Question: No federal tax taken out of paycheck...what to do?
A friend of mine just found out that no federal tax was taken out all year and now owes the IRS almost $5K. In hindsight, she should've checked her paystub, but when she approached her boss, she blamed my friend saying it's because she only took 1 withholding (which is not true), then said it was the paycheck company's fault. She knows she can get on a payment plan with the IRS, but she's still really upset about how her boss handled it. Wouldn't an employer who uses Quickbooks catch an employee who didn't have a "federal tax" line on their paystub? Should she see a tax attorney?
Update - SS and Medicare was taken out properly.
Answer: It's possible for an employee not to need to have federal tax taken out, so no, the software would not flag that as an error. And if she had filed a W-4 with one allowance, and made enough money that she now owes $5K, then something would have bene deducted.
In any case, even though it sounds like her boss really handled her complaint badly, the problem is hers. She owes the money and will have to pay it. There's no point in seeing a tax attorney.
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