Tax reform: IRS, Treasury take first step toward raising your paycheck

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As President Donald Trump's recent tax overhaul is rushed into law, with businesses expected to make the necessary payroll adjustments by February 15, the Treasury Department is requiring employers to use old forms applicable to the old tax system, known as W-4s, in calculating how much to withhold in taxes from employees' paychecks.

The IRS is working to develop withholding guidance to implement the tax reform bill signed into law on December 22. "I look forward to GAO's independent review of these tables, which will expose whether the Trump administration is tampering with Americans' paychecks, resulting in a whopping tax bill next year". Trump said lower taxes and deregulation will rev up the rural economy in a partisan speech geared toward a much broader audience than the farmers gathered to hear him.

"The bottom line here is Democrats so object to Americans keeping more of what they earn at work, they'll do and say just about anything to cast doubt on it", he added.

In the meantime, on Thursday, a senior IRS official speaking on background during a phone call press conference explained that the new withholding table is the first installment in a three-step process created to ensure wage earners have the correct amount of taxes withheld, preventing under or over paying.

The new guidance will allow many taxpayers to start seeing bigger paychecks due to the new law.

The new law provides steep tax cuts for corporations and wealthy Americans while offering more modest reductions for most low- and middle-income families and individuals.

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It's important to note that the time it will take for employees to see the changes in their paychecks will vary depending on how quickly the new tables are implemented by their employers and how often employees are paid generally weekly, biweekly or monthly.

Democrats are concerned the rushed withholding tables could leave many tax filers in a situation of potentially being underwithheld for tax year 2018 and therefore left owing money when they file their tax returns in early 2019. The tax code now limits the deduction for state and local taxes to $10,000. The online calculator will not be available until sometime next month.

The law lowers tax rates, which is the primary reason Americans will see bigger paychecks next month, but it also limits or scales back tax deductions, changes that might not be realized until Americans file their tax returns. Employers will have until February 15 to incorporate the changes in their payroll systems.

There are new tax credits while other mainstays - like the $4,050 personal exemption - are gone.

While employers can begin doing this voluntarily, they will have to comply with the new guidance by February 15.

These tax changes are all scheduled to expire after 2025, though Republicans have said they want to make them permanent.

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