How much federal income tax should be withheld on $20,700?

Her payroll records show married, claims no exemptions, paid once per month for 12 months, annual salary is $20,700.  What should her withholding for federal tax be on her monthly check?

I plugged my tax figures into TurboTax and it said I showed a refund of $1,711.
After I plugged in my wife's tax figures, we went to owing the government money.  It was hundreds of dollars!  This happened last year when we used turbotax too.  Is her employer not taking enough federal withholding out of her check?


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. 

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.

What you claim at work is different and doesn't need to match your tax return. Many people claim different exemptions on their paychecks to have more or less taken out for taxes.

To change your withholding at work you need to give your employer a new W4 form. You can ask him for one or Turbo Tax can help you fill it out. Go to
Federal Taxes Tab or Personal (for H&B version)
Other Tax Situations
Other Tax Forms
Form W-4 and Estimated Taxes - Click the Start or Update button

Here's the blank W-4 from the IRS….

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