Basics

Nobody likes to pay taxes and most teens don’t think they have to.  But if you work for a company and get paid you have to pay them.  Employers are required to deduct Federal taxes from all employees, even for minors.  In some states you may also have to pay state income tax, regardless of how much you make. The employer might even take out Social Security, Medicare, health benefits or retirement funds.  In some cases you could be entitled to part or all of the deductions back after you file your return.  It is a good idea when you’re working to become familiar with the basic rules and forms.