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W4 single to married filing jointly

My husband and I are filing jointly this year but have not updated the W4 yet, will I get the tax refund due?

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Level 15

W4 single to married filing jointly

What you claim at work on the W4 doesn't have to match your actual tax return status.  So if they take out more withholding for Single and it is more than the tax due on your return you will get a refund.  Wait and see on your tax return next year.  You may want to leave the W4 at Single to have more taken out.  When you are married your income and tax will be higher.

Opus 17
Level 15

W4 single to married filing jointly

Your tax return is the only controlling document as to what tax you owe.  The W-4 is only used to set your withholding, which is your estimated tax payments.  


If you leave your W-4 as single, you will probably have a little extra tax withheld, meaning you would get a larger refund.


You can check your withholding situation here.

*Answers are correct to the best of my ability at the time of posting but do not constitute legal or tax advice.*
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