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Form W-4 is an IRS tax input form completed by an employee in the United States to indicate his or her tax situation to the employer. The W-4 form tells the employer the correct amount of tax to withhold from an employee's paycheck.

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Employee’s Withholding Allowance Married

I'm filed with payroll as married with three allowances (I have no kids). I make $80,000/yr, and file as "Married filing jointly". Wife doesn't work. What is the optimal Employee’s Withholding ...
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Allowances for New York State W4 form

Why is it that you can't allow yourself as an allowance in the NY state form? In my case, I put the number of allowances as 1 in the federal W4 form and 0 in the NY state W4 form. Is this normal? Or ...
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Federal and State W4 forms

Is filing a state W4 form necessary if you already filed a federal W4 form? Do most employers require employees to manually fill out a state W4 form?
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How to avoid paying estimated taxes due to unpredictable investment income?

I've read that you'll owe a penalty if you don't pay enough in taxes during the year, and I'd like to avoid paying estimated taxes if possible since I have significant and hard-to-predict investment ...
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What information from my 2018 and 2017 tax returns should I reference to complete my 2019 form W-4?

The 2019 Form W-4 worksheet and the IRS withholding calculator are asking questions about deductions and adjustments. I do not know these numbers from memory and I think I can get them from prior ...
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Payroll contributions vs. Extra withholding: which one takes precedence?

Suppose I choose to make pre-tax payroll contributions to my 401(k) and/or HSA, of an amount that takes up most of my paycheck. I also selected on my W-4 form to make an extra tax withholding per ...
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2018 W4 - Married or Married, but withhold at higher single rate?

We were married earlier in the year and currently updating our 2018 W4's to reflect our new married status. The 2018 W4 is a bit confusing as based on how we have it currently setup, it looks like we ...
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On Form W-4, can you fill out line 6 instead of line 5?

I'm changing my benefits provider during the year and need to update my W-4 form and, for California, my DE 4. I'm changing my filing status from Single to Head of Household, so I've been having too ...
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I'm changing my tax status from Single to Head of Household during the year. How do I adjust my allowances?

I've been having taxes withheld so far as a Single, but I recently discovered that I'm qualified to file as Head of Household. Because I've been paying too much until now, I would like to reduce my ...
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How to Answer IRS Withholding Calculator Questions About 2018?

I've been encouraged by my employer to recalculate my W4 allowances in light of the tax law changes for 2018. When I use the IRS's calculator it needs me to give answers for things like, Enter your ...
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Accidentally selected tax exempt on W4

I started working in February 20, 2017 and had an online W4 to fill out and I accidentally selected tax exempt. I am in the 28% tax bracket and live in Washington state. Upon realizing my mistake I ...
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US Citizen living abroad: Can I put a foreign address on I-9/W-4 forms, for tax return purposes?

I am US Citizen, currently living abroad and work for a company in the USA. I was asked to fill out the I-9 and W-4 forms and was wondering what address to list. my us or foreign address. Specifically ...
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Confusion with Spouse Allowances on W-4

I'm trying to minimize my tax withholding, but at the same time not to claim more than a correct number of exemptions. I got stuck with my wife's situation. She's a full-time PhD student and ...
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Claiming '1' vs. Tax Refund Amounts

If I claim '1' on my W-4, that amount is equal to ~$4050.00, spread over the year, and I believe is counted toward taxable income, and is taxed on your paychecks. If I were to claim '0', is that same ...
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Does owing taxes or getting a tax refund imply my paycheck is off?

A thought crossed my mind recently and I was wondering if someone could explain if I'm missing something, and if so what. Simply put, as an individual filing taxes (single, no dependents), taking the ...
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Claiming different allowances on state and federal withholding?

I recently did my W4 and the number of allowances I had is 2, but on the state withholding form, since the options were kind of different, I had 0 allowances to claim. Do I have to stay consistent for ...
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Mistakenly claimed to be exempt from federal taxes: do I need to proactively pay back the taxes that did not get withheld?

When I enrolled with my new employer's HR system on Dec 1st, I mistakenly filed a W4 claiming to be exempt from federal taxes, which I'm not. As a result, my first (Dec 15th) paycheck was quite ...
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Need advice on filling out w-4 form. Is it always good to withhold my income from taxes?

From what I understand, the more allowances I claim on w-4 form will allow me to keep more portion of my paycheck from being taken as taxes. So initially I thought I should always try to claim more ...
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US Tax - Can I claim head of household if I have no dependents?

I am a Non-resident Alien paying all the expenses of my apartment. I am single and live alone. Can I claim Head of Household even if I have no dependents in USA? Is the definition stated for Head of ...
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Can you be penalized for setting an arbitrarily high number of allowances on your W-4?

I withheld too much in taxes this year. I will benefit a good amount from the Lifetime Learning Credit, which I hadn't heard about until today. Even if I don't pay a cent in taxes for the rest of the ...
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W-4 Changes: confused when filling out line 9 for additional withholdings

My wife and I got married late last year and we didn't change our W-4's to reflect that, only changed our marital status' through our companies. Both of our paychecks still state that we are single, ...
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Will I owe money if I claim two allowances on W-4?

Will I most likely owe money during tax season if I claim the first two allowances on the W-4 instead of just the first one? I was filling it out at a new job (14/hr) full-time (40/hrs per week) and ...
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Should I change my W-4 when I retire?

My wife and I will both be retired by the end of September. My employer is asking for an updated W-4. My current W-4 list zero deductions and an additional $700 withheld per pay period. Should I make ...
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W-4 withholding options limited according to ADP

My employer recently switched to ADP for payroll and I want to select 'Married, but withhold at the higher single rate' for my W-4. That option isn't available on their ADP portal. And according to ...
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Calculating W4 after Marriage

I recently got married and am updating my W4. I looked at my last pay stub to see what is currently being withheld in taxes and it's about $700 (local + state + federal). After I completed my W4 form, ...
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Pay estimated tax using W-4 withholding instead of quarterly payments

I currently have a regular job at my university that provides about 2/3 of my annual income. I also do contract work on the side, and have some minor investment dividends and interest payments as ...
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Reasonable federal and state deductions for a single income household

My spouse stopped working due to illness and we're adjusting the deductions I'm currently claiming. This is a part of taxes that I've never understood well, other than the basic, more deductions = ...
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W-4 Form and Deductions

I'm a student right now, living with my parents, and I'm about to take a position in Alaska for the next 6 months. It will be paying $160 a week, with housing covered as part of the position. I am 18 ...
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How to calculate Two-Earners Worksheet mid-year for W4

I've searched the internet for hours unable to find an answer to this question. My husband and I are adjusting our W4s now, several months into the year, to reflect that we got married. Because of ...
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What is the best way to get back overpaid taxes generated after baby was born in the middle of the year?

I receive pay stubs from my employer semi-monthly. Taxes are paid automatically based on W-4 form. I pay taxes jointly with my non-working wife, so I set 3 as number of allowances on W-4 form. In ...
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W-4 and VA-4 HELP for 2 jobs

I have a full time/9 to 5 job that pays $59,000 annually. I filled out the total number of allowances as 1 on the W-4 for this job. I was recently hired for a part-time position that pays hourly. For ...
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How to get a copy of my W-4?

I've changed jobs in the past year and while my salary has increased, I'm still in the same tax bracket. But my federal tax withholding has increased much more per paycheck. I'm trying to figure ...
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What to claim on w-4 for a second job?

I am a single mom with 2 kids and work #1 job that pays 23,000 per year and I have just picked up a #2 job that will pay 21,000 per year. I don't want to owe taxes at the end of the year. What should ...
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I claim one and my wife claimed zero on our W-4s, but we still owe…why?

I'm getting a head start on this year's income taxes for my wife and I. I have my W-2 already and I have her last paystub for the year. I claimed one exemption on my W-4, and according to her paystub,...
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Tax questions and understanding my paystub

I work for a bar that opened a couple months ago. I did not even fill out an application or any TAX forns etc. I received my 1st paycheck after I gave my boss my SSN. I received the check connected to ...
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Should I include pre-tax deductions when filling out my W-4?

I have pre-tax IRA and HSA deductions taken from my paycheck. When filling out line 4 of the Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet on form W-4 should I include these amounts, or are pre-tax deductions ...
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How do I determine if I will owe taxes at end of year? (USA)

Please help! I started work as a New Grad/Non-Exempt ~4 months ago in beginning of August in California. I fall into the 37-90k tax bracket giving me 25% rate. I claimed 2 on my W4 because I ...
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How do I calculate my W-4 deductions when I want to keep $145 more of each paycheck?

I am having a hard time figuring out how to add $145 to each check using my W4 form. My refund is usually pretty decent and I could really use half of that amount during the year instead, about $3500. ...
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Max allowances on w4, and not pay income tax till end of year?

Is there a reason that I can't do the max number of allowances on my w4, and pay no income tax during the year? I would then put the amount that you are normally supposed to withhold every pay check ...
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Make punctual contributions to IRS based on earnings

A few weeks ago I asked a question about paycheck withholdings because my wife started several part-time jobs with variable demand and therefore variable income. Considering we filled in 0 exemptions ...
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Computing federal withholding for wife's W4 for new job, and if I need to adjust mine?

My wife is starting a new job and I am trying to figure out how to file her W4 and if I need to adjust mine. For some reason I can't seem to get correct/accurate results from the IRS Withholding ...
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Increase W4 Exemption + Increase Retirement Contribution

I'm currently maxing my 401(k) contributions ($18k) and funding my and my wife's Roth accounts ($5500 each). She's currently only contributing $200USD/mo to her 403(b). Due to us owing an extra $...
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How much to withhold from paycheck (form W-4, page 1, item 6) when you have variable income?

My wife got a job as an English teacher. She will be paid on an hourly basis depending on the number of students, classes, etc. When it was time to fill in her W-4 we weren't sure about what to write ...
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Need help filling out W-4 form

I need help filling out W-4 form so that I get more money from my paychecks and pay less tax. Recently my circumstances have changed, I am married and have 1 child (2 months old), only I work my wife ...
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W-4 allowances for H-1B resident alien with non working H-4 spouse

After more than 183 days within the US territory, I would like to change my W-4 to fit my current situation: working in the US with a H-1B visa, that is, resident alien, and my spouse has the H-4, ...
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Can I claim W-4 exempt status if I paid self-employment tax only last year

My son is a full-time student. We still claim him as a dependent. In 2015 he earned ~$2000 as a self-employed contractor, so no tax was withheld but he owed some self-employment tax. In 2016 he ...
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Starting new sales job in addition to food serving, need advice on exemptions for W4(s)?

I am currently a part time food server in California claiming "2" exemptions on my w4. I am about to start a part time sales position where I'll be earning hourly plus commission. I'll be earning more ...
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Determining resident status for an H1B filling W-4 form

I arrived to US a month ago, on May 1st, because of a new work. I have been told by the company to fill W-4 form in. But, it seems that W-4 form must be filled in differently depending on my current ...
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When to change my address on W2

I am employed (W2) by a company based out of AZ and I live in CO. I am purchasing a house in OR as my primary and moving there. I will acquire the house in 30 days, however I won't move in for 90 days ...
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Can my teenage son claim “exempt” on his W4?

Can my teenage son (soon to turn 17) claim "exempt" on his W4? When looking at the FAQ from the IRS, it seems like the answer to this question is a fairly straightforward "yes" (he didn't work last ...