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ToddL99
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What if on box 2 it doesn't have a federal income tax withheld amount?

If you are referring to Box 2 of your Form W-2, then it means your employer did not withhold any federal income tax from your pay.

 

This can occur when your filing status, claimed withholding allowances or income level indicate that you aren't required to have income tax withheld.

 

Federal income tax is based on the employee’s filing status, number of allowances/exemptions, earnings, and the IRS withholding tax tables. All these factors determine the employee’s federal income tax withholding amount. The employee can earn a small amount of income but because he has few exemptions, he owes federal income tax. He can earn a large income but has so many exemptions that he pays no federal income tax. In the latter case, unless the employee truly is allowed to claim that many exemptions, he can end up owing the IRS. If the employee qualifies for exempt status, then no federal income tax should be withheld. State income tax withholding is dependent on similar factors. Furthermore, FICA taxes are based on a set percentage, which must be withheld, regardless of income amount.

 

@windowsonnature

 

 

What if on box 2 it doesn't have a federal income tax withheld amount?

I have a voluntary federal income tax withheld in amount of $2,260.80 reported on my Form SSA-1099 for 2021,

Will this amount be added to my 2021 Fed Tax Refund?

 

Idell Conaway

PattiF
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What if on box 2 it doesn't have a federal income tax withheld amount?

You will enter the amount of federal income tax that was withheld shown on Form SSA-1099 when you enter this into your tax return. It may be added to your Federal Tax Refund if you don't owe too much in taxes. It will be applied to what you owe and if there is an amount that wasn't used to pay your tax liability it will be added to your refund.

 

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