checking my W-4 form question

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  1. oldfella1962

    oldfella1962 light & lethal

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    okay, I googled the subject and I got countless links as to how to fill out my W-4 and how to change it.
    That's not the information I need! :shakefist: All I want to do is check on how many allowances I claimed so I don't get an unpleasant surprise during tax season.

    A new company took over and I can't remember how many I claimed on the day I was rehired under the new company. It was chaotic and hurried and there were a dozen of people heeded into a room with the HR people we would never meet again in person. All they said was "we don't have time to research how many you have been claiming, but you can change it later if you need to." :brood:

    Suffice it to say I couldn't remember how many allowances I had been claiming all along working for the original company. If this information is on my check stubs, it's hidden pretty well.

    So how does a person check how many allowances they are claiming? :chris:
    Please bear in mind this is the green room so good advice and positive feedback is my goal here.
  2. ed629

    ed629 Morally Inept Banned

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    I think you can pull up your old tax forms on the IRS web site then check them to see how many you had.
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    oldfella1962 light & lethal

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    yes I will try that - thank you. That said will I be able to see how many I currently have? Like I said I can't remember how many I chose this time because I had to hurry. I think I asked other people at my table how many they chose but I just can't remember.
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    ed629 Morally Inept Banned

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    It will have copies of your last few returns, and show the allowances you had.
  5. steve2^4

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    You need to contact your payroll dept.
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    If you don't have access to your past forms, you could also check the instructions on the current 1040 to see how many you're eligible for. That wouldn't tell you if, say, you had been underclaiming exemptions in the past to be on the safe side, but at least you should be able to avoid ending up with a surprise bill.
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    That won't tell him what his current allowances are that are used to compute withholdings on his paycheck. He needs to check with payroll or look at his pay stub.

    Looking at your last return won't tell you how many allowances you should take to avoid getting a refund or paying a lot at tax time. This requires going through the W-4 worksheet which is more tedious than doing taxes.

    Just swag it and watch your withholdings when they take effect. If it's too much or too little, change it. Too much or too little is based on what you paid last year in taxes which you can get from your prior return. If you make more money this year they won't penalize you if you don't withhold enough (but you'll be stuck with a payment at tax time).

    You can take elevensy allowances for payroll withholdings even if you can't claim yourself so they withhold little or no for federal (and state but that's separate) but you risk paying penalties if you didn't withhold enough throughout the year.
  8. Mrs. Albert

    Mrs. Albert demented estrogen monster

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    your current withholding should be somewhere on your pay stub.
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    Mrs. Albert demented estrogen monster

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  10. oldfella1962

    oldfella1962 light & lethal

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    no Mrs. Albert my check stub is laid out differently - it doesn't list status or exemptions (shown at the top of your pay stub) just the information that is below that on your stub. Tonight when I get home I'll compare one of my old hard-copy stubs (from my old company) to a current one, and compare the ratios of total pay to actual pay and see if I'm getting the same dollar percentage taken out.