Do I have to file state taxes?

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  1. iMJustAGuy macrumors 68020

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    I work in a ER in a hospital in Florida and our health system is really big so we have branches all over. I was asked to help out in a hospital in Alabama last year but it was only for 2 hours so I had $40 deducted by Alabama state. In Florida we don't have state taxes so that is a non-issue. I've already filed federal taxes but was wondering if I still had to file that $40 since it is such a small amount. Someone told me that if it's under a certain amount that I didn't have to but I'm not sure and I couldn't figure it out via Google.

    Thanks, Dale.
     
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    it's 40 bucks ... forget it ... consider it a donation to Alabama
     
  4. iMJustAGuy thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I was wondering though, am I legally obligated to file them?
     
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    Go to the Alabama state site, and look at the instructions for filling out the state tax forms. It will say who has to file.
     
  6. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    If you only worked 2 hours, you are not obligated to file as your earnings are too low. File if you want your 40 bucks back.
     
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    File and get your money back. That $40 is yours and not Alabama's, don't let them keep it.
     
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    +1 what this guy said. You don't legally have to file because you made too little in Alabama. But if you want your $40 dollar back you are going to have to file. Do a little searching and you should be able to file for free.
     
  9. iMJustAGuy thread starter macrumors 68020

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    That's the main reason I didn't want to file. I filed my federal on Turbo Tax and it was free but it's $30 for state filing and it's pointless to pay that just to get such a small amount back.
     
  10. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    8 bucks

    http://www.olt.com
     
  11. Dalton63841 macrumors 65816

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    In most states you can actually go back 3 years...I personally only file state once every 3 years...That way it adds up to a decent amount.
     
  12. iMJustAGuy thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Can't you get penalized for that if you get audited within the 3 years you haven't filed?
     
  13. Patrick946 macrumors regular

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    I think that's only if you owe money.

    Don't take my word for it though, go to the state's website and look it up.
     
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    Or fill out the form manually and mail it in....
     
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    By the time you figure it out, you could have already filled it out and gotten your 40 bucks back.
     
  16. iMJustAGuy thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I don't know how imprudent this may seem to others, but to be honest, I'd rather not have to worry about filing and just forget the $40.
     
  17. Dalton63841 macrumors 65816

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    That is correct. However bear in mind that this may vary by state.
     
  18. samiwas macrumors 65816

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    I'm with you here. Some non-resident state tax forms are ridiculous. It takes me more than $40 worth of my time to fill them out. To me, I would not even deal with it. I have taxes in one state of $8. Not worth my time.

    Non-resident state tax forms are stupid. Instead of just saying "I made $500 in your state, I owe you $10" it's "I made $75,000 last year all in all. And since I worked there one day, thats's 1/365 of my yearly wages, which is $205. But because I'm a non-resident, I must claim this and that....blah blah blah." Some state tax forms are more complicated than Federal. And they shouldn't be, especially for non-resident who was only in the state a few hours for a freakin' site survey.
     
  19. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    The non-resident form for Alabama is only one page and has a built in calculator for working through it. If it were me I'd certain spend an hour to fil. it out and mail it to get $40 back.
     

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