stemikger wrote:Hi folks,
My daughter who just turned 18 in December has been working about 6 months at a part time job while in college. She just got her W2 and made about $3,900. Does she have to file taxes on this small amout or can she just ignore it.
Others have provided the factual answer. I'd like to add something else, about her calculating them on her own.
Last year I noticed H&R Block had advertisements up that through 15 Feb they would do your 1040-EZ for free. I thought that was great marketing, because the mass market tax preparers operate on the premise that so many people believe they are too stupid to do their own, falsely in my personal opinion. They were carefully training consumers that they couldn't possibly handle their own taxes, even 1040-EZ, thus building clients for life.
I would suggest to (nearly) everyone, by (nearly) all means, that once a person is into high school anyway, at which point they should have basic reading and math skills, they be expected to file their own taxes barring something hugely complicated like a highly-paid performing artist's income.