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Frequently Asked Questions Pay & Leave

When may an agency use the flat rate method of withholding on supplemental wages?

The flat rate method of withholding on supplemental wages may be used if income taxes have been withheld from the regular wages of the employee. Consequently, if income taxes have been withheld from an employee's regular wages, an agency may use the flat rate method to determine the correct amount of income tax to be withheld with respect to the loan payment. The resulting employment taxes may be withheld from either the employee's regular wages, the loan repayment, or a separate tax payment made by the employee.

This answer was provided by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). For further guidance/clarification on this issue, agency representatives may contact IRS (Federal, State and Local Governments) at (202) 283-9665.

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