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Hrblock at home 1. Hrblock at home   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. Hrblock at home Exceptions. Hrblock at home Sick Pay Pensions and AnnuitiesPeriodic Payments Nonperiodic Payments Eligible Rollover Distributions Choosing Not To Have Income Tax Withheld Gambling WinningsException. Hrblock at home Identical wagers. Hrblock at home Unemployment Compensation Federal Payments Backup WithholdingTaxpayer identification number. Hrblock at home Underreported interest or dividends. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home This chapter explains in detail the rules for withholding tax from each of these types of income. Hrblock at home The discussion of salaries and wages includes an explanation of how to complete Form W-4. Hrblock at home This chapter also covers backup withholding on interest, dividends, and other payments. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home Salaries and Wages Income tax is withheld from the pay of most employees. Hrblock at home Your pay includes your regular pay, bonuses, commissions, and vacation allowances. Hrblock at home It also includes reimbursements and other expense allowances paid under a nonaccountable plan. Hrblock at home See Supplemental Wages , later, for definitions of accountable and nonaccountable plans. Hrblock at home If your income is low enough that you will not have to pay income tax for the year, you may be exempt from withholding. Hrblock at home This is explained under Exemption From Withholding , later. Hrblock at home You can ask your employer to withhold income tax from noncash wages and other wages not subject to withholding. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home Military retirees. Hrblock at home   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. Hrblock at home Household workers. Hrblock at home   If you are a household worker, you can ask your employer to withhold income tax from your pay. Hrblock at home A household worker is an employee who performs household work in a private home, local college club, or local fraternity or sorority chapter. Hrblock at home   Tax is withheld only if you want it withheld and your employer agrees to withhold it. Hrblock at home If you do not have enough income tax withheld, you may have to pay estimated tax, as discussed in chapter 2. Hrblock at home Farmworkers. Hrblock at home   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. Hrblock at home Differential wage payments. Hrblock at home   When employees are on leave from employment for military duty, some employers make up the difference between the military pay and civilian pay. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home The wages and withholding will be reported on Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home The amount you earn in each payroll period. Hrblock at home The information you give your employer on Form W-4. Hrblock at home Form W-4 includes four types of information that your employer will use to figure your withholding. Hrblock at home Whether to withhold at the single rate or at the lower married rate. Hrblock at home How many withholding allowances you claim (each allowance reduces the amount withheld). Hrblock at home Whether you want an additional amount withheld. Hrblock at home Whether you are claiming an exemption from withholding in 2014. Hrblock at home See Exemption From Withholding , later. Hrblock at home Note. Hrblock at home You must specify a filing status and a number of withholding allowances on Form W-4. Hrblock at home You cannot specify only a dollar amount of withholding. Hrblock at home New Job When you start a new job, you must fill out a Form W-4 and give it to your employer. Hrblock at home Your employer should have copies of the form. Hrblock at home If you need to change the information later, you must fill out a new form. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home You may be able to avoid overwithholding if your employer agrees to use the part-year method. Hrblock at home See Part-Year Method , later, for more information. Hrblock at home Employee also receiving pension income. Hrblock at home   If you receive pension or annuity income and begin a new job, you will need to file Form W-4 with your new employer. Hrblock at home However, you can choose to split your withholding allowances between your pension and job in any manner. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home When this happens, you may need to give your employer a new Form W-4 to change your withholding status or number of allowances. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home See Marital Status (Line 3 of Form W-4) and Withholding Allowances (Line 5 of Form W-4) , later. Hrblock at home Generally, you can submit a new Form W-4 whenever you wish to change your withholding allowances for any other reason. Hrblock at home See Table 1-1 for examples of personal and financial changes you should consider. Hrblock at home Table 1-1. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home If too much or too little tax is being withheld, you should give your employer a new Form W-4 to change your withholding. Hrblock at home You can get a blank Form W-4 from your employer or print the form from IRS. Hrblock at home gov. Hrblock at home You should try to have your withholding match your actual tax liability. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home If too much tax is withheld, you will lose the use of that money until you get your refund. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home See Table 1-1 for examples. Hrblock at home Note. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home You should check your withholding when any of the following situations occur. Hrblock at home You receive a paycheck stub (statement) covering a full pay period in 2014, showing tax withheld based on 2014 tax rates. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home There are changes in your life or financial situation that affect your tax liability. Hrblock at home See Table 1-1. Hrblock at home There are changes in the tax law that affect your tax liability. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home You can also use the IRS Withholding calculator at www. Hrblock at home irs. Hrblock at home gov/individuals. Hrblock at home If you use the worksheets and tables in this publication, follow these steps. Hrblock at home Fill out Worksheet 1-5 to project your total federal income tax liability for 2014. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home How Do You Increase Your Withholding? There are two ways to increase your withholding. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home Requesting an additional amount withheld. Hrblock at home   You can request that an additional amount be withheld from each paycheck by following these steps. Hrblock at home Complete Worksheets 1-5 and 1-7. