The Internal Revenue Service has made it easier than ever for mobile users to calculate withholding tax on the go. The new Tax Withholding Estimator, an expanded, mobile-friendly online tool, is designed so anyone can use it.

The Tax Withholding Estimator replaces the Withholding Calculator, which offered workers a convenient online method for checking their withholding. The new tool offers workers, retirees, self-employed individuals and other taxpayers a more user-friendly way of determining the amount of income tax they want withheld from wages and pension payments.

“This is part of an ongoing effort by the IRS to improve quality services as we continue to pursue modernization and enhancements of our taxpayer relationships,” said Chuck Rettig, IRS commissioner, in a press release.

The agency said it took the feedback and concerns of taxpayers and tax professionals in developing the Tax Withholding Estimator, which offers a variety of new features, including easy-to-understand language; the ability to set a target amount of tax due as close as possible to zero or a refund amount; a progress tracker; the ability to correct previous entries; enhanced tips and links to qualifiers for tax credits and deductions; self-employment tax calculation for a user reporting wages, pensions and self-employment income; and a mobile-friendly design.

The IRS urges everyone to do a “paycheck checkup” and review their withholdings for 2019, particularly people who received an unexpected tax bill or penalty earlier this year. The IRS said that taxpayers most at risk of having too little tax withheld include those who itemized in the past but now take the increased standard deduction, as well as two-wage-earner households, employees with non-wage sources of income and those with complex tax situations.


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