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nathan-12
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Why wouldn't my 16 year old son get all his state withheld taxes back?

First job - wages $5844 - getting everything back from Federal but only $63 of $248 withheld from State of MI.  I'm not a tax professional by any means but I'd just like clarification on why so little back.  Thanks

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AnthonyC
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Why wouldn't my 16 year old son get all his state withheld taxes back?

While there can be many reasons and differences, the main reason is the federal government is just simply more generous with tax deductions and credits.  

For the Federal return, even being claimed as your dependent, your son would be allowed a standard deduction of $6,350 from income.  So, since he only earned $5844, this means he would not pay tax on any of his income and receive all his withholding back.  

For the same scenario (i.e. being claimed as a dependent), the state of Michigan only allows a $1,500 exemption from income.  So, this means your son must actually pay Michigan tax on a good portion of his income - hence, why he receives less of the withholding back.

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AnthonyC
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Why wouldn't my 16 year old son get all his state withheld taxes back?

While there can be many reasons and differences, the main reason is the federal government is just simply more generous with tax deductions and credits.  

For the Federal return, even being claimed as your dependent, your son would be allowed a standard deduction of $6,350 from income.  So, since he only earned $5844, this means he would not pay tax on any of his income and receive all his withholding back.  

For the same scenario (i.e. being claimed as a dependent), the state of Michigan only allows a $1,500 exemption from income.  So, this means your son must actually pay Michigan tax on a good portion of his income - hence, why he receives less of the withholding back.

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