It’s a common (and a good!) question, and it’s best to know the answer before tax day–April 15–rolls around.
The short answer It’s not a question of how old you are, it’s a question of how much you make.
The long answer If you are a minor (under 18 years old) and your earned income was over $6,350 in 2017, you will need to file a tax return.
In the world of taxes, minors are (under 18 years old), considered “dependents” and are in a lower tax bracket than adults. The reason is quite simple: minors are likely students and are therefore not expected to make as much money as their parents or guardians.
Am I a “dependent?” If you are one of the following, you are considered a “dependent” by the IRS (Internal Revenue Service): • Under 19 years old • A full-time student under 24 years old • Your parent or guardian provides financial support that is equal to or greater than half of your annual income.
“Unofficial” jobs count! Babysitting, lawn mowing, dog walking, snow shoveling...if you’ve filled one of these roles or any similar roles, you’re considered “self-employed” by the IRS. And if you made more than $6,350 as a self-employed worker in 2017, you’ll need to file.
I need to file. Now what? Time to fill out forms. Yay!
First of all, memorize your social security number...all of these forms will require it.
If you are self-employed, you'll fill out Form 1040EZ and Schedule SE (self-employment). If you’re employed by a business, your employer will provide you with a W-2 form. • More info on Form 1040EZ here • More info on Schedule SE self-employment here
If you’re not likely to make more than $6,350 working this summer (or even this year in total), consider filling out a W-4 form anyway (more info on the W-4 form here). W-4s determine how much of your income employers will withhold from your paycheck. If you don’t fill it out, they are required to withhold at the highest rate, so completing the form will will ensure you keep as much of your earnings as legally possible. (More info on filling out a W-4 as a minor here.)
Resources Visit these pages for more helpful information. • How to File as a Dependent • Tax Rules for Children and Dependents • Minimum Income Requirements for Filing a Tax Return • How Many Hours is “Full-Time” Employment? • How to File Electronically • Helpful Government Resources
Too long, didn’t read Long story short: stay on top of this stuff! Get all your ducks in a row before April 15. Tally up your earned income for 2017 and determine if you need to file, and if you do, refer to the information and resources above to ensure you do so correctly.
If you need additional help, consider visiting your school’s guidance department–they can give you more detailed guidance and help answer any specific questions you may have.
I am 16 and just got my first job working at pizza hut. Its good for now plus I get discounts on pizza so that's cool. If you want to get a job too make a resume. Don;t know how? Google resume templates teen and use some of the ideas to help make yours. It's really easy. Then drop it off at the job u want. You HAVE to go in! Ask for the manager and act happy while you tell them who u are, and then hand them your resume. Trust me it works! Call back in a few days to check in with them. If you don’t do anything then it won’t happen.
Yes, winter is here, but hiring for summer jobs starts now.
Dive right in and start looking for opportunities – many employers who hire for the summer have already started looking, and they’re usually all staffed up by March.
How to start
A good way to kick off the job search is to have an idea of positions that interest you. Industries that rely heavily on summer workers include:
Bottom line: get ahead of the game and start job searching now...your summer self will thank you.
Check back tomorrow for the next piece in our #teensummerjobs series: how to make sure your applications and resumes end up in the right place.
Did you know that there is a resume generator built into your profile?
Follow the image below to learn how to take advantage of this unique tool!
Once you’ve generated your resume... If you want to make changes, revise your profile as you normally would, save the new information, and repeat steps 1-3 as listed in the image. A new version will populate under the “Generate a Resume” button every time you create a new one.
To make the most out this handy tool, start building out your profile with past work and volunteer experience, descriptions of your responsibilities, education, and accomplishments. Need some pointers? Check out these posts written by our Community Specialists: • How to make your profile stand out to employers • The small stuff matters! Add it to your profile • Jobcase profile pointers
How will YOU make your Jobcase Resume stand out?
#teensummerjobs Think outside the box and use what you know to create the ultimate summer job. Here are 5 ideas that’ll get you paid AND are right in your backyard. You could be the next entrepreneur next door…
THE ORGANIZER Clutter is your enemy and you’ve got a knack for putting things in order. Cleaning out closets, garages, organizing rooms, offices. There’s a ton of organization that always needs to be done. Always. Offer up your knack for neatness to help neighbors, family and friends.
THE ARTIST Run your own art camp featuring weekly ‘classes’ from slime making to paper mache, finger painting and more. Host camps from home OR bring your art camp right to their door. HINT: Encourage friends to sign up together for double the fun.
