It’s open enrollment season again, which means it’s time to decide on your benefits and spending account contributions. PayCheckCity has a variety of tools for simulating what your take-home pay would be if you added disability insurance, increased your FSA amount, and so on.
It can also be a good time to check your paystubs and see if you want to make any other changes. Maybe you want to increase your cashflow, or see if you can afford to put more away in your 401k. You can also check if you’ve already paid as much taxes so far this year as you did last year. If so, you could underwithold taxes on purpose and stick the difference in an interest-bearing account to make a few extra bucks. You can then wait until April 15th to pay up what you owe without penalty. Uncle Sam makes millions every year on people who overwithold their taxes – why not flip the tables?
Hint: If you want to stop withholding as much, you can put up to 10 allowances on your W-4 without IRS notification. You can put as many allowances as you want, but I wouldn’t go totally nuts.
Thanks to Mapgirl’s Fiscal Challenge for the PayCheckCity link.