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can you claim 9 dependent on your w4 if you only have 3 dependents as

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can you claim 9 dependent on your w4 if you only have 3 dependents
as long as you have you tax liability taken out of a year end bouns
and only claim the 3 dependents on your w2 form
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Anne replied 7 years ago.
HiCustomerbr />
Thank you for using justanswer. The number of dependents you claim on your W4 is not tied to the number of dependents you claim on your tax return. You may claim up to 15 (I believe that's still the top number) on your W4 if that is your choice. What claiming that many dependents on your W4 form means is that you will have much less Federal tax withheld (since you will be getting the extra money in your paycheck), and you might have a large tax liability due at the end of the year, but how many dependents you claim on your W4 is up to you.
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