TurboTax FAQ
TurboTax FAQ
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Can I use TurboTax to update my W-4?

You can update your W-4 in TurboTax if you haven't filed your 2016 return yet.

If you already filed for 2016, we'll show you another way to change your W-4.

Changing your W-4 before filing

Tip: The W-4 feature inside the TurboTax software minimizes your refund, putting more money in your paycheck. If your goal is a bigger refund, follow the directions in the after filing section, below.

  1. Open (continue) your return in TurboTax, if you don't already have it open.
  2. Inside TurboTax, search for W-4 or W4 (lower-case also works) and then click the "Jump to" link in the search results.
  3. Answer Yes to Do you want to change your W-4 withholdings for 2017?
  4. Follow the onscreen instructions to verify your info and provide estimates of your future income.
  5. Eventually, you'll come to the Print Form W-4 Results screen (about 16 or 17 screens in). From here, you can print your W-4.
  6. Print (or make) another copy; give one to your payroll department and keep the other with your tax records.

Changing your W-4 after filing

You'll need your most recent paystub.

  1. Go to the TurboTax W-4 Withholding Calculator.
  2. Proceed through the screens, answering questions about your family status, pay, and deductions.
  3. When you get to the Results screen, move the slider (under Congratulations!) to see how different withholding allowances affect your refund and take-home pay.
  4. Once you've settled on an allowance, click or tap Print a blank W-4 and enter that number on line 5 of the W-4 (bottom half of page 1).
  5. Fill out lines 1 – 3 (and 4, if it applies) on the W-4, print it out, and sign and date it.
  6. Make a copy for your tax records and give the printout to your employer.

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