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Hi everybody,

I got married to my wife in early 2012. However, I didn't report my marriage to my employer. So my marital status on my paychecks still reads "single".

I wonder if it's going to hurt us when we file tax jointly this year as married. Anyone, please advise!

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actually, it will help, as you will receive a larger refund.


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doesn't matter.


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I've been married 3 years and my husbands paychecks says "tax withholding status: single" or something like that. That's because he puts a 0 on his W9 (and I do too). Makes for a nice refund :) It's never been a problem for us. We've always filed married joint.

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I file single and 1 exemption, my husband (the LPR) files married and 2. We have had no problems.


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It's actually a common practice to withhold more (or less) than needed.

I withhold at "single 0" even though I've been married for 3 years. (just check "married, but withhold at single rate" on your W-4).

Paychecks indicate withholding.

Tax return filings indicate the status.


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I work in HR and its quite common for people to have different status for payroll. Most want to maximize their tax refund so they file single and zero. Thats the highest tax rate one can have which draws out more tax than you might need so that your return will be larger. My husband has been filing single and zero for the last 4 years on his paycheck.

The important part will be how you file your taxe returns. Filing married jointly is prob what they are looking for when they ask for your prior taxes.

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