Help! I am 19 year old freshman in college filing my taxes for the first time.?

I'm home for spring break and looking at my W-2 for the first time. My mom says I need to file my taxes this year but I have no idea how to go about doing that. I really don't trust my parents when it comes to money related issues because they are terrible with finances. I have a part time job and according to my W-2 made 1208.36 in pay. Also looking at my W2 box 2 says I had 20.14 federal income tax withheld and box 17 state income tax 37.10. Also 1 federal exemption/allowance. (I think for being a student?) I am a full time student living on campus. I have a scholarship that pays full tuition and room and board. I myself do have to pay for books, any deposits, and university fees. I'm on my parents health insurance, my dad works for highmark a health insurance company. Any advice on how to go about filing my taxes? I am from PA. Thanks for the help.

Asked By: sherlock11_21 - 3/1/2009
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Download form 1040EZ at and fill it out to get your $20.14 refunded - otherwise they'll keep it. What if anything you need to do for state depends on what state you are in, and you don't mention that. You probably should fill out a state tax return form too. From the numbers, it sounds like you might be in... More
Answered By: Judy - 3/1/2009
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If you are not going to be (or do not qualify to be) a dependent on your parents return, make it easy on yourself and use the irs free-file program.. it is free, and there are several companies to choose from, that will guide you step by step on filing your own return... More
Answered By: not 2 B fooled - 3/1/2009
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