How many tax exemptions should I claim with my 2nd job?

I currently have a full-time job making about $24,000/year. I am starting a 2nd job, part-time, making about $5,000/year. I claim 1 exemption at my full-time job, and usually get a refund of $300-$400 from the IRS. Should I claim 0 exemptions at the part-time job to avoid owing taxes at the end of the year? Or will I likely be safe claiming 1 exemption? I can't afford to seek the advice of a tax professional; hence, the reason I'm getting a 2nd job.

Asked By: L R - 9/28/2007
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2nd job won't know about earnings from 1st job, and vice versa. They'll withhold at the level they are paying you at, but the combined income from the two jobs could push you into a higher tax bracket. Probably should claim 0 on 2nd job. Here's a website that might help overall though,, it's a... More
Answered By: PepsiLime - 9/28/2007
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better go with single and 0 (zero) just to be safe
Answered By: Dr. Deth - 9/28/2007
It depends on a lot of variables. If you want to allow the IRS to have an interest-free loan for a year, you can play it safe, claim ZERO, and you can always adjust it in 2009. Your other option is to just do a mock tax return. Look at the tax tables, estimate how much you will make, and what you will owe.
Answered By: Mike - 9/28/2007
Claim your 1 exemption. The withholding charts are designed to take the right amount to come out about even. In fact, if you're getting $300-$400 refunds, maybe you should take an extra exemption. Don't let the government use your money interest free.
Answered By: bdancer222 - 9/28/2007
none if you already claimed them on your first job...remember its an annual income no matter how many jobs you have...i the irs they will helop you over the phone with your tax exemption form...they did for me at least...
Answered By: Sandy B - 9/28/2007
If you are making around $5000 on the second job, it's not going to matter what you put on your W-4 there - they'll take taxes out as if that was your only job, and since if it was you wouldn't owe anything, they won't withhold for federal income tax no matter what you put on your W-4 there. They'll take social... More
Answered By: Judy - 9/28/2007
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