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En español | Q. I want to have federal taxes taken out of my monthly Social Security check. What do I have to do to make this happen?

A. You'll have to fill out IRS form W-4V, Voluntary Withholding Request. The form lets you choose the percentage you want withheld. You have four choices: 7 percent, 10 percent, 15 percent or 25 percent.

See also: Social Security benefits and taxes.

You can download a copy of the form on the IRS website or get it by calling the IRS at 1-800-829-3676.

You can also get the form by calling Social Security at 1-800-772-1213. People who are deaf or hard of hearing may use the TTY number, 1-800-325-0778.

Fill out and sign the form and return it to your local Social Security office by mail or in person.

You can locate your nearest Social Security office by going online to the Local Office Search page and entering your ZIP code.

You may also like: Collecting Social Security benefits while working. >>

Stan Hinden, a former columnist for the Washington Post, wrote How to Retire Happy: The 12 Most Important Decisions You Must Make Before You Retire. Have a question for the Social Security Mailbox? Check out the archive. If you don't find your answer there, send a query.

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