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I just got married we have 2 children. We will not be changing our w4 this year but need to know what to claim next year. We make around 60,000 a year combined.

We would like to get the most out of our checks throughout the year but would also like a decent refund come tax time. I usually get around 7000 back at tax time because I have always claimed single with 2 dependants.
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I just got married we have 2 children. We will not be changing our w4 this year but need to know what to claim next year. We make around 60,000 a year combined.

We would like to get the most out of our checks throughout the year but would also like a decent refund come tax time.

These are conflicting goals, and getting a big refund means giving the IRS an interest free loan all year.  Also see this:

http://taxfoundation.org/article/understanding-marriage-penalty-and-marriage-bonus

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I just got married we have 2 children. We will not be changing our w4 this year but need to know what to claim next year. We make around 60,000 a year combined.

We would like to get the most out of our checks throughout the year but would also like a decent refund come tax time.

These are conflicting goals, and getting a big refund means giving the IRS an interest free loan all year.  Also see this:

http://taxfoundation.org/article/understanding-marriage-penalty-and-marriage-bonus

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I just got married we have 2 children. We will not be changing our w4 this year but need to know what to claim next year. We make around 60,000 a year combined.

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I just got married we have 2 children. We will not be changing our w4 this year but need to know what to claim next year. We make around 60,000 a year combined.

and Married Filing Separately won't help!
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I just got married we have 2 children. We will not be changing our w4 this year but need to know what to claim next year. We make around 60,000 a year combined.

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