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I am curious to find out if I am being taxed from my

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Hello I am curious to find out if I am being taxed from my paychecks fairly. I am 22 years old, no dependents or under any gov. programs. I make 1650 biweekly before taxes, which comes out to 1200 after. I work for a cabinet company, hourly salary, 100
hrs biweekly average. California. I don't see why I am being taxed so much from my checks. Kind of feel as if I am being robbed. Wanted to know if there was any way to lower my taxes. Any answer would be appreciated, thanks! -jovany
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Lev replied 1 year ago.
Hi Jovany and welcome back to our site!Generally withholding from paycheck is based on how you files W4 form for your employer.Here is the form http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw4.pdfBased on your information - you would normally file it as Single with TWO allowances.Here is a similar ofrm for California withholdinghttp://www.edd.ca.gov/pdf_pub_ctr/de4.pdfthat you woudl normally file as Single with ONE allowance.In this case - your pay stub should look as Bi-weekly Gross Pay $1,650 Federal Withholding $170 Social Security $102.30 Medicare $23.93 California $51 SDI $14.85 Net Pay $1,287.74That is assuming you do not have other withholding - such as retirement plan, medical insurance, etc.If you do - please let me know amounts - and I will adjust estimations.
Expert:  Lev replied 1 year ago.
If however you did not file W4 form - the payroll person must use Single with ZERO allowances for withholding.
In this case - your pay stub should look as
Bi-weekly Gross Pay $1,650
Federal Withholding $229
Social Security $102.30
Medicare $23.93
California $55.41
SDI $14.85
Net Pay $1,224.
Bi-weekly Gross Pay $1,650.00
Federal Withholding $229.00
Social Security $102.30
Medicare $23.93
California $55.41
SDI $14.85
Net Pay $1,224.51
So far - your net pay seems as correct.
Please be aware that withholding is NOT your actual tax liability - which will be calculated on your tax return.
The amount withheld will be credited toward your actual tax liability - and if your employer withholds more than your liability - you would be claiming a refund.