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Claiming 1 vs 2 on W2?

Asked by: tmoran 857 views YA Discussion

If I am married with one job and my husband is getting paid more than me should I claim 1 or 2 on the W2? I usually claim 0 but times are tough and I need every cent I can get on my paycheck. Is claiming 2 even valid? I just figured 1 for me and 1 for him. But taxes always confused the heck out of me.
I make $ 30k My husband makes $ 60k so I am not sure what bracket that puts us in? & I don’t usually do taxes, my husband does but he is away on business and I just got a new job so I am not sure what to put down. I don’t want to owe at the end of the year but I don’t want a lot taken out. If my tax returns were $ 50 that would be fine by me.

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  1. Cathi K on Sep 14, 2012 Reply

    Look at last years taxes. What was your tax liability? Will you make the same amount this year? Compare and have you had the same amount of taxes taken out year to date?

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  2. Pat on Sep 14, 2012 Reply

    LOOK at the piece of paper in your hand.

    It is not a W2.
    IT IS A W4.

    The W2 is the one you get from your emploiyer at the end of the year.

    It doesn’t matter what you list on the W4.
    You can list 100 exemptions and it would be legal.
    The more you list, the more money you get in your paycheck.

    When you do your 2012 taxes in early 2013, you will get a smaller refund.
    Or you might owe money.

    It’s your choice.

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  3. mudbug on Sep 14, 2012 Reply

    The spouse with the higher income should claim all of the family exemptions on their Form W-4. The other spouse should list “Zero”. If you claim two you may owe a little at tax time. The IRS Publication 15 from irs.gov includes the tables that show the exact amounts that are held out per your exemption choices on your Form W-4. This form can be updated at any time with the employer.

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  4. Judy on Sep 14, 2012 Reply

    What does HE claim? If you don’t know, put zero.

    Also, if you both put “married” rather than “married but withhold at the higher single rate”, you could end up owing.

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  5. tro on Sep 14, 2012 Reply

    if you claim too many on your double income you will end up owing considerable income tax
    you can find help at http://www.irs.gov, search for the W- calculator

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