Free Online Paycheck Calculator for
Calculating Net Take Home Pay

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Help you to forecast how much your pay check will be after subtracting estimated taxes and deductions, and help you compare your paychecks before and after the 2018 federal tax reform!

This free online paycheck calculator will estimate your net take home pay after deductions and federal, state, and local income tax withholdings.

Plus, you can also calculate your net pay based on either the 2017 or the 2018 federal tax rates. This will allow you to compare the effects of 2017 vs 2018 tax brackets.

As you use the pay check calculator, please keep in mind that the results are merely estimates. In fact, whether you realize it or not, your actual net pay from your employer is merely an estimate as well.


Because if any unexpected income or tax-bracket related events occur between now and the end of the year (get a pay raise, lose your job, inherit assets, etc.), your actual income taxes will be different from the amounts your employer is withholding.

In other words, estimating your withholding taxes is far from being an exact science. Your employer is simply following a mandatory withholding guide provided to them by the IRS.

But even the IRS guide can't predict your future, so there's no way to know your exact tax liability prior to actually completing your federal and state income tax forms at the end of the year.

With that, let's use the free online paycheck calculator to estimate your net take home pay.

Calculate Net Take Home Pay
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Instructions: If you would like this free online paycheck calculator to calculate your gross pay for you, enter your hourly rate, regular hours, overtime rate, and overtime hours. Your gross pay will be automatically computed as you key in your entries. If you already know your gross pay you can enter it directly into the Gross pay entry field.

Enter your gross wages and any claimed tips for the pay period, select your pay period, choose your filing status, and enter your withholding allowances. Then enter your before and after tax adjustments and click the "Calculate My Paycheck" button.

Finally, if you would like to print the results, click one of the "Printer Friendly Paycheck Report" buttons that will appear in the results.

Mouse over the blue question marks for a further explanation of each entry field. More in-depth explanations can be found in the glossary of terms located beneath the Free Online Paycheck Calculator.

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Help Regular hours this pay period (#):
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Help Overtime hours this pay period (#):
Gross Wages and Pay Period
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Help Claimed tips $ sales @ ($):
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Help Number of withholding allowances (#):
Before Tax Adjustments
Help Qualified tax deferral plan, such as 401K (%):
Help Other before tax deductions, such as HSA ($):
After Tax Adjustments
Help and local income tax percentage (%):
Help Other after tax deductions ($):
Help After tax reimbursements ($):
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Help Federal taxable wages:  
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Gross pay: Your total wages or salary for the pay period before any withholdings or deductions.

Claimed tips: If you are required to claim a portion of your tips, enter the estimated total you want to claim for the pay period in the far right column. Or, if you want the calculator to calculate your claimed tips for you, enter your total sales and select the percentage of sales you wish to claim as tipped wages.

Pay period: How often you receive a paycheck, usually either weekly (52 times per year), biweekly (26 times per year), semi-monthly (24 times per year), monthly (12 times per year), quarterly (4 times per year), semi-annually (2 times per year), or annually (1 time per year).

Filing status: Your filing status determines which tax table you will use to look up your tax liability. The choices are single, married filing separately, married, or head of household.

Allowances: The number of withholding allowances used in determining your taxable income and normally equal to the number of dependents you have (can be adjusted up or down depending on your circumstances). As of the last update of this page (02/01/2018), the allowance was $4,050 per year for each qualified dependent. This amount effectively reduces your taxable income.

Qualified tax deferral plan: Percentage of your income that is being withheld for qualified plans, such as 401k contributions. As long as you stay within the contribution limits, this amount reduces your taxable income.

Other before tax deductions: The total of any other before-tax deductions per pay period, such as contributions to a Health Savings Account, a Flexible Savings Account, etc..

State and local income tax: Enter the total percentage of your state and local income taxes (for .05, enter 5%) If you don't know your state tax rate, select your state from the dropdown menu to display your state's tax brackets. If you've entered your gross pay the calculator will estimate your annual taxable earnings and then highlight your approximate bracket and rate (single filer). Click here to open a pop-up window containing a summarized listing of all state tax rates.

Other after tax deductions: The total of any after tax deductions, such as health insurance, dental plans, etc..

After tax reimbursements: The total of any out-of-pocket expenses that your employer typically reimburses you for.

Allowance deduction: Amount of annual deductible allowance attributable to this pay period (annual amount divided by number of pay periods per year). This amount is deducted from your federal taxable wages but is not deducted from gross pay.

Qualified plan deduction: Total contribution to qualified retirement plan this pay period. This amount is deducted from your federal taxable wages and it is deducted from your gross pay. Keep in mind that these are funds that will be returned to you at a later time.

Other before-tax deductions: Total other before-tax deductions (over and above allowances and plan contributions) for this pay period. This figure is deducted from your federal taxable wages and it is deducted from your gross pay.

Federal taxable wages: This is your calculated federal taxable income for this pay period, which is used only to determine your federal and state income tax withholding amounts. To arrive at this figure, the free online paycheck calculator deducts all before-tax deductions from your gross wages.

Federal tax withholding: Your federal income tax withholding for this pay period, based on your filing status and federal taxable wages. To arrive at this value, the free online paycheck calculator multiplies your taxable wages by the number of pay periods per year, and then looking up the result in the table below. The source of the table is IRS Publication 15 (2018), Table 7, pg 46 (opens new window). To estimate your federal income tax, find the amount in the left-hand column that is less than, but not greater than, your annual taxable income. Then subtract that number from your annual taxable income to get your excess income. Finally, multiply your excess income by the corresponding percentage rate (right-hand column) and add the result to amount in the center column. Dividing your annual income tax by the number of pay periods will give you the federal tax withholding per pay period.

2018 Tax Brackets
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Excess over Withhold Percent
2017 Tax Brackets
Excess over Withhold Percent
Excess over Withhold Percent

FICA: Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) tax is a US payroll (or employment) tax imposed by the federal government on both employees and employers for funding Social Security and Medicare. The FICA rate at the time the free online paycheck calculator was created was 7.65% (6.2% for Social Security and 1.45% for Medicare) with a maximum Social Security contribution of $7,886.40 per year.

FICA social Security withholding: This is your FICA Social Security withholding for this pay period (currently 6.2% of your gross pay, up to a maximum of $7,886.40). The Social Security tax is a federal program that provides for old age, survivors, disability and hospital insurance.

FICA Medicare withholding: This is your FICA Medicare withholding (1.45% of your gross pay up to $200,000, 1.54% on wages in excess of $200,000 per year). Medicare is a federal hospital insurance insurance program.

State and local income tax withholding: Based on your entered state tax percentage, this amount is your state income tax withholding for this pay period (state tax percent X federal taxable wages).

Other after-tax reductions: Total other after-tax reductions as entered in the top of the free online paycheck calculator.

Reimbursements: Total reimbursements as entered in the top section of the form. This amount is added to your net pay.

Net pay including any claimed tips: This is your net pay before any claimed tips are removed from the net pay (tips were already paid to you).

Net take home pay: This is your take home pay after subtracting all deductions and any claimed tips from your gross pay, and then adding back any reimbursements entered.

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