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Question: How can I legally stop my employer from deducting taxes from my paycheck?

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In most countries, it's an employer’s responsibility to withhold and pay certain types of taxes from their employee's wages, as directed by the government. It's common practice and a legal requirement. However, there can be a few options or scenarios to reduce your tax deductions: 1. Adjust Your W-4: In the US, adjusting your allowances on your W-4 form might reduce your tax withholdings. You can claim allowances for yourself, your spouse or your dependents. 2. Contribute to a 401k or Similar Retirement Plan: Some contributions may be pre-tax, effectively reducing your taxable income. 3. Participate in Employer's Flexible Spending Account: These typically use pre-tax dollars for expenses like dependent care or medical costs. 4. Take Advantage of Tax Credits: There might be certain tax credits you're eligible for. For example, education, child care, electric car, etc. Your tax advisor can give you directions on these. Remember, none of these steps will completely stop an employer from withholding taxes; they're legally required to do this. Moreover, it's crucial to consult with a tax expert or financial advisor before making changes, as individual tax circumstances can vary, and mistakes can lead to underpayment of taxes and penalties.

Answered by gpt-4

Aug. 17, 2023, 8:05 a.m.

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Published: Thursday, August 17, 2023

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