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krysalgir
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How to fill W-4s as a married couple both working and withholding Higher Single Rate? Should we both simply use 1 withholding or should we use the 2-Earners Worksheet?

When I use Two-Earners/Multiple Jobs Worksheet on my W-4 it adds a massive amount of withholdings that seem pointless, as when I do the maths, we expect to pay more or less the same tax as 2x single VS married couple (especially as the new 2018 tax brackets scale 2:1 married vs single).

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Coleen3
Intuit Alumni

How to fill W-4s as a married couple both working and withholding Higher Single Rate? Should we both simply use 1 withholding or should we use the 2-Earners Worksheet?

It depends what you want to accomplish. Withholding at a higher single rate and then claiming an exemption of one are working against each other. To withhold the maximum, you would have zero exemptions and withhold at the single rate. If you really wanted to turbocharge (pun intended) withholding, you could put an additional amount on line 6.

See the W-4 pdf below.

https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw4.pdf

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