Chief Tax Information Officer
Published on: August 19, 2019
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Try to prevent future sticker shock when filing taxes by adjusting what your employer withholds from your paycheck. Ideally, your withholdings should be as close as possible to the actual tax amount due. Having a little more money withheld every pay period is usually more manageable than trying to pay a lump sum once a year.
To make changes to your withholdings, contact your human resources department. If you consistently owe money to the IRS every April, update your Form W-4. You can work through the worksheets in the form instructions or go to irs.gov and use the Withholding Calculator. You can also withhold an additional set amount every paycheck. Consider dividing what you owed this year by the number of pay periods and have that additional amount taken out on top of what you are already withholding.
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About the Author
Mark Steber is Senior Vice President and Chief Tax Information Officer for Jackson Hewitt. With over 30 years of experience, he oversees tax service delivery, quality assurance and tax law adherence. Mark is Jackson Hewitt’s national spokesperson and liaison to the Internal Revenue Service and other government authorities. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), holds registrations in Alabama and Georgia, and is an expert on consumer income taxes including electronic tax and tax data protection.
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