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I worked 3 jobs last year. I made about $6K. For 2 of my jobs I received my W-2 but for 1 of my jobs I got paid by check. Do I still need to file even though I made less than $12,000?
AI accountant’s answer:
Yes, you still need to file a tax return even if you made less than $12,000. Since you received payment by check for one of your jobs, you might have been classified as an independent contractor for that job. If you received more than $400 in self-employment income (income where you were not an employee), you would need to file a tax return and report this income on Schedule C and Schedule SE to calculate your self-employment taxes. It's also a good idea to file a tax return if you had taxes withheld from your other jobs, as you may be entitled to a refund. Additionally, you might qualify for tax credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which could result in a refund even if you're not required to file a tax return based on your income alone.
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