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I have a couple questions regarding the tax filing procedure. I am still a dependent on my parents, and my parents normally do the taxes each year. However, last summer 2014 I worked a summer intern at a hospital. My total income for the internship was $11100. After taxes, I made around $7700 . Basically my question is whether I need to file taxes separately, or can my parents still take care of it. For instance, can my parents still claim me as a dependent? Also, am I eligible for a tax refund? Over the summer, my total federal withholding was around $1600.

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Yes, you need to file a tax return.

For a single individual under the age of 65 who is a dependent, the filing threshold is $6200 or more of earned income, and your income is above that.

Since your parents claim you as a dependent - you cannot claim an exemption for yourself, but as Joe said, you'll still have the standard deduction.

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It's going to depend on more details like your age, whether or not you are a student, do you still live at home, etc.

The IRS has a calculator to help determine your status as a dependent.

You will need to file a tax return regardless because your earned income was over the standard deduction amount.

  • I am not married and 21 yrs old and a college student in NYC living with my parents. – Jenna Maiz Feb 15 '15 at 19:05
  • If they paid for more than half your support, they can claim you as dependent. Use the calculator to make sure, though. When you file your tax return, I predict a refund. – Rocky Feb 15 '15 at 19:12
  • Or you could just ask if they are claiming you as a dependent (assuming they are doing it correctly) – JohnFx Feb 16 '15 at 23:12
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As a dependent, you lose your 'exemption' but not your standard deduction. For a single person, that's $6200, leaving $4900 to be taxed at your rate, 10%. I predict a federal tax bill of $490, and you've already paid $1600, so I smell 'refund'.

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