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home Enter on your new Form W-4, the same number of withholding allowances your employer now uses for your withholding. Hrblock at home This is the number of allowances you entered on the last Form W-4 you gave your employer. Hrblock at home Enter on your new Form W-4, the amount from Worksheet 1-7, line 6. Hrblock at home Give your newly completed Form W-4 to your employer. Hrblock at home   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. Hrblock at home Example. Hrblock at home 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). Hrblock at home Steve's tax will be underwithheld by $800 ($4,316 − $3,516). Hrblock at home His choices are to pay this amount when he files his 2014 tax return, make estimated tax payments, or increase his withholding now. Hrblock at home Steve gets a new Form W-4 from his employer, who tells him that there are 50 paydays remaining in 2014. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home He gives the completed form to his employer. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home If this is the case, you can increase your withholding for one or more of the jobs. Hrblock at home   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. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home This will give you the additional amount to enter on the Form W-4 you will file for that job. Hrblock at home You need to give your employer a new Form W-4 for each job for which you are changing your withholding. Hrblock at home Example. Hrblock at home Meg Green works in a store and earns $46,000 a year. Hrblock at home Her husband, John, works full-time in manufacturing and earns $68,000 a year. Hrblock at home In 2014, they will also have $184 in taxable interest and $1,000 of other taxable income. Hrblock at home They expect to file a joint income tax return. Hrblock at home Meg and John complete Worksheets 1-5, 1-6, and 1-7. Hrblock at home Line 5 of Worksheet 1-7 shows that they will owe an additional $4,459 after subtracting their withholding for the year. Hrblock at home They can divide the $4,459 any way they want. Hrblock at home They can enter an additional amount on either of their Forms W-4, or divide it between them. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home Both claim the same number of allowances as before. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home There are two ways to do this. Hrblock at home You can: Decrease any additional amount you are having withheld, or Increase the number of allowances you claim on Form W-4. Hrblock at home You can claim only the number of allowances to which you are entitled. Hrblock at home To see if you can decrease your withholding by increasing your allowances, see the Form W-4 instructions and the rest of this publication. Hrblock at home Increasing the number of allowances. Hrblock at home   Figure and increase the number of withholding allowances you can claim as follows. Hrblock at home On a new Form W-4, complete the Personal Allowances Worksheet. Hrblock at home If you plan to itemize deductions, claim adjustments to income, or claim tax credits, complete a new Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet. Hrblock at home If you plan to claim tax credits, see Converting Credits to Withholding Allowances, later. Hrblock at home If you meet the criteria on line H of the Form W-4 Personal Allowances Worksheet, complete a new Two-Earners/Multiple Jobs Worksheet. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home The Form W-4 Personal Allowances Worksheet provides only rough adjustments for the child and dependent care credit and the child tax credit. Hrblock at home Complete Worksheet 1-8 to figure these credits more accurately and also take other credits into account. Hrblock at home Include the amount from line 12 of Worksheet 1-8 in the total on line 5 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet. Hrblock at home Then complete the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet and the rest of Form W-4. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home If you take the child tax credit into account on Worksheet 1-8, enter -0- on line G of the Personal Allowances Worksheet. Hrblock at home Example. Hrblock at home Brett and Alyssa Davis are married and expect to file a joint return for 2014. Hrblock at home Their expected taxable income from all sources is $68,000. Hrblock at home They expect to have $15,900 of itemized deductions. Hrblock at home Their projected tax credits include a child and dependent care credit of $960 and an adoption credit of $1,500. Hrblock at home The Davis' complete Worksheet 1-8, as follows, to see whether they can convert their tax credits into additional withholding allowances. Hrblock at home Line 1, expected child and dependent care credit—$960. Hrblock at home Line 9, expected adoption credit—$1,500. Hrblock at home Line 10, total estimated tax credits—$2,460. Hrblock at home Line 11. Hrblock at home 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). Hrblock at home The number to the right of this range is 6. Hrblock at home 7. Hrblock at home Line 12, multiply line 10 by line 11—$16,482. Hrblock at home Then the Davis' complete the Form W-4 worksheets. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home If the change is for next year, your new Form W-4 will not take effect until next year. Hrblock at home 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). Hrblock at home However, if your retirement pay is from the military or certain deferred compensation plans, you completed Form W-4 instead of Form W-4P. Hrblock at home You completed either form based on your projected income at that time. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home Start off with the Personal Allowances Worksheet. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home The third worksheet is the most important for this situation. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home It is your decision how to divide up your withholding allowances between these sources of income. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home ” In that case, change your Form W-4P to zero allowances and claim all that you are entitled to on your Form W-4. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home Use the withholding tables in Publication 15 (Circular E), Employer's Tax Guide. Hrblock at home Contact your pension provider and your employer's payroll department. Hrblock at home And remember, this is not a final decision. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home You should go through this same process each time your life situation changes, whether it be for personal or financial reasons. Hrblock at home You may need more tax withheld, or you may need less. Hrblock at home Table 1-2. Hrblock at home Tax Credits for 2014 For more information about the . Hrblock at home . Hrblock at home . Hrblock at home See . Hrblock at home . Hrblock at home . Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home S. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home Marital Status There is a lower withholding rate for people who qualify to check the “Married” box on line 3 of Form W-4. Hrblock at home Everyone else must have tax withheld at the higher single rate. Hrblock at home Single. Hrblock at home   You must check the “Single” box if any of the following applies. Hrblock at home You are single. Hrblock at home If you are divorced, or separated from your spouse under a court decree of separate maintenance, you are considered single. Hrblock at home You are married, but neither you nor your spouse is a citizen or resident of the United States. