I didn't file my taxes for 2009 because I made like 1,000 dollars and didn't care. Didn't think you had to file if you didn't have to pay in anything. Now I'm set to get 1200 back this year but can't complete my efile because they need my 2009 PIN. Whoops. Do I have to file by paper? Can I file at all without having done my 2009 taxes? Halp!
Originally Posted by mre
Yeah, you're going to owe a penalty for not filing.
Edit: actually, you may not owe a penalty, but you should still file a return for last year just to be safe.
No you dont need to file under a certain amount. if he had money withheld then he's missing out on getting that back, though. You will have to mail in your return.
Last edited by StopMakingSense; 02-12-2011 at 01:53 AM.
i couldnt imagine the penalty to be too much off of $1000. Thats like what, you had a refund of $150 or something for 2009 if you had filed? If it were up to me id consider what you did a civic duty because the government made interest off the money it owed you.
Far as I know, you have to file by paper, but I could be wrong. I've not been in this situation and that's the only solution I can think of. In the future, I recommend filing even if you only make a grand (even though you aren't required). At the very least, you could start a free tax file online and see if you're owing or not and bail out if you owe before you actually file, if you wanted to go that route. You probably wouldn't owe, though. I've never made *that* little, but I've never had to owe as a low-income employee either (lowest point being about 9.5k). But I'd recommend always filing no matter what, of course. I always have, and things have always been both beneficial and smooth.
(02-12-2011, 02:02 AM)
As long as you're making under the standard deduction you are not required to file as long as all your income is reported on a w-2. The standard deduction for the 2010 tax season is 9350 (for singles with no kids) dollars, can't remember if it was different in 2009 but if you only made 1000 dollars, you are not required to file. You may want to file, as you may be eligible for some credits like the making work pay credit, or earned income credit. Your going to have to mail in your 2009 return if you choose to file it. Your tax PIN is typically 1 plus the last 4 digits of your SSN. For example, if your ssn is 555-55-5555, your tax PIN would be 15555. I'm not certain if it will work, but you might want to try that for your 2010 return.