Estudios? Gastos de Estudios CalificadosNo se Permite Beneficio Doble Ajustes a los Gastos de Estudios Calificados 36. Federal free state tax   Crédito por Ingreso del Trabajo (EIC) Qué Hay de Nuevo Recordatorios Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: ¿Reúne los Requisitos para el Crédito?Si se Hizo una Solicitud Indebida del Crédito en un Año Anterior Parte A. Federal free state tax Requisitos para TodosRequisito 1. Federal free state tax Tiene que Tener Ingresos Brutos Ajustados Inferiores a: Requisito 2. Federal free state tax Tiene que tener un número de Seguro Social válido Requisito 3. Federal free state tax Su Estado Civil para Efectos de la Declaración no Puede Ser Casado que Presenta la Declaración por Separado Requisito 4. Federal free state tax Tiene que Ser Ciudadano o Extranjero Residente de los Estados Unidos Durante Todo el Año Requisito 5. Federal free state tax No Puede Presentar el Formulario 2555 ni el Formulario 2555-EZ Requisito 6. Federal free state tax Tiene que Tener Ingresos de Inversiones de $3,300 o Menos Requisito 7. Federal free state tax Tiene que Haber Recibido Ingresos del Trabajo Parte B. Federal free state tax Requisitos si Tiene un Hijo CalificadoRequisito 8. Federal free state tax Su Hijo Tiene que Cumplir los Requisitos de Parentesco, Edad, Residencia y de la Declaración Conjunta Requisito 9. Federal free state tax Para Reclamar el Crédito por Ingreso del Trabajo, Sólo una Persona Puede Basarse en el Hijo Calificado de Usted Requisito 10. Federal free state tax Otro Contribuyente no Puede Reclamarlo a Usted como Hijo Calificado Parte C. Federal free state tax Requisitos si no Tiene un Hijo CalificadoRequisito 11. Federal free state tax Tiene que Tener por lo Menos 25 Años pero Menos de 65 Años Requisito 12. Federal free state tax No Puede Ser el Dependiente de Otra Persona Requisito 13. Federal free state tax Otro Contribuyente no Puede Reclamarlo a Usted como Hijo Calificado Requisito 14. Federal free state tax Tiene que Haber Vivido en los Estados Unidos durante más de la Mitad del Año Parte D. Federal free state tax Cómo Calcular y Reclamar el Crédito por Ingreso del TrabajoRequisito 15. Federal free state tax Su Ingreso del Trabajo Tiene que Ser Menos de: El IRS Puede Calcularle el Crédito por Ingreso del Trabajo Cómo Calcular Usted Mismo el Crédito por Ingreso del Trabajo EjemplosEjemplo 1. Federal free state tax Juan y Julia Martínez (Formulario 1040A) Ejemplo 2. Federal free state tax Carla Robles (Formulario 1040EZ) 37. Federal free state tax   Otros CréditosQué Hay de Nuevo Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Créditos no ReembolsablesCrédito por Adopción Crédito por Vehículo Motorizado Alternativo Crédito por Bienes de Reabastecimiento de Vehículos con Combustible Alternativo Crédito para Titulares de Bonos de Crédito Tributario Crédito por Impuestos Extranjeros Crédito por Intereses Hipotecarios Crédito no Reembolsable del Impuesto Mínimo de Años Anteriores Crédito por Vehículos Enchufables con Motor de Dirección Eléctrica Créditos por Energía de la Propiedad Residencial Crédito por Aportaciones a Cuentas de Ahorro para la Jubilación (Crédito del Ahorrador) Créditos ReembolsablesCrédito por el Impuesto sobre Ganancias de Capital no Distribuidas Crédito Tributario por Cobertura del Seguro Médico Crédito por Retención en Exceso del Impuesto del Seguro Social o del Impuesto de la Jubilación Ferroviaria Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications