Learn more here if you are not an employee but an independent contractor. This is the total amount of money you ve earned without deductions or tax withholdings.
To figure your total salary you would first find the boxes on the w 2 that show the amount of your wages that was subjected to those taxes.
Total income on w2. The box most likely to be accurate would be the medicare wages amount. Besides your salary these boxes contain all other. Box 18 reports wages that are subject to local city or other state income taxes.
The first step of calculating your w2 wages from a paystub is finding your gross income. For many people this will be an hourly rate multiplied by a certain number of hours a week. So you would need to add these in to get a total figure.
However say that you contributed 2000 to a traditional ira and paid off a student loan interest of 1 200. This amount might also be deductible as part of the deduction for state and local income taxes if you itemize your deductions on schedule a. Box 19 reports the total taxes withheld from your paychecks for local city or other state income taxes.
That total income earned will include all earned income in addition and including this w 2. If they don t have any above the line deductions this would also be the federal adjusted gross income. For any wage or salary amount you earn as an employee worker the employer has to issue a w 2 to you for a given tax year.
For example say that your salary is 62 000 but you contribute 2 000 to your 401 k plan pay 2 500 in health insurance premiums and contribute 1 000 to your fsa. Box 1 will show your total earnings minus any money contributed towards pre tax salary plans etc. When looking at a form w 2 you would use box 1 for total federal income assuming they have no other sources of income.
It is a widespread misconception that wages under 600 aren t taxed or do not have to be reported. If your w 2 shows that your taxable wages earned are 61 000 and there is an additional 1 000 in investment income and 500 in taxable interest then your total taxable income is 61 000 plus 1 000 plus 500 which adds up to 61 500. Your w 2 would show 56 500.
Tip income may be included on the w 2. What box on w2 is federal total income. Your paystub will show you this amount.