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why is my refund so low?

Asked by: ubinas 1737 views YA Discussion

im filing my taxes online and both federal and california refunds look far too low. i made $ 19574 last year and my federal refund is $ 291 and my california refund is $ 27. something just doesnt sound right about that.

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  1. Quick Answers on Feb 21, 2012 Reply

    You owe $ 1086 for federal and had $ 1377 withheld. Looks fantastic to me.

    The point of withholding is to just pay your taxes.

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  2. Cindy D on Feb 21, 2012 Reply

    If you want more of a refund next year, lower the number of exemptions on your W-4 (take zero exemptions if it’s just you) so your employer will take more out of your check.

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  3. Judy on Feb 21, 2012 Reply

    Well, how much did you have withheld for federal and state income tax? If you had too much withheld, you get your overpayment refunded. Without knowing what you had withheld, no way to tell what you should get.

    Your refund is like getting change when you buy something at WalMart. If you buy something that costs $ 4 and pay with a $ 10 bill, you get $ 6 change. If you pay with a $ 5 bill, you only get $ 1. If you give the cashier 4 singles, you don’t get ANY change.

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