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Be On the Safe Side by Having a View of Your Tax Withholding Today!


If you’re an American receiving a pension, then looks like you could be in for a scary surprise this coming year.

That’s because judging from the previous year’s tax overhaul, it appears that quite a number or pension payments have increased, resulting in the lower tax rates that have been put in place since 2018.

Pension payments withholding

However, this new bump is expected to increase the risk of recipients having their pensions underwithheld come the next tax time the following year. Thus being subjected to a penalty. To avert such a situation, retirees will then have to immediately have a look at their withholding and proceed to have it adjusted if deemed necessary.

One pensioner who will be confirming hers is Ann Gardella. Being a music teacher retiree, she now lives in Southbury, Conn. For her, a majority of her income is derived from her pension, which is now proving a financial hurdle because monthly payments have risen. Moreover, the fact that she has a tax balance to look forward to every April, calls for the fact that she has to go over her withholding.

She says that she plans not to owe any penalties the following year.

The sudden increase in pension payments is proving financially straining for some retirees, with some opting to have their withholding looked at to avert the situation

A thorn in the side

The current predicament of pensions is somewhat identical to the current paycheck affair. As a matter of fact, earlier in 2018, Treasury officials proceeded to modify withholding tables in a bid for them to replicate changes this 2018 that were as a result of the previous year’s tax overhaul. Now, these said changes have been added to employee paychecks as well as pension payments.

However, these adjustments did not consider the overhaul changes. For instance, the withholding tables that are currently in place have an additional tax-rate change, however, the $10,000 cap has not been factored in for both local and state taxes.

Therefore, the upside is that a number of pension recipients could inevitably end up being underwithheld this 2018 due to their automatic adjustments being directed to their pension payments being too high to handle.

Avoiding tax penalties

Generally, people have to pay at least 90% of owed tax within a year; or alternatively, the next mid-January if they have been making their tax payments with a quarterly plan. The current penalty is a 5% annual interest.

That being said, pension payments tend to vary widely, so it could be quite difficult to predict individuals at the highest risk. However, for the average married individual has a $50,000 pension a year, the reduction with regard to withholding amounts to roughly about $818 a year. This cuts down withholding to about 20%. Hence, a pension payer who opts to follow the government’s table structure is not liable if the recipient becomes underwithheld.

The new and more stringent methods have been put in place, meaning that retirees have to be more involved in terms of their pension payments.

This new facet in the realm of pension payments has become another motive for why retirees- specifically those that have gone into retirement recently or have been working part-time- should be on the lookout for any ‘tax shocks’ that may come their way.

That being said, for quite a number of retirees, income just doesn’t plummet. If anything, it is usually lumpy, specifically if someone is doing some side work. Moreover, medical expenses may be rendered deductible for first timers, with additional deductions being introduced when the individual reaches the age of 65.


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