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YolBM
Level 1

I got married and also got a job, but kept my w4 as single. Do I need to update?

My husband and I married on March 2021 and filed jointly, although he didn't have a job and was not living in the US until October 2021. I recently changed job and making more and we are expecting my husband to start working before the end of the year. My current W4 status is single, do I need to change and when my husband starts working, does he has to file as single?

 

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OpeA1
Employee Tax Expert

I got married and also got a job, but kept my w4 as single. Do I need to update?

Hello YolBM!

 

Yes, we should change your W-4 to your new tax filing status of MFJ/MFS. That will be done in Step 1 of the W-4 form. The best filing status is MFJ. It has more tax benefits than the single status. Therefore, I would recommend you file a joint return as a couple.

 

Here is our free tax estimator/calculator : https://turbotax.intuit.com/tax-tools/calculators/w4/ 

 

I hope this helps.

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VolvoGirl
Level 15

I got married and also got a job, but kept my w4 as single. Do I need to update?

What you claim at work on the W4 doesn't have to match your actual tax return filing status. It's just to tell your employer how much to take out. You will get credit for all the withholding on your tax return.  I'm married but claimed Single on the W4 to have more taxes taken out.  

 

He can fill out the W4 how he wants.  But on your tax return at the end of the year you file either as Married Joint or you each file Married filing Separately.  Joint is the best way to file.  

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