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Plan Ahead: Tips For Using The IRS Payroll Withholding Calculator.

The Calculator will ask you the following questions:

  • estimate values of your 2019 income,

  • the number of children you will claim for the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit, and

  • other items that will affect your 2019 taxes. This process will take a few minutes.

Supporting Documentation Needed:

  • Gather your most recent pay stubs.

  • Have your most recent income tax return handy; a copy of your completed 2018 Form 1040 will help you estimate your 2019 income and other characteristics and speed the process. 

Keep in mind that the Calculator’s results will only be as accurate as the information you provide.  If your circumstances change during the year, come back to this Calculator to make sure that your withholding is still correct.

The Withholding Calculator does not ask you to provide sensitive personally-identifiable information like your name, Social Security number, address or bank account numbers. Lastly, the IRS does not save or record the information you enter on the Calculator.

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