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Married, Filing Jointly
Estimated 2001 Income: $68000
Mortgage Interest: $12440
Real Estate Tax: $2131
Exemptions Claimed by both spouses: 2
Dependents claimed: 1
12-month capital gains (loss) claim: ($3000)
Interest gained: $69

I attempted the W-4 Calculation Worksheet at and received 23
as the # of exemptions to claim when I next go back to work (2 payperiods remaining); when I did this in Quicken 2001 I received the number 14.

Question: What is best to claim? 14 or 23?

I really don't want much of a tax refund in April -- at the time I was employed this year I didn't claim the dependent (it arrived four weeks ago), didn't expect to have more than one period of unemployment and would prefer to owe a little money but recognize that's not going to happen as I'm changing # of exemptions very late in the year.

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