From Denise: "Filing taxes on your own and claiming yourself on your taxes are two different things. You’ll need to file if you have made a certain amount of money, check our teens and taxes article for specifics, or if you just want a refund of the money they took out of your pay. But, your mother can claim you as a dependant if she is the one who supported you this year. You can read more about who claims a qualifying child here.
Congratulations on getting your first job. Hopefully taxes won’t be as confusing as the years go by."
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