Is my employer screwing me over on my pay check?

Last year I received a substantial raise in base salary. However (my fault), I only just started analyzing my pay stub now and it lists the amount of my raise ($20,000) as a bonus. It still has my previous salary and then underneath it reads, "$20,000 Bonus Pay" Does this mean that I am paying more

Last year I received a substantial raise in base salary. However (my fault), I only just started analyzing my pay stub now and it lists the amount of my raise ($20,000) as a bonus. It still has my previous salary and then underneath it reads, "$20,000 Bonus Pay" Does this mean that I am paying more taxes per check or being hurt in any way? I work for a dysfunctional company and our HR dept is a joke.

Other answer:

ninasgramma:
No employer error based on your information. Your employer is required to withhold tax from the bonus which may be at a higher rate than your regular withholding. However, you pay the same income tax as if it were regular wages.
tro:
no, you made the same amount of money either way, in a raise that is paid each pay check or a one time payment as a bonus
more income tax is withheld on the issuance of the bonus but if you don't owe as much income tax as was withheld the excess will be refunded to you when you file your tax return
Linda R:
Your employer is NOT dysfunctional nor is HR a joke. Your employer did the right thing.
Weither you get a raise or what ever….it is still considered a 'Bonus'.
Bostonian In MO:
Your tax liability is based upon your total income for the year. It's all reported on box 1 of your W-2 and it's all wages as far as the IRS is concerned.
Trivial One:
It doesn't affect your taxes, but it probably affects your benefits. If you have a pension plan, a retirement plan, life insurance, disability insurance or other benefits that are based on your pay, those benefits are on your base pay, excluding your bonus.
Casey Y:
Withholdings is your issue, not whether you need to pay income tax.

You aren't being hurt by this being listed as a bonus, there may not be enough withholdings, but I doubt it.

StephenWeinstein:
No. Bonuses are taxed the same as any other income.
Pascal the Gambler:
Does not affect the taxes you owe at all.
Judy:
no
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