Estimate your paycheck withholding with our free W-4 Withholding Calculator. Updated for your 2021-2022 taxes, simply enter your tax information and adjust your withholding to understand how to maximize your tax refund or take-home pay.
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One of the biggest changes on the redesigned W-4 form is the elimination of personal withholding allowances. Instead, the form uses a 5-step process and new Federal Income Tax Withholding Methods to determine actual withholdings. In the past, the value of withholding allowances was also tied to personal and dependent exemptions, but those exemptions were eliminated under The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed in 2017.
IRS Form W-4 is completed and submitted to your employer, so they know how much tax to withhold from your pay. Your W-4 can either increase or decrease your take home pay. If you want a bigger refund or smaller balance due at tax time, you’ll have more money withheld and see less take home pay in your paycheck. If you want a bigger paycheck, you’ll have less withheld and have a smaller refund or larger balance due at tax time.
When you use the redesigned Form W-4, your withholding is based on your expected filing status and standard deduction for the year. The new redesigned Form W-4 makes it easier for you to figure out your withholding, especially if you have income from multiple jobs, itemized deductions, the child tax credit, and other tax benefits.
The W-4 calculator can help you adjust your withholdings to determine if you’ll get a refund or a balance due come tax time. Once you’re happy with your projected outcome, the W-4 calculator will show how to fill out your W-4. Depending on your employer, updates to your W-4 could take a few weeks to be reflected on your paycheck.