Overview of Wyoming Taxes
Wyoming is one of seven states that does not have its own income tax. Additionally, no Wyoming cities levy local income taxes. However, taxpayers in the state do still have to pay federal income taxes.
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Wyoming Paycheck Calculator
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Wyoming Paycheck Quick Facts
How Your Wyoming Paycheck Works
Wyoming is one of seven states with no income tax, which means more of your salary ends up in your pocket. However, that doesn't mean that there are no deductions to your wages. Wyoming workers will still pay FICA taxes and federal income taxes.
FICA (Federal Insurance Contributions Act) taxes are Social Security and Medicare taxes. For Social Security tax, your employer will deduct a flat rate of 6.2% from your paycheck. Employers are responsible for contributing an additional 6.2%, as well. You pay 1.45% of your income for Medicare, and your employer matches that so the total contribution is doubled. If you earn more than $200,000, wages in excess of that amount are taxed an additional 0.9% for Medicare. Employers do not match this surtax amount.
If you are self-employed, you must pay the entire 12.4% in Social Security and 2.9% in Medicare taxes yourself. However, there is a deduction available when you file your taxes.
Next up, you’ll notice that federal income tax is withheld from each of your paychecks. How much you pay in federal income tax depends on a slew of factors like your salary, your marital status, how many allowances you are claiming and if you want an additional dollar amount withheld from your paychecks. You enter information about your filing status and dependents on your Form W-4; that form is how your employer knows how much to withhold from your pay.
Note that withholding calculations changed for the 2018 tax year because of President Trump's new tax plan. Changes to your paycheck should have taken effect in early 2018. If you haven’t already, it’s a good idea to check your W-4 to ensure that your information is still correct.
Other circumstances that can directly affect your Wyoming paycheck are contributions to employer-sponsored health or life insurance plans, as any premiums you pay come from your wages. The same is true for contributions you make to a retirement account through your employer, like a 401(k) or 403(b). Money you put in medical expense accounts, like health savings accounts (HSAs) and flexible spending accounts (FSAs), will also come out of your paycheck.
While many people get paychecks on a bi-weekly basis, some receive them monthly. If you get paid bi-weekly, your paychecks will be smaller and more frequent than if you’re paid monthly.
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Whether you chose to live in Wyoming or ended up there by chance, you live in a state with a minimal tax burden, which is excellent news for your paycheck. This is primarily due to the Cowboy State’s lack of state or local income taxes. For example, let’s say you make $50,000 per year. This income will get you much further than it would for someone making the exact same money in a state with high income tax, like California or Minnesota. Though your salary is the same, your take-home pay in Wyoming is much larger.
More good news for your bank account: Wyoming residents enjoy one of the lowest sales tax rates of any state with a sales tax and the eighth lowest property tax rate in the nation on average.
If you are considering buying a home in the Cowboy State or if you are looking into refinancing a property there, our Wyoming mortgage guide has the most important information to help get you started on the process of getting a mortgage in the state.
How You Can Affect Your Wyoming Paycheck
If you're looking to hold onto more of the wages you are currently making, we have some ideas for you.
Start by looking at your W-4 form. Claiming more or fewer allowances will change how much your employer withholds. Remember that claiming more allowances means your employer withholds less, and claiming fewer allowances means your employer withholds more.
You can also choose to withhold an additional dollar amount from your paycheck. There is a line on the W-4 form that allows you to do so. Simply enter the amount you want withheld from each paycheck. Not sure how much to withhold? Use this paycheck calculator to determine your tax liability.
If you can afford it, consider putting more into an employer-sponsored retirement account like a 401(k) or 403(b). Increasing your contribution will help you reach your retirement savings goals and it will also help you lower how much you pay in taxes. Money that you contribute to a 401(k) or 403(b) comes out of your paycheck before taxes are applied, so you are actually lowering your taxable income. And while Wyoming doesn’t collect income taxes, you can still save on federal taxes.
Another option is to put more of your paycheck into an HSA or FSA, which are accounts that let you use pre-tax dollars for medical expenses. One important difference between these accounts is that only $500 rolls over from year to year in an FSA. (All money in an HSA rolls over.) That means if you contribute more than $500 to an FSA but you don’t use it all within the year, you can kiss it goodbye.
Most Paycheck Friendly Places
SmartAsset's interactive map highlights the most paycheck friendly counties across the country. Zoom between states and the national map to see data points for each region, or look specifically at one of the four factors driving our analysis: Semi-Monthly Paycheck, Purchasing Power, Unemployment Rate, and Income Growth.
Methodology Our study aims to find the most paycheck friendly places in the country. These are places in the country with favorable economic conditions where you get to keep more of the money you make. To find these places we considered four different factors: semi-monthly paycheck, purchasing power, unemployment rate and income growth.
First, we calculated the semi-monthly paycheck for a single individual with two personal allowances. We applied relevant deductions and exemptions before calculating income tax withholding. To better compare withholding across counties we assumed a $50,000 annual income. We then indexed the paycheck amount for each county to reflect the counties with the lowest withholding burden.
We then created a purchasing power index for each county. This reflects the counties with the highest ratio of household income to cost of living. We also created an unemployment rate index that shows the counties with the lowest unemployment. For income growth, we calculated the annual growth in median income over five years for each county and indexed the results.
Finally, we calculated the weighted average of the indices to yield an overall paycheck friendliness score. We used a one half weighting for semi-monthly paycheck and a one-sixth weighting for purchasing power, unemployment rate and income growth. We indexed the final number so higher values reflect the most paycheck friendly places.
Sources: SmartAsset, government websites, US Census Bureau 2017 5-Year American Community Survey, MIT Living Wage Study, Bureau of Labor Statistics