Treasury and IRS release new guidance on tax withholdings

Treasury and IRS release new guidance on tax withholdings

The new withholding tables reflect the increase in the standard deduction, repeal of personal exemptions and changes in tax rates and brackets. Even before the new tax law was passed, the agency expected to be able to answer about 60 percent of public calls during tax season and 40 percent for the full year.

Taxpayers should start seeing the effects of tax changes in their take-home pay as soon as February 1 and no later than February 15, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday.

The new tables are designed not only to best approximate the change in workers' tax liability under the new law, but to do so in a way that "delivers benefits as soon as possible to as many people as possible with as little disruption as possible", a senior Treasury official told reporters. With these new guidelines, companies can start adjusting employee paychecks. The online calculator will not be available until sometime next month. Ron Wyden, the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, said in a statement.

"With this guidance, most American workers will begin to see bigger paychecks".

"The Administration's monumental tax reform legislation continues to provide economic benefits for hard-working Americans".

Two U.S. Democratic politicians asked a government watchdog on Monday to scrutinize implementation of President Donald Trump's tax law, warning that the administration could use new tax guidelines to create the appearance of a large middle-class tax cut ahead of the 2018 mid-term elections.

Many Americans will likely see changes and adjustments this year in their tax payments as the law goes into effect.

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For example, there is a new $10,000 limit on the amount of state and local taxes a household can deduct from federal income.

Nonpartisan tax experts project that the law will bring lower taxes for the great majority of Americans, though not all. There are also new limits on the mortgage interest deduction, and the Child Tax Credit was expanded.

The government is requiring employers to begin using the new guidelines as soon as possible, but "no later than February 15".

Employers must now rush to incorporate the new tax withholding tables into their payroll systems, a process that is expected to take several weeks. Personal exemptions are a core feature of the current withholding system, but now that they are eliminated, "it's necessary to build a new approach to withholding, which will take some time", the senior IRS official said.

And roughly three-quarters of tax filers are overwithheld because they take too few allowances.

These tax changes are all scheduled to expire after 2025, though Republicans have said they want to make them permanent.

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