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Federal income tax withheld = 0.00 Does this mean I will owe money?

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I just got my W-2 and in the box labeled “Federal income tax withheld” it says 0.00. I’ve had this job for around 4-5 months now. I made a little over 3k ($ 3,000) total. I believe I’m claimed as a dependent because I live at my parents house and don’t have to pay rent.

Maybe I didn’t make enough for Federal to claim any tax or do I now owe money?

How others found here:

  • my federal withholding says 0 00
  • my federal witholding says 0

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  1. Ron on Jan 11, 2013 Reply

    You will have to fill out a return and include all your income from all jobs and bank interest, etc. You probably don’t make enough to have to pay, but it would behoove you to figure it out just in case.

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  2. Quick Answers on Jan 11, 2013 Reply

    Unless you have non-wage income of more than $ 300, you are fine. Taxes for dependents generally don’t start until your income is more than $ 5950.

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  3. StephenWeinstein on Jan 11, 2013 Reply

    No, it does not mean you will owe money. A W-2 does not say whether or not you will owe money.

    If the money that you made by working at the job that gave you a W-2 is your only income for the year, then you won’t owe any federal income tax, because you made so little, and it was all from working a a job that gave you a W-2. However, if you have other income, especially self-employment, work as an independent contractor, or investment income (interest, dividends, capital gains, etc.), then you might owe federal income tax.

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  4. Judy on Jan 11, 2013 Reply

    Whether you’re a dependent or not isn’t going to matter. You didn’t make enough to owe any federal income tax, and there’s no reason for you to file a federal return. Depending on where you live, you might or might not need to file a state return.

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