I’m a out of state college student and one of the requirements for receiving in-state tuition is to pay Income Tax. The problem is that I don’t have a job. I could get one but that will add more stress to my already stressful life of college. Help!
First, the requirement is to file a state income Tax Return as a resident. There is no requirement to pay something that you don’t owe. As long as you fill out the return correctly and it says that no tax is due, you don’t have to pay anything; you just have to file it.
Second, you pay exactly the same way as if you do have a job. One thing has nothing with the other (except that the job affects the amount that you pay). Many other types of income are taxed, including gambling, interest, dividends, capital gains, alimony, jury duty pay, IRA distributions, social security, etc., etc. Many taxpayers don’t have jobs.
If you don’t have a job, but you do have other income, then you fill out the return, exactly the same way as if you did have a job, except with nothing on the line for the amount of money made at the job, and you pay whatever the tax is, by check or money order or electronically, exactly the same way as if you did have a job.
If you don’t have any income, from any source (except for loans, which are not taxed when you borrow the money, but are taxed later if they get canceled or forgiven), then you fill out the return, with your name, address, etc., but put down nothing for the amount of income, and you send it, exactly the same way as if you did have a job, except without paying any money.