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home For more information, see Nonresident Spouse Treated as a Resident in chapter 1 of Publication 519. Hrblock at home Married. Hrblock at home   You qualify to check the “Married” box if any of the following applies. Hrblock at home You are married and neither you nor your spouse is a nonresident alien. Hrblock at home You are considered married for the whole year even if your spouse died during the year. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home For more information, see Nonresident Spouse Treated as a Resident in chapter 1 of Publication 519. Hrblock at home You expect to be able to file your return as a qualifying widow or widower. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home Married, but withhold at higher single rate. Hrblock at home   Some married people find that they do not have enough tax withheld at the married rate. Hrblock at home This can happen, for example, when both spouses work. Hrblock at home To avoid this, you can check the “Married, but withhold at higher Single rate” box (even if you qualify for the married rate). Hrblock at home Also, you may find that more tax is withheld if you fill out the Two-Earners/Multiple Jobs Worksheet, explained later. Hrblock at home Withholding Allowances The more allowances you claim on Form W-4, the less income tax your employer will withhold. Hrblock at home You will have the most tax withheld if you claim “0” allowances. Hrblock at home The number of allowances you can claim depends on the following factors. Hrblock at home How many exemptions you can take on your tax return. Hrblock at home Whether you have income from more than one job. Hrblock at home What deductions, adjustments to income, and credits you expect to have for the year. Hrblock at home Whether you will file as head of household. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home Or, if married filing separately, whether or not your spouse also works. Hrblock at home Form W-4 worksheets. Hrblock at home    Form W-4 has worksheets to help you figure how many withholding allowances you can claim. Hrblock at home The worksheets are for your own records. Hrblock at home Do not give them to your employer. Hrblock at home   Complete only one set of Form W-4 worksheets, no matter how many jobs you have. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home Complete separate sets of worksheets only if you and your spouse will file separate returns. Hrblock at home   If you are not exempt from withholding (see Exemption From Withholding , later), complete the Personal Allowances Worksheet on page 1 of the form. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home   Complete all worksheets that apply to your situation. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home Multiple jobs. Hrblock at home   If you have income from more than one job at the same time, complete only one set of Form W-4 worksheets. Hrblock at home Then split your allowances between the Forms W-4 for each job. Hrblock at home You cannot claim the same allowances with more than one employer at the same time. Hrblock at home You can claim all your allowances with one employer and none with the other(s), or divide them any other way. Hrblock at home Married individuals. Hrblock at home   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. Hrblock at home Use only one set of worksheets. Hrblock at home You can divide your total allowances any way, but you cannot claim an allowance that your spouse also claims. Hrblock at home   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. Hrblock at home Alternative method of figuring withholding allowances. Hrblock at home   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. Hrblock at home   The method you use must be based on withholding schedules, the tax rate schedules, and the 2014 Estimated Tax Worksheet in chapter 2. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home   You can use the number of withholding allowances determined under an alternative method rather than the number determined using the Form W-4 worksheets. Hrblock at home You still must give your employer a Form W-4 claiming your withholding allowances. Hrblock at home Employees who are not citizens or residents. Hrblock at home   If you are neither a citizen nor a resident of the United States, you usually can claim only one withholding allowance. Hrblock at home However, this rule does not apply if you are a resident of Canada or Mexico, or if you are a U. Hrblock at home S. Hrblock at home national. Hrblock at home It also does not apply if your spouse is a U. Hrblock at home S. Hrblock at home citizen or resident and you have chosen to be treated as a resident of the United States for tax purposes. Hrblock at home Special rules apply to residents of South Korea and India. Hrblock at home For more information, see Withholding From Compensation in chapter 8 of Publication 519. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home Exemptions. Hrblock at home Only one job. Hrblock at home Head of household filing status. Hrblock at home Child and dependent care credit. Hrblock at home Child tax credit. Hrblock at home Exemptions (worksheet lines A, C, and D). Hrblock at home   You can claim one withholding allowance for each exemption you expect to claim on your tax return. Hrblock at home Self. Hrblock at home   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. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home Spouse. Hrblock at home   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. Hrblock at home Do not claim this allowance if you and your spouse expect to file separate returns. Hrblock at home Dependents. Hrblock at home   You can claim one allowance on line D for each exemption you will claim for a dependent on your tax return. Hrblock at home Only one job (worksheet line B). Hrblock at home    You can claim an additional withholding allowance if any of the following apply for 2014. Hrblock at home You are single and you have only one job at a time. Hrblock at home You are married, you have only one job at a time, and your spouse does not work. Hrblock at home Your wages from a second job or your spouse's wages (or the total of both) are $1,500 or less. Hrblock at home If you qualify for this allowance, enter “1” on line B of the worksheet. Hrblock at home Head of household filing status (worksheet line E). Hrblock at home   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. Hrblock at home For more information, see Publication 501. Hrblock at home   If you expect to file as head of household on your 2014 tax return, enter “1” on line E of the worksheet. Hrblock at home Reduction of personal allowances. Hrblock at home   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. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home Worksheet 1-1. Hrblock at home Personal Allowances Worksheet (Form W-4) Reduction of Personal Allowances if AGI Above Phaseout Threshold 1. Hrblock at home Enter the total amount of allowances on lines A, C, and D of the Personal Allowance Worksheet without regard to the phaseout rule 1. Hrblock at home   2. Hrblock at home Enter your expected AGI 2. Hrblock at home       3. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home       4. Hrblock at home Subtract line 3 from line 2 4. Hrblock at home       5. Hrblock at home Divide line 4 by $125,000 ($62,500 if married filing separately). Hrblock at home Enter the result as a decimal 5. Hrblock at home   6. Hrblock at home Multiply line 1 by line 5. Hrblock at home If the result is not a whole number, increase it to the next higher whole number 6. Hrblock at home   7. Hrblock at home Subtract line 6 from line 1. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home     Child and dependent care credit (worksheet line F). Hrblock at home   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. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home For more information, see Publication 503, Child and Dependent Care Expenses. Hrblock at home   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. Hrblock at home Child tax credit (worksheet line G). Hrblock at home   If your total income will be less than $65,000 ($95,000 if married), enter “2” on line G for each eligible child. Hrblock at home Subtract “1” from that amount if you have three to six eligible children. Hrblock at home Subtract “2” from that amount if you have seven or more eligible children. Hrblock at home   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. Hrblock at home   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. Hrblock at home S. Hrblock at home citizen, U. Hrblock at home S. Hrblock at home national, or U. Hrblock at home S. Hrblock at home resident alien, and Who will be claimed as a dependent on your return. Hrblock at home If you are a U. Hrblock at home S. Hrblock at home citizen or U. Hrblock at home S. Hrblock at home national and your adopted child lived with you all year as a member of your household, that child meets the citizenship test. Hrblock at home   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. Hrblock at home   For more information about the child tax credit, see the instructions for Form 1040 or Form 1040A. Hrblock at home   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. Hrblock at home Total personal allowances (worksheet line H). Hrblock at home    Add lines A through G and enter the total on line H. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home Also, complete this worksheet when you have changes to those items to see if you need to change your withholding. Hrblock at home Use the amount of each item you reasonably can expect to show on your return. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home Do not include any amount shown on your last tax return that has been disallowed by the IRS. Hrblock at home Example. Hrblock at home On June 30, 2013, you bought your first home. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home You can use $13,200 to figure the number of your withholding allowances for itemized deductions. Hrblock at home Not itemizing deductions. Hrblock at home   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. Hrblock at home Itemized deductions (worksheet line 1). Hrblock at home   Enter your estimated total itemized deductions on line 1 of the worksheet. Hrblock at home   Listed below are some of the deductions you can take into account when figuring additional withholding allowances for 2014. Hrblock at home You normally claim these deductions on Schedule A of Form 1040. Hrblock at home Medical and dental expenses that are more than 10% (7. Hrblock at home 5% if either you or your spouse was born before January 2, 1950) of your 2014 AGI (defined under AGI , later). Hrblock at home State and local income or property taxes. Hrblock at home Deductible home mortgage interest. Hrblock at home Investment interest up to net investment income. Hrblock at home Charitable contributions. Hrblock at home Casualty and theft losses that are more than $100 and 10% of your AGI. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home AGI. Hrblock at home   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. Hrblock at home Phaseout of itemized deductions. Hrblock at home   For 2014, your total itemized deductions may be phased out (reduced) if your AGI is more than the following thresholds. Hrblock at home    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. Hrblock at home Worksheet 1-2. Hrblock at home Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet (Form W-4)—Line 1 Phaseout of Itemized Deductions 1. Hrblock at home Enter the estimated total of your itemized deductions 1. Hrblock at home   2. Hrblock at home Enter the amount included in line 1 for medical and dental expenses, investment interest, casualty or theft losses, and gambling losses 2. Hrblock at home   3. Hrblock at home Is the amount on line 2 less than the amount on line 1? ❑ No. Hrblock at home Stop here. Hrblock at home Your deduction is not limited. Hrblock at home Enter the amount from line 1 above on line 1 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet. Hrblock at home  ❑ Yes. Hrblock at home Subtract line 2 from line 1. Hrblock at home 3. Hrblock at home       4. Hrblock at home Multiply line 3 by 80% (. Hrblock at home 80) 4. Hrblock at home       5. Hrblock at home Enter your expected AGI 5. Hrblock at home       6. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home   7. Hrblock at home Is the amount on line 6 less than the amount on line 5? ❑ No. Hrblock at home Stop here. Hrblock at home Your deduction is not limited. Hrblock at home Enter the amount from line 1 above on line 1 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet. Hrblock at home  ❑ Yes. Hrblock at home Subtract line 6 from line 5. Hrblock at home 7. Hrblock at home       8. Hrblock at home Multiply line 7 by 3% (. Hrblock at home 03) 8. Hrblock at home       9. Hrblock at home Enter the smaller of line 4 or line 8 9. Hrblock at home     10. Hrblock at home Subtract line 9 from line 1. Hrblock at home Enter the result here and on line 1 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet 10. Hrblock at home     Adjustments to income (worksheet line 4). Hrblock at home   Enter your estimated total adjustments to income on line 4 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet. Hrblock at home   You can take the following adjustments to income into account when figuring additional withholding allowances for 2014. Hrblock at home These adjustments appear on page 1 of your Form 1040 or 1040A. Hrblock at home Net losses from Schedules C, D, E, and F of Form 1040 and from Part II of Form 4797, line 18b. Hrblock at home Net operating loss carryovers. Hrblock at home Certain business expenses of reservists, performing artists, and fee-based government officials. Hrblock at home Health savings account or medical savings account deduction. Hrblock at home Certain moving expenses. Hrblock at home Deduction for self-employment tax. Hrblock at home Deduction for contributions to