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H&r block file for free 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. H&r block file for free This chapter explains in detail the rules for withholding tax from each of these types of income. H&r block file for free The discussion of salaries and wages includes an explanation of how to complete Form W-4. H&r block file for free This chapter also covers backup withholding on interest, dividends, and other payments. H&r block file for free 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. 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H&r block file for free Military retirees. H&r block file for free   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. H&r block file for free Household workers. H&r block file for free   If you are a household worker, you can ask your employer to withhold income tax from your pay. H&r block file for free A household worker is an employee who performs household work in a private home, local college club, or local fraternity or sorority chapter. H&r block file for free   Tax is withheld only if you want it withheld and your employer agrees to withhold it. H&r block file for free If you do not have enough income tax withheld, you may have to pay estimated tax, as discussed in chapter 2. H&r block file for free Farmworkers. 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H&r block file for free 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. 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H&r block file for free    Form W-4 has worksheets to help you figure how many withholding allowances you can claim. H&r block file for free The worksheets are for your own records. H&r block file for free Do not give them to your employer. H&r block file for free   Complete only one set of Form W-4 worksheets, no matter how many jobs you have. H&r block file for free 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. H&r block file for free Complete separate sets of worksheets only if you and your spouse will file separate returns. H&r block file for free   If you are not exempt from withholding (see Exemption From Withholding , later), complete the Personal Allowances Worksheet on page 1 of the form. H&r block file for free 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. H&r block file for free 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. H&r block file for free   Complete all worksheets that apply to your situation. H&r block file for free 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. H&r block file for free Multiple jobs. H&r block file for free   If you have income from more than one job at the same time, complete only one set of Form W-4 worksheets. H&r block file for free Then split your allowances between the Forms W-4 for each job. H&r block file for free You cannot claim the same allowances with more than one employer at the same time. H&r block file for free You can claim all your allowances with one employer and none with the other(s), or divide them any other way. H&r block file for free Married individuals. H&r block file for free   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. H&r block file for free Use only one set of worksheets. H&r block file for free You can divide your total allowances any way, but you cannot claim an allowance that your spouse also claims. H&r block file for free   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. H&r block file for free Alternative method of figuring withholding allowances. H&r block file for free   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. H&r block file for free   The method you use must be based on withholding schedules, the tax rate schedules, and the 2014 Estimated Tax Worksheet in chapter 2. H&r block file for free 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. H&r block file for free   You can use the number of withholding allowances determined under an alternative method rather than the number determined using the Form W-4 worksheets. H&r block file for free You still must give your employer a Form W-4 claiming your withholding allowances. H&r block file for free Employees who are not citizens or residents. H&r block file for free   If you are neither a citizen nor a resident of the United States, you usually can claim only one withholding allowance. H&r block file for free However, this rule does not apply if you are a resident of Canada or Mexico, or if you are a U. H&r block file for free S. H&r block file for free national. H&r block file for free It also does not apply if your spouse is a U. H&r block file for free S. H&r block file for free citizen or resident and you have chosen to be treated as a resident of the United States for tax purposes. H&r block file for free Special rules apply to residents of South Korea and India. H&r block file for free For more information, see Withholding From Compensation in chapter 8 of Publication 519. H&r block file for free 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. H&r block file for free Exemptions. H&r block file for free Only one job. H&r block file for free Head of household filing status. H&r block file for free Child and dependent care credit. H&r block file for free Child tax credit. H&r block file for free Exemptions (worksheet lines A, C, and D). H&r block file for free   You can claim one withholding allowance for each exemption you expect to claim on your tax return. H&r block file for free Self. H&r block file for free   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. H&r block file for free 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. H&r block file for free Spouse. H&r block file for free   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. H&r block file for free Do not claim this allowance if you and your spouse expect to file separate returns. H&r block file for free Dependents. H&r block file for free   You can claim one allowance on line D for each exemption you will claim for a dependent on your tax return. H&r block file for free Only one job (worksheet line B). H&r block file for free    You can claim an additional withholding allowance if any of the following apply for 2014. H&r block file