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What is Tentative Tax?

Asked by: mflewis 626 views YA Discussion

What is tentative tax? I was filing my tax return couple of days ago, and as soon I entered my income, the federal return box ballooned to $ 1,263! in red, saying I owe the IRS with that money.
I looked at my form 1040ez, and it’s on my tentative tax.

anyone know what this is?

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  1. Chris Alleman on Jan 21, 2013 Reply

    Tentative tax is an estimate of what your tax bill will be if you file a short form with standard deduction. If the deduction of taxes from your income is calculated accurately, you then owe no tax at tax time. If it is not, then you will either owe additional tax or receive a refund (if you have additional exemptions, dependents, deductions).

    Tentative tax is withheld so you don’t get hit with a massive tax bill and find yourself with insufficient funds to pay it.

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  2. Bobbie on Jan 21, 2013 Reply

    And just where did you start to enter your income from your W-2 into this tax software program at that time in your life?
    Did you start with a blank W-2 for this purpose in this software program as you would be required to do using the W-2 information in your hand and making sure that you do enter the correct numbers in to each box on the W-2 form in the software program as they are on the W-2 in your hand SLOW AND EASY to try and make sure that they are all entered correctly into the W-2 form that you would be filling in at that time in your life for that purpose.
    GUESSTIMATED amount ESTIMATED amount TENTATIVE liability of your FIT as a start at that point when you are entering your information into the software program on each line so do not panic and get excited until you do get down to the last lines on your correctly filled out 1040 income tax return just before you are required to sign it at that time in your life.
    So your W-2 forms Box 1 gross wages earnings for the tax year Box 2 FIT $ $ $ $ amount that was withheld out of your gross wages for each period for you to be able to use as a TAX CREDIT of the correct line of 1040 income return during the 2013 tax filing season for this purpose.
    Did you actually fill in a copy a W-2 form in this tax software program yet to make sure that you do have the correct numbers and information in each box to match the numbers that you should have entered into the boxes on this copy of the W-2 that you would have to fill out in the software program in order to get your 1040 income tax return filled out correctly and ready for you to sign and print a copy for your records before sending it on to the correct IRS address on January 30 2013 for this purpose and time in your life.
    Hope that you find the above enclosed information useful. 01/20/2013

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