An amount of an employee's income that an employer sends directly to the federal, state, or local tax authority as partial payment of that individual's tax liability for the year. When a person starts a new job, he/she is required to fill out a W-4 form on which he/she can indicate his/her filing status and the number of allowances he/she is claiming.

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She was withholding her affection from him, yet he did not know why and thus felt very sad and rejected.

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You may want to make sure that you have really good accountants that know how much of a withholding to always take.

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The withholding was higher than expected so the employee carefully examined the nature of and reasons behind the tax withholding.

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