How much money would you have to be making per year as a single person to make you owe taxes instead of getting a refund?

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  • 6 months ago

    You only get a refund if you somehow overpaid your taxes. Since we have no idea how you are making your money, we have no idea who is responsible for determining how much taxes you pre-pay.

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  • 6 months ago

    You can owe or have a refund at any income level. How much you make is not really a big factor in whether or not you owe. You can make a million dollars and get a refund. You can make 15K and owe.

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  • Eva
    Lv 4
    6 months ago

    It doesn't depend on what you made, it depends on the amount of tax you had withheld.

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  • 6 months ago

    Income is NOT the only factor that determines whether you get a refund or owe money. Investments have a lot to do with it.

    Source(s): Experience.
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  • Judy
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    It's not how much you make, it's whether you have enough withheld to cover what you owe.

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  • Shay
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    If you earn your income as self employed or as a contractor, then you would owe taxes anytime you make more than $400 per year. Income earned through self employment or contractor work is not taxed by an "employer", so you are responsible for reporting your income and paying your own taxes on that income including social security and medicare taxes.

    If you work a job in which you have filled out a W-4 form and will be getting a W-2 form at the end of the year, then your refund is based on a combination of your total income and how you filled out your W-4 for what should be withheld. Social Security tax and Medicare taxes are NOT REFUNDED. Federal income tax is refunded IF YOU OVERPAID. For a single person, you can make up to $12,200 before you owe federal income tax. So, if your income is below that amount and you had federal taxes withheld, you would get a refund of ALL the federal taxes that were withheld. If you make more than $12,200 then your refund is based on the difference between what you owe and what you paid. If you paid too much in, then you get a refund of the difference. If you didn't pay enough in, then you owe more.

    Remember, a refund is just YOUR MONEY that you over paid based on how you filled out your W-4 when you started the job. If you want to guarantee a refund - then over pay by more money. But then you are just giving the government an interest free loan of YOUR MONEY. (There is a line on the W-4 form that gives you a chance to have an additional amount withheld. I knew someone who was so paranoid about getting a refund that they always had an additional $20 withheld from each paycheck. Of course, they always had a good refund - but it was just their money that they were getting back)

    Basically - if you put the correct information on your W-4 form, you can always get a refund no matter how much money you make. You just need to make sure that you are having enough money applied to taxes to over pay your tax liability.

    On a W-4 filing as single with 0 allowances almost always creates a refund. (but it is still just your money that you overpaid. The government is only giving you back your money)

    Filing as single with 1 allowance usually creates a small refund.

    Filing as single with 2 allowances MIGHT cause you to need to pay a little more taxes.

    If you work more than one job, then it is best to claim all jobs as single with 0 allowances.

    You might know some people who are getting large refunds based on TAX CREDITS for things like children or low income. If you are single and between the ages of 25 to 65 - then you MIGHT qualify for a TAX CREDIT for earned income. To qualify, your income would need to be below $15,270 for the year. A tax credit is not your money being refunded. It is a credit given for certain tax situations if the person filing qualifies for it.

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  • Amy
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    I don't think you understand what "refund" means.

    How much would a cash purchase have to cost in order for you to not get any change?

    A refund is the return of money that you overpaid. It doesn't matter whether you have a small tax bill or a huge one, you get a refund if you paid too much before filing, and you owe more tax if you haven't paid enough yet.

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  • 6 months ago

    It's not how much you earn. It's how much you have withheld.

    • Nuff Sed
      Lv 7
      6 months agoReport

      Not everyone who makes taxable income has any taxes "withheld".

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  • 6 months ago

    Technically, just $400, if you are self-employed or an independent contractor. If you are an employee, then it depends on what you put on your W-4.

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  • 6 months ago

    It depends on how many allowances you take on your W-4

    • Nuff Sed
      Lv 7
      6 months agoReport

      Wouldn't a W-4 only apply to people who are somehow employed? Not everyone "making money" has an employer.

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