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I said: Income tax is a "pay as you go" system, either through withholding or estimated tax payments. Failure to pre-pay enough results in a penalty. Details are in IRS Publication 505 and the FAQ.

You said: When you say prepay, are you referring to the taxes (Fed, State, FICA, Med) that are withheld automatically from each paycheck?

I thought we were talking about withholding based on Form W-4. That's Federal income tax. (Some states base state income tax withholding on the W-4, but we're talking only of Federal.)

I don't know any one having money withheld from their paycheck. The only amounts coming out are the ones I mention above.

I have no idea what we're talking about here. The only thing I can think of is that you don't know anyone who's having additional income tax withheld. That's perfectly reasonable, since it's the unusual situation that requires additional withholding.

I have a feeling you're getting exercised over nothing, but you might want to take a look at IRS Publication 15. It has the employer instructions for withholding.

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