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What does claiming EXEMPT on my w4 do?

Asked by: Jesica Hogan 697 views YA Discussion

Does claiming exemption from federal income tax witholding mean I have to pay taxes at all? Like when people file taxes in april what do I need to do?

Few facts to help aid your answer: I’m a minor working at her FIRST part time job who will make an estimated 4000 a year and have no other source of income

and AM I ELIGIBLE to file EXEMPT on my w4 form since this is my first job?

How others found here:

  • if i claim exempt on my w 4 what is withheld
  • if i am exempt on my w4 do IRS withhold taxes?
  • what is withheld if I file exempt?

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  1. tro on Aug 19, 2011 Reply

    as a minor with no prior tax experience, you can file exempt from income taxes if your income will be $ 5800 or less for 2011
    this means no income tax will be withheld for which you would have to file a tax return to get refunded to you

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  2. CarVolunteer on Aug 19, 2011 Reply

    As long as you are being paid as an employee (Social Security and Medicare are being deducted from your paycheck) and expect to earn less than $ 5800 for the year at your job with no other income, you can file exempt, meaning no federal income taxes will be deducted from your paycheck. The other requirement is that you actually paid no income tax last year, which you would meet since this is your first income ever. This is only a partial statement of the rules, but it is enough as they appear to apply to you.

    Claiming Exempt on your W-4 means no federal income taxes will be withheld. You may claim it if you know you will owe no federal income tax (FIT) for the year. It does not cause you to owe no FIT, it merely tells your employer not to withhold any FIT.

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  3. Judy on Aug 19, 2011 Reply

    It doesn’t change the tax you owe, if you owe any. It just means they don’t withhold federal income tax since by filing your W-4 as exempt, you’re saying you won’t owe any. Yes if you only make $ 4000 you can file exempt.

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