you should probably be getting one. assuming you worked.
in an over simplified nutshell.
you pay in taxes all year to the government. at end of year you calculate your tax liability, if that tax liability is greater than what you have paid in all year. you then owe the government money. (ie write out a check) or if your tax liability is less than what you paid in all year then you get a refund.
personally IMO its stupid to give the government way more money then you are going to be actually liable for because they are just going to set on the money and give it back to you in april with no interest.
i got back about 70 bucks this year. i wanna say the bastards kept about 500 (combined)
not to mention to make it even more tricky, some states, the peoples republic of Minnesota being one, have a state income tax IN ADDITION to the federal income tax. so they figure out how to fuck you in the ass twice with the graduated income tax.
I refuse to accept as guilt the fact of my own existence.
Remember also that the smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights, cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.
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