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Does your spouse work?
Okay then you claim 1 allowance for yourself, 2 for your spouse, and 1 for each child. So, that is 7
what about the child income tax credit wouldn't that be 2 for each child
Are they under age 16?
yes all of them
Then yes, you could have 2 for each child...so that's 11 allowances
ok so why do i put 2 for my wife if she is not working
Because she is not bringing in any income. If she was bringing in income your tax would be higher
ok so i only have on job do i qualify for EITC for each eligible child my wife dosen't have a social but i do
How much do you make per year
Yes, you would qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit
and how would i get that if my wife dosen't have a social but has an TIN number can i still get it
Are you a lawful resident alien?
no i have a work authorization permit and that's how i got a social
You can't get the EITC if your wife does not have a social security number, unfortunately
Can she get a social security number?
no she just has an TIN number what if i file as single household because this year she is not gonna
file any taxes because she didn't work
You can't, unfortunately ... you would have to file married filing separately, and that filing status does not work with the EITC
so if i put 11 allowances that dosen't mean i have 11 dependents on my w-4 correct
No, it does not mean you have 11 dependents. Allowances are something totally different.
so in the w-4 question num 5 Total number of allowances you are claiming should be 11 allowances
i am filling out my w-4 thays why i am asking this
Yes, that is correct. You should have little to no tax withheld because your tax will be very low
so that means i should expect a big refund or a little refund when i file my taxes
With 4 children, you should have at least $4,000 of refund
ok i see so for question E on w-4 enter 1 if you will file as head of household should i put 1 for that that will make my allowances to 12
You won't file head of household. That's for single people, not married people
what about the child tax credit section section G in w-4 will i add 2 for each children or just 1
You will add 2 for each child
so that will be 8 correct so if i add all the lines that will make 15 allowances 1 for my self 2 for my spouse 4 for how many dependents i have and 8 for child tax credit i am confused
No, you have 11 total. You have 1 for you, and 2 each for your wife and children.
oh ok i understand thank you very much for all your help
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one more question so i wont get penalized by the IRS for having too many allowances
No, you will not get penalized by the IRS for having too many allowances.
ok thank you very much thats everything
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