THE TECHIE If you’re technically gifted offer your know how to rake in the dough. Help set up electronics from iphones to tablets, desktops and more.Teach neighbors the ins and outs of apps, programs and getting social. The possibilities are endless.
THE CHEF Kiddie cooking classes are all the rage–and seriously delicious fun. Create your own weekly cooking classes with 3-4 kiddies per class to create culinary masterpieces and desserts they can create and enjoy.
THE BALLER Turn your love of sports into group pick up games, relay races and planned group events from Basketball Thursdays to Ultimate Frisbee Fridays. Get the neighborhood kids together with pre-planned games and matches that will keep them active and trying new things. HINT: Use neighborhood parks and fields to meet up and play.
Can you think of something else? Dream up an opportunity where you live and tell us about it!
We got the inside scoop from a Starbucks hiring manager. Check it out.
Note: answers may differ state by state and store by store. So, ask your local store for specific details about their positions.
Use the Starbucks Store Locator tool to find the Starbucks store closest to you!
Don’t dismiss the idea of high school internships until you’ve got the facts.
First, let’s bust a few myths:
1) Internships aren’t just for recent grads and college students 2) Not all of them are unpaid 3) It’s not just getting coffee, making copies, and being the office errand-runner
Now that we’ve cleared that up, keep in mind that timing is everything. March and April are prime application time for summer internships.! Read on for facts, tips and resources to help you decide if an internship is right for you, and how to get started.
Types of internships The best internship options for high schoolers are: paid, unpaid, for-credit and not-for-credit. Though each one varies, they’re similar in that they all help with early stage career-building, look great on college applications, help you make industry connections, are a chance to lock down high-level references and referrals, and ultimately, can lead to a permanent job.
Unpaid: Same idea as a paid internship, but make sure you are getting a fair payoff of exposure, learning, and networking opportunities. • Harvard Summer Program for High School Students • Stanford University Research Program • Wedding & Event Planning • Environmental Protection Agency
For-Credit: Many high schools and colleges offer internship programs in exchange for school credit. The idea is to help you work toward graduation, and once you have your degree, you’ll have that much more experience in your field! Many of these internships can also be done for non-credit. Not-For-Credit internships are usually for students who do not need any additional credit on their transcripts, but want more practical experience. (Note: these are traditionally for college-bound students or college students, but you can still keep an eye out to see if they can be obtained while in high school) • Engineering • Technical Intern • Creative Services • Digital Media • Legal Justice
Benefits We already busted the myth that interns live to serve coffee, run errands and make copies. What you can expect is behind-the-scenes access to action that’s usually reserved for seasoned professionals. It’s a great way to “try on” an industry, business, or career before taking the plunge for real.
Some more benefits of internships: • Work experience trumps any and all coursework or volunteering...it’s a great resume booster. • Automatic references and referrals • Network connections and contacts • RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE! A student internship is a rare opportunity to obtain actual work credit, which will make you stand out against other high schoolers with no work experience and increase your chances of landing a job.
SIDE NOTE: This kind of “career exploration” isn’t exclusive to only students who plan to go to college. Apprenticeships are a great way for vocational school students or trade workers to gain practical hands-on experience and training in a specialized field.
Resources Now that you know the types of internships and how they’re beneficial, here’s some info compiled to help you find – and land – your 2018 summer internship. • 15 Awesome Internships for High School Students • Summer 2018 Internships Search • 6 Reasons To Do An Internship • Career Advice: Why Internships Rock • 15 Ways to Stand Out As An Intern • NASA Internships
AND, don’t miss these tips straight from the Jobcase Jobready Kit to help you get in tip-top internship shape: • How to use the Jobcase resume generator • Jobcase Jobready Checklist • The small stuff matters! How & why you should add it to your Jobcase profile
High school is not too early to start thinking ahead, and an internship is just that: an investment or in your future.
So, overall, think of an internship as a unique chance to “test drive” and explore an interest. No contracts signed, no long-term commitments. It’s less about making money and more about getting hands on, in your face, real-world experience.
What are some reasons you would consider an internship? What kind of internship interests you, and why?
Hire Houston Youth will hosts various hiring events open to all youth ages 16 and up. These events are open to the public and do not require applicants to pre-register or be pre-screened. Many of these events include employers who can Hire On The Spot!
Youth MUST bring documents to prove their eligibility to work. To view a list of acceptable documents click here.