self-employed SEP, and qualified SIMPLE plans. Hrblock at home Self-employed health insurance deduction. Hrblock at home Penalty on early withdrawal of savings. Hrblock at home Alimony paid. Hrblock at home IRA deduction. Hrblock at home Student loan interest deduction. Hrblock at home Jury duty pay given to your employer. Hrblock at home Reforestation amortization and expenses. Hrblock at home Deductible expenses related to income reported on line 21 from the rental of personal property engaged in for profit. Hrblock at home Repayment of certain supplemental unemployment benefits. Hrblock at home Contributions to IRC 501(c)(18)(D) pension plans. Hrblock at home Contributions by certain chaplains to IRC 403(b) plans. Hrblock at home Attorney fees and court costs for certain unlawful discrimination claims. Hrblock at home Attorney fees and court costs for certain whistleblower awards. Hrblock at home Estimated amount of decrease in tax attributable to income averaging using Schedule J (Form 1040). Hrblock at home Tax credits (worksheet line 5). Hrblock at home   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). Hrblock at home But you can take these credits and others into account by adding an extra amount on line 5 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet. Hrblock at home   If you take the child and dependent care credit into account on line 5, do not use line F. Hrblock at home If you take the child tax credit into account on line 5, do not use line G. Hrblock at home   In addition to the child and dependent care credit and the child tax credit, you can generally take into account the following credits. Hrblock at home See the individual tax form instructions for more details. Hrblock at home Foreign tax credit, except any credit that applies to wages not subject to U. Hrblock at home S. Hrblock at home income tax withholding because they are subject to income tax withholding by a foreign country. Hrblock at home See Publication 514, Foreign Tax Credit for Individuals. Hrblock at home Credit for the elderly or the disabled. Hrblock at home See Publication 524, Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. Hrblock at home Education credits. Hrblock at home See Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education. Hrblock at home Retirement savings contributions credit (saver's credit). Hrblock at home See Publication 590. Hrblock at home Mortgage interest credit. Hrblock at home See Publication 530, Tax Information for Homeowners. Hrblock at home Adoption credit. Hrblock at home See the Instructions for Form 8839. Hrblock at home Credit for nonrefundable portion of prior year minimum tax if you paid alternative minimum tax in an earlier year. Hrblock at home See the Instructions for Form 8801. Hrblock at home General business credit. Hrblock at home See the Instructions for Form 3800. Hrblock at home Earned income credit. Hrblock at home See Publication 596. Hrblock at home Figuring line 5 entry. Hrblock at home   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 . Hrblock at home Example. Hrblock at home You are married and expect to file a joint return for 2014. Hrblock at home Your combined estimated wages are $68,000. Hrblock at home 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). Hrblock at home In Table 1-3, the number corresponding to your combined estimated wages ($42,001 – $98,000) is 6. Hrblock at home 7. Hrblock at home Multiply your total estimated tax credits of $2,660 by 6. Hrblock at home 7. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home Nonwage income (worksheet line 6). Hrblock at home   Enter on line 6 your estimated total nonwage income (other than tax-exempt income). Hrblock at home Nonwage income includes interest, dividends, net rental income, unemployment compensation, alimony, gambling winnings, prizes and awards, hobby income, capital gains, royalties, and partnership income. Hrblock at home   If line 6 is more than line 5, you may not have enough income tax withheld from your wages. Hrblock at home See Getting the Right Amount of Tax Withheld , later. Hrblock at home Net deductions and adjustments (worksheet line 8). Hrblock at home    If line 7 is less than $3,950, enter “0” on line 8. Hrblock at home If line 7 is $3,950 or more, divide it by $3,950, drop any fraction, and enter the result on line 8. Hrblock at home Example. Hrblock at home If line 7 is $5,200, $5,200 ÷ $3,950 = 1. Hrblock at home 32. Hrblock at home Drop the fraction (. Hrblock at home 32) and enter “1” on line 8. Hrblock at home 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). Hrblock at home Reducing your allowances (worksheet lines 1-3). Hrblock at home   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). Hrblock at home 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). Hrblock at home Enter that number on line 2. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home ”    Table 1-3. Hrblock at home Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet (Form W-4)—Line 5 a. Hrblock at home  Married Filing Jointly or Qualifying Widow(er) If combined income from all sources is:   Multiply credits by: $0 – 42,000 10. Hrblock at home 0 $42,001 – 98,000 6. Hrblock at home 7 $98,001 – 180,000 4. Hrblock at home 0 $180,001 – 270,000 3. Hrblock at home 6 $270,001 – 440,000 3. Hrblock at home 0 $440,001 – 490,000. Hrblock at home . Hrblock at home . Hrblock at home . Hrblock at home 2. Hrblock at home 9 $490,001 and over 2. Hrblock at home 5 b. Hrblock at home  Single If combined income from all sources is:   Multiply credits by: $0 – 19,000 10. Hrblock at home 0 $19,001 – 47,000 6. Hrblock at home 7 $47,001 – 104,000 4. Hrblock at home 0 $104,001 – 205,000 3. Hrblock at home 6 $205,001 – 430,000 3. Hrblock at home 0 $430,001 and over 2. Hrblock at home 5 c. Hrblock at home  Head of Household If combined income from all sources is:   Multiply credits by: $0 – 30,000 10. Hrblock at home 0 $30,001 – 66,000 6. Hrblock at home 7 $66,001 – 150,000 4. Hrblock at home 0 $150,001 – 235,000 3. Hrblock at home 6 $235,001 – 430,000 3. Hrblock at home 0 $430,001 – 460,000 2. Hrblock at home 9 $460,001 and over 2. Hrblock at home 5 d. Hrblock at home  Married Filing Separately   If combined income from all sources is:   Multiply credits by: $0 – 21,000 10. Hrblock at home 0 $21,001 – 49,000 6. Hrblock at home 7 $49,001 – 90,000 4. Hrblock at home 0 $90,001 – 135,000 3. Hrblock at home 6 $135,001 – 220,000 3. Hrblock at home 0 $220,001 – 245,000 2. Hrblock at home 9 $245,001 and over 2. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home If line 1 is more than or equal to line 2, do not use the rest of the worksheet. Hrblock at home   If line 1 is less than line 2, enter “0” on Form W-4, line 5. Hrblock at home Then complete lines 4 through 9 of the worksheet to figure the additional withholding needed to avoid underwithholding. Hrblock at home Other amounts owed. Hrblock at home   If you expect to owe amounts other than income tax, such as self-employment tax, include them on line 8. Hrblock at home The total is the additional withholding needed for the year. