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how much tax should I withold on a gross salary of $130000

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how much tax should I withold on a gross salary of $130000
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Ed Johnson replied 5 years ago.

DearCustomer

 

can you tell me your filing status?

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
filing status is married joint return
Expert:  Ed Johnson replied 5 years ago.

DearCustomer

I am still not clear on what you are asking here. As I look at this, I do not know if you mean how much you as an employer have to with hold, or how much you as an employee has to put on he form W-4.

I appreciate your patience as we gather enough information to provide the very best and most accurate answer for you.

The U.S. tax system is complicated.

For example:

In order to advise about a W-4 so you would know what to tell to your employer, I would need not only the number filing status, but:

  • number of other dependents in addition to your spouse
  • whether or not your spouse worked
  • amount of 401(k) contributions in percentage or dollar amount
  • If you have and the amount of any mortgage insurance, property taxes, and mortage interest.

Based on the information so far, on a W-4 form, you would claim married and 3 exemptions. REFERENCE: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw4.pdf

you can get a more accurate number if you complete all lines in the form as instructed.

If you are employer wanting to know what the paycheck looks like, a more accurate picture can be had if I also know the city and state. IN the mean time, federal should look like this:

Assumption: on w-4 claiming married and 3 exemptions:

Tax Year

2008

Gross Pay

$130,000.00

Pay Frequency

Bi-weekly

Federal Filing Status

Married

# XXXXX Federal Exemptions

3

Additional Federal W/H

$0.00

$0.00

Your Pay Check Results

Bi-weekly Gross Pay

$5,000.00

Federal Withholding

$795.00

Social Security

$310.00

Medicare

$72.50

Net Pay

$3,822.50
Customer: replied 5 years ago.

Ed

ok...here's the deal. This will be a brand new job beginning 1/2/09. (currently I am a 1099 employee with a LLC.) no other dependents, spouse did not/will not work but we do file joint returns. Not sure if I will be able to participate in 401k in the 1st 12 months of this job so lets just say zero for now. Property Taxes and mortgage interest should be in the neighborhood of about 30k. Oh and to complicate matters I am a NYC resident but will be working in weehawkin NJ so I suppose there is some jersey tax that i will need to pay? What I am trying to do is figure out the least amount to withhold without having to pay the IRS at the end. Thanks!

Expert:  Ed Johnson replied 5 years ago.

DearCustomer

 

1. According to my calculations using form W-4, you would be able to make 8 deductions on the W-4. (Federal)

 

2. Because NJ and NY do not have have a recipricol income tax agreement, you will be required to file in NJ as a Non-resident, and in NY as a resident. You pay no NYC tax. File in NJ first, to get any refund of overpayment, and then file in NY as a resident, and NY will give you credit for taxes paid to nj. By federal law you can not be double taxed, but you may have to make a payment based on differences in tax rates to ny.

 

based on that, then you will take withholding in NJ.

 

8 Exemptions on the W-4 will most likely put you in a refund position because you are missing a lot more infomation. I know you would like me to figure it for you. BUT really, the W-4 form is really accurate and you should use that.

 

The Federal W-4 is here: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw4.pdf

 

 

The NJ form is here: http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/pdf/other_forms/git-er/njw4.pdf

 

You can use this witholding calculator to determine it. It will even let you print a personalized W-4. BUT caution...it is a 2008 form. You should wait until the IRS makes the 2009 forms available. You can use the 2008 form, but emlpoyers may get confused and require a 2009 fom. Just transfer the information to the 2009 form when they become availble in early January.

 

http://www.paycheckcity.com/w4/w4instruction.asp

 

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Experience: GPHR Cert; U.S. Treasury Tax Advocacy Panel appointee
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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
thanks Ed!
Expert:  Ed Johnson replied 5 years ago.

Jluinio,

 

YOu are welcome. thanks for your comments and feedback.

 

Ed

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