Can my boyfriend change his filing status from married to single before his W-2 comes in?

He was working for a friend where they filled out the W-4 over the phone. Somehow he is marked as married on his paycheck stub but we are not married. He no longer works at said place. Will this affect him in any way when filing his tax returns in February?

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 The W-4 form is only used to estimate the proper amount of tax to withhold. The information on it is not binding. The final tax return should be prepared according to the person‘s correct information, no matter what the W-4 sad. 

 The main effect of reporting married on the W-4 instead of single is that less tax will be withheld. So, your boyfriend is likely to be getting a small refund instead of a larger refund, or may owe tax instead of getting a small refund.   But that also means he had more take-home pay during the year.  




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