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home You accurately complete all the Form W-4 worksheets that apply to you. Hrblock at home You give your employer a new Form W-4 when changes occur. Hrblock at home But because the worksheets and withholding methods do not account for all possible situations, you may not be getting the right amount withheld. Hrblock at home This is most likely to happen in the following situations. Hrblock at home You are married and both you and your spouse work. Hrblock at home You have more than one job at a time. Hrblock at home You have nonwage income, such as interest, dividends, alimony, unemployment compensation, or self-employment income. Hrblock at home You will owe additional amounts with your return, such as self-employment tax. Hrblock at home Your withholding is based on obsolete Form W-4 information for a substantial part of the year. Hrblock at home Your earnings are more than $130,000 if you are single or $180,000 if you are married. Hrblock at home You work only part of the year. Hrblock at home You change the number of your withholding allowances during the year. Hrblock at home You are subject to Additional Medicare Tax or Net Investment Income Tax. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home To be eligible for the part-year method, you must meet both of the following requirements. Hrblock at home You must use the calendar year (the 12 months from January 1 through December 31) as your tax year. Hrblock at home You cannot use a fiscal year. Hrblock at home You must not expect to be employed for more than 245 days during the year. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home If you are temporarily laid off for 30 days or less, count those days too. Hrblock at home If you are laid off for more than 30 days, do not count those days. Hrblock at home You will not meet this requirement if you begin working before May 1 and expect to work for the rest of the year. Hrblock at home How to apply for the part-year method. Hrblock at home   You must ask your employer in writing to use this method. Hrblock at home The request must state all three of the following. Hrblock at home The date of your last day of work for any prior employer during the current calendar year. Hrblock at home That you do not expect to be employed more than 245 days during the current calendar year. Hrblock at home That you use the calendar year as your tax year. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home You must ask your employer in writing to use this method. Hrblock at home To be eligible, you must have been paid for the same kind of payroll period (weekly, biweekly, etc. Hrblock at home ) since the beginning of the year. Hrblock at home Aids for Figuring Your Withholding IRS Withholding Calculator. Hrblock at home   If you had too much or too little income tax withheld from your pay, the IRS provides a withholding calculator on its website. Hrblock at home Go to www. Hrblock at home irs. Hrblock at home gov/Individuals/IRS-Withholding-Calculator. Hrblock at home It can help you determine the correct amount to be withheld any time during the year. Hrblock at home Rules Your Employer Must Follow It may be helpful for you to know some of the withholding rules your employer must follow. Hrblock at home These rules can affect how to fill out your Form W-4 and how to handle problems that may arise. Hrblock at home New Form W-4. Hrblock at home   When you start a new job, your employer should give you a Form W-4 to fill out. Hrblock at home Beginning with your first payday, your employer will use the information you give on the form to figure your withholding. Hrblock at home   If you later fill out a new Form W-4, your employer can put it into effect as soon as possible. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home No Form W-4. Hrblock at home   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. Hrblock at home Repaying withheld tax. Hrblock at home   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. Hrblock at home Your employer cannot repay any of the tax previously withheld. Hrblock at home Instead, claim the full amount withheld when you file your tax return. Hrblock at home   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. Hrblock at home Your employer can repay the amount that was withheld incorrectly. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home IRS review of your withholding. Hrblock at home   Whether you are entitled to claim a certain number of allowances or a complete exemption from withholding is subject to review by the IRS. Hrblock at home Your employer may be required to send a copy of the Form W-4 to the IRS. Hrblock at home There is a penalty for supplying false information on Form W-4. Hrblock at home See Penalties , later. Hrblock at home   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. Hrblock at home   The IRS will provide a period of time during which you can dispute the determination before your employer adjusts your withholding. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home Contact information (a toll-free number and an IRS office address) will be provided in the lock-in letter. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home   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. Hrblock at home   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. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home   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. Hrblock at home Your employer must then withhold tax based on this new Form W-4. Hrblock at home   Additional information is available at IRS. Hrblock at home gov. Hrblock at home Enter “withholding compliance questions” in the search box. Hrblock at home Exemption From Withholding If you claim exemption from withholding, your employer will not withhold federal income tax from your wages. Hrblock at home The exemption applies only to income tax, not to social security or Medicare tax. Hrblock at home You can claim exemption from withholding for 2014 only if both of the following situations apply. Hrblock at home For 2013 you had a right to a refund of all federal income tax withheld because you had no tax liability. Hrblock at home For 2014 you expect a refund of all federal income tax withheld because you expect to have no tax liability. Hrblock at home Use Figure 1-A to help you decide whether you can claim exemption from withholding. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home These situations are discussed later. Hrblock at home Students. Hrblock at home   If you are a student, you are not automatically exempt. Hrblock at home If you work only part time or during the summer, you may qualify for exemption from withholding. Hrblock at home Example 1. Hrblock at home You are a high school student and expect to earn $2,500 from a summer job. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home You worked last summer and had $375 federal income tax withheld from your pay. Hrblock at home The entire $375 was refunded when you filed your 2013 return. Hrblock at home Using Figure 1-A, you find that you can claim exemption from withholding. Hrblock at home Please click here for the text description of the image. Hrblock at home Figure 1-A: Exemption From Withholding on Form W-4 Example 2. