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When am I exempt from withholding?

To claim exemption from withholding, you must submit a W-4 to your employer. On the form, you must certify you meet both of these conditions for exemption:

  • Last year you had a right to a refund of all federal income tax withheld since you had no tax liability.
  • This year you expect a refund of all federal income tax withheld since you expect to have no tax liability.

You can’t claim an exemption from withholding if these apply:

  • Another person can claim you as a dependent on his or her return.
  • Your income is more than $950.
  • Your income includes more than $300 of unearned income (Ex: interest and dividends).

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