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Jacy, Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
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Experience:  Nine years individual income tax preparation and consulting
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I just got married and my spouse and I have been filing single

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I just got married and my spouse and I have been filing single all year. How will this affect our taxes? I am concerned that we may end up having to pay a lot back at the end of the year because we didnt have our filing status as married all year.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Jacy replied 5 years ago.



The income tax withholding tables are higher for Single status than Married. This should be in your favor. Sometimes, however, when a high earner marries someone with much lower income, there can be a problem. If you would like me to analyze your situation further, please Reply with your projected earnings and tax withholding for the year. Also let me know if you have dependents or itemized deductions.


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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
He earnes about 65K/yr and I earn about 38K/yr. I am not sure what out tax withholdings are for the year. How would I find that out? We have no dependents and own a house, which would be our only itemized deduction.
Expert:  Jacy replied 5 years ago.



Your year-to-date tax withholding should be on your paystubs. You will have to estimate what it will be by the end of the year based on how many more pay periods there will be.


I have estimated your total tax to be $13,500 for the year. It will probably less since you itemize deductions (I used the standard of $11,400).


If you both used Single - 1 on your W-4 forms, you should have around $14,000 withheld by the end of the year. You should check this with your pay stubs.


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