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home    You may have to file a tax return, even if you are exempt from withholding. Hrblock at home See Publication 501 to see whether you must file a return. Hrblock at home    Age 65 or older or blind. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home Do not use either worksheet if you will itemize deductions, claim exemptions for dependents, or claim tax credits on your 2014 return. Hrblock at home Instead, see Itemizing deductions or claiming exemptions or credits, next. Hrblock at home Itemizing deductions or claiming exemptions or credits. Hrblock at home   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. Hrblock at home You can claim exemption from withholding only if your total expected tax liability (line 13c of the worksheet) is zero. Hrblock at home Claiming exemption from withholding. Hrblock at home   To claim exemption, you must give your employer a Form W-4. Hrblock at home Do not complete lines 5 and 6. Hrblock at home Enter “Exempt” on line 7. Hrblock at home   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. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home   Your claim of exempt status may be reviewed by the IRS. Hrblock at home See IRS review of your withholding , earlier. Hrblock at home An exemption is good for only 1 year. Hrblock at home   You must give your employer a new Form W-4 by February 15 each year to continue your exemption. Hrblock at home Supplemental Wages Supplemental wages include bonuses, commissions, overtime pay, vacation allowances, certain sick pay, and expense allowances under certain plans. Hrblock at home The payer can figure withholding on supplemental wages using the same method used for your regular wages. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home Expense allowances. Hrblock at home   Reimbursements or other expense allowances paid by your employer under a nonaccountable plan are treated as supplemental wages. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home   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. Hrblock at home Accountable plan. Hrblock at home   To be an accountable plan, your employer's reimbursement or allowance arrangement must include all three of the following rules. Hrblock at home Your expenses must have a business connection. Hrblock at home That is, you must have paid or incurred deductible expenses while performing services as an employee of your employer. Hrblock at home You must adequately account to your employer for these expenses within a reasonable period of time. Hrblock at home You must return any excess reimbursement or allowance within a reasonable period of time. Hrblock at home    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. Hrblock at home   The definition of reasonable period of time depends on the facts and circumstances of your situation. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home You receive an advance within 30 days of the time you have an expense. Hrblock at home You adequately account for your expenses within 60 days after they were paid or incurred. Hrblock at home You return any excess reimbursement within 120 days after the expense was paid or incurred. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home Nonaccountable plan. Hrblock at home   Any plan that does not meet the definition of an accountable plan is considered a nonaccountable plan. Hrblock at home For more information about accountable and nonaccountable plans, see chapter 6 of Publication 463, Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses. Hrblock at home Penalties You may have to pay a penalty of $500 if both of the following apply. Hrblock at home You make statements or claim withholding allowances on your Form W-4 that reduce the amount of tax withheld. Hrblock at home You have no reasonable basis for those statements or allowances at the time you prepare your Form W-4. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home The penalty upon conviction can be either a fine of up to $1,000 or imprisonment for up to 1 year, or both. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home A simple error or an honest mistake will not result in one of these penalties. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home However, see chapter 4 for information on the penalty for underpaying your tax. Hrblock at home Tips The tips you receive while working on your job are considered part of your pay. Hrblock at home You must include your tips on your tax return on the same line as your regular pay. Hrblock at home However, tax is not withheld directly from tip income, as it is from your regular pay. Hrblock at home Nevertheless, your employer will take into account the tips you report when figuring how much to withhold from your regular pay. Hrblock at home Reporting tips to your employer. Hrblock at home   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. Hrblock at home The report is due by the 10th day of the following month. Hrblock at home   If you have more than one job, make a separate report to each employer. Hrblock at home Report only the tips you received while working for that employer, and only if they total $20 or more for the month. Hrblock at home How employer figures amount to withhold. Hrblock at home   The tips you report to your employer are counted as part of your income for the month you report them. Hrblock at home Your employer can figure your withholding in either of two ways. Hrblock at home By withholding at the regular rate on the sum of your pay plus your reported tips. Hrblock at home By withholding at the regular rate on your pay plus a percentage of your reported tips. Hrblock at home Not enough pay to cover taxes. Hrblock at home   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. Hrblock at home   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. Hrblock at home If not enough tax is withheld, you may have to pay estimated tax. Hrblock at home 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. Hrblock at home Tips not reported to your employer. Hrblock at home   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). Hrblock at home Make sure you are having enough tax withheld, or are paying enough estimated tax (see chapter 2), to cover all your tip income. Hrblock at home Allocated tips. Hrblock at home   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. Hrblock at home   Your employer should not withhold income tax, Medicare tax, and social security or railroad retirement tax on the allocated amount. Hrblock at home Withholding is based only on your pay plus your reported tips. Hrblock at home Your employer should refund to you any incorrectly withheld tax. Hrblock at home More information. Hrblock at home   For more information on the reporting and withholding rules for tip income and on tip allocation, see Publi
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To inform you that the type of tax and tax year listed in the letter has been paid.

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If you owe on another type of tax and tax year(s), you must continue to make your payments.

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Hrblock at home 10. Hrblock at home   Employees of Foreign Governments and International Organizations Table of Contents Exemption Under Tax Treaty Exemption Under U. Hrblock at home S. Hrblock at home Tax LawCertification. Hrblock at home Employees of foreign governments (including foreign municipalities) have two ways to get exemption of their governmental wages from U. Hrblock at home S. Hrblock at home income tax: By a provision in a tax treaty or consular convention between the United States and their country, or By meeting the requirements of U. Hrblock at home S. Hrblock at home tax law. Hrblock at home Employees of international organizations can exempt their wages either by a provision, if one exists, in the international agreement creating the international organization, or by meeting the requirements of U. Hrblock at home S. Hrblock at home tax law. Hrblock at home The exemption discussed in this chapter applies only to pay received for services performed for a foreign government or international organization. Hrblock at home Other U. Hrblock at home S. Hrblock at home income received by persons who qualify for this exemption may be fully taxable or given favorable treatment under an applicable tax treaty provision. Hrblock at home The proper treatment of this kind of income (interest, dividends, etc. Hrblock at home ) is discussed earlier in this publication. Hrblock at home Exemption Under Tax Treaty If you are from a country that has a tax treaty with the United States, you should first look at the treaty to see if there is a provision that exempts your income. Hrblock at home The income of U. Hrblock at home S. Hrblock at home citizens and resident aliens working for foreign governments usually is not exempt. Hrblock at home However, in a few instances, the income of a U. Hrblock at home S. Hrblock at home citizen with dual citizenship may qualify. Hrblock at home Often the exemption is limited to the income of persons who also are nationals of the foreign country involved. Hrblock at home Exemption Under U. Hrblock at home S. Hrblock at home Tax Law Employees of foreign governments who do not qualify under a tax treaty provision and employees of international organizations may qualify for exemption by meeting the following requirements of U. Hrblock at home S. Hrblock at home tax law. Hrblock at home The exemption under U. Hrblock at home S. Hrblock at home tax law applies only to current employees and not to former employees. Hrblock at home Pensions received by former employees living in the United States do not qualify for the exemption discussed here. Hrblock at home Employees of foreign governments. Hrblock at home   If you are not a U. Hrblock at home S. Hrblock at home citizen, or if you are a U. Hrblock at home S. Hrblock at home citizen but also a citizen of the Philippines, and you work for a foreign government in the United States, your foreign government salary is exempt from U. Hrblock at home S. Hrblock at home tax if you perform services similar to those performed by U. Hrblock at home S. Hrblock at home government employees in that foreign country and that foreign government grants an equivalent exemption to U. Hrblock at home S. Hrblock at home government employees. Hrblock at home Certification. Hrblock at home   To qualify for the exemption under U. Hrblock at home S. Hrblock at home tax law, either the Department of State must certify that you perform services similar to those performed by employees of the government of the United States in foreign countries and that your foreign government employer grants an equivalent exemption to U. Hrblock at home S. Hrblock at home government employees performing similar services in its country or you must establish those facts. Hrblock at home However, see Aliens who keep immigrant status , later, for a special rule that may affect your qualifying for this exemption. Hrblock at home Employees of international organizations. Hrblock at home   If you work for an international organization in the United States and you are not a U. Hrblock at home S. Hrblock at home citizen (or you are a U. Hrblock at home S. Hrblock at home citizen but are also a citizen of the Philippines), your salary from that organization is exempt from U. Hrblock at home S. Hrblock at home tax. Hrblock at home However, see Aliens who keep immigrant status , later, for a special rule that may affect your qualifying for this exemption. Hrblock at home   An international organization is an organization designated by the President of the United States through Executive Order to qualify for the privileges, exemptions, and immunities provided in the International Organizations Immunities Act. Hrblock at home   You should find out if you have been made known to, and have been accepted by, the Secretary of State as an officer or an employee of that organization, or if you have been designated by the Secretary of State, before formal notification and acceptance, as a prospective officer or employee. Hrblock at home   If you are claiming exemption, you should know the number of the Executive Order covering the international organization and should have some written evidence of your acceptance or designation by the Secretary of State. Hrblock at home   The exemption is denied when, because the Secretary of State determines your presence in the United States is no longer desirable, you leave the United States (or after a reasonable time allowed for leaving the United States). Hrblock at home The exemption is also denied when a foreign country does not allow similar exemptions to U. Hrblock at home S. Hrblock at home citizens. Hrblock at home Then the Secretary of State can withdraw the privileges, exemptions, and immunities from the nationals of that foreign country. Hrblock at home Aliens who keep immigrant status. Hrblock at home   If you file the waiver provided by section 247(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (USCIS Form I-508) to keep your immigrant status (green card), you no longer qualify for the exemption from U. Hrblock at home S. Hrblock at home tax under U. Hrblock at home S. Hrblock at home tax law from the date of filing the waiver with the Attorney General. Hrblock at home   However, you do not lose the exemption if you file the waiver, and meet either of the following conditions. Hrblock at home You are exempt from U. Hrblock at home S. Hrblock at home tax under an income tax treaty, consular agreement, or international agreement between the United States and your foreign government employer. Hrblock at home You work for an international organization and the international organization agreement creating the international organization provides that alien employees are exempt from U. Hrblock at home S. Hrblock at home income tax. Hrblock at home Two international organizations that have such a provision are the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (World Bank). Hrblock at home . Hrblock at home   For more information about a specific foreign country or international organization, send an email to embassy@irs. Hrblock at home gov. Hrblock at home Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications