Federal Bonus Tax Percent CalculatorSelect a state
This federal bonus tax calculator uses supplemental tax rates to calculate withholding on special wage payments such as bonuses. If your state does not have a special supplemental rate, you will be forwarded to the aggregate bonus calculator. This is state-by state compliant for those states who allow the aggregate method or percent method of bonus calculations. See payroll calculation FAQs below.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are bonuses taxed differently than regular pay?
Yes. Bonuses are taxed more than regular pay because they are considered supplemental income. They are always federally taxed, no matter which tax bracket you’re in.
What is the percentage method for bonuses?
The percentage method is used if your bonus comes in a separate check from your regular paycheck. Your employer withholds a flat 22% (or 37% if over $1 million). This percentage method is also used for other supplemental income such as severance pay, commissions, overtime, etc. Supplemental wages are still taxed Social Security, Medicare, and FUTA taxes.
What is the aggregate method for bonuses?
The aggregate method is used if your bonus is on the same check as your regular paycheck. Your employer will withhold tax from your bonus plus your regular earnings according to your W-4 answers. Your bonus will be taxed the same as your regular pay, including income taxes, Medicare, and Social Security.
Will my bonus be taxed even if I claim exempt in my W4?
Yes, the flat 37% rate applies even if an employee claims exemption in their federal Form W-4 from federal income tax withholding.
Are bonuses taxed by states?
Yes, some states will tax bonus income or supplemental income. Select a state for the calculator to give you the most accurate results.
State Bonus Tax Percent Calculators
Select your state from the list below to see its bonus tax percent calculator.
- Arizona (aggregate only)
- Connecticut (aggregate only)
- Delaware (aggregate only)
- Hawaii (aggregate only)
- Kentucky (aggregate only)
- Louisiana (aggregate only)
- Massachusetts (aggregate only)
- Mississippi (aggregate only)
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey (aggregate only)
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- Utah (aggregate only)
- West Virginia
- Wyoming (aggregate only)
- Washington DC (aggregate only)
- Puerto Rico (aggregate only)
- American Samoa
- Northern Mariana Islands
- US Virgin Islands
The calculators on this website are provided by Symmetry Software and are designed to provide general guidance and estimates. These calculators should not be relied upon for accuracy, such as to calculate exact taxes, payroll or other financial data. Neither these calculators nor the providers and affiliates thereof are providing tax or legal advice. You should refer to a professional adviser or accountant regarding any specific requirements or concerns.