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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