Payroll Tax Calculator

Payroll Tax Calculator

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Payroll Tax Definition

Payroll taxes are automatically assessed by all W2 employers in the United States. Therefore, if you have a traditional W2 job, then you should see taxes being withheld from each of your paychecks by checking out your pay stub. Payroll taxes include Federal income tax, Social Security taxes, and Medicare taxes. By using our payroll tax calculator, you can find out how much you should be paying in payroll taxes on an annual basis. This can help you to ensure that you are neither grossly under or overpaying when it comes to your taxes.

Our payroll tax calculator only takes a few seconds to use and is simple. To find out your estimated payroll taxes, simply enter your:

  • Filing status, whether you are single, head of household, married filing individually, or married filing jointly.
  • Your annual salary or income from your employer.
  • Your spouse’s annual salary from his or her employer if you are filing jointly.

Once you enter this information using the blank fields and provided drop-down boxes, simply click “calculate.” From there, you will be taken to a screen that breaks down your payroll taxes based on the information you inputted. This includes a figure for Social Security taxes, Medicare taxes, and Federal income tax. Keep in mind that you may still be subject to state and city taxes, and these rates can vary depending on where you live.

In the meantime, make life easier for yourself come tax time by:

  • Checking your most recent pay stubs to make sure that your employer’s tax withholding matches up with the estimated amount owed based on the payroll tax calculator. While you will get the money back if you overpay throughout the year, you could end up in a difficult financial situation if it turns out you owe more when it comes time to file your taxes.
  • Consider changing your exemption status to have more or less deducted from your paychecks and used toward taxes. This can typically be done by speaking with a human resources representative from your company and filling out a basic W-4 form.

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How to Calculate Payroll Tax

Let's be honest - sometimes the best payroll tax calculator is the one that is easy to use and doesn't require us to even know what the payroll tax formula is in the first place! But if you want to know the exact formula for calculating payroll tax then please check out the "Formula" box above.

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