I just got a hefty check for two weeks of work and it seems like Uncle Sam has bent me over and taken a large chunk of change. What is the best way to utilize my W-4? Is it better to take all the exemptions on the W-4 or is it better to just put "0" down the line and hope for a better tax return? I've done both ways, currently I just did zero exemptions and Uncle Sam took over 30% of my income in taxes/medicare/etc I used to put "1" for myself (Dependent) and "1" for Head of Household. Now I do "0" all the way down, 'cause there was oneyear I was awfully close to paying. I just feel I'm getting taxed too much. I would ask my accountant but I don't have one . I guess the guywho does my tax returns is my accountant, but he is out of town for the holiday's. This is grinding my gears, so any help is appreciated. Cliffnotes: -This will be helpful to everybody so read this %+#@.