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timkwashburn
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Why did my refund drop from over $5000 to $174 when I added my wife?

 
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VolvoGirl
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Why did my refund drop from over $5000 to $174 when I added my wife?

That's common.  It just looks that way because you put them in as separate W2s and saw the tax due change in between them. If it all was on one W2 you would get the same answer. And each job was withholding like it was your only job.

Because you only get one standard deduction and personal exemption (or 2 for Joint), no matter how many W2s you put in. Turbo Tax starts out by giving you the Standard Deduction.  You entered more income when you entered the second W2 but you didn't enter more deductions.  And each job only withheld taxes like it was your only job for the year.  You might want to adjust your withholding.  Also as you add more income you might not be getting as many credits as before like the EIC credit.

And it was probably giving you the EIC credit until you went over.

See this FAQ
https://ttlc.intuit.com/replies/3798403

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Anita01
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Why did my refund drop from over $5000 to $174 when I added my wife?

Do you mean when you added a W-2 for your wife?
VolvoGirl
Level 15

Why did my refund drop from over $5000 to $174 when I added my wife?

That's common.  It just looks that way because you put them in as separate W2s and saw the tax due change in between them. If it all was on one W2 you would get the same answer. And each job was withholding like it was your only job.

Because you only get one standard deduction and personal exemption (or 2 for Joint), no matter how many W2s you put in. Turbo Tax starts out by giving you the Standard Deduction.  You entered more income when you entered the second W2 but you didn't enter more deductions.  And each job only withheld taxes like it was your only job for the year.  You might want to adjust your withholding.  Also as you add more income you might not be getting as many credits as before like the EIC credit.

And it was probably giving you the EIC credit until you went over.

See this FAQ
https://ttlc.intuit.com/replies/3798403

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