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Are companies required to withhold Federal/State taxes from paychecks?


Topic Expert
Marc Schwartz
Title: Partner
Company: Schwartz International
(Partner, Schwartz International) |

The general answer to your question is "Yes", assuming for the moment we're talking about U.S.-based employees. [Non-U.S. citizens/residents providing services outside the U.S. will be treated differently.]

Of course, an employee filling out a Form W-4 can claim an exemption and/or reduced withholding due to dependents, etc. The payroll/social security/medicare taxes must be withheld.

Let me know if I have misunderstood your question.

Topic Expert
Wayne Spivak
Title: President & CFO
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(President & CFO, |

Let's not forget "local" taxes as well; a concept not well understood outside of the States.

Topic Expert
Scott MacDonald
Title: President/Owner
Company: AlphaMac Resources, Inc.
(President/Owner, AlphaMac Resources, Inc.) |

I think what you may be referring to is a tax protest movement that has convinced some companies that they don't have to withhold.

When you read the IRS regulations, it is clear they believe that companies that do not withhold taxes are liable for any unpaid taxes, plus penalties and interest for not withholding.

Bottom line, you will need a very deep set of pockets to fight the US Government on their requirement to withhold.


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