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Author: jessholl One star, 50 posts Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 121600  
Subject: Re: Marriage Date: 12/14/1998 3:44 PM
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We usually have them change them so that more taxes are withheld. I have a computer program that tells exactly how much will be withheld for the year and per paycheck depending on how much the couple is planning to make. There are a lot of variables and you have to do a rough estimate of the next years tax liability to get a truly accurate number.

One way to be safe is to set your tax withholdings on your w2's at married filing single with zero exemptions. One problem is you get hit with a large tax bite every paycheck, but if you earn above 70,000 a year jointly and are not able to itemize you most likely should do this on at a least one of the paychecks. Add in capital gains, sizable interest etc, and then you get hit with even more tax bite. I just don't like the government to get more than they need so I usually go over all the variables with my clients. I have even gone so far with some that we had single zero with extra money on top of that withheld, but they did have a sizable amount of income that did not have withholdings.

One thing a lot of people are surprised at is you can change your w2 at anytime, not just when you start a new job.

I hope this helps clarify things.
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