Tax Witholding Estimator

Take the guesswork out of paycheck withholding with this handy tool from the IRS

By clicking this link, you will go to the IRS.gov website.

Before You Begin

Before using the Tax Whiholding Estimator, taxpayers should gather their most recent pay stubs and income documents from all sources. They should gather documents related to pensions, annuities, Social Security benefits, and self-employment income. They should also have a copy of their 2018 federal tax return. This will help estimate 2019 income and answer other questions asked during the process. 

Your Information is Private & Anonymous

The IRS Withholding Estimator does not ask for personally-identifiable information, such as a name, Social Security number, address and bank account numbers. The IRS doesn’t save or record the information entered in the Estimator.

Note: December 2019 Estimator Use

During December, the estimator does not offer recommendations for withholding changes because of the limited time remaining to affect the amount you have withheld from your pay. 

  • You can use the estimator to look back at 2019 and determine if you are likely going to owe taxes when you file. 

  • For 2020, we recommend you come back and use the estimator in January.

  • The current information provided from the estimator will be based on 2019 withholding tables. Users must come back in 2020 to obtain withholding information for the 2020 tax year.

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