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shalakadeshmukh
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While filling the W4( I am on student visa,my spouse is on his H1B), it says tick single if spouse is a non-resident,that makes my filing status single, isn’t that wrong?

I am an international student and have just landed an on campus job. I got married and moved to the US in Jan 2017. My husband is a non resident alien on his H1B. We filed taxes jointly in 2017 (with me as a dependent) While filling the W4 it says tick Single is spouse is a non resident which I did. My payroll information filling status says single. Isn’t that wrong. Shouldn’t ut say married? Also will I get a bigger paycheck if i select married? Please help me! I don’t want to make a mistake in filing taxes. I hope I haven’t already

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CherylW
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While filling the W4( I am on student visa,my spouse is on his H1B), it says tick single if spouse is a non-resident,that makes my filing status single, isn’t that wrong?

The basic rule is that the fewer dependents you claim (S 0), the more that will be withheld from your paycheck.

For tax purposes, you will get a bigger paycheck if you select married, but you may end up owing tax at the end of the year.

There's a tool in Turbo Tax to figure out what you should claim on your W-4, provided you know approximately what 2018 will look like, income-wise.

To get there:  

1.  Click Federal Taxes on the left-hand side.

2.  Click Other Tax Situations along the top.

3.  Select Start or Revisit by Form W-4 and estimated taxes.

4.  Choose Yes to Do you want to change your W-4 withholdings for 2018?. 

5.  Walk through the next screens to enter your anticipated 2018 income.  When you successfully complete all the questions, you can print out a new W-4 to give to your HR department at work.

You haven't made any mistakes based on your question.  The important thing is to stay on top of things, which you're doing by asking this question.


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CherylW
Level 3

While filling the W4( I am on student visa,my spouse is on his H1B), it says tick single if spouse is a non-resident,that makes my filing status single, isn’t that wrong?

The basic rule is that the fewer dependents you claim (S 0), the more that will be withheld from your paycheck.

For tax purposes, you will get a bigger paycheck if you select married, but you may end up owing tax at the end of the year.

There's a tool in Turbo Tax to figure out what you should claim on your W-4, provided you know approximately what 2018 will look like, income-wise.

To get there:  

1.  Click Federal Taxes on the left-hand side.

2.  Click Other Tax Situations along the top.

3.  Select Start or Revisit by Form W-4 and estimated taxes.

4.  Choose Yes to Do you want to change your W-4 withholdings for 2018?. 

5.  Walk through the next screens to enter your anticipated 2018 income.  When you successfully complete all the questions, you can print out a new W-4 to give to your HR department at work.

You haven't made any mistakes based on your question.  The important thing is to stay on top of things, which you're doing by asking this question.


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