Welcome to California where we have a personal income tax. Like you, I am also from Texas. Many new California residents simply claim the same number of allowances as federal on their DE-4 as the EDD's worksheet is confusing or burdensome. However, I would recommend that you actually fill out the worksheets to determine the proper number of allowances and estimate your deductions as you can easily be under withheld and thus subject to state tax penalties. Also remember that you can always revise the DE-4 to increase or decrease your withholding later.
If you want to be safe, "0" or "1" exemption (yourself) would be appropriate.
Hope this helps!
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As my fellow counselors have advised, you want to be sure that you avoid owing taxes at the end of the year. Thus, it would be a good idea to complete the DE-3 worksheet using the instructions provided and you should be fine if you claim only 0 or 1 exemptions. In some cases, it makes sense for an individual to claim multiple exemptions, such as if they have extraordinarily high medical expenses, or the like.
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