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Author: angelbuggy Big red star, 1000 posts Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 124780  
Subject: Re: refund is too big! Date: 4/21/2000 12:48 AM
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This sounds like a problem I would like, but my Federal Tax refund is too big. This year it was over $2500, last year $2100+, the year before $1700+.

I would like an idea of how this is happening and why the W4 says I should pay more before actually changing my withholding.

I suspect it's happening because you're itemizing deductions and the withholding is calculated using a standard deduction. There's no way an employee can know what your itemized deductions will equal. I had this same problem years ago when I bought my first house. Even though I was single, I had to claim 3 exemptions before my withholding got close to what I actually owed.

If you've gotten a large refund three years straight, I would go ahead and claim another exemption, regardless of what the instruction sheet says. It doesn't know all your financial information.
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