I do not understand taxes…. I am so confused, and I feel like we’ve paid waaaaay too much this year… Wondering if we will get any of this back!

My husband is filing Married Jointly

His total Income for the year: 76,000

My income: 0$ (does this make me a dependent?)

Ages 29 and 19

Total taxes withheld: 17,300 (seems so high?!??)

State taxes: Texas (from what I’ve read no additional state taxes?)

Also charitable donations? Does tithes go under this? We have paid 2,400 this year….

Sorry its long, just wanted to make sure you have the details…Thank you for any help!!

Ps: that’s not even including our pre-taxed deductions (healthcare retirement etc.) which is 5000. So a third of our income is completely taken this last year… Is this normal? Seems so extreme to me!

Ok pascal, I certainly didn’t mean taken, bad choice of words. I just meant our net pay always seems so much less than our gross pay. And I just couldn’t seem to get ahold of any information as to what is the “average” that we should also be receiving. The FIC looks like about 13,000….