Category Archives: Withholding

Good News and Bad News in May

Today TaxMama® wants to talk about things to consider now that your tax return is filed. It IS filed, isn’t it?

Collecting Social Security Early

Today TaxMama® hears from Thom in the TaxQuips Forum with a question I used to wonder about. “I started collecting Social Security benefits at 62. I just started working a few hours a week part time. Why are they still deducting SS from my paycheck, since I am collecting benefits?”

W-4 Time

Today TaxMama® hears from Bingo1 in the TaxQuips Forum, with this disturbing question. “On the w4 form I believe the amount for line 5 is 2 because my husband is the only one working and I don’t work. I have two kids. Is that correct? My CPA told me I should use 1 on line […]

Value of Exemption

Today TaxMama® hears from BBall in the TaxQuips Forum, with a common issue. He is trying to understand whether he should claim zero or 1 on his W-4 – and what affect that will have on his paycheck.

20 Children or 2?

Today TaxMama® hears from BlueSage in the TaxQuips Forum with this question. “Is it better to declare 20 children and then store the tax one would pay in an investment account, and use that money to pay taxes at year end? Or is it better to declare the right amount of children, pay as you […]

Tax Tips for Recently Married Taxpayers

Courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service [TaxMama note – also read about Wedding-Related Tax Benefits, here.] If you’ve recently updated your status from single to married, you’re not alone – late spring and summertime is a popular period for weddings. Marriage also brings about some changes with your taxes. Here are several tips for newlyweds […]

A Lesson from the IRS for Students Starting a Summer Job

Courtesy of the IRS School’s out, but the IRS has another lesson for students who will be starting summer jobs. Summer jobs represent an opportunity for students to learn about the tax system. Not all of the money they earn will be included in their paychecks because their employer must withhold taxes. Here are six […]

Malpractice Settlement

Today TaxMama® hears from Peter in the TaxQuips Forum with this story “I have just settled an attorney malpractice litigation where a small settlement was received. The insurance company wants my Social Security Number, which I feel is not needed. My position is that I am only recovering a fraction of what the attorney was […]

Computing Your Own Withholding

Today TaxMama® hears from Brian in the TaxQuips Forum who finally asked the right question. “What I really was asking was, if I take my withholdings up to, say, single and 8 on federal and state for this check only would I get more of the check?”