I was a W-2 employee for 10 months of the year before being let go in Oct. I didn’t modify my W-4 in any way. I didn’t receive a paystub as my payroll was direct deposited. I’m concerned my employer may not have withheld any taxes. From what I’ve read it appears I will ultimately be responsible for the taxes, but do I have any legal recourse against my former employer?
While the employer is required to withhold the taxes you would not have any claim against the employer because from an economic standpoint you have not been damaged - you merely got the money that you will now have to send to the government. The government could take action against the company for not complying with its legal obligations to the government to withhold taxes but that isn't something that you can assert against the employer.
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