Filling out a W-4 is less mind-boggling than you think.
One of the first things you have to do when you get a new job is filling out a Form W-4 [Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate]. It is essential to complete a W-4 correctly because it determines how much tax will be withheld from your pay and how large your tax refund will be.
The first half of the form is pretty easy. You just have to fill in your name, address, and marital status.
Then you have to figure out how many allowances to claim. This number will determine the amount of your withholding.
Number of allowances to claim
Generally, the number of allowances you should claim will correspond to the number of personal and dependency exemptions you can claim on your tax return, but this is not always the case. Claiming zero allowances will result in the maximum amount of tax withheld. Every additional allowance you claim on top of that means that a little less tax is withheld. Continue reading “How to Fill Out a W-4 Correctly”
The last thing you want to do is frantically run up to your boss asking “How many allowances do I claim on my W-4?”.
Being aware of the number of allowances you are claiming on a Form W-4 [Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate] is important for a variety of reasons. Most importantly, the number of allowances you claim on a W-4 determines the following;
- how much tax will be taken from your income (aka the withholding amount)
- the size of your tax refund
Steps to filling out a W-4
You’ll need to follow four simple steps when filling out your W-4 Form:
- Fill out your personal information (Name, Date of Birth, Address, Marital Status)
- Know the number of personal and dependency exemptions you are claiming on your tax return.
- Based on the number from step 2, use that number to help determine your number of allowances.
- Don’t forget to sign the W-4 and turn it into your employer!
The allowances you claim while filling out a W-4 if you are single will differ from the allowances you claim if you are married or have kids. Continue reading “Do I Claim Zero, One, Two W-4 Allowances?”
An apple a day keeps the doctor away…just not from your paychecks.
There are new tax forms that you should keep your eyes peeled for this year. These are the 1095-A, 1095-B and 1095-C. No need to panic. These forms are mainly for your reference and can be stowed away with the rest of your tax documents until you’re ready to file a tax return for the year. So why are they making a debut in a mailbox near you? Let’s take a look at what they are and how to handle them.
What is each form?
A 1095-A is your Health Insurance Marketplace statement. This provides you with the annual information about your health coverage if you or someone in your family was enrolled in coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.
A 1095-B is your Health Coverage statement. This shows you the yearly information about your health care coverage if you, your spouse or your dependents were enrolled in coverage through an insurance provider or self-insured employer.
A 1095-C is your Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer & Coverage statement. This form will provide you with the yearly coverage offered to you through your employer.
Which form will I get?
You’ll receive a 1095-A if you, your spouse or your dependent(s) were enrolled in health coverage for the year through the Marketplace.
A 1095-B will be coming your way if you and/or your family members received insurance through a health insurance provider. Health insurance providers consist of insurance companies, certain self-insured employers and government agencies that run Medicaid, Medicare or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Continue reading “What to do with a 1095-A, 1095-B and 1095-C”