A little background…
I’m very single, and very much childless. In the past I’ve submitted W-4s with my employers stating as much - having my paychecks taxed for “single - zero exemptions.” Every Spring, I file my taxes and get a nice little return.
Well, having received my W-2 in the mail, I went to fill out my return for this year. Having gotten results that made my head spin, I examined my W-2 and pay stubs only to discover that for the past 10 months or so, I was being taxed as “Married - three exemptions.” Basically, I got more money per paycheck all of last year and now have to pay the piper.
For the record, I don’t remember ever filling out a W-4 stating that I was married. Some co-workers seem to recall our having filled out new W-4s sometime last Spring. I vaguely remember doing so, but can all but assure you that I didn’t claim to be married. I can only assume that the change was made on accident.
My question? How do I go about filing my taxes this year? I now owe just under $1000, so I don’t plan on filing until the deadline. I’m just wondering what will happen if I list myself as single for the return, but submit my W-2 that lists me as being married.
I assume that I’m such a small fish that nobody will notice, and if they do, it won’t be a big deal. As long as I update my info at work, no harm done.
Anyone know how someone in this situation should procede? Should I include a note with the return explaining things? See if I can get a copy of the last W-4 I submitted to verify whose fault it was?