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Where does the employer get the information used to determine the amount of federal income tax to withhold from employees earnings?

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Heather Maxwell on June 22, 2018

From the IRS. They have instructions and pay charts telling employers what to withhold depending on the amount that the employee makes, how often they are paid, and what the employee entered on your W-4 Form. There are also charts for certain types of work, such as agriculture. If you use this information to determine if your employer is withholding the correct amount, don't forget to take into account pre-tax benefits, such as a flexible spending account, which are subtracted before calculating the tax. States also provide similar instructions or pay charts for employers to determine how much state tax to withhold. (See link below for the IRS Pub 15 for your employer instructions for withholding federal taxes.)


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