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I dont owe taxes,so do i have to still file?

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I know I don’t owe because i did them online,but never clicked to send them in. My boyfriend was helping me do my taxes on turbo tax and since i was only getting 35$ back we just signed off because i was going to have them send me a turbo tax card with my money on it… but after the cost for all of it i was only going to be getting 5$ back. So I don’t owe anything,and never filed. Could i get in trouble?
It was only 1 W-2 form and yes i only filed single. so i dont need to do them?

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  1. mark on Mar 30, 2012 Reply

    Yes you need to file your taxes!

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  2. Herrmann on Mar 30, 2012 Reply

    It depends. If your only source of income is a W-2 and you are claiming only yourself and the standard deduction, no you are not required to file.

    Depending on your income level, you can e-file your return for free and have it direct deposited into your own bank account; not one of these cards. If you do not have a bank account, you will just get a check. If you qualify for free e-filing, I don’t think they can legally force you to use their prepaid cards.

    And if you don’t want to go through the hassle, you can get the forms from the IRS website and fill them in yourself. Then you’d print and mail them yourself.
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    It was only 1 W-2 form and yes i only filed single. so i dont need to do them?

    Required, no you don’t have to. The IRS has the W-2 and can see you wouldn’t owe tax based on that. As I said, you’d need to file only if you want your refund.

    This is a “fill-n-print” 1040EZ available right on the IRS website

    http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f1040ez.pdf
    http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/i1040ez.pdf (instructions)

    It’s pretty easy if you just follow it line by line. Good luck and don’t give up, it’s your money.

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  3. Quick Answers on Mar 30, 2012 Reply

    For federal purposes, the IRS won’t bug you for the tax return if you are single, no kids, no credits, no deductions, etc.

    Personally, I’d do them for free at irs.gov and get the $ 35 back. Surely you could cash a check somewhere.

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  4. RiddleMeThis on Mar 30, 2012 Reply

    “Personally, I’d do them for free at irs.gov ”

    YOU CAN”T DO YOUR TAXES AT THE IRS SITE!!!!! WHY DOES EVERYONE KEEP SAYING THAT????

    The IRS has links to sites, like H&R Block, etc that offer to do your return for free. It’s mandated by law that they have to provide free e-filing if you are below a certain income level.

    Or you can download the forms and fill them in and mail them. The instructions are on the site as well.

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  5. Cathi K on Mar 30, 2012 Reply

    The IRS and state have filing requirements. It has nothing to do with whether you get a refund or not but how much you earn.

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  6. Bash Limpbutt's Oozing Cyst© on Mar 30, 2012 Reply

    What was your gross income for the year? If it was $ 9,501 or more, you MUST file, refund or no refund.

    If you have a single W-2 there are plenty of places that you can e-file for free. Go to the IRS home page at http://www.irs.gov and click on the Free File link. Alternatively you can just download the forms and file a paper return by mail.

    Don’t waste your money on the debit cards offered by many tax prep firms! Their fees are absurdly high. You can buy a prepaid Visa debit card at Wal-Mart for $ 3 (or for free if you order it on line) that has a routing and account number that you can use to have your refund paid by direct deposit.

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