Treasury releases withholding tables for new tax law

15 January, 2018, 00:38 | Author: Kim Reid
  • U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin attends the daily briefing at the White House in Washington D.C. U.S

"Taxpayers can not make these changes until the revised Form W-4 is published, which the IRS has announced will be forthcoming in the coming months". The White House said Thursday that businesses should make these adjustments by February 15, part of the administration's push for millions of workers to see bigger paychecks as quickly as possible.

Mnuchin spoke shortly after Treasury and the IRS issued an update to the IRS formula that employers use to estimate employees' tax bills. "Then they can decide what they want to do", the senior IRS official said. It expects to have the latest and greatest calculator available by the end of February.

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"We have people who have worked very carefully on this. We had to figure out how to fit this in this format".

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Lisa Zarlenga, a partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP in Washington, told Bloomberg Tax in an email that "the tax law generally reduced individuals' tax liabilities, so I expected that withholding would go down".

Wyden and Neal have asked the Government Accountability Office to investigate their concerns.

"Republicans are using brute force and speed to implement a law that will deliver a financial blow to hardworking Americans all across the country", Sen. "I look forward to GAO's independent review of these tables, which will expose whether the Trump administration is tampering with Americans' paychecks, resulting in a whopping tax bill next year".

Notice 1036 also said that employers could withhold on supplemental wages of up to $1 million at a flat rate of 22 percent. There are significant limitations on long-cherished deductions, such as the federal deduction for state income, property and sales taxes. There are also new limits on the mortgage interest deduction, and the child tax credit was expanded.

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Individual taxpayers aren't required to make any changes right now.

Such a calculator will ask for anonymous inputs - for example, your income, number of dependents and other pieces of information that help determine whether you might be eligible for various tax breaks.

The tax law is projected to add between $1 trillion to $1.5 trillion to the debt over 10 years because of a fall in revenue, something Democrats have decried but Republicans have said will help spur economic growth. Among those changes are an increase in the standard deduction, new tax brackets and more.

"We think there will be over $1 trillion in growth, so I do think this will pay for itself", Mnuchin said at an event hosted by the Economic Club of Washington, dismissing estimates from the Joint Committee on Taxation that the tax cuts will increase USA deficits by $1.1 trillion to $1.5 trillion over 10 years.

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