Question

My withholding status has been married with no dependents. If I change my W-4 filing status to single with no dependents, will my take-home pay be increased or decreased?

Answer

You have three choices for your W-4 filing status as it relates to your marital status. Each may have a different affect on your withholding status, depending on your situation. Your choices are:

  • Single
  • Married
  • Married — withholding at higher single rate

If you switch from married to one of the others, your take-home pay will be lower. More is withheld at the single rate.

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