Gross – Total amount of money you’ve earned during that pay period.
Net – The amount of money you “take home” after all of your deductions have been taken out of your paycheck.
Withholding – a fancy way of saying “holdback.” For instance, your employer is required to withhold income tax out of your paycheck and makes sure the government gets your tax payment. You manage how much to “hold back” by declaring how many exemptions you want to claim.
Deductions – Amounts subtracted from your paycheck.
Exemption – A claim of a condition that would exempt you from paying taxes on a certain portion of your income (such as a dependent).
Dependent – A person who relies on you for financial support.