The passage of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act in December, 2017 required changes to be made to the federal withholding tax tables. These changes were published in February, 2018 and affected employees' paychecks shortly thereafter. These changes generally benefited taxpayers by decreasing the amount of federal income tax withheld from each check, but in some situations employees' paychecks have too little tax withheld. This could result in a balance due on 2018 individual tax returns where a refund has been received in the past.
The Internal Revenue Service and American Institute of CPAs recommend that employees perform a "Paycheck Checkup" in order to make any adjustments necessary to their federal withholding in order to avoid owing money on their income tax returns. The IRS has provided a free calculator on their website to assist in making the proper calculations. If changes are needed be sure to submit a new Form W-4 to your employer.
The IRS has confirmed that the April 15 tax deadline will be postponed until May 17. With tax changes signed into law March 11, expanded Payroll Protection Program eligibility, stimulus questions, and other issues our workload has been greatly increased. This one month delay in the filing deadline will be greatly appreciated! We will work to deliver as many returns as possible by April 15, but we will need some time to react to other pressing client needs.
More details will be announced by the IRS in the near future.
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Perform a "Paycheck Checkup!" Recent changes to the federal tax law made changes to your paycheck. Be sure that you have the proper amount of federal tax withheld in order to avoid a tax bill. Click here for details.