for free You are single and you have only one job at a time. H&r block file for free You are married, you have only one job at a time, and your spouse does not work. H&r block file for free Your wages from a second job or your spouse's wages (or the total of both) are $1,500 or less. H&r block file for free If you qualify for this allowance, enter “1” on line B of the worksheet. H&r block file for free Head of household filing status (worksheet line E). H&r block file for free   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. H&r block file for free For more information, see Publication 501. H&r block file for free   If you expect to file as head of household on your 2014 tax return, enter “1” on line E of the worksheet. H&r block file for free Reduction of personal allowances. H&r block file for free   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. H&r block file for free 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. H&r block file for free Worksheet 1-1. H&r block file for free Personal Allowances Worksheet (Form W-4) Reduction of Personal Allowances if AGI Above Phaseout Threshold 1. H&r block file for free Enter the total amount of allowances on lines A, C, and D of the Personal Allowance Worksheet without regard to the phaseout rule 1. H&r block file for free   2. H&r block file for free Enter your expected AGI 2. H&r block file for free       3. H&r block file for free 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. H&r block file for free       4. H&r block file for free Subtract line 3 from line 2 4. H&r block file for free       5. H&r block file for free Divide line 4 by $125,000 ($62,500 if married filing separately). H&r block file for free Enter the result as a decimal 5. H&r block file for free   6. H&r block file for free Multiply line 1 by line 5. H&r block file for free If the result is not a whole number, increase it to the next higher whole number 6. H&r block file for free   7. H&r block file for free Subtract line 6 from line 1. H&r block file for free 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. H&r block file for free     Child and dependent care credit (worksheet line F). H&r block file for free   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. H&r block file for free 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. H&r block file for free For more information, see Publication 503, Child and Dependent Care Expenses. H&r block file for free   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. H&r block file for free Child tax credit (worksheet line G). H&r block file for free   If your total income will be less than $65,000 ($95,000 if married), enter “2” on line G for each eligible child. H&r block file for free Subtract “1” from that amount if you have three to six eligible children. H&r block file for free Subtract “2” from that amount if you have seven or more eligible children. H&r block file for free   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. H&r block file for free   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. H&r block file for free S. H&r block file for free citizen, U. H&r block file for free S. H&r block file for free national, or U. H&r block file for free S. H&r block file for free resident alien, and Who will be claimed as a dependent on your return. H&r block file for free If you are a U. H&r block file for free S. H&r block file for free citizen or U. H&r block file for free S. H&r block file for free national and your adopted child lived with you all year as a member of your household, that child meets the citizenship test. H&r block file for free   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. H&r block file for free   For more information about the child tax credit, see the instructions for Form 1040 or Form 1040A. H&r block file for free   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. H&r block file for free Total personal allowances (worksheet line H). H&r block file for free    Add lines A through G and enter the total on line H. H&r block file for free 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. H&r block file for free 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. H&r block file for free Also, complete this worksheet when you have changes to those items to see if you need to change your withholding. H&r block file for free Use the amount of each item you reasonably can expect to show on your return. H&r block file for free 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. H&r block file for free Do not include any amount shown on your last tax return that has been disallowed by the IRS. H&r block file for free Example. H&r block file for free On June 30, 2013, you bought your first home. H&r block file for free 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. H&r block file for free 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. H&r block file for free You can use $13,200 to figure the number of your withholding allowances for itemized deductions. H&r block file for free Not itemizing deductions. H&r block file for free   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. H&r block file for free Itemized deductions (worksheet line 1). H&r block file for free   Enter your estimated total itemized deductions on line 1 of the worksheet. H&r block file for free   Listed below are some of the deductions you can take into account when figuring additional withholding allowances for 2014. H&r block file for free You normally claim these deductions on Schedule A of Form 1040. H&r block file for free Medical and dental expenses that are more than 10% (7. H&r block file for free 5% if either you or your spouse was born before January 2, 1950) of your 2014 AGI (defined under AGI , later). H&r block file for free State and local income or property taxes. H&r block file for free Deductible home mortgage interest. H&r block file for free Investment interest up to net investment income. H&r block file for free Charitable contributions. H&r block file for free Casualty and theft losses that are more than $100 and 10% of your AGI. H&r block file for free 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. H&r block file for free 