When I went to file taxes this year I ended up owing alot of money (which is usually not the case). Taking a closer look at my w2 I realized no taxes were taken out all year. I understand ultimately I should have caught this but here is my issue, I went in to speak with our payroll/hr lady and she knew why I was in because she had all my paperwork out. She showed me my w4 and it had a 7 on my dependents ( I only have 1 daughter who I have claimed for 7 years), I know for a fact I didn't put 7 (I know how to fill out a w4) it looks like there was a 1 and she added a line to make it a 7. She claimed last year I claimed 6 (I didnt, I got 5500 back last year bc I claimed 0 and claimed my child) but again it looked like she added a line to make the 0 look like a 6. I feel like she is made a mistake and is just covering her butt, but I don't know how to prove it since I don't have prior copies of my w4s.
I am paying what i owe to the irs bc it was my fault for not catching it but I think she should still be help reaponsible for her wrong doing.
The important thing is that it is corrected now so you do not have another large tax bill. I don't know what your employer stood to gain by not withholding. My guess is something didn't carryover correctly from the prior year's payroll program and you didn't catch it and they didn't catch it. You can see if the will help you out on the penalties and interest. Did this happen to any of your coworkers?
I think your proof is that the prior year you had significant withholding with the "claimed 6" so why would "claimed 7" be so drastically different. Maybe you need to speak to her supervisor.
I can appreciate your frustration but from an economic standpoint you are in the same position you would have been just having had the benefit of all of the extra money throughought the year. I know that it feels like you got shafted but the only damages you would be able to assert would be any penalties and possibly interest in the event that should be assessed. The amount owed is the same amount you would have owed regardless - you just would have already had most of it withheld from your checks throughout the year.
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