New IRS Tools for “Paycheck Checkup”

The IRS is winding up a week of special activities to encourage taxpayers to ensure they have the correct amount of taxes being withheld from their paychecks.

In a statement, acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter said, “The IRS is taking special steps to help taxpayers understand these tax law changes. We encourage people to do a paycheck checkup to help make sure they’re having the right amount of tax withheld for their unique personal situation. To help with this, the IRS has added and updated a variety of tools and information to help taxpayers.”

New and updated tools

Tax tips

In addition to the Withholding Calculator which helps taxpayers estimate their 2018 income tax and the new Form W-4, the IRS has launched a series of Tax Reform Tax Tips which will continue throughout 2018. Beginning this week with tips on withholding topics written in easy-to-understand language, these ongoing tips will clarify major tax reform topics. The tips are an addition to the IRS’s Tax Tips email-subscription program.


The IRS is posting new videos on its YouTube platform, IRSvideos. Here you can find videos organized by categories including “Tax Tips.” Here you will find video channels that provide informative videos in English, American Sign Language (ASL), and a number of foreign languages.

Social media

This week, the IRS also began using social media to get its message out about #PaycheckCheckup.

Do you need to file a new W-4?

You might. It’s always a good thing to check at the beginning of the year, but especially this year with changes in the tax laws. Take advantage of the IRS tools, tips, and videos to make sure you have the correct amount of tax withheld from your paychecks.

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Mary van Balen
Mary van Balen
Technical Writer at Delphia Consulting
Mary van Balen is based out of Columbus, Ohio and is a writer for Delphia Consulting. Mary contributes to the Delphia blog on Human Resources issues and Delphia Consulting and Sage product related updates.