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. H&r block file for free AGI. H&r block file for free   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. H&r block file for free Phaseout of itemized deductions. H&r block file for free   For 2014, your total itemized deductions may be phased out (reduced) if your AGI is more than the following thresholds. H&r block file for free    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. H&r block file for free Worksheet 1-2. H&r block file for free Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet (Form W-4)—Line 1 Phaseout of Itemized Deductions 1. H&r block file for free Enter the estimated total of your itemized deductions 1. H&r block file for free   2. H&r block file for free Enter the amount included in line 1 for medical and dental expenses, investment interest, casualty or theft losses, and gambling losses 2. H&r block file for free   3. H&r block file for free Is the amount on line 2 less than the amount on line 1? ❑ No. H&r block file for free Stop here. H&r block file for free Your deduction is not limited. H&r block file for free Enter the amount from line 1 above on line 1 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet. H&r block file for free  ❑ Yes. H&r block file for free Subtract line 2 from line 1. H&r block file for free 3. H&r block file for free       4. H&r block file for free Multiply line 3 by 80% (. H&r block file for free 80) 4. H&r block file for free       5. H&r block file for free Enter your expected AGI 5. H&r block file for free       6. H&r block file for free 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. H&r block file for free   7. H&r block file for free Is the amount on line 6 less than the amount on line 5? ❑ No. H&r block file for free Stop here. H&r block file for free Your deduction is not limited. H&r block file for free Enter the amount from line 1 above on line 1 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet. H&r block file for free  ❑ Yes. H&r block file for free Subtract line 6 from line 5. H&r block file for free 7. H&r block file for free       8. H&r block file for free Multiply line 7 by 3% (. H&r block file for free 03) 8. H&r block file for free       9. H&r block file for free Enter the smaller of line 4 or line 8 9. H&r block file for free     10. H&r block file for free Subtract line 9 from line 1. H&r block file for free Enter the result here and on line 1 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet 10. H&r block file for free     Adjustments to income (worksheet line 4). H&r block file for free   Enter your estimated total adjustments to income on line 4 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet. H&r block file for free   You can take the following adjustments to income into account when figuring additional withholding allowances for 2014. H&r block file for free These adjustments appear on page 1 of your Form 1040 or 1040A. H&r block file for free Net losses from Schedules C, D, E, and F of Form 1040 and from Part II of Form 4797, line 18b. H&r block file for free Net operating loss carryovers. H&r block file for free Certain business expenses of reservists, performing artists, and fee-based government officials. H&r block file for free Health savings account or medical savings account deduction. H&r block file for free Certain moving expenses. H&r block file for free Deduction for self-employment tax. H&r block file for free Deduction for contributions to self-employed SEP, and qualified SIMPLE plans. H&r block file for free Self-employed health insurance deduction. H&r block file for free Penalty on early withdrawal of savings. H&r block file for free Alimony paid. H&r block file for free IRA deduction. H&r block file for free Student loan interest deduction. H&r block file for free Jury duty pay given to your employer. H&r block file for free Reforestation amortization and expenses. H&r block file for free Deductible expenses related to income reported on line 21 from the rental of personal property engaged in for profit. H&r block file for free Repayment of certain supplemental unemployment benefits. H&r block file for free Contributions to IRC 501(c)(18)(D) pension plans. H&r block file for free Contributions by certain chaplains to IRC 403(b) plans. H&r block file for free Attorney fees and court costs for certain unlawful discrimination claims. H&r block file for free Attorney fees and court costs for certain whistleblower awards. H&r block file for free Estimated amount of decrease in tax attributable to income averaging using Schedule J (Form 1040). H&r block file for free Tax credits (worksheet line 5). H&r block file for free   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). H&r block file for free But you can take these credits and others into account by adding an extra amount on line 5 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet. H&r block file for free   If you take the child and dependent care credit into account on line 5, do not use line F. H&r block file for free If you take the child tax credit into account on line 5, do not use line G. H&r block file for free   In addition to the child and dependent care credit and the child tax credit, you can generally take into account the following credits. H&r block file for free See the individual tax form instructions for more details. H&r block file for free Foreign tax credit, except any credit that applies to wages not subject to U. H&r block file for free S. H&r block file for free income tax withholding because they are subject to income tax withholding by a foreign country. H&r block file for free See Publication 514, Foreign Tax Credit for Individuals. H&r block file for free Credit for the elderly or the disabled. H&r block file for free See Publication 524, Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. H&r block file for free Education credits. H&r block file for free See Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education. H&r block file for free Retirement savings contributions credit (saver's credit). H&r block file for free See Publication 590. H&r block file for free Mortgage interest credit. H&r block file for free See Publication 530, Tax Information