If I claim 0 dependents on my W-4, can I claim as many dependents as I actually have on my return?
Yes. The number of dependents you claim on Form W-4 is used to calculate the tax withheld from your paycheck. However, the number of exemptions you claim on your W-4 doesn’t have to match the actual number of dependents you have. Claiming fewer dependents will result in more tax being withheld. This might result in a larger tax refund. However, it means you’re giving the government an interest-free loan. That’s because the government gets to keep more of your money until you get your refund.
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