I think it's finally time to hire someone to do my taxes for me, because I think I'm making huge mistakes - well, I KNOW I am.
I have always owed money because I used to be a freelancer. I just got used to never getting a refund because freelancing you have to figure out your taxes yourself.
3 years ago I got married and everyone said oh, you'll get a break now. Well - I really didn't. We still owed and I again chalked it up to freelancing.
2 years ago we bought a house and everyone said, oh man now you'll get some back because you get a lot of benefits. What ended up happening - weirdly - was we OWED about $6,000 in Maryland state tax (where we bought the house, in Feb), but we got a refund in VA of about $6,000 so it evened out.
It gets complicated because I always do my taxes myself, on TurboTax, and for awhile we lived part year in VA, part year in MD, and worked in DC. So it was always weird, and we always ended up owing but I chalked it up to us being in a weird situation. At the end of 2018 I took a full time job, and asked my other freelance employer to switch me to W-2's. They did.
So I was all excited for this year because everything was in place: We lived full year in MD, I had no 1099's, everything seemed good.
...I owe Federal $700 and the state of MD like $8,000.
I am REEEEEEEALLY hoping I am filling out shit wrong, but at the VERY LEAST I need someone to explain to me what I'm doing that this is happening so I can make it fucking stop. I'm losing my mind. I have my witholdings at 1 and 0 (Fed and State), and my wife THINKS she does but it may be 1 and 1. That's IT. There's nothing else weird about our situation, so what the hell is happening?
Anyone able to point me in the right direction? I was going to just call H&R Block today or a local accountant because I am just so lost.