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Facts to help taxpayers understand backup withholding

Backup withholding is a federal tax on income that otherwise typically doesn't require tax withholding, such as 1099 and W2-G income. Taxpayers who receive this type of income may have backup withholding deducted from their payments. Here are some basic facts about backup withholding. Backup withholding is required on certain nonpayroll amounts when certain conditions apply. The payer making such payments to the payee doesn't generally withhold taxes, and the payees report and pay taxes on this income when they file their federal tax returns. There are, however, situations when the payer is required to withhold a certain percentage of tax to make sure the IRS receives the tax due on this income. Backup withholding rate is a percentage of a payment the current percentage is 24%.

Payments subject to backup withholding include:

  • Interest payments

  • Dividends

  • Payment card and third-party network transactions