We can’t tell you what you should claim, as this varies based on a number of factors. Luckily, we offer a handy tax withholding calculator and the IRS website offers a handy tool to help determine the proper withholding.
Remember: it’s important to revisit your withholding as your life changes. If your circumstances changes – like the birth of a child, a marriage, or a divorce – it’s up to you to change your withholdings on a W-4. Many employees neglect to take this step, resulting in withholding a number that is too low or high.
If your withholding is too high, you’re pretty much giving the government an interest-free loan. Sure you’ll get a bigger refund, but you might be better off using that money throughout the year.
Withholding too little can result in you owing substantial amounts with your tax return. It might be nice to have that money throughout the year, but you’re only going to end up paying it to the IRS the next year, and possibly be subject to stiff underpayment penalties.
Even though you may be single (parent), it may be more advantageous to file as head of household. This filing status is available to individuals who maintain their homes for more than half of the year for either a qualifying child or certain relatives who are claimed as that person’s dependent. Head of household is more favorable than filing as single as it provides higher income thresholds that result in paying lower taxes.
If you want to claim this status, your child generally must be someone who:
- Lives in your home for over half the year,
- Is your child, stepchild, adopted child, or foster child, or your sibling or step-sibling (or a descendant of any of these),
- Is under 19 years old (or a student under 24), and
- Does not provide over half of his or her own support for the year.
If a child’s parents are divorced, the child will qualify if they meet these tests for the custodial parent even if that parent released his or her right to a dependency exemption for the child to the noncustodial parent.) A person is not considered a qualifying child if they are married or is not a U.S. citizen or resident. Special tie-breaking rules apply if the individual can be a qualifying child of (and is claimed as such by) more than one taxpayer.
There are two sets of tax rates in America: one is imposed on ordinary income, and the other on capital gain income.
Ordinary income is the most common type of income and includes for example wages, interest, and rental income. The ordinary income tax rates range 10% to 39.6% depending upon your total income.
Capital gain income typically is the result of selling property owned for a year or longer. When the sales price exceeds what you originally paid for the property that excess (i.e., the gain) is tax at the capital gains tax rates. These rates range from 0% to 20% also depending upon your total income.
On the other hand, gains from the sale of property owned for less than a year, or sales that result in losses, are treated as ordinary income.
The answer to this question depends upon your level of comfort. It is inevitable that as you advance through your life and career, your taxes will get more complex. What may be a single-page Form 1040-EZ one year can easily become a daunting voluminous series of tax forms the next. This is where Assurity Tax is here to help as we have both options.
Should you feel overwhelmed this upcoming tax season, we have hundreds of highly trained tax professionals ready to tackle your unique situation. Our tax professionals understand the complexities of the tax code and guarantee you get every credit and deduction you deserve.
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