for Homeowners. H&r block file for free Adoption credit. H&r block file for free See the Instructions for Form 8839. H&r block file for free Credit for nonrefundable portion of prior year minimum tax if you paid alternative minimum tax in an earlier year. H&r block file for free See the Instructions for Form 8801. H&r block file for free General business credit. H&r block file for free See the Instructions for Form 3800. H&r block file for free Earned income credit. H&r block file for free See Publication 596. H&r block file for free Figuring line 5 entry. H&r block file for free   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 . H&r block file for free Example. H&r block file for free You are married and expect to file a joint return for 2014. H&r block file for free Your combined estimated wages are $68,000. H&r block file for free 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). H&r block file for free In Table 1-3, the number corresponding to your combined estimated wages ($42,001 – $98,000) is 6. H&r block file for free 7. H&r block file for free Multiply your total estimated tax credits of $2,660 by 6. H&r block file for free 7. H&r block file for free 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. H&r block file for free 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. H&r block file for free Nonwage income (worksheet line 6). H&r block file for free   Enter on line 6 your estimated total nonwage income (other than tax-exempt income). H&r block file for free Nonwage income includes interest, dividends, net rental income, unemployment compensation, alimony, gambling winnings, prizes and awards, hobby income, capital gains, royalties, and partnership income. H&r block file for free   If line 6 is more than line 5, you may not have enough income tax withheld from your wages. H&r block file for free See Getting the Right Amount of Tax Withheld , later. H&r block file for free Net deductions and adjustments (worksheet line 8). H&r block file for free    If line 7 is less than $3,950, enter “0” on line 8. H&r block file for free If line 7 is $3,950 or more, divide it by $3,950, drop any fraction, and enter the result on line 8. H&r block file for free Example. H&r block file for free If line 7 is $5,200, $5,200 ÷ $3,950 = 1. H&r block file for free 32. H&r block file for free Drop the fraction (. H&r block file for free 32) and enter “1” on line 8. H&r block file for free 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). H&r block file for free Reducing your allowances (worksheet lines 1-3). H&r block file for free   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). H&r block file for free 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). H&r block file for free Enter that number on line 2. H&r block file for free 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. H&r block file for free ”    Table 1-3. H&r block file for free Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet (Form W-4)—Line 5 a. H&r block file for free  Married Filing Jointly or Qualifying Widow(er) If combined income from all sources is:   Multiply credits by: $0 – 42,000 10. H&r block file for free 0 $42,001 – 98,000 6. H&r block file for free 7 $98,001 – 180,000 4. H&r block file for free 0 $180,001 – 270,000 3. H&r block file for free 6 $270,001 – 440,000 3. H&r block file for free 0 $440,001 – 490,000. H&r block file for free . H&r block file for free . H&r block file for free . H&r block file for free 2. H&r block file for free 9 $490,001 and over 2. H&r block file for free 5 b. H&r block file for free  Single If combined income from all sources is:   Multiply credits by: $0 – 19,000 10. H&r block file for free 0 $19,001 – 47,000 6. H&r block file for free 7 $47,001 – 104,000 4. H&r block file for free 0 $104,001 – 205,000 3. H&r block file for free 6 $205,001 – 430,000 3. H&r block file for free 0 $430,001 and over 2. H&r block file for free 5 c. H&r block file for free  Head of Household If combined income from all sources is:   Multiply credits by: $0 – 30,000 10. H&r block file for free 0 $30,001 – 66,000 6. H&r block file for free 7 $66,001 – 150,000 4. H&r block file for free 0 $150,001 – 235,000 3. H&r block file for free 6 $235,001 – 430,000 3. H&r block file for free 0 $430,001 – 460,000 2. H&r block file for free 9 $460,001 and over 2. H&r block file for free 5 d. H&r block file for free  Married Filing Separately   If combined income from all sources is:   Multiply credits by: $0 – 21,000 10. H&r block file for free 0 $21,001 – 49,000 6. H&r block file for free 7 $49,001 – 90,000 4. H&r block file for free 0 $90,001 – 135,000 3. H&r block file for free 6 $135,001 – 220,000 3. H&r block file for free 0 $220,001 – 245,000 2. H&r block file for free 9 $245,001 and over 2. H&r block file for free 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. H&r block file for free If line 1 is more than or equal to line 2, do not use the rest of the worksheet. H&r block file for free   If line 1 is less than line 2, enter “0” on Form W-4, line 5. H&r block file for free Then complete lines 4 through 9 of the worksheet to figure the additional withholding needed to avoid underwithholding. H&r block file for free Other amounts owed. H&r block file for free   If you expect to owe amounts other than income tax, such as self-employment tax, include them on line 8. H&r block file for free The total is the additional withholding needed for the year. H&r block file for free 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. H&r block file for free You accurately complete all the Form W-4 worksheets that apply to you. H&r block file for free You give your employer a new Form W-4 when changes occur. H&r block file for free But because the worksheets and withholding methods do not account for all possible situations, you may not be getting the right amount withheld. H&r block file for free This is most likely to happen in the following situations. H&r block file for free You are married and both you and your spouse work. H&r block file for free You have more than one job at a time. H&r block file for free You have nonwage income, such as interest, dividends, alimony, unemployment compensation, or