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Basically I make ~$21000 in income from work, and $1000 in dividends. So, being below $40k in income, I technically owe 0% on the qualified dividend income, but I'm not sure if I pay the IRS and get a refund for the full amount paid, or hold on to everything and just report it.

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Unless you want to give the IRS an interest-free loan, hold on to everything, and file accordingly.
If your situation doesn't change significantly later in the year, you will not owe taxes, so you are fine.

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  • Ok. I was just worried they wanted to hold the money until I filed end of year taxes. TY. – SmugDoodleBug May 10 at 17:50

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