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jgorbenko
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Can I plug in a really large deduction amount on my w4 to balance out the taxes on a 100k bonus that gets added to my regular sm wages?

 
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Opus 17
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Can I plug in a really large deduction amount on my w4 to balance out the taxes on a 100k bonus that gets added to my regular sm wages?

Yes, but if you get it wrong and end up under-withheld, for the quarter or the year, you will pay a penalty.  Also, the employer has two methods to deduct taxes on the bonus, one of which methods will result, in your case, in a significant under-withholding situation. 

 

What I suggest is to wait for the bonus to be paid, see what tax is withheld, then use the IRS withholding calculator to set your withholding for the rest of the year. https://www.irs.gov/individuals/tax-withholding-estimator

*Answers are correct to the best of my ability at the time of posting but do not constitute legal or tax advice.*

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Opus 17
Level 15

Can I plug in a really large deduction amount on my w4 to balance out the taxes on a 100k bonus that gets added to my regular sm wages?

Yes, but if you get it wrong and end up under-withheld, for the quarter or the year, you will pay a penalty.  Also, the employer has two methods to deduct taxes on the bonus, one of which methods will result, in your case, in a significant under-withholding situation. 

 

What I suggest is to wait for the bonus to be paid, see what tax is withheld, then use the IRS withholding calculator to set your withholding for the rest of the year. https://www.irs.gov/individuals/tax-withholding-estimator

*Answers are correct to the best of my ability at the time of posting but do not constitute legal or tax advice.*

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