self-employment income. H&r block file for free You will owe additional amounts with your return, such as self-employment tax. H&r block file for free Your withholding is based on obsolete Form W-4 information for a substantial part of the year. H&r block file for free Your earnings are more than $130,000 if you are single or $180,000 if you are married. H&r block file for free You work only part of the year. H&r block file for free You change the number of your withholding allowances during the year. H&r block file for free You are subject to Additional Medicare Tax or Net Investment Income Tax. H&r block file for free 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. H&r block file for free 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. H&r block file for free To be eligible for the part-year method, you must meet both of the following requirements. H&r block file for free You must use the calendar year (the 12 months from January 1 through December 31) as your tax year. H&r block file for free You cannot use a fiscal year. H&r block file for free You must not expect to be employed for more than 245 days during the year. H&r block file for free 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. H&r block file for free If you are temporarily laid off for 30 days or less, count those days too. H&r block file for free If you are laid off for more than 30 days, do not count those days. H&r block file for free You will not meet this requirement if you begin working before May 1 and expect to work for the rest of the year. H&r block file for free How to apply for the part-year method. H&r block file for free   You must ask your employer in writing to use this method. H&r block file for free The request must state all three of the following. H&r block file for free The date of your last day of work for any prior employer during the current calendar year. H&r block file for free That you do not expect to be employed more than 245 days during the current calendar year. H&r block file for free That you use the calendar year as your tax year. H&r block file for free 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. H&r block file for free 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. H&r block file for free You must ask your employer in writing to use this method. H&r block file for free To be eligible, you must have been paid for the same kind of payroll period (weekly, biweekly, etc. H&r block file for free ) since the beginning of the year. H&r block file for free Aids for Figuring Your Withholding IRS Withholding Calculator. H&r block file for free   If you had too much or too little income tax withheld from your pay, the IRS provides a withholding calculator on its website. H&r block file for free Go to www. H&r block file for free irs. H&r block file for free gov/Individuals/IRS-Withholding-Calculator. H&r block file for free It can help you determine the correct amount to be withheld any time during the year. H&r block file for free Rules Your Employer Must Follow It may be helpful for you to know some of the withholding rules your employer must follow. H&r block file for free These rules can affect how to fill out your Form W-4 and how to handle problems that may arise. H&r block file for free New Form W-4. H&r block file for free   When you start a new job, your employer should give you a Form W-4 to fill out. H&r block file for free Beginning with your first payday, your employer will use the information you give on the form to figure your withholding. H&r block file for free   If you later fill out a new Form W-4, your employer can put it into effect as soon as possible. H&r block file for free 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. H&r block file for free No Form W-4. H&r block file for free   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. H&r block file for free Repaying withheld tax. H&r block file for free   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. H&r block file for free Your employer cannot repay any of the tax previously withheld. H&r block file for free Instead, claim the full amount withheld when you file your tax return. H&r block file for free   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. H&r block file for free Your employer can repay the amount that was withheld incorrectly. H&r block file for free 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. H&r block file for free IRS review of your withholding. H&r block file for free   Whether you are entitled to claim a certain number of allowances or a complete exemption from withholding is subject to review by the IRS. H&r block file for free Your employer may be required to send a copy of the Form W-4 to the IRS. H&r block file for free There is a penalty for supplying false information on Form W-4. H&r block file for free See Penalties , later. H&r block file for free   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. H&r block file for free   The IRS will provide a period of time during which you can dispute the determination before your employer adjusts your withholding. H&r block file for free 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. H&r block file for free Contact information (a toll-free number and an IRS office address) will be provided in the lock-in letter. H&r block file for free 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. H&r block file for free   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. H&r block file for free   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. H&r block file for free 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. H&r block file for free   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. H&r block file for free Your employer must then withhold tax based on this new Form W-4. H&r block file for free   Additional information is available at IRS. H&r block file for free gov. H&r block file for free Enter “withholding compliance questions” in the search box. H&r block file for free Exemption From Withholding If you claim exemption from withholding, your employer will not withhold federal income tax from your wages. H&r block file for free The exemption applies only to income