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Forgive me if this has been addressed. I could not find the answer to my question through google or using the TMF search engine.

I am starting a new job in September. As part of my compensation, I received a large check this month (probably a third of my total salary this year) where 0 allowances were taken out. Because of this and because I will be moving and paying at least double my property taxes this year, I will have a LOT of itemized deductions (20% or more of my AGI) - more than I've ever had.

I went to the IRS website and did the withholding calculator and it said I needed to claim 23 allowances to get a minimal refund back.

My understanding from what I've read here before is that 13 allowances is the most one can claim without having it reported to the IRS. I wanted to claim 10 to be safely under that limit - knowing that I will still get a large refund back this year.

Will claiming 10 alert the government? I'm filing single, no dependents.

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