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Global Work Glossary

What is an after-tax deduction?

An after-tax deduction, also known as a post-tax deduction, refers to the money subtracted from a worker's earnings after taxes have been applied. These deductions are taken from the employee's net pay, which is the amount remaining after all applicable taxes, such as federal, state, and local income taxes, have been withheld.

Examples of after-tax deductions include:

Pension contributions: Contributions made to a retirement plan after taxes have been deducted from the employee's paycheck. Union fees: Fees paid to a labor union by its members, deducted from the net pay. Life insurance premiums: Premiums paid for life insurance coverage, deducted after taxes have been applied. Charitable donations: Contributions made to charitable organizations or causes, deducted from the net pay. After-tax deductions differ from pre-tax deductions, which are subtracted from the employee's gross pay before taxes are withheld. Pre-tax deductions can include items like retirement contributions, health insurance premiums, and flexible spending account contributions. It's important for employees to understand the distinction between pre-tax and after-tax deductions, as they can have different implications for tax liability and take-home pay. Additionally, consulting with a qualified legal or tax professional is recommended for personalized advice regarding any deductions and their impact on an individual's financial situation.

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