tax, not to social security or Medicare tax. H&r block file for free You can claim exemption from withholding for 2014 only if both of the following situations apply. H&r block file for free For 2013 you had a right to a refund of all federal income tax withheld because you had no tax liability. H&r block file for free For 2014 you expect a refund of all federal income tax withheld because you expect to have no tax liability. H&r block file for free Use Figure 1-A to help you decide whether you can claim exemption from withholding. H&r block file for free 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. H&r block file for free These situations are discussed later. H&r block file for free Students. H&r block file for free   If you are a student, you are not automatically exempt. H&r block file for free If you work only part time or during the summer, you may qualify for exemption from withholding. H&r block file for free Example 1. H&r block file for free You are a high school student and expect to earn $2,500 from a summer job. H&r block file for free 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. H&r block file for free You worked last summer and had $375 federal income tax withheld from your pay. H&r block file for free The entire $375 was refunded when you filed your 2013 return. H&r block file for free Using Figure 1-A, you find that you can claim exemption from withholding. H&r block file for free Please click here for the text description of the image. H&r block file for free Figure 1-A: Exemption From Withholding on Form W-4 Example 2. H&r block file for free 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. H&r block file for free 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. H&r block file for free    You may have to file a tax return, even if you are exempt from withholding. H&r block file for free See Publication 501 to see whether you must file a return. H&r block file for free    Age 65 or older or blind. H&r block file for free 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. H&r block file for free Do not use either worksheet if you will itemize deductions, claim exemptions for dependents, or claim tax credits on your 2014 return. H&r block file for free Instead, see Itemizing deductions or claiming exemptions or credits, next. H&r block file for free Itemizing deductions or claiming exemptions or credits. H&r block file for free   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. H&r block file for free You can claim exemption from withholding only if your total expected tax liability (line 13c of the worksheet) is zero. H&r block file for free Claiming exemption from withholding. H&r block file for free   To claim exemption, you must give your employer a Form W-4. H&r block file for free Do not complete lines 5 and 6. H&r block file for free Enter “Exempt” on line 7. H&r block file for free   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. H&r block file for free 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. H&r block file for free   Your claim of exempt status may be reviewed by the IRS. H&r block file for free See IRS review of your withholding , earlier. H&r block file for free An exemption is good for only 1 year. H&r block file for free   You must give your employer a new Form W-4 by February 15 each year to continue your exemption. H&r block file for free Supplemental Wages Supplemental wages include bonuses, commissions, overtime pay, vacation allowances, certain sick pay, and expense allowances under certain plans. H&r block file for free The payer can figure withholding on supplemental wages using the same method used for your regular wages. H&r block file for free 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. H&r block file for free Expense allowances. H&r block file for free   Reimbursements or other expense allowances paid by your employer under a nonaccountable plan are treated as supplemental wages. H&r block file for free 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. H&r block file for free   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. H&r block file for free Accountable plan. H&r block file for free   To be an accountable plan, your employer's reimbursement or allowance arrangement must include all three of the following rules. H&r block file for free Your expenses must have a business connection. H&r block file for free That is, you must have paid or incurred deductible expenses while performing services as an employee of your employer. H&r block file for free You must adequately account to your employer for these expenses within a reasonable period of time. H&r block file for free You must return any excess reimbursement or allowance within a reasonable period of time. H&r block file for free    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. H&r block file for free   The definition of reasonable period of time depends on the facts and circumstances of your situation. H&r block file for free 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. H&r block file for free You receive an advance within 30 days of the time you have an expense. H&r block file for free You adequately account for your expenses within 60 days after they were paid or incurred. H&r block file for free You return any excess reimbursement within 120 days after the expense was paid or incurred. H&r block file for free 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. H&r block file for free Nonaccountable plan. H&r block file for free   Any plan that does not meet the definition of an accountable plan is considered a nonaccountable plan. H&r block file for free For more information about accountable and nonaccountable plans, see chapter 6 of Publication 463, Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses. H&r block file for free Penalties You may have to pay a penalty of $500 if both of the following apply. H&r block file for free You make statements or claim withholding allowances on your Form W-4 that reduce the amount of tax withheld. H&r block file for free You have no reasonable basis for those statements or allowances at the time you prepare your Form W-4. H&r block file for free 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. H&r block file for free The penalty upon conviction can be either a fine of up to $1,000 or imprisonment for up to 1 year, or both. H&r block file for free 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. H&r block file for free A simple error or an honest mistake will not result in one of these penalties. H&r block file for free 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. H&r block file for free However, see chapter 4 for information on the penalty for underpaying your tax. H&r block file for free Tips The tips you receive while working on your job are considered part of your pay. H&r block file for free You must include your tips on your tax return on the same line as your regular pay. H&r block file for free However, tax is not withheld directly from tip income, as it is from your regular pay. H&r block file for free Nevertheless, your employer will take into account the tips you report when figuring how much to withhold from your regular pay. H&r block file for free Reporting tips to your employer. H&r block file for free   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. H&r block file for free The report is due by the 10th day of the following month. H&r block file for free   If you have more than one job, make a separate report to each employer. H&r block file for free Report only the tips you received while working for that employer, and only if they total $20 or more for the month. H&r block file for free How employer figures amount to withhold. H&r block file for free   The tips you report to your employer are counted as part of your income for the month you report them. H&r block file for free Your employer can figure your withholding in either of two ways. H&r block file for free By withholding at the regular rate on the sum of your pay plus your reported tips. H&r block file for free By withholding at the regular rate on your pay plus a percentage of your reported tips. H&r block file for free Not enough pay to cover taxes. H&r block file for free   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. H&r block file for free   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. H&r block file for free If not enough tax is withheld, you may have to pay estimated tax. 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H&r block file for free   Your employer should not withhold income tax, Medicare tax, and social security or railroad retirement tax on the allocated amount. H&r block file for free Withholding is based only on your pay plus your reported tips. H&r block file for free Your employer should refund to you any incorrectly withheld tax. H&r block file for free More information. H&r block file for free   For more information on the reporting and withholding rules for tip income and on tip allocation, see Publi
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Personal information you give to your doctor is shared with insurance companies, pharmacies, researchers, and employers based on specific regulations. The privacy of your health records is protected by federal law (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, also known as HIPAA), which:

  • Defines your rights over your health information
  • Sets rules and limits on who is allowed to receive and/or see your health information

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) (1-800-368-1019) is an excellent resource for complete details and advice about the HIPPA ruling. Along with fact sheets and educational materials, the OCR also provides a listing of resources for consumers, providers and advocates.

You can request a copy of your medical records from the provider or from the hospital where medical services were provided. You will probably be charged a fee to cover retrieving and mailing copies to you.

If you believe that a person, agency, or organization covered under the HIPAA Privacy Rule violated your health information privacy rights or committed another violation of the Privacy Rule, you may be able to file written complaints with the Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights.

Protect Your Medical Information

Know your rights and exercise them. Here are some steps you should take to ensure the accuracy and privacy of your medical information:

  • Talk with your doctor about confidentiality concerns. Discuss the uses of your health information and what is required for insurance purposes.
  • Read the fine print. Most authorization forms contain clauses allowing information to be released. You may be able to restrict some disclosures by revising the form. Hint: Be sure to initial and date your revisions.
  • Request a copy of your medical records so you know what's in them.
  • Register your objections to disclosures that you consider inappropriate. Contact the specific entity involved, state office, or the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Be cautious when providing personal information for "surveys," health screenings, or "sweepstakes" or on a health web sites. Be sure to check their privacy policy, ask how the information will be used and who will have access to it.

Medical Identity Theft

Medical identity theft, a twist on traditional identity theft, happens when someone steals your personal information. Like traditional identity theft, medical ID theft can affect your finances, but it also can take a toll on your health. Some ways you might detect medical ID theft include:

  • You get a bill for medical services you did not receive.
  • A debt collector contacts you about a medical debt you don't owe.
  • You find medical collection notices on you don't recognize on your credit report.
  • Your health plan says you've reached your limit on benefits when you know you haven't.
  • You are denied insurance because your medical records show a condition you don't have.

If you believe that a person, agency, or organization covered under the HIPAA Privacy Rule violated your health information privacy rights or committed another violation of the Privacy Rule, you may be able to file a written complaint with the Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights.

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