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How much dependent should i list on my w4? married with one child, wife does not work?

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I used to have two jobs from January to June 3, 2011 but now down to one only. My wife and son recently arrived as immigrants here in USA (April 25, 2011), should I file single to married already? How much per dependent is the allowance to be claimed?

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  1. tro on Aug 19, 2011 Reply

    without SSN’s or ITIN’s you won’t be able to claim them on your tax return
    but you can go to http://www.irs.gov and find the W-4 Calculator to help you

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  2. Judy on Aug 19, 2011 Reply

    If they don’t have social security numbers, they’ll need itins to show them on your income tax return. You get them from the IRS. They’re free.

    Your wife is not a dependent, but you’ll be able to file a joint return with her.

    Claim 5 on your W-4 assuming your child is under age 17 – if 17 or older, claim 3. You could claim one higher but are safer with the 5 or 3.

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  3. Bash Limpbutt's Oozing Cyst© on Aug 19, 2011 Reply

    Assuming that you will be filing a joint return with your spouse and your spouse will not work in 2011, you can safely claim 6 allowances on Form W-4.

    Self: 1
    Spouse: 1
    Non-working spouse: 1
    Child: 1
    Child Tax Credit: 2

    You might want to knock that down by 1 or 2 since you had 2 jobs at the same time earlier in the year, just to be safe.

    Your spouse and child will need SSNs in order for you to file a joint return and claim your child, though that should be handled automatically